How To Record Audio With a DRONE
I have the drone tracking me and im just walking and talking, and i get clean audio besides, that wind thats hitting cant really control the elements. Sometimes so the process is pretty simple and it doesnt take a lot to get good clean audio when youre out filming using your drone. Now some controllers do allow you to record the audio from the controller or from the phone. However, your phone would have to be like this to be able to get clean audio and, if you put it down or youre, looking around, like youre, not gon na its, not gon na. Be that good and also theres no microphone on the drone. Its a flying. Camera in the sky, theres no microphone on it, so what you have to do is actually use an external recorder now. What im using right now is the dji mic. Now this has a backup recording feature and you can actually use it as a standalone recorder. So all of my audio is coming from this microphone right here now. The one thing that you do have to do when youre out filming is create a sync point, so im sure youve seen the traditional clapper board when it comes to major motion. Pictures, the black and white checkered thing well, that is to sync sound to video in post, because on bigger film shoots, theyre recording the audio separate than video, and then they use the clapper board. As a sync point – and this is what you need when youre out filming now – you dont need to carry one of these black and white checkered clapper boards, but you just need to create your own sync point, so i took the drone up.
I got it in the air. I got a position where i can see myself. I started recording the audio on my microphone and then all i do is make sure that i see a clap with my hands and i make sure that its audible for the microphone now when we get into the editing software. What you look for in the audio is that clap itll be a big spike in the waveform and then you match up that point, that frame to where the actual clap hits your hands on screen. So youre syncing the audio and video in your editing software and as soon as you have those two lined up well now you have clean audio from your drone and basically every time that you start recording again. Youll need to do one of these sync points, so it only is going to work for that take when you started and stopped recording. Now personally, when im out filming with my drone, i make sure that i have plenty of battery. I make sure i have plenty of storage and my audio my drone and all the cards, and i just hit record once do a sync point and then let it roll for a long duration, its a lot easier to film. In this way, where you just let things roll and then you just cut out all the garbage in between and essentially its as simple as that, so this is a pretty cool way to talk to camera and have a lot of motion.
If you have a drone like the dji, mavic, 3 or air 2s, you could use the active track, follow yourself and actually get these walk and talk shots that you really cant get with other cameras, especially when youre by yourself and thats. The big thing like this is a great way to get some really dynamic, looking footage when youre alone and be able to capture audio thats super clean, so thats going to fit perfect for the video that youre creating now to get rid of the sounds of the Propellers spinning you can use noise cancellation, which is built into a lot of editing, softwares and thats, going to reduce any of these background noises like the propellers spinning now final cut recently came out with a new plug in called voice isolation, and it actually is working. Super well now this is using ai technology to basically detect where your voice is in the audio frequencies and cut out everything else. So heres the before this is a pretty cool way to talk to camera and have a lot of motion. If you have a drone like the dji mavic 3 or air 2s and heres after with 75 of the voice, isolation turned on this is a pretty cool way to talk to camera and have a lot of motion. If you have a drone like the dji mavic 3 or air 2s, and you can hear the difference in how clear the voice is, when you turn on this isolation now, you dont want to put it at 100 because it might start distorting your voice.
You really have to play around with this tool and figure out where your audio sounds the best, but it also is reducing enough of the background noise that you dont, even notice it, and one other thing that you can do is you can add in music and As soon as you add in a little bit of music, its going to help drown out, some of those background sounds, but i think this is a great method.