Chapter 4Audio

One of the most important rules and greatest ironies of video production is that audio quality is always more important than video quality. While we have spent the last couple of chapters on producing properly exposed and well-composed footage, we must pay even greater attention to producing and recording high-quality audio.

There are three main factors that affect the quality of audio recordings: microphone type, microphone placement, and environmental noise. Videographers must understand how microphones work and how to minimize environmental noise to achieve high-quality audio recordings. In ideal situations, videographers should team up with audio recordists during production. Shooting video—obtaining correct exposure, properly ...

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