Having been recording and editing podcasts and audioblogs for almost a year now, I’ve become really comfortable when it comes to post-production. I was thinking last night how a lot of you are coming into audio not really knowing the editing part and I wanted to give you some tips on how to cut your editing time sometimes in half!
1. SPEAK WELL
I noticed that when I knew that I was being recorded, I used to tense up and not speak like myself. I was nervous and sometimes that caused me to speak faster than normal as well as causing me fumble over my words, or worse, repeat things over and over.
When editing vocals, you can literally get caught up in editing every word. You want to put out the best and coherent content. It starts with what you record and what you say. To cut down on editing time, when you speak better, you will edit faster because there will be less to edit.
Some tips for speaking clearer:
- Slow down
- Annunciate (pronounce words clearly)
- Speak at a normal volume
- Think before you speak – By this I mean, think of the sentence you want to say and speak each word well. Not thinking about your words can cause you to fumble!
My initial episodes would take me about 4 hours edit. The parts where I was speaking took me the longest because I was all over the place! If you’re doing a podcast and you’re interviewing someone, you don’t have control over the way they are speaking, however, you do have power over your own words. Getting comfortable with speaking better now allows me to edit episodes in only an hour! I so want this for you too and it can happen with just being cognizant of what you say and how you say it.
2. CORRECT YOURSELF WHILE RECORDING
Even though you’re very conscious of speaking clearer, slower and annunciating, you’re human and you will inevitably make mistakes. However, the great thing about post-production is that it exists! You are able to correct those words by speaking them and re-recording.
One way to do this and cut your editing time is to correct yourself while recording. What is Anabell talking about, you might be thinking? Well let’s say you were trying to say, “I agree. Sometimes, when I want to say no, I end up saying yes cuz I feel bad.” However, while you’re recording you say, “I know huh? Ugh! When I want to say no I just say yes cuz I feel really bad.”
You added a lot of extra words and sounds and you don’t like what you just said.
What I do, is I pause and say “let me try that one more time.” I then say the corrected line I initially intended on. So when I’m editing, I know that there is a better version coming that I can use and I may just need to cut out the previous fumbled line.
It feels weird when you’re recording but believe me, you’ll thank yourself when it comes to post-pro! (post-production)
3. UTILIZE A SCRIPT
Ok, so I know a lot of us don’t like reading out loud. It takes us back to junior high and high school when the teacher called on us to read in front of the entire class. However, if you’re planning on creating an audioblog, guess what you’ll be doing? Reading your blogpost out loud! But don’t worry. I’ll be giving you lots of tips on how to do this and sound amazing.
Reading from a script takes out ALL the guess work when recording.
Reading from a script takes out all the guess work when recording. Now, I was one of those weird kids that always offered to read out loud in class. (so nerdy, I know!) But I loved reading, aloud or silently. I’m able to read out loud in the same way that I speak so it’s very colloquial and full of vocal inflections. I realize that for many, this isn’t the case. However, practice can make you close to perfect!
Not only does a script help you know what to say, but notes on your script can help with vocal inflections. You can make a word BOLD if you want yourself to say it loud and with emphasis. You can italicize it if you want to add an inflection in your voice when pronouncing.
Scripts dramatically cut your editing time. Sometimes you won’t have to do ANY editing!
4. HAVE SYSTEMS
Do you use a system or outline to write a blogpost? Why not have one for your editing process? This makes editing go faster and allow you to “think” less.
I keep notes in Evernote that point out every single step I have to do during a particular task that I’m learning. I’ll give you a glimpse into my MP3 importing task:
- – highlight the episode
- – right click on episode
- – click on “create AIFF version”
- – you’ll hear a “ding” when its complete
- – go to the entire “music” library
- – right click to find the AIFF file
- – drag it into the Levelator (this will take a few minutes)
- – go to Finder, look for the file (search this Mac)
I don’t think this last point requires much elaboration. Outsource the editing! Places like Fiverr and Odesk offer affordable editing options to choose from. You do pay for the service, however, your time can essentially be used to do anything else in your business!
Knowing that there are a lot of things you can do to cut your editing time is empowering.
What about you, have you been editing and know some more useful tips on saving time and making it easier? Share them in the comments below!