When clients use one of our services for their video production, whether that be a voice over, royalty free music or sound effects, it is often easy to assume that the audio production side will be handled by them or their audio / video department.
However, not every video producer has experience with audio or has a boom operator / sound recordist on their team. Quite often, the video is being created by the business owner or person in the marketing department.
Who is this blog series for?
The aim of this blog series is to help small businesses and independent video producers who would like some guidance related to creating soundtracks for video production.
The pro option
Generally speaking you get what you pay for. If you pay a professional to record your audio (and video) you should get professional results.
But, if you are on a low budget and looking to create your own content, the camera is not likely to be broadcast quality but will create a great HD video for YouTube. In this scenario it is not necessary to invest in high-end audio equipment.
If you choose to go the pro-equipment route, here is an outline of what you would need. These are the lowest prices I could find online: –
- Boom pole – from £75
- Blimp – from £166
- Wind Jammer – from £24
- H4n Recorder – from £229
- Shotgun mic – from £149
Total approximate cost – from £643
This doesn’t include the pro camera you would need and the cost of hiring an extra pair of hands to assist.
You may be thinking this is a lot of money just to get a good video soundtrack… Don’t worry; it is possible to do this for much less.