Moving Blankets – Improve your audio & video QUICKLY & EASILY!


In this video we’ll be using moving blankets
to quickly and easily reduce echo and improve your sound!I’m Andrew Kan, and if I kan you kan too! If you want to learn more about video making
tips you can do, subscribe and ring that bell! When it comes to moving blankets, they can
work similarly to acoustic panels, in that they can help control the sound of a room! They DO NOT ABSORB 100% of the sound, so they
DO NOT SOUNDPROOF A ROOM, but they can help acoustically treat the room. Moving blankets are crafted with different
dense materials, such as woven cotton, polyester, fiberglass, and mineral wool. The makeup of the blanket helps prevent air,
and more importantly sound from passing through them. This means sound will be partially absorbed
into the blankets, and the sound will not as easily reflect back into your microphone/
recording device. Unlike acoustic foam panels or sound blankets,
moving blankets lack an STC or Sound Transmission Class Rating. Moving blankets also don’t have any sort
of diffusion, which can help spread out the sound of the room, to make the room sound
larger. Diffusion gives the room a sense of size. However, to just cancel some unwanted echo
or sound reflection, these moving blankets are PERFECT! All the voice overs in this video will be
done in a room treated with a moving blanket. Later in the video, I’ll let you hear what
it sounds like with and without a moving blanket, so make sure to watch until the end! If you want to buy any of the items shown
in this video, affiliate links will be in the video description down below! Moving blankets are used in film sets, or
even broadway studio recordings. That’s because they’re versatile, can be
used in a multitude of different ways, and are really cost effective. Moving blankets come in many sizes,weights,
and colors . I recommend a heavier blanket to absorb more sounds. Since every space is different find the size
that fits YOUR Room in particular. For color I like one side to be black and
one side to be white, so it can act as fill and negative fill. I’ll show you three different ways to use
the moving blankets! The First Way is by getting a moving blanket
with grommets and using command hooks to hook the blanket to a wall! Grommets are these metal rings that you can
use to hook the blanket to the wall! I recommend these five pound command hooks,
if you’re like me in a rental and can not damage your walls. Multiple five pound command hooks should support
the weight of your blanket. but Follow the instructions on the back of
the command hooks! This allows the moving blanket to hung up
and taken down depending your needs! This isn’t something you can do as easily
with acoustic foam panels. Here is an example of the beginning of this
video without the moving blanket being used. I’m Andrew Kan, and if I kan you kan too! [Pause Effect] You can hear the sound bouncing off the walls
in my room, and also can visually see where the blanket isn’t reflecting light back
at me, so there are more shadows on my face. This is why having a dual sided sound blanket
can be so useful! The Second way You can use the blankets are
by using spring clamps to clamp the blanket to some light stands. Then weigh down the stands with sandbags to
support the weight of the blanket. I can use this blanket for not only sound
treatment but also a fill for my light to bounce back on me, and help light me in the
scene, WHILE making my sound, reflect less! I’ll place the moving blanket on the opposite
side of my key light, and make sure it’s out of frame. The blanket will improve both my audio AND
video quality. I actually recorded the introduction using
this blanket. I now want to show you what moving blankets
can do in a room with no sound treatment. I’m in my living room, I’m using my rode
videomic on top of my camera, and you can hear the sound echoing off the walls, floor,
and ceiling. I’ll place the camera on a tripod, and transition
NOW [CLAP]; to have my moving blankets here too! You should hear that there is less reflection! The third way you can use moving blankets
is on hard floors that reflect sound from below you. This can help ensure that the sound doesn’t
reflect from the floor back into your microphone. I’ll now let you hear some examples of this
room before it was treated with a moving blanket and AFTER it was treated with moving blankets. Whether you think you kan, or you think you
Kan’t you’re right. [Without moving blankets] Whether you think you kan, or you think you
Kan’t you’re right. [With moving blanket] Whether you think you kan, or you think you
Kan’t you’re right. [With moving blanket and mixing] I also wanted to say that moving Blankets
and sound blankets while similar are not the same thing. A link to all my sources are in the video
description. I use a combination of Acoustic Foam Panels,
Moving and Sound blankets to help improve my audio on all my talking head videos! Any combination of those 3 can really help
improve the sound of your audio. To learn how to get better audio check out
that playlist, and subscribe to this channel to overcome hurdles like echoey audio! I’m Andrew Kan, and if I kan you kan too!

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