Audio and lighting are the two most important aspects for improving your video. Bad video often is perceived as "good video" when combined with  good quality audio.  Learning how to improve audio is well worth a editing videographer's time.  

A good videographer will have at minimum a good shotgun microphone, a wireless lavilier setup, and a good set of headphones to ensure audio is recorded adequately. It is best to have the capability of bring XLR connections into your camera - either directly or through an accessory attachment like a BeachTek.  Sound meters on a camera are another big plus.  



    Voice Over Rates
    Audio Tips from John Smith
    db settings and signal clip
    What's Wrong with my Song ?  - Learning how to Mix Audio
    Preamps with limiters -  - $695 - from John Smith


    Digital Recorders
    Mastering Audio - Mastering describes the complete process of optimizing audio files for a particular medium, such as radio, video, CD, or the Web.
    (There are several new ones - this section is not being constantly updated - be sure to visit the Digital Juice TV site)
NEW   Digital Juice TV - Take 5: Selling it With Sound
NEW   Digital Juice TV - Take 5: Preventing Plosives
NEW   Digital Juice TV - Tech Know: Finding FX
New   Digital Juice TV - Production Notes: One turntable and a microphone… and a camera… and some lights.
Link   Liquid Audio Settings  (editing)
Link   About Sound
Link   Some audio comments from Stephen Noe
Link   Noise Reduction
Normalizing Sound
    5.5 and 5.62 do not have this effect. With v6 however there are several vst plugins that can accomplish what you are talking about. (Preniere has a filter that will normalize sound - meaning cut out peaks bring volume to a even level). LE 5.5 and LE 6 have the "maximizer" audio FX, which is, I believe, kind of combination of a normalizer and dynamic processor. The results you get from it are excellent.

In LE 6 the effect is in >Effect library >Classic Clip FX >Audio.
    Digital Recorders
    Good Source - Giant Squid
Link   Microphones Overview - Description of different Mic's - Condenser, etc.
Link       Shotgun
Link       HandHeld
Link       Wireless Mics / Laviliers
Link   Description of different connectors - TRS, TS, XLR
Link   Headphones
Link   Mics & Mixers
    Creative Cow Audio Professionals
Link   Some Notes from Stephen Noe
Link   VST Plugins
Link   Noise Reduction
Link   WaveLab - filtering out wind noise
Link   audio comments - XLR and using audio filters
    Licensing Music for your commercial Video  (see MISC section)
    I recommend the audio forum on There has been some useful discussion of this topic recently - do a search for minidisc.