How to reduce wind noise
Wind noise. The dreaded effect of mobile video. Shooting something at the beach or on the street seems like a great idea. It’s beautiful! It’s interesting! But when you play it back, all you can hear is the loud wind distortions.
But never fear. We’ve found a few things that help, depending on whether you want to be able to hear something else (like someone speaking) or you desire the sweet sound of silence.
- If you’re trying to dull the wind noise so you can hear something (or someone) else, try creating a wind screen. Shield the mic on the bottom of your phone with a hat, or by cupping your hand around it.
- If you have your headphones with built-in mic for phone calls, plug that in and speak through that microphone. You won’t completely eradicate wind noise, but the voice quality will be much more crisp and clear.
- If you don’t need to hear anything, just stick your finger over the phone’s microphone. Or use the mute button in the MixBit app to easily mute individual clips.
- You do have another option: move. Assuming you’re not at the beach or somewhere you can’t escape the wind, you can always move to a quieter, more sheltered area. Your video will be much higher quality as a result.
If you don’t want to move or use one of our hacks, you can look into a small external microphone. A lavalier is a clip-on microphone that’ll cost you about $20-30, and is great for reducing background noise and focusing on the sound that really matters.