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Wind noise on vhs

Hi ya
just wondering is there anyway of reducing wind noise on a video i use in a sercurity camera.... i have troublesome neighbours and i have finally caught them saying what nobody else hears but me!!!! unfortunatley unless u glue ur ear to the speaker on the tele u you can't hear it and alot more was said that i can't hear because of the wind blowing at the mic on the camera......
i know its a long shot but i would really appreciate it
claire

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  • claire earley Apr 09, 2008

    thank u very much . i got lots of ideas from your answer but i need to get the wind noise off the recording that i already have. i can now prevent future wind noise though.

    thank you again

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Hi Claire

Wind noise is very common when recording outside.

Firstly, make sure the microphone you use is uni-directional. This means it will work in the same way that a television antenna does, in that it will pick up sound from the direction it points in, but sounds from other directions will be attenuated. These mics are often used by broadcasters and those in noisy situations, football matches etc.

Secondly, make sure your microphone is fitted with a good foam wind cover. If it already has one, fit a thicker one. This is the single most important thing you can do to cut down on wind noise. You can always get yourself some foam and wrap it around the microphone, right over the top, and tie it with a piece of string.
It sounds a bit wacky, but even pro broadcasters do this from time to time.

Finally, consider using an extension mic cable and positioning it closer to the signal source. Be careful though. If the neighbours are that bad, make sure you are not on your own.

Good luck and best wishes
Helen

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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    Palmbeach Apr 09, 2008

    Hi Claire



    The only way to reduce the noise on the original recording would be to copy the soundtrack on to a computer and use a good audio editing program to filter out the noise and enhance the speech. The problem then would be reuniting the soundtrack with the video. I'm afraid that these processes are beyond all but seasoned engineers.



    You could try to find someone locally that restores old video recordings who may be able to enhance the recording for you.



    Glad to have helped anyway.

    Regards

    Helen

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