Recording high-quality audio and video can sometimes be a challenge. Not only are there creative details like lighting, background, and composition, but there are technical restrictions that must be taken into consideration in order to produce a good recording.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use a Mac and accessories to record high-quality audio and video, using an interview as an example format.
It is imperative to have good-quality equipment. By using a Mac, you’re off to a good start, but you’ll also want a good video camera and microphone.
Though many Macs manufactured in the last ten years have a built-in camera and almost all have a built-in microphone, you probably won’t get great quality from the built-in hardware.
Ensure you have a good-quality video camera. Generally, a higher-cost camera probably will be better quality, because a large part of the cost goes towards the lens and sensors. As far as resolution goes, there is no real reason not to record in HD at least in 720p (720 pixels tall) or maybe even 1080p (1, 080 pixels tall).
Tip: the stands for progressive, which means that each horizontal row of the picture is recorded and played in succession (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), as opposed to , or interlaced, where every other horizontal row is recorded and played in an alternating pattern (1, 3, 2, 4, etc.).
You’ll also want to take care of all the creative details, including ensuring that there is enough light to get a good image. Too little light results in a dark or grainy video.
Tip: Ensure the camera is in focus before starting the recording.
Though many video cameras have microphones built in, you’ll get better quality audio with a lavalier or headset microphone, because the mic itself can be much closer to the source of the audio.