Jennifer has a couple quick guerilla audio tips for recording voice tracks.
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Hi, I’m Jennifer O’Rourke inside a closet with a quick audio tip. If you have only your on-camera mic and don’t have a dedicated microphone and you need to do a voice track, do it inside your closet. The sound is muffled very well by the clothing. You have your own little personal sound booth.
You usually have a light inside, and here’s another tip. If you only have an on-camera microphone, wrap your entire camera with a blanket, a soft towel, except for the microphone, and then the blanket will muffle the sound of the humming of your camera.
Of course, if you’re going to be cutting a lot of voiceovers or if you do work for clients, you’ll need a more formal location to record voice tracks. You can build an easy-to-assemble booth like this one that’s made up of a few squares of honeycomb foam, like mattress padding, that’s glued to some plywood boards.
Place your contraption on a table in the corner of a quiet room, preferably one with carpeting on the floor, and have your announcer simply sit in front of the mic. Make your talent’s back is to the room to help reduce echoes.
This setup is portable and can easily go on location with you, but if you don’t have a booth, try this tip for your acoustical treatment. Record the voiceover in a car. A mid-size or luxury automobile is best, as they have more fabric and padding and are designed to reduce exterior sound better.
And there you go, a quick guerilla tip on how to cut a voice track for your video. I’m Jennifer O’Rourke, Videomaker Presents. See you next time.
For more tips on recording voiceovers or guerilla audio tips, check out these articles in Video Maker magazine. “Build a Guerilla Sound Booth,” Article #8725. Can You Hear Me Now?”, Article #10783. “Voiceover Techniques,” Article #8860. “Speaking Tips,” Article #10012. “Announcing You,” Article #12254, and “Audio Isolation,” Article #10627.
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