August 22, 2015

24 Sound Basics That Will Help You Lay a Sturdy Foundation

Recording sound can be tricky, especially if you don't know the basics. But it's one of the most important components of your film.

This video by The Basic Filmmaker will give you 24 audio tips to help you get started. Check it out below:

Getting decent sound is supremely important. Most audiences will put up with subpar video quality, but give them some crappy audio and you're looking at a hoard of angry and now uninterested moviegoers. You want to avoid this at all costs.

One of the most integral tenets of recording sound is "garbage in, garbage out". You may not have the money to afford a professional (or decent) microphone, but you can still limit the amount of "garbage" that your budget mic picks up -- for free! You can do this by making sure people are quiet, recording in a quiet location, getting mics close to your subject, and unplugging/turning off all electronics, especially things like refrigerators and A/C units that create a humming noise that you may not notice right off the bat.

A quiet set makes for a great environment for recording audio. Period.

Here's a breakdown of all the segments in the video:

  • Crappy Sound
  • Distance Rules
  • 50% Rule Busted
  • Garbage
  • Bouncy Sound
  • Uncontrollable Noise
  • Controllable Noise
  • Electronic Device
  • Microphones
  • In-Camera Mics
  • In-Camera Mic Tips
  • Audio Recorders
  • Audio Recorder Tips
  • Singer Mics
  • Singer Mic Tips
  • Shotgun Mics
  • On-Camera Shotgun Mics
  • Lapel Mics
  • Wireless Systems
  • Lapel Mic Tips
  • Mic Summary
  • Lazy Filmmaking
  • 16 Audio Second Sync Session
  • Audition Sound Editing

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great information in this video,,,,ironically very hard to watch as the narrator speaks way too quickly and the voice levels vary making it hard to understand him

August 23, 2015 at 6:42AM, Edited August 23, 6:42AM

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rickg55
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Borderline patronizing to the viewing audience.

August 23, 2015 at 10:24AM

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Nah... the guy's a bit of a comedian, but if you've watched his other videos he's a nice chap. Personally I find his stuff to be the easiest to watch out there, on par with the awesome Aaron Nace from the Phlearn... quick, useful, to the point.

August 25, 2015 at 3:35PM, Edited August 25, 3:35PM

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Geez Aaron, lighten up. It was fun!

August 25, 2015 at 11:13PM

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Gene Nemetz
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I'm not sure what you were watching this on but it was perfectly clear for me. I don't have patience for videos in which people talk slowly! Especially for tutorials such as these. They make a pause and rewind button for a reason. I thought it was very informative, Im pretty sure I knew most everything he mentioned, yet I was still entertained enough to watch the entire video. I think that speaks volumes to how entertaining this was. These days, if your entertaining, no one's listening.

August 24, 2015 at 10:45AM, Edited August 24, 10:47AM

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Awesome video. Gotta love NFS for sharing all those great things for free.

As long as I'm concerned, the audio was fine in the video. Plus the guy has a great sense of humeur, with I love.

August 23, 2015 at 9:44AM

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Thanks a bunch NoFilmSchool for posting this. Sincerely appreciated. :)

August 23, 2015 at 7:51PM, Edited August 23, 7:51PM

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I've always liked your videos!

You should be more popular. You're a kick to watch.

August 25, 2015 at 12:37AM

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Gene Nemetz
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BASIC FILMMAKER I LOV EYOU

August 26, 2015 at 2:45AM

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OMG, this video was great! I was crackin up so much!

August 25, 2015 at 12:36AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Great job. Thanks.

August 29, 2015 at 10:09AM

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