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Sound is extremely essential in making a perfect video/ audio recording. However, lapses can be inevitable. Thus, it is ideal to know the most common mistakes that people usually make in adjusting their audio settings.
AGC or Automatic Gain Control is considered the nemesis of each video shooter. AGC is regarded as a special circuit which monitors the impending audio level. It also decides the loudness and softness of the sound and adjusts the recording level promptly. It, however, couldn’t predict what exactly is going to happen next. It’s not that smart and works real time. However, effectively reacts to the changes in volume. Thus, the loudness and softness of the sound can be regulated. If the camera you’re using to record your video got a manual audio level setting, make use of it well. If not, then better pay a closer attention to your recording in order to reduce the somewhat unfavorable effects of AGC.
Background noises are something that can barely be avoided. They occur naturally (birds, traffic, weather, people, etc.). There are some external noise factors that can be controlled though, such as the mechanical sounds of the freezers, fan, or refrigerator. You can simply unplug them for a while to make your recording better. Put your phones to silent mode as well. Shut the door while recording to minimize the noise.
If you’re working outdoor, the wind noise can be a serious enemy. Most microphones have foam wide screens. However, they might not be enough to totally get rid of the rumbling noise brought about by stronger winds. The most effective solution can be a fur windscreen. It can block stronger winds and rescue the entirety of your shoot. You can even improvise our own fur windscreen. Just drop by at the local fabrics/ crafts store and search for some good fur to wrap around your microphone. Buy a large one to make your improvisation more effective.
If you are not used to monitoring your recordings with headphones, then you’re making a big mistake. If the camera you’re using has a headphone jack, go look for a pair of headphones, store them in your camera kit, and make use of them each time you do a shoot. Any pair of headphones will do. Any is better than none. However, it’s best to choose the over-the-ear one. Using headphones enables you to hear wind noises, buzzes and hums, dead batteries, catch shorts in cables, and other audio troubles before having to record them permanently. If your camera doesn’t have a headphone jack, try use a mixer or test your recording prior to the shoot.
Choosing the right microphone is of utter importance. You can’t go wrong with a good shotgun mic each time. They do great in interviews, handheld usage, and even effects recording. If you have some other type of mic, ensure that it fits the purpose well. Doing this, the visual and audio aspects of your video will be enhanced further.
Perhaps nothing is worse than an overloaded digital recording. If you send too much signals to your camera or any recording device you have, the digital quality might get distorted, and it could be impossible to fix later on. Likewise, if you send too little signals, your recording might end up being noisy. Thus, it’s a big mistake to fail monitoring the recording levels carefully. Paying attention to the recording levels brings a healthy extent of signals to your recorder. This also polishes the output and eradicates the noise and distortion that you’ve never wanted.
These are some of the common mistakes that people make when recording sounds or videos. During your shoot, you must be equipped not only with the right tools but also with the right knowledge to proceed with a seamless recording experience.