Audio: Introduction

Audio is one of the most challenging elements of multimedia. It is very important and often overlooked by people making the change to multimedia and video. Audio is less forgiving than photography or video, as there is no highlight recovery tool or exposure tool to fix audio that is too loud in post production.

Audio can be more important than visuals as studies have shown that people will sit through video with poor quality visuals and excellent sound, but they will not watch excellent videos with poor quality sound so it’s important to get audio right. Another way of looking at audio is that pictures convey information but sound conveys emotion, so if you want powerful audio and video pieces, your audio has to sound professional.

In this module we will go through how to record, edit and produce a short one minute audio piece about the swimmers in Houhai lake, one of Beijing’s most scenic historic spots.

Continue on to the following audio sections in this module: