BETTER Video SOUND with NO money SPENT
5 tips for great audio with no cash
Hi there everyone
Sound, when you're making video on-the-fly can be tricky.
From wind to screaming sirens, I've probably heard it all and "MacGuivered" my way through it ...on location or in the editing bay.
Today I'l share with you, 5 simple audio tips to make your video sound better if you’re on a tight budget.
First let me declare!
"Clear audio is sooooooooo Important!"
Ever been at a conference doing a Facebook Live and you’ve watched the replay? You could barely hear yourself over that background noise.
Or you’ve recorded your video blog at home and in the video your voice sounds
tinn~y? or Echo~y?
With these Five fabulous audio tips you can Improve the sound of your video with no money spent.
Locate your device’s Microphone!
All of your personal devices have a microphone on them.
Your desktop, laptop, phone and tablet.
Lets play a where’s Waldo and look for the microphone on your device!
Right now. Go! Or…Do what I did!
Here’s where the microphones are located on my iPhone.
You’ll see it has multiple locations depending on what side of the phone you are recording
Once you’ve located the mic, keep your hands or stands free of the microphones depending on if you are holding it or using something else to stabilize the device with.
Stay as close to your device as you possibly can.
Or, if you’re shooting a subject, stay as close to them as you can.
This will give you the clearest sound that you can possibly get with the phone, tablet or camera that you’re using.
For those of you on the run shooting lives, testimonials or content video where the background noise is out of your control.
Find places to shoot that have less people noise but are still lit up like bathrooms or hotel hallways.
Just make sure someone doesn’t flush while you are shooting live. (You can laugh…I did when I played back my video ;)
When at conferences or events you can possibly go to the back of the room to steer clear of the amplifying speakers so you don’t get a sudden blast from the emcee telling you where lunch is located.
Fourth~ly (is that a word?)
Stay outta the Wind
Outside audio is always a tricky beast. Wind is one of those things that seems to find you every time you shoot.
One trick is to find something to shelter you. It can be a tree, bush, gazebo or a front porch.
If you have a friend with you, ask to hold up a coat or sweater then shoot as close to the camera as you possibly can.
If you’re setting up a vlog in your home and you find that it sounds especially tinn~y or Echo~y and you have wood, ceramic or laminate flooring, try adding a rug with under-padding and a few more cloth furnishings to absorb the echo.
That’s it for our 5 Tips to better audio with no money spent
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Welcome future (or current) video creators!
I wanted to create a blog post on how to select the perfect camera equipment for you.
My clients who are looking to shoot their own video and video blogs ask me frequently
“What kind of Camera should I use.”
And, of course it all depends on lots of things so in turn I ask them (and you because you’re reading)
If you’re just starting out with low to no budget my advice is
“Don’t buy anything new.”
You can shoot video blogs, social media live video, video podcasts and also things like testimonials and on-the-fly content right from your phone, tablet or laptop.
With the right stability, light and sound enhancing equipment you can create video on the go with almost any of your personal devices.
If you’d like a little more flexibility when using a camera on your desktop or laptop, there’s external USB hookup Cameras that will clip nicely to these devices
Click this link https://amzn.to/2NA6qWx to buy a cost effective little camera to use.
Giving you a better flexibility for your stationary Desktop or Laptop. I’d show you mine but my Daughter borrowed it to do her Facebook lives. Sheesh…Kids!
If you want more and have a moderate budget your best step up is a DSLR Camera.
It looks like a regular 35 mm Camera but some have amazing sensors giving you beautiful crisp footage. They are light and compact allowing you to take it almost anywhere.
The only downfall to the DSLR camera is that their onboard microphone is usually not stellar. And you’ll not be able to capture audio farther than about 6 feet even with a shotgun mic attached. For example if you’re setting up to shoot yourself on stage this isn’t a great way to go.
The better solution to capture onstage performances is a prosumer Camera or Camcorder with the ability to hook up a wireless lapel microphone (the little clip on microphones)
My favourite brand is Canon. Of the 3 Brands I’ve used it captures the richest colours. My camcorder is a few years old but the model closest to the one I love is this one https://amzn.to/2roujaW
And that’s it for my recommendations on your best video cam.
Click on the links I’ve provided if you’re looking to check out the upgraded cameras.
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Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again verrrrry soon.
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Well hello again
Thanks again for hanging out :)
As per the title "Writing Your Script to Sound like An Expert" I've decided to teach you a little bit about writing a script to read from the teleprompter.
If you're a beginner and it feels a little weird to write for video, I've devised 10 helpful tips on how to get the best results when writing out your script.
A side note. It may take a little practice, but I'm so confident that you'll pick it up quickly :)
I invite you to watch the video blog as well to see the difference conversational writing *sounds*.
Wouldn't it be great to have all the words in front of you to read? You'd never have to wonder whether you'd missed anything again!
Have you ever tried to write this way?
Say the next sentences out loud and pay attention to how different they sound.
"Here is a sentence that I would write If I wanted to write for an article"
"I'd write this sentence if I wanted to sound conversational."
Hear the difference?
The first sentence is formal, passive and rigid. It contains no contractions. The second is loose, active and informal.
Now to help you out a little further, here are another 10 Tips that will loosen your lips and keep your conversation coming:
Tip # 1
Keep your flowery adjectives to a dull roar.
Reserving them for your best poetry instead.
Tip # 2
Cut Up your sentences.
Sentences running too long aren't natural. Shorten them, and It'll make it easier to punctuate the video with your personality.
Tip # 3
Ditch the "I" and write for "your audience".
Sounds weird huh? However, repeating "I" did this and "I" did that sounds like you're speaking for yourself. Positioning your audience as the focus creates a relationship and lets them know you that you care about them.
Tip # 4
Use Active words.
That'll enable you to create shorter, more impactful, action-oriented sentences. Active words example is taken directly from this video "Positioning" yourself", "Write" simply" and "Record" yourself
Tip # 5
What do I mean "Ask Questions?" Exactly that! Engage your audience, allowing them to feel included in your chat.
Tip # 6
Contractions are key
Using Can't, won't, It's, and you ensure that your language stays comfortable and informal. More like talking and less like an essay.
Tip # 7
Spice things up with a little slang
A little slang injected into your video helps your audience relate to you easier. It reduces informality and allows you to show your personality.
Tip # 8
Repeat yourself for punctuation
To create a conversational script
Keep It Short
Keep it real and
Keep it engaging
See what I did there? Using repetitive phrases like "Keep it" gets your point across directly and effectively.
Tip # 9
Record yourself explaining something to your closest friend.
Just record yourself talking with your cell phone. Now Play back the recording and write out how exactly how you've spoken word for word.
THIS is how you speak! Try to mimic this when you are scripting.
Tip # 10
Read what you've written out loud
Does it sound right? If not…try a few other ways to say it. It takes a bit of getting used to writing this way if you've never done it.
Now It's your turn! Using the 10 tips, create your script and practise reading it in front of the camera.
Have fun with it.
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Hey there, friendly folk :)
I’m glad you’re joining in today!! It’s gonna be a doozy.
Today's blog came about because I wanted to share three scripting techniques for entrepreneurs who are beginners to making video to feel a lot more comfortable on camera.
Even more than just comfortable, I wanted you to get the best *natural* speaking footage that shows you as a confident expert (even when you feel nervous).
I’ve had plenty of clients assure me that preparation for their video shoot wasn't necessary. They'd swear that they knew their material and had it down pat.
“I could talk about this in my sleep” They say.
And they did! Until the camera started rolling.
So without further explanation, lets talk about scripting for nervous beginners & intermediate entrepreneurs that still want great footage.
Scripting is when you write out the words or ideas that you want to get across in your video.
Have you ever gotten to filming day and felt like you’re completely unprepared?
I can’t tell you how many times people I've worked with have said that they wanted to script their own video only to arrive frazzled because they are trying to memorize something they’ve written out the night before.
Most were not used to being filmed and couldn’t predict just how stressful the experience was going to be.
Don’t get me wrong I’ve worked with professional actors who have spent years training to memorize hours of scripted text and, even they will produce some memorable outtakes.
For those with less experience in front of the camera. I am here to ease your stress.
So before you have to look deep into the abyss of the dark lens let me show you 3 types of scripting that will ease filming day woes.
1 Full script and read from a teleprompter:
If you’re already a great speech writer and confident reading out loud and can remain natural while doing so this can be a great way to go.
As I’ve seen from footage or testimonials that I’ve had to edit into sizzle reels, this technique isn’t for everyone.
If you looks like you’re reading with no personality and no emotion, your video isn’t engaging and frankly…quite boring.
In my experience…leave this technique for those that do it all of the time. It takes practice to build the skill to relay personality while reading.
The next 2 scripting techniques are how I get most of the footage with my clients.
2. Create an outline with talking points and put it on a prompter.
The majority of my clients are often comfortable speaking on a stage so they have their concepts prepared ahead of time and usually they just need the outline to make sure that they cover everything they want to say.
This technique is especially successful for speakers or educators with years of being in front of an audience.
3. Use *Off Camera Questions* To engage You in natural conversation.
For those that have a special unease around being on camera this works wonderfully.
To do this questions are prepared in advance. Questions that inspire informational conversation that positions you as an expert.
I basically work backwards from the points we want to make, asking questions around those points and allowing the person in front of the camera to ease gently into conversation.
Side Note: This requires a little more in the editing process as we then go in and remove the voice of the person asking the questions off camera, leaving only the information you need.
There you have it.
3 different ways to script your video depending on your skill and comfort level in front of the camera.
Try each one out!
Practice with your smart phone to see which technique looks and feels the most natural. You can even share your best one with close social media friends and get their feedback.
Have fun with it!
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Welcome Back, Everyone!
Great to see you again :)
If you've never read or watched any of the blogs before! You've come just in the nick of time! Today's info is fantastic. Ok…I think it's incredible and it's my blog;)
Today I'm gonna reveal a little bit about your Video's Action Plan.
You know. The Call-to-Action!
Its that thing that you'd like the person that's watching to do when they finish your video.
So many of my clients come to me with the idea that their call-to-action is just an after-thought.
"Oh, I thought I'd just put my email at the end with my website URL."
And to them I usually say;
“What's the purpose of your video? Where will you be putting it, and how do you measure the success of your video?"
This accurately describes what I usually see.
***A look of a Deer IN Headlights***
So I want to prepare you.
Now we can engage those folks to take you up on your suggestion of what to do when they've finished watching.
Because It is all about building a relationship with your audience, speaking their language, anticipating what they need, and then finding ways that you can help them.
Like I'm helping you right now.
My call-to-action at the end my video will depend on where it sits on social media.
YouTube is my main place to party, so the "Subscribe and Ring the Bell" allows YOU to stay in touch and hang out with me while I pass on some great little tidbits that can help you.
Otherwise, I'd be here all by my lonesome speaking to my lil self.
However, If I place this video on Facebook (where some of you hang out), I might ask you to participate in a fun contest by asking you to like my Facebook page and then post the most "Outlandish" call-to-action that you can come up with.
If the video is on LinkedIn, I might send you to a specific place on my website where there are tons of downloadable tools and more video blogs that are related to the one you've just watched.
I invite you to first get clear on your purpose and then get creative, making your call-to-action fun and engaging and using strong action words that get to your point quickly.
You can do things like:
Here's my final NOTE
To make sure your call to action is successful, make it measurable.
It's the success you have by achieving results towards your purpose or goal that makes YOUR video valuable.
And that's it for Creating Your Call to Action!
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