THE EFFECT SOUND RECORDING
HAS ON VIEWERS - WHAT TO LISTEN OUT FOR
|No, we're not referring to
mood-enhancing background music. Here, we're stripping away any music tracks
and examining the issues surrounding recorded sound during the production
process (filming and voice over).
The importance of recorded sound is
much underrated but it can have a huge impact on any film/video production.
Whilst viewers may praise visual quality and are unlikely to comment on audio
quality, studies have shown that when the audio quality is poor it gives a
subconscious, negative impression upon the entire production.
one of the most difficult things to get right, even professionals sometimes
struggle with it. There are three common problem areas.
There's no excuse for carelessness but
it's very common and a dead giveaway to the calibre of the producer.
never ceases to amaze us just how oblivious some producers are to unwanted
noises such as tapping pens or dangling bracelets on desks, talking in adjacent
corridors, shoes walking on hard floor surfaces, opening and closing doors,
passing vehicles and overhead planes, etc. All it takes is set of good quality
earphones to focus attention on the sound. What's heard is exactly what the
viewer will hear. As frustrating as it may be, patience and attention to detail
We're often asked how we overcome noises such as 'hiss' and
Even professional cameras, on the whole, are not good sound
recording devices. The internal microphones and amplifiers are usually low
grade. For hiss, the answer is to connect to a high quality external
microphone; and that's not a £50 mic from your local a/v store. Our
microphones cost between £200 and £600 each. Clicks are usually
caused through radio frequencies picking up electrical impulses from nearby
appliances. Eliminating them is a bit of a black art. Voice 'popping' can be
due either to the wrong type of microphone, bad positioning or, as with wind,
it may also require a microphone accessory.
Background Drone (not the flying type)
This is one
that only an experienced pro' will be able to handle.
It's often not
noticeable until postproduction but the professional producer will be aware of
it during recording. The most obvious that you'll recognise are the sounds from
air conditioning units and refrigerators. Not so obvious is the drone from
factory machinery or that caused through engine and tyre noises on busy roads
and motorways. These need to be filtered out using special postproduction
Recorded in a rural setting, this
comparison demo is a before and after example of what we mean. The M5 was
approximately 2 miles away but could still be heard in the distant background.
Notice that to add a pleasing countryside feel, we also dubbed some birdsong.
Nice touch, eh?
1. To the uninitiated, it's often difficult to put a finger on exactly what
makes a professional production stand out for its professionalism. They simply
know that it does. Of the many contributing elements, sound is one that is
rarely given due credit for but plays an enormous part.
2. A competent,
professional Production Company won't just cover over the flaws with
overpowering music. Achieving good quality sound recording also retains more
flexibility for greater creativity, leading to stronger impact.
If you're planning a production
that requires good quality sound and the flexibility that brings with it, why
not give CorpFilms [UK] a call?
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