Video recording - the sight and the sound


Every good video is the result of a great deal of thinking and planning. There is much more to it than just pressing the record button.

What are you going to record?

Which camera angles are best?

Do you need more than one angle?

For whom are you making this video?

What will hold their attention?

Is sound critical to your story?

How are you going to record sound?

Can you record all that you need in one day or does it require multiple days?

How are you going to maintain good continuity? 

.......... and so on.


My main video work involves recording live performances. This inevitably forces me into thinking about the quality of the sound recording and its output.

Sound is equally important if, for example, you are recording the natural environment - the sound of breaking waves, a garden where birds are singing, or just a flowing stream.

If you are recording the children, grandchildren or just the family pets (excluding goldfish and tortoises) the sounds are still an important component of the video.

Since your camera will allow you to record the sound internally within the camera that may be all that you need.

However, this will be the poorest quality available to you. It is much better to mount a microphone on the top of your camera. plug it into the camera, and get a far better quality of sound.

As an alternative you can use a separate hand-held recorder and record the sounds whilst the video is recording.

For my live recordings of music I go even further and use both an externally mounted microphone on top of the camera and also a separate hand-held microphone at some distance away from the camera.

(I use both sound tracks in combination when it comes to the editing stage.)



- the microphone that I use when videoing choir concerts.

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