Video production

Subject: Video production
From: Susanne Dupes 576-1180 <DUPESS -at- A1 -dot- OSTI -dot- GOV>
Date: Wed, 24 May 1995 07:19:00 -0400

After reading several postings, I thought I'dunlurk and offer my input
on something near and dear to my heart. As a former radio newscaster, I
have done quite a bit of video narration. If your money is tight and
you have to keep the naration in-house, you have to listen for more than
a pleasant voice. Choose a few of those and then ask them to read some
of the text you plan to use into a microphone. You'd be amazed at the
amount of nervousness a mic can cause. Also, listen for rate of speech
when people read and vocal variety. As you edit your video, you may
have to cut a few seconds or add a few seconds in some places. Your
narrator needs to be able to adjust speaking rate without losing quality
of inflection.

Finally, if you use an outside production house, make sure you are
allowed to be present and participating when the video is actually
edited. Anyone who doesn't want you to do this does not have your
company's best interest at heart...only you can ensure that.

Hope that helps!!

Susanne Dupes, Writer/Editor, Office of Science and Technology, DOE.
e-mail: Dupes -at- a1 -dot- OSTI -dot- gov

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