This series, Capturing Audio for Video, demystifies sound capture, offering professional insights along with practical tips and tricks. In this introductory installment, Professor Jeff Jacoby shows how to plan a shoot with sound in mind, choose microphones, and adjust camera settings and audio hardware to capture the best results. These tutorials are easy to follow and apply, fun to watch, and enormously helpful for video producers and directors.
- How to "think" in audio
- How to choose microphones
- How to set up a boom mic
- How to set up your camera and cables
- How to work with sound recorders and mixers
Skill Level Intermediate
- Hi, I'm Jeff Jacoby. Welcome to Capturing Audio for Video. This course will get you started on the road to capturing great audio for your show. I'm guessing that what brought you here is frustration with handling sound on your shoots. Maybe you're a new video producer, or maybe you have some sound experience, but the sound portion of what you need is still a mystery, and never comes out quite right, and it's always screwing up your show and causing problems. I totally get that. I've been doing professional sound of one sort or another for decades and I teach these subjects at San Francisco State University, where I'm a Professor of Audio and Radio.
In fact, I'm coming to you from Studio One in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department at San Francisco State right now. Sound for video is one of the least understood and most often ignored components of video production. All you have to do is scan venues like YouTube to hear the problems. The most common issue, for one example, is that people are using their camera microphone to try and record things, it just wasn't meant to do, no matter what the advertising says.
Capturing Audio for Video offers real world solutions to your sound problems. It's meant to be used by newcomers and experienced folks alike, and I'm not going to hit you with a lot of audio terminology, or try and teach you to be a professional sound person. I'm just going to get you the information you need and want, to get good sounding shows that you can be proud of. And that stand out from the usual, and have maximum impact. Throughout the course, I'll cover the most important things you need to know.
You'll learn when it would be best to use those tiny, little microphones called lavaliers. What to do if you're recording someone who's walking and talking at the same time, and won't stand still so you can get what you need. Where to plug in whatever it is you need to plug in. And even such things as making a checklist and checking it twice. And you'll learn why I have a fake plant on my desk. After you watch the course, I'm confident, and you will be too, that you'll be able to handle the sound of your show with a lot more understanding and expertise.
My evil plan is to make the world sound a little better, one video at a time.