So, we’ve been through many online meetings through Zoom, Skype, etc., and we’ve seen many folks on TV speaking from their homes. And I’m sure you’ve seen the varying quality with shaky video and garbled audio – this can be a BIG distraction right?
Now, I am not knocking everyone with general remote laptop setups – for the situation we’re in right now, we’re just trying to get by with what we have for now.
But – BUT – if you spend a lot of time in online meetings and plan to do so for the long haul, poor audio and video quality CAN BE A DISTRACTION TO YOUR VIEWERS and may interfere with your messaging.
Improve Your Audio!
But let’s say that you’re not ready to upgrade everything at once and just want to start small and piece things together slowly. That’s fine, but there is one you may want to start with – AUDIO!
Humans are more in tune with what we HEAR than what we SEE.
For example, a video that looks pretty good but with poor audio quality may not be as well received as …..
…..one with mediocre video but good sounding audio!
Having good audio may be LESS of a distraction to your viewers even if your video is not good.
So to avoid the risk of your viewers being distracted and losing their attention due to poor quality, you may want to consider upgrading your audio first.
Upgrade Audio Gear
Using an inexpensive dynamic or condenser microphone, say anywhere from $50-$150 and an external audio interface, $50 – $100, you can dramatically improve your audio from a garbled mess to clear, pleasant-sounding audio. This is more pleasing and receptive to your audience.
If you’re curious, I posted a video on my home studio setup for my voiceover recordings on my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Youtube pages, but if you’re interested in improving the viewing experience for your meetings and videos, and not sure where to start…..start with your audio.
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