Make sure your wedding videographer is thinking about audio—a lot

Let’s talk about your wedding video's audio.

When you hire a professional cinematographer for the most important day of your life, you’re going to hope that they are thinking about it. A lot, in fact.

Unfortunately, audio is something that many wedding videographers too often undervalue. All it takes is a poor quality equipment or the lack of proper audio hookups and you can loose that precious anecdote from your mom or your best friend forever.

When I first started Harborview Studios, the first thing I focused on wasn’t what kind of camera was I going to use but how I would capture audio. When I watched sample videos from other companies, the one thing that routinely stood out to me was the poor audio quality. This was not a mistake that I was eager to make with my productions.

The cardinal rule for audio is this: The closer the microphone is to your subject, the clearer the audio will be.

If you ever watch a behind the scenes video of any Hollywood movie or TV show, you may catch the boom operator holding a long boom pole with a shotgun mic attached to the end.

Oftentimes, that mic is being held inches away from the actor’s face, just out of frame and if there’s a wide shot where the boom operator can’t get close enough, the actors may be wearing a hidden lapel microphone somewhere on their clothing.

Make sure the mic is close by. Minus the boom mic operator. That would just be weird.

When I film, I use a variety of wireless and lapel mics as well as separate audio recorders that connect directly to a DJ or band’s soundboard. In addition, my cameras have mini shotgun mics that pick up desired ambient audio.

Is all of this coordination a lot of hard work? Yep, but it’s absolutely key to making a high-end video worth watching over and over.

These audio moments are what brings the whole film to life

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Harborview Studios is a video design agency located on Cape Cod, MA. We specialize in creating stunning custom wedding videos that capture an important moment in your family legacy. We specialize in being unobtrusive and true to your vision. From your first-look to the end of your wedding reception, we make sure you don't miss a single thing from your big day.   

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