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On today’s Tech, No Babel: How do you get good audio while recording video

The best way to have good sound is to record good sound. Start by almost never using the onboard mic on your camera. There are exceptions, but they’re almost always bad. Instead, use the appropriate microphone for the situation.

In church or at an event, use a feed off the the audio board. These tend to be line-level and cameras with mic jacks tend to want mic level (which is much lower). That’s the first thing to contend with. Next, if you’re recording music, it will sound bad because the mix for the room uses the audio in the room. What’s recorded is “dry in comparison.” Add an ambient mic in for more room sound. Also, use a sub-out from the board to mix a special mix for video that sounds good for it.

Ideally, you’d have a dedicated sound engineer in another room mix audio just for video, but few churches have those resources.

If you don’t have a mic jack on your camera, record audio separately and sync them up with a video editor. The easiest way is with software like Plural-eyes. You could also use a slate or clapper board which shows the cause of the sound on the camera at the same time as you hear the sound in your recording.

You could always just clap your hands once. It’s not perfect, but it works.

If something goes wrong, there is another choice. You can replace the audio with audio recorded at a later time. Have the original person rerecord what they said, listening to it over and over again to get the rhythm and inflection the same. This works best with small clips where one sentence had a problem in an otherwise great production.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.