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Video with Accent or Sans Accent? - Halloween Contest

This relates to the Halloween 2007 Contest. I'm making a fairly large (I'm calling it Mega) iBle for the contest, in the Decorations category, and wanted videos to go along with it, to help explain. Now, I have a pretty strong accent, and I am afraid that it might not be able to be understood by most of y'all. I figured I have three options with the video, either: A) I talk like I do, and hope y'all can make sense out of it. B) I try my hardest to enunciate, though that might sound as if I'm one of those computer voices. or C) I use text instead of my voice in the video. If y'all need sound clips, I could get them. Thanks, I'm just trying to make this my best one!

crapflinger6 years ago
embrace your southern accent! be proud of it! it's part of who you are....and like others have said...just put in subtitles...that gives you a chance to make fun of yourself while making the videos "well ya see ya take this here whatchamajigger and ya cram it darned near down to the bottom of that thing thar" Subtitle- Insert tab A into slot B
Bran (author)  crapflinger6 years ago
Oh, I enjoy it, and it makes people have a good laugh, I just wasn't sure if it would cause a problem in the video, getting my point across-wise. Thanks for the reply.
John Smith Bran6 years ago
I could understand it...everyone here has a southern accent...i think the northerners make fun of us when they come down here in winter. (Okeechobee, Florida, home of great fishing.)
trebuchet036 years ago
I agree with tool ;) If you think being yourself could cause issue -- add subtitles. You'll be yourself and help others understand your accent :p I've used a combination in the past (where audio was included in video). But, when audio wasn't part of the video - I only use subtitles due to my lack of a suitable microphone. My mic produces a nasty tinny sound that bothers the crap out of me :p
Bran (author)  trebuchet036 years ago
Thanks, I'll have to experiment with my microphone - it's nothing to rave about though.
As I'm learning to understand as much accents as possible, I'd like to hear yours. So, subtitles would be great too :-)
Bran (author)  chooseausername6 years ago
Ok, accent and subtitles it is. Thanks.
its a lion6 years ago
use microsoft sam. go to control panel, speech. then type in what you want him to say. gives a Stephen Hawkings type sound to it. of course i vote you just talk like normal. going from the spelling up there ("y'all") it seems like you are from the south? i dont find the southern accent hard to understand. of course that could be because i have one myself... maybe subtitle it?
NachoMahma6 years ago
. Enunciate, without being mechanical, and you should be OK. . Avoid idioms. . Use subtitles, plus your audio, if the first item doesn't work.
Bran (author)  NachoMahma6 years ago
Avoid idioms.

Do mean talking like Yoda, or being redundant?

Use subtitles, plus your audio, if the first item doesn't work.

Should I talk while I record the video, or add narration later?

Thanks for helping out.
NachoMahma Bran6 years ago
> Do mean talking like Yoda ... . Words and phrases that don't translate literally. Eg, "kick the bucket" has nothing to do with kicking nor buckets. Now, why didn't you look that up? . Redundancy is good - tell 'em what you're gonna tell 'em, then tell 'em, then tell 'em what you just told 'em. ;) . > Should I talk while I record the video, or add narration later? . Adding it later will probably sound more professional, but it may be easier to do-it-on-the-fly. . Without background noise, &c, your narration will probably be easier to understand. . Depends on what tools you have available and how well you can use them.
Bran (author)  NachoMahma6 years ago
Alright, sounds good to me - thanks a lot!

Now, why didn't you look that up?

It's been a long day.

Well, I wouldn't expect this iBle anytime soon, as I still have quite a bit to do. Thanks again!
Be yourself.
If you watch some video ibles on here, you'll notice that many of them have narration, along with sub titles telling what is done in each step. I would do that.
Bran (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
I've watched KipKay's videos, and he's got a pleasant voice on them. Not sure if its his or not, though. Thanks for the help, I'll try it out.
yeah, it is his voice.
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