Guidelines for narrating a Spoken Tutorial
From Process | Spoken-Tutorial
- Impart instructions politely and with clarity - Do not give orders – be friendly - Remember to make the spoken tutorial a pleasant experience for the user - Speak naturally. Everybody has an accent and its okay. Do not attempt to put on an artificial accent - Remember to speak clearly and slowly - Keep the mic at a fixed distance from your mouth during the entire recording
Tips to cut out external noise
- Ideally, record in a closed room with minimum disturbance - Close the windows to cut out the noise from birds, traffic and construction - Switching off the fan helps in reducing the hissing sound while recording - Ideally, switch off your mobile phone before recording. Even if you keep the mobile phone on silent mode during
the recording, you will find that the recorded movie registers a beeping/buzzing sound when a call comes through - The same holds good for the battery charger of a laptop. Disconnect the charger from the laptop before recording.
Else you will hear a low humming sound during playback
Dummy recordings for 2-3 minutes
- Do a few dummy recordings for 2-3 minutes to finalize the recording parameters - This will help you to predict the end file-size - This exercise will also help you to check the clarity of the audio narration and the quality of the video - Full-length dummy narrations will help you to improve the tone of your voice and pronunciation
- Ideally, try to record the whole tutorial in one go - This will keep the tone of your voice uniform - It will also reduce the time you spend in editing - Use the PAUSE feature of the screencasting software wisely. This will give you an output which requires almost no
editing at all
- If possible, remove the original audio stream completely - If not possible, dub from the original recording – it will have only one more audio stream apart from yours
While Dubbing, make sure that...
- The audio-video synchronisation is not affected - The meaning of the original narration does not change - File size remains approximately same - Recording dimensions match those of the original tutorial
This page has been created by Nancy Varkey on 27th April, 2010