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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.