- by Lon Naylor
There are LOTS of times when I record the audio track for my Camtasia videos first.
- Trying to record a vocal narration and record video footage at the same time leads to mistakes and extra editing.
- I can take a recorded audio source file and drop it into Audacity to remove noise, equalize, fix volume levels, etc. to end up with a clean audio track.
- It’s easy to snip out big mistakes OR take advantage of the subject of this QuickTip which is:
Record Vocal Takes in 3’s
There are times when creating and using a script are a really good idea.
For example, when crafting an important sales message you want to treat your video script like “sales copy” and using a script let’s you craft that message as such.
But what you DON’T want is to sound like you’re reading from a script!
As you record your audio, try doing multiple “takes” one right after the other and what you’ll probably find is that the second or third time you say a written passage out loud, it sounds more “natural”.
Watch this short clip of how the pros do a voice-over of a script and you’ll see what I mean:
Did you notice how several of the voice actors would pause…and then pull another shot at the line…and maybe even another try?
Did you also notice a difference in the dynamic of what each take sounded like? A different inflection leading to a different emotion, a subtle change that changes the feeling, etc.?
Why do them one right after another?
Because when you do…it’s stupid simple to listen to each one…pick the best – and snip the rest!
Now, you obviously don’t need to do this ALL the time. But I find it really helps especially when recording from a script where you can easily come off sounding like you’re reading…
To find out more and the step-by-step tutorials on exactly how to do this, check out the full Learn Camtasia Course