Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review of LOCATION SOUND BIBLE by Ric Viers

Who the book is for: Anyone interested in creating films or videos
Rating: 5 out of 5

I've made a few videos, and one of the most difficult things about creating a quality video is to capture great audio. In the past, I've been frustrated when I capture video only to discover when I sit down to edit that the audio has a lot of background noise and voices can barely be heard. If you're trying to create a visual story, poor audio takes a viewer out of the the story. It's impossible to fix poor audio in the editing phase, so the only way to get great audio is to capture it during initial filming. I would try different methods to figure out how to capture quality audio, but I couldn't come up with anything I was satisfied.

Fortunately, Michael Wiese Productions has a new book coming out soon called LOCATION SOUND BIBLE by Ric Viers. LOCATION SOUND BIBLE is a complete guide on recording professional-sounding dialogue for film or video. The book covers everything from basic sound concepts, to types of microphones, to mic placement and boom techniques, to types of recorders, and much more. There's even some helpful tips on proper etiquette when working with people from whom you'll be recording dialogue. The book includes helpful illustrations throughout.

If you're interesting in creating films or videos, great-sounding dialogue is integral to the success of your production. LOCATION SOUND BIBLE is a great resource for learning the best techniques for capturing quality audio. It's a very technical book, so it's a good idea to read with a pen in hand and even read it more than once.

I received this book for free for review from Michael Wiese Productions, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own

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