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May 13, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Audio vs. Video

By Dayton from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Cinema Secrets Blog Series

"Sound is half the picture." - George Lucas

Little pretend movie makers (such as myself) put a large emphasis on the camera that they shoot with. It captures the vision of a cinematographer and is an extension of an artist's mind and body. Different shooting styles arise, making which camera is selected a very personal choice. Needless to say, countless hours are spent pouring over B&H reviews and YouTube videos comparing the video qualities of different cameras. Forums are searched, opinions are thrown, and after much pain and agonizing stress, a camera is finally purchased (or rented).

Unknown to the inexperienced, the camera is not the most important piece. Is it lighting? Probably more important than the camera, but still not the crown jewel of the production. I welcome any argument, but the undeniable truth is that audio is the element that makes or breaks a production.

Imagine your favorite movie. Now imagine it with a weird hiss that comes and goes with every piece of dialogue. Not only does audio serve as a benchmark for a truly well done piece, think about how much of an impression that it leaves on you. What does a Tie Fighter sound like? When you imagine your house talking to you when you pretend to be Tony Stark, what voice are you hearing? 

This blog isn't a how to. I am not going to explain how to get the best audio levels or what mic to use, because there are more articles about that than there are muffins in a bakery. This blog is a reminder to keep sound a priority. Remember that the audio, be it music, voice, or ambience, is just as important, if not more so, as visual effects and solid camera work.

If you have 40 minutes to kill and want to hear a british man talk about the subject for a while, this video was made with you in mind!

Happy Filming :D!

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