Tools and Techniques for the Sound of Success
Concentrating exclusively on the video portion of your videomaking, ignoring the audio, is like believing that a car's front wheels are more important than those at the rear.
But in almost every audio/video association, it's as if the audio is the passed-over junior partner. Even in camcorder design, the video componentry dominates, taking up more space and offering more features. For sure, videomakers of all abilities have been guilty of the sins of audio neglect.
Commonly, neither the average videographer nor his or her subject has the vaguest idea about how to get the most out of the most obvious and vital audio tool: the microphone.
It's not that it's difficult to learn how to use a microphone properly. It's just that the mike isn't usually regarded as the crucial recording instrument that can make or break your video's audio.
Microphones are often compared to the human ear-not because the ear is perfectly analogous, but because we have no other choice.
The mike "hears" every sound within it's range, all recorded by the camera's audio system. The farther the sound source is from the camcorder's boom-mounted mike, the greater the noise level, since the mike cannot distinguish between desirable and unwanted sound.
The essential difference is that the human ear, in conjunction with the brain, is sound selective. It can reject some or all noise, something no mike can do. Because noise is so prevalent, it may be difficult to become aware of it while using a camcorder.
The fact is, most of us don't know how to listen to mike-fed sound. Deliberate listening takes concentration, but the reward is that you'll hear unwanted sounds, though your ears will try to downplay them.
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