This week in class I was told that viewers are more likely to watch a low-quality video with high-quality sound versus a high-quality video with low-quality sound. I sat for awhile thinking this concept over. People get so frustrated when watching a YouTube video when the HD option will not load. However, if the viewer cannot understand what the interview of a person is saying, I fully understand the importance of audio.
Two good examples of this are music videos and sit down interviews with people of interest to the public. The main element of a music video is the actual song and if the viewer cannot hear it well, the video behind it loses its significance. A sit down interview is done in one shot. The shot follows the Rule of Thirds and typically is a medium view showing the person from the waist up. Since this one shot is similar to a still photograph in a sense because the view does not drastically change, audio is the main element here as well.
Without the audio component, the interview is useless. The viewer cannot hear the answers to the journalist’s questions and therefore there is no take away for the viewer. Our main goal as a journalist to inform the public is not accomplished with bad audio.
Note taking while in an interview is very difficult to master. It is vital to quote the interviewee correctly and have notes that will guide you in writing a piece later on. I feel as though I am taking away from the interviewee when I look down to write and am no longer making eye contact with him or her. I have to do my job by note taking but while simultaneously giving my full attention to my interviewee.
The video below shows how one journalist has incorporated an audio recorder into her interviewing process.