What Microphone Is Best for Recording Video?

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A good place to start is choosing the right microphone for video. How do you know which microphone is going to serve your needs best? There are hundreds of different microphones to choose from and multiple microphone types. Don’t want to buy any of these microphones?

What is the Best Microphone?

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So, I thought I’d round up a bunch of different microphones at work and compare them for you. Matt Pierce, the Training Manager, and I headed to our soundbooth and tested 6 different microphones. We tried to have as much consistency as possible, but we had to adjust the audio levels on each microphone. Also, I made the links a hotspot in the video, so you can click them if you’d like more info about the microphone. The post What is the Best Microphone?

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eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

I received an email asking the following: What specific advice can you give about the kind of microphone to purchase for making good quality audio narrations to accompany my Captivate training sessions, minimizing echo and other audio problems? I would prefer the versatility of a standalone microphone on a stand that could sit on my desk rather than a microphone built into a headset. I've had wonderful luck using the microphone built into my MacBook Pro.

Guide to Selecting the Best Voice Over Microphone

iSpring Solutions

Recording a voiceover is a field of knowledge that includes many disciplines from learning how to speak into a microphone to selecting the right software for recording your audio narrations by reading a script. Shared.

Adobe Captivate: Microphone Calibration

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby  Before recording voiceover narration directly in Captivate, you'll want to calibrate the microphone you intend to use from inside Captivate.   In the Slide Audio dialog box, click the blue text link for your microphone

Audio Best Practices

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The first thing you’re going to want to do is select the right microphone. So you picked out your microphone and now you need a recorder to capture the audio. Tips & How To's Audio best camera lav microphone practices recording Screencast tips

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Microphone Questions Answered Here

The eLearning Coach

Post from: The eLearning Coach Microphone Questions Answered Here. Tags: AUDIO audio for elearning audio recordings microphones mics Thinking of doing some in-house or on-site audio recording? Then take some lessons from this pro.

Choose the Best Microphone

ATD Learning Technologies

You just need a microphone, something to record on, something to listen back to it with, and a space to do the recording. Microphones. Choosing a microphone can be quite daunting when you see all the options. Not all microphones are alike. USB Microphones.

Microphones and Audio Information

Tony Karrer

The keywords on the left are highly related to audio as well, so I'll drill down to pages on Audio Voiceover or Audio Microphone. On the Audio Microphone page I scroll down to the Best of Posts and see a bunch of great posts: Microphone Round-up!

How to Record Voice Overs for eLearning (Part 1)

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Background noise and humming can cause voice overs to sound like they were recorded with a laptop microphone or worse. The highest quality microphone still won’t sound good if you’ve got a ton of background noise. Choosing a Microphone.

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Microphone Round-up!

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So, I thought I'd round up a bunch of different microphones at work and compare them for you. Matt Pierce, the Training Manager, and I headed to our soundbooth and tested 6 different microphones. We tried to have as much consistency as possible, but we had to adjust the audio levels on each microphone. Also, I made the links a hotspot in the video, so you can click them if you'd like more info about the microphone. What microphones have you tried that you like?

How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

Choose a high-quality microphone. Microphones are like cars. The same is true for microphones. A cheap microphone will record audio just like an expensive one, but the quality won’t be the same. I use this as my everyday audio recording microphone, and it serves me well.

13 Tips for Recording Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod

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If you need professional sounding narration, you’ll want to get an external microphone that plugs into your device. To get better sound right from your phone, I’d suggest using earbuds with a built-in microphone or purchasing a lapel microphone.

4 Priorities For Your Voice Over Recording

eLearning Brothers

Whenever the camera is on our actress, we used a boom microphone to record her voice. My reasoning behind this is that I am going to be getting an immensely more clear sound in a booth with a table microphone than in a wide open break room on a boom microphone.

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6 Quick Voice-Over Tips

eLearning Brothers

Before you grab a microphone, it’s important to know the proper techniques to use, and the rookie mistakes to avoid. #1. My favorite thing to do is crack a few jokes with a coworker before I start at the microphone. #2.

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How to Shoot High-Quality Videos With a SmartPhone

ATD Learning Technologies

Use an External Microphone. Phone microphones have improved in quality but an external microphone will still make your video sound more professional. For learning professionals, filming poor-quality shots is one of the biggest wastes of time.

Accessories for Recording Audio Narration

Rapid eLearning

In a previous post, we explored some inexpensive microphones for recording audio narration. However, sometimes having a microphone is not enough. Use a Microphone Stand when Recording Audio Narration. It’s a good idea to invest in a microphone stand.

eLearning Pet Peeves

Association eLearning

It can be impossible to understand or annoying sounding if there were problems with the microphone. Then see to it that it’s recorded with a good standalone microphone, not the microphone that’s built into a laptop.

Tips on Using Videos in Your Online Courses


A good microphone can be the difference between a professional presentation and an amateur one. Don’t worry though, you can get a decent microphone for under $100 on Amazon. Whatever you do just don’t use the microphone on your computer. If you have an online course then there is a strong probability that you are using videos as part of the content. In some cases people use videos exclusively throughout their online courses.

Two Ways to Edit Your Background Audio that You Didn’t Know About

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But when you listen to someone talk into a microphone for a long period of time, especially one that is being limited digitally, the frequencies of their voice can begin to cause ear fatigue. Tutorial makers have a fear of background music. I know, that’s a big claim. But think about it.

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Recording Skype and Google Hangout Video Calls

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You might recommend a microphone for them to use but at the very least don’t let them use the microphone built into their laptop. If they have a external webcam, it probably has a microphone built in that will probably be good enough.

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Best Practices for Voice-Over


Studio microphone and pop shield on mic stand. If you are designing and developing eLearning, you are most likely going to need voice-over work.

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6 Essential Tools for Creating an Awesome Online Course


Let’s move on to microphones. Nasality can’t be easily fixed, but feedback, background noise, and fuzziness when recording your voice can be reduced with decent microphones. Desktop microphones are those, believe or not, that sit on your desktop.

Do You Hear That? It’s Your eLearning Course Sounding Better

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Even if you happen to have a microphone, it should be noted that there are tremendous differences in audio quality between the plethora of mics available. However, when you record a voice, the microphone picks up those breaths much louder than we’re used to hearing.

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Adobe Character Animator and eLearning

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Using your camera and microphone, you can control the animation. Adobe’s Character Animator software has us excited for the future of eLearning. Many a time we have showcased our world-famous cutout characters and a host of illustrated characters that can put a human face on your course.

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Editing Videos- How to Sync Audio and Video Sources

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We’ve done the legwork of finding the right microphones and audio recording equipment for you. On top of making sure you select the right microphone , you will also need to make sure you select the right location. Testing Different Microphones.

How to Turn PowerPoint Slides into Videos

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Be aware of the microphone. Below is a quick how-to on creating that simple screen recording that you need: Once you open Snagit, be sure to set it to video, make sure your microphone is on, and click the capture button.

The power of Digital Storytelling: A corporate learning perspective


Normal computer hardware like a microphone/headset and a sound card can suitably create an audio recording. Stories are a powerful way of communication. They can relate deeply personal experiences and share them with audiences of varying profiles – with equal impact.

Video Best Practices

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Sound is crucial to the success of your video, so invest in a good microphone. Even an inexpensive external microphone is a better option than the one built into your computer. Video is enhancing almost everything in our lives.

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Affordable Audio Equipment For A High Quality Recording

DigitalChalk eLearning

Don’t worry – there are affordable microphones out there that can give you a high quality recording that won’t leave a massive dent in your wallet. One important thing to be aware of when searching for a microphone is to see if it is an omnidirectional or unidirectional microphone.

PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies

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  Note:  You can use the microphone built in to your computer for narration. However, if you are looking for better sound quality it is usually better to use an external microphone. by AJ George.

Voice Over Tips for eLearning – During Recording (Part 2)

eLearning Brothers

This vital step will allow you to adjust the input level of your microphone to avoid clipping. It is a good idea to test out the microphone input by saying some words with “plosives” and speak as loud as you think you will get when reading the script.

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Learning videos - anyone can do them, but that doesn't make them easy

Clive on Learning

I'd say there were three main areas in which people underestimate the need for care and attention with a learning video: Sound : The microphones built-in to cameras are omni-directional (they record sound coming from every direction) and very poor quality. If your camera does not allow you to hook up an external microphone, ideally a shotgun (directional) mic or a lavalier (lapel) mic, then your viewers will have to put up with awful sound.

How To: Creating the Mindflash Example Course


Audio: Microphones. The AKG 820 is the microphone used in most Mindflash voice overs. Beyond having a great microphone, it’s important to make sure you are considering the factors that will affect your recording negatively.

4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio

Rapid eLearning

Today we’ll look at the microphone and recording environment. Invest in a good quality microphone. When it comes to microphones, you typically get what you pay for. This isn’t to say that you can’t make do with an inexpensive microphone.

eLearning Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Edition


Desktop microphone for voiceovers and more ($99). This microphone rings in under $100 and works with Macs or PCs. Stumped on what to get the eLearning developer in your life? Holiday gift buying doesn’t need to be stressful!

Advanced Screencasting: Editing Narration in Audacity Tutorial

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For most TechSmith tutorials, the narration track is actually recorded first with a handheld microphone or a podcaster USB microphone that feeds straight into Audacity (an open-source audio editor).