Repairing poorly recorded audio is a typical challenge for videographers, especially when working with deadlines. It can be a confusing and time consuming task, given the fact that most tools in the market require you to adjust a ton of parameters in order to get results.
Nevertheless, it’s a necessary process as in most cases background noises, room acoustics and mic artifacts such as plosives or harsh “s” sounds can be very distracting for your viewers.
In the next video we’ve used a collection of single knob plugins to repair various audio issues on two pieces of footage; one that was shot outdoors and one that was shot indoors.
Watch the before and after comparison for both examples in the video below.
In the first example you can hear the background noise from the traffic, some wind rumble and even the wildlife, as well as some plosive thumbs caused by the letters P and B.
The second footage is a very good example of audio quality issues when filming indoors. We can hear the room acoustics affecting the sound quality, making it more echoey and hollow. Also we can hear the sharpness or sibilance of the interviewee’s esses.
Controlling environmental variables is not always possible, however these audio problems can easily be repaired with the right plugins.