Better audio for recorded Zoom calls

Quick tip today. I produce many videos and interviews for my day job, and with the current work from home world we’re in, a lot of those are happening on Zoom calls.

Lower quality audio and video have been accepted by viewers, since we’re consuming so much, but for business communications, you need to hear the people, and laptop microphones aren’t the best. It doesn’t need to be the best quality, but it does need to be comprehendible.

So, I ask folks who I’m recording to take out their iPhone and record with the Voice Memos app. When we’re done, they send it to me, I merge the Zoom recording with it, and presto, it sounds pretty amazing.

The only struggle with it is if the interviewee pauses the voice memo recording in-between segments, the app saves it as one long clip, so you have to cut up each segment in post. Not too big of a deal.

(As a side note, it’s great to still direct, ask follow-up questions, position people remotely over Zoom, even though I can’t be there in person to film).


July 22, 2020