Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Headphones: Why You Need To Have a Good Pair on EVERY Video Shoot

Good headphones are one of the most often overlooked item I see many people not use when shooting their videos. I’ve been guilty of this myself (didn’t want to mess my hair up!) and often rued the consequences (wonked out audio!). If you want better quality video, you HAVE to focus on your audio and having a good set of headphones is one of my 9 video essentials.

If you’ve missed any, here is a recap of the first 8 video essentials I’ve been talking about over these last few weeks:

1. A plan – Think all you need to produce a video is a camera?

2. A script and 3. Shot Lists and Storyboards – These are the foundation for your video.

4. A stabilizer – To produce a good video, you must have this.

5. A microphone – Sorry, you’re on-camera mic just won’t cut it

6. Lighting equipment – Want better videos? You need to invest in this

7. Reflector – Why this is something you’ll need – even on a sunny day

8. Cleaning tools – Why am I so picky about this? (And why you should be too!)

Headphones

Sony MDR 7506 Headphones

Headphones are “our viewfinders to sound quality.”

Using headphones is imperative because it’s the only way you know what sound you are recording. Without headphones you have no idea if you are getting unwanted noise or even if the microphone is working.

I prefer “closed ear” headphones, meaning they have a shell that fits over your ears that has no ventilation holes. This keeps more exterior sounds out so you know what the mic is hearing.

Open ear headphones do have ventilation and are more comfortable but you’ll have a harder time differentiating between the sound that’s coming from the mic and the sound you’re hearing though the headphone.

I personally do not like ear buds because they let in too much sound from the environment but they can be used in a pinch and are better than nothing.

There are a lot of good headphones on the market. You can’t go wrong with a set of Sony MDR-7506 headphones. Expect to spend $90 to $100 but I’ve seen these headphones for less than that! That seems like a lot of money but I bought two sets of these over 15 years ago and they are still in great condition.

I’m wrapping this series up next week with a look into my gear bag and what essentials you need in there.

Now it’s your turn…What type of headphones do you use? Please let us know in the comments below.

 

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