Tips for Monitoring Sound when Editing Video

In this video, our colleague photographer and videographer Curtis Judd discuss some of the options that you have for monitoring sound for video and post-production work.

Judd starts with the obvious option – headphones. This is maybe the least expensive option (and the most obvious one for us), however, he does point out a few drawbacks – basically, sound using headphones does not play in the same way as in a real way and the frequency response is not always that great.

On the upside – headphones eliminate most of the issues that a room with poor acoustics brings and they can be less expensive than very high-quality monitor speakers plus all the

If you do get headphones for monitoring get solid over the ear (not in-ear ones) with open back (closed ones tend to get really hot and can be more accurate).

If you want monitoring speakers you will want to have some base trap panels to help with the acoustics of your room. Judd spent close to $2000 on base traps but of course, you don’t have to go that crazy (you can find more info on that here).

You can check out more of Judd’s videos which focus mostly on audio and video here on LensVid, more photography gear guides can be found here as well, and finally, if you are into sound recording for video productions check out this link which covers both equipment and techniques here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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