Mike Wilhelm - February 13th, 2012
One of the most common questions we get from beginning video producers is how do I get my video to be more like what I see in movies and TV? It used to be that everyone was looking for that 24p, shallow depth of field look that film has, but with modern DSLRs that look has become so common it's no longer an issue for most people. While there's a lot that new videographers can do to increase the professionalism of their video, the number one thing that separates the amateurs from the pros on the web is audio. You could (successfully) argue that good lighting, editing, and composition is also very rare on YouTube, but in the age of guerrilla filmmaking, even the pros are neglecting many of the fundamentals. If you ever watch reality TV, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. On YouTube, and sites like it, you'll find videos with varying degrees of production quality. The line that separates amateur from professional is drawn between good and bad audio.