Now imagine going back to the editing room and realizing the microphone didn’t work. Forgot the headphones too, huh?
Even worse, you didn’t use a microphone, and the background noise is drowning out this amazing sound bite.
Are you listening? Audio is just as important, if not more, than the video. I will watch a poorly shot video, at least for a while, if the audio is clear. However, I will NOT watch a perfectly framed video, if I can’t hear the audio.
Videomaker has a fabulous series of video tutorials for broadcast journalists. I show this tutorial, “Audio for Video” each and every semester to new and experienced students alike, about the 4 essential steps of capturing audio for your videos.
And remember, ALWAYS use a microphone to capture interviews and ALWAYS use headphones to know what is recording.