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Create your audio file first for your videos. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Turtleknife   
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:11

One of the things I have noticed about different tutorials in screencasting is that most recommendations about producing videos don't cover enough content in regards to the script and audio of the production. When I first started making videos, I was certainly more interested in the aspect of capturing something live and being able to comment on it in-the-moment style.

Use Garageband or Audacity to record your script first.

What I've discovered over time is that that process is good for people who have a natural talent for speaking in a fluid, comprehensible style with little interference with uhhs and duhhhs as well as just plain brain gaps. I now look back on some of my videos done years ago and feel they are really horrible compared what I can do now.

The reason I think my videos are much better now is because I've gotten into the habit of writing my script, and then pre-recording my script in GarageBand, so that my audio delivery actually sounds natural, using emphasis in the right places at the right times.

If you look at the image below, you'll see one of my typical timelines being produced in screenflow, and you'll notice that my audio timeline here is rather much untouched. That's because I've done all my editing for the audio in GarageBand and then exported from that program, and then imported it into screenflow as a media file. I feel that when I do it this way I can manage the length of the video better, and I also feel that it's much easier to manipulate the video or the visuals, to match up with my audio. Since I know that my audio already sounds fluid and makes sense, and is presented in an order that gets the message across that I really wanted to - well, I'm just done editing with that and can now focus on the video itself.


(1) My recorded audio script imported from garageband. (2) Sound effects I added for complimenting the video. (3)(4)(5) are standard music intros I use for any given video series.

To me it also makes for a much more streamlined timeline within screenflow because I'm really only breaking up the visuals, adding freeze frames, manipulating the timing of sections, and adding other visual elements like text or graphics.

One of the reasons I started doing this is because I have just seen way too many videos, especially on YouTube where people are trying to do affiliate marketing or explain software or basically anything else, and they just keep getting tongue-tied, saying too much, saying too little, and effecting the entire flow of the video in a very negative way. Personally, I just stress to get through videos like that and more often than not, I just shut it down now because if somebody is not respecting my time and giving me valuable information (because I'm watching this video) then I'm not going to pay them respect by watching it all the way through. If they can't get the video correct and respect my time for watching it, then I'm just not giving them the time of day.

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If you do have videos on YouTube right now and you feel your audio might not be good or professional sounding, you can basically prove this by going into your YouTube channel and looking into the insight of every video. Looking at the insight graphs of your videos is probably going to shock you in terms of how many people just drop your video before they get to the important part, or what at least you feel is the important part. Yes it probably has something to do with video and the content itself, but if you were saying something with conviction and interest in an inspiring flow, people are going to give you way more leeway in terms of getting to your important content or call-to-action.

I think you'll find by writing out your script, then practicing it verbally and then recording it in GarageBand, (or Audacity if you're on a PC), and then just save that file and import it into your screenflow (or Camtasia on a PC) - you will instantly be able to create more worthy content with less distractions and an overall professional production. Hey, we aren't all experienced radio jockeys, so don't try and be one at the expense of losing viewers.