RE: Professional how-to videos

Subject: RE: Professional how-to videos
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Hannah Drake <hannah -at- formulatrix -dot- com>, "'Lippincott, Richard'" <RLippincott -at- as-e -dot- com>, 'Erika Yanovich' <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>, 'techwr-l' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:53:54 -0500

I preferred the SpaceBalls image.

I wonder how much it would compromise the echo-deadening to have a cut-out at the closed end of the box, the size of your iPad or other tablet, on which you'd display the script for reading. Then there'd be no need for additional lighting.

So, anyway, if you can make your /h/e/l/... er... chamber out of fiberglass and give it a nice coat of glossy black...


PS: I just did some sneaky editing.

-----Original Message-----
From: Hannah Drake [mailto:hannah -dot- drake -at- formulatrix -dot- com] Hannah Drake
Sent: February-10-14 9:41 AM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin; 'Lippincott, Richard'; 'Erika Yanovich'; 'techwr-l'
Subject: RE: Professional how-to videos

I had a discussion with him off-list because I think we might try it. So he wears a headset, and leans into the box with the script when he's recording.

-----Original Message-----
From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 4:55 PM
To: Lippincott, Richard; Erika Yanovich; techwr-l
Subject: RE: Professional how-to videos

Given the size of it, I am now picturing you with the plywood version of Dark Helmet's headpiece (worn in similar manner).
Muffled shout: "It's dark in here!"

So, um, where does the mic go?


-----Original Message-----
From: Lippincott, Richard
Sent: February-07-14 4:43 PM
To: Erika Yanovich; techwr-l
Subject: RE: Professional how-to videos

Way late to the party on this, but here's a comment on audio quality and

Narration sound quality makes a huge difference. One small thing that can make a video seem cheesy is a narration track that was obviously recorded in an office, due to the echos.

Like most places, we couldn't even consider building a recording studio, but we did come up with a fairly simple solution to the problem: a box with one open end, and lined with sound absorbing material.

Here are some pictures:

The sound absorbing material is simple packing foam I got from the discard pile in our manufacturing area.

Quick and easy to make, very effective. The one improvement it needs: better lighting inside.

Rick Lippincott, Technical Writer
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RE: Professional how-to videos: From: Lippincott, Richard
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