There is no doubt that YouTube has become the place for online video viewing. There are over 20 hours of videos uploaded every single minute on this video sharing site, and there is no sign of decline. So how do you stand out from all the other videos out there? Well, if you’re uploading videos of you playing over backing tracks, then having really good audio is one way to do this.
So many people just play the backing track and then record their guitar with the microphone on their camcorder picking up both the guitar and the backing track at the same time. This is not the best way to get the sound. Usually the camera mic is very bad and will pick up a lot of room sound which will give you a very bassy, unfocused sound. You will then be left a great video, but less than stellar audio. I would say about 80% of the YouTube videos I see are like this.
If you want to get more views, comments, and likes, one thing you can do is to concentrate on making the audio sound great. It is not really that hard, but will take some extra time. You’ve spent all this time practicing and learning how to play the guitar, why not learn how to make your video sound great as well as look good.
In the video below I will show you exactly how to get good audio with your video.
Hopefully that will convince you to start paying more attention to the audio when recording videos. A few items will be needed for you to achieve better audio.
What You Will Need
- Audio Recording Software – If you’re on a Mac then use Garageband. If you’re on Windows, then Studio One works great, but you can use anything really.
- Audio Interface – There are many to choose from, and in this Blog Post Tutorial I explain how to record over a backing track using the Presonus iTwo.
- Video Editing Software – If you’re on a Mac, then you can use iMovie. If you’re on a PC then I recommend using Davinci Resolve. Here’s where you can check it out. Davinci Resolve
- Video Camera – These days a simple smartphone can record HD Video. If you are looking to step it up a bit, check out any Canon, Panasonic or Sony dslr.
There will be a slight learning curve, but the difference in sound from your videos will be dramatically better if you do this.
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