The Value of a Good Microphone

As readers of this blog know, I create a LOT of training video for OSTraining.com. I'm up around the 400 mark these days. Last week I cranked out 30 new videos for an update to our Drupal Intermediate course, first published over two years ago. The microphone I used back then was a pretty good Logitech headset (no longer available) and I thought the audio was decent enough for screencasts. I'm now using the MIC from Apogee. While this is still not a high-end"podcast" quality mic, it only cost $199.

As readers of this blog know, I create a LOT of training video for OSTraining.com.  I'm up around the 400 mark these days.  Last week I cranked out 30 new videos for an update to our Drupal Intermediate course, first published over two years ago.

The microphone I used back then was a pretty good Logitech headset (no longer available) and I thought the audio was decent enough for screencasts.  I'm now using the MIC from Apogee.  While this is still not  a high-end"podcast" quality mic, it only cost $199.

I've been asked many times what makes for a good online training video.  Besides the obvious (content) and an appropriate level of zooming on a topic, great audio is absolutely essential (as it is for any video).  With a screencast, you don't actually see anyone - so the audio quality is even more important.

The MIC from Apogee

 

I was pretty amazed by the difference.