An instructor microphone is essential for being heard in class, so let’s improve the audio for your fitness videos too.

In this blog post you’re going to learn 3 ways to record great audio to make your fitness videos sound more professional.

 

It’s easy to film high quality videos nowadays. When there’s plenty of light available, action cameras, mobile phones and consumer level DSLRs are all capable of producing great looking videos.

But did you know that more people are put off watching videos that have bad sound than bad video?

Without a good way of recording your music and voice at the same time, the sound soon becomes messy and unclear.

And that means your audience will either skip your video, or (if you’re lucky,) turn off the sound and put their own music on.

But that means they’re no longer listening to your expert advice. So they’ll only get so much out from the workout if they can only watch to follow along.

Fortunately recording clear audio for your DIY fitness videos it’s a lot easier than you’d think and it doesn’t have to be expensive either.

In this blog post I’m going to share with you 3 ways to record great audio for you fitness videos.

Fitness Instructor Microphone Setup 1: Use a second mobile phone to record your voice.

 

If you’re using an action camera, tablet device. mobile or DSLR to film your workouts you can use another mobile phone to record you audio.

Slip the phone into your mic belt and feed the mic up your shirt and clip on your collar. Mae sure you’re clothing is not too loose or the mic will swing around and create unneccesary noise.

You can then easily sync the audio to your video with any free editing software on your computer.

There are many inexpensive microphones available through eBay and amazon that will deliver high quality results.

Before you purchase any microphone make sure you check that:

  • The mic is compatible with your device
  • Your phone is capable of recording sound with an external mic

Here are a few options:

You’ll also need an app to record the audio – here are a few to choose from:

Fitness Instructor Microphone Setup 2: Use a portable audio recorder for your voice.

 

There are many inexpensive portable audio recorders available that allow you to connect an external mic. Likewise there are many cheap mics that give good results.

My favourite audio recorders are:

I’d recommend the Zoom H1n. It’s small, light and has a built in limiter that prevents your audio from distorting when you raise you voice.

Here are a few compatible mics for all recorders listed above:

Fitness Instructor Microphone Setup 3: Use a wireless recording system for your voice.

 

This is the most expensive option for recording sound for your fitness videos. The best and cheapest radio mic system available is the Rode Filmmaker Kit (£250).

You can plug the receiver directly into your DSLR camera and record the sound directly to your video. So when you put your video on your computer you don’t have to synchronise the audio to the video.

It’s possible to connect the Rode Filmmaker receiver to your smartphone as well for the same result. But you’ll need this SC3 adapter to stereo mic plug (£8) to make it work.

Rode Filmmaker kit

SC3 adapter to stereo mic plug

So there you go, three ways to record professional audio for your fitness videos.

Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons for each so you can decide what option is best for you.

Setup 1:

Use a second mobile phone to record your voice

Pros:

  • Cheapest solution
  • High quality mics are cheap
  • You may need 2 phones

Cons:

  • Audio and video need to be synchronised with editing software
  • Downloading audio from your phone isn’t always quick and easy
  • You might stop recording by accident if you knock the phone

Setup 2:

Use a portable audio recorder for your voice

Pros:

  • Cheapest and wider selection of mics available
  • Audio recorders can be used for many other purposes like podcasts.
  • If you only have one phone, you can use it for filming
  • Recorders have ‘hold’ buttons to prevent stopping recordings by accident.
  • Quick and easy to download audio files.
  • Batteries and storage last a long time

Cons:

  • Audio and video need to be synchronised with editing software
  • Dedicated audio recorders could be more complicated to use.
  • You may need to buy a micro SD card / SD card.

Setup 3:

Use a portable audio recorder for your voice

Pros:

  • Audio is recorded straight to the video – no need to synchronise using editing software
  • Professional grade audio
  • Quick to setup and simple to use
  • If you only have one phone, you can use it for filming
  • Batteries and storage last a long time

Cons:

  • Expensive solution
  • Unit may feel large in a mic belt
  • Best used with a DSLR camera for better control
  • Extra adapater needed to connect to a phone.