4 Tips For Producing a Perfect Audio Audition Voiceover – For Beginners & Experienced Artists

Audio wave - produce a proper audio auditionAs a Videographer and Video Editor I frequently need professional voiceovers.  Typically I use voices.com – a service that lets me upload a script, select preferred criteria for the voice such as gender and age, and receive auditions.  A final script is uploaded and I usually select a paragraph and ask the voice artists to audition the paragraph so comparison is easier.

I quite often receive over 100 auditions for any script over a period of 2-4 days.  As you can imagine competition is fierce.  I short list the auditions to the best 5-10 and send the auditions to my clients for final selection.  Any one of the short listed auditions will do the job nicely.

As a potential customer I have some tips for voiceover artists, particularly new ones breaking into the business.  It surprises me how many auditions are actually poor quality.  Your audition must be perfect and high quality to be considered for the job (as I said earlier the competition is fierce).  Ensure the following:

1) Your audition must be void of background noise and hissing/hums. You would be surprised how many I delete right away because of poor quality.  If your audition isn’t ‘clean’ your pro-narration may not be ‘clean’ either so I won’t select you for the job.

2) Take the time to audition the paragraph selected by the Client (me).  All too often I receive demo clips with music or past ads.  While these are nice I never select these auditions.  Record my paragraph or don’t bother replying.

3) Make sure your audio is the right level – not too loud to blow my headphones off and not too soft so I need to turn up the volume.  When I receive a pro-narration I wish to insert it into my video editing program at 0 db then fine tune it.  Your audition should be at the proper level.

4) Voices has a ratings system. I submit my budget for the project when I post the job.  If my budget is $250-$500 for a couple minute voiceover I have never picked an offer over budget. This is especially true when the artist is not rated.  This is even more true when the audition is not clean and perfect.  The highest priced audition in my experience does not indicate highest quality.

Hopefully these tips will help artists get more jobs and not be deleted from the audition list at first pass!

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KFL&A Public Health Video on Healthy Babies Healthy Children Screening Tool

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health

Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health chose 45 Degrees Latitude to produce an instructional video for the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Screening Tool. The video will be primarily used by PHNs (Public Health Nurses) and midwives as an aid for completing the form.

Expected completion date is December 2015.  The video will be posted on YouTube and embedded in various websites.

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45 Degrees Latitude to Create 50th Anniversary Video for Lennox & Addington County Hospital

The Lennox & Addington County Hospital is located in Napanee Ontario and will be celebrating a 50th Anniversary in February 2016.  A gala celebration to recognize the 50 year history will feature a video showcasing the Hospital history.

45 Degrees Latitude will produce the video in cooperation with the Hospital Foundation.  The Hospital history is well documented in the Hospital archives, The Lennox & Addington Museum and Archives and the Napanee Beaver newspaper.  Hospital volunteer Ernie Doughty has compiled a book of history, photographs and documents which will also be unveiled at the gala.

Ken and Cathy Hook of 45 Degrees Latitude enjoy working on historical-documentary style videos and have produced 3 previously.  The Hospital Foundation staff have been a pleasure to work with on this interesting project.

 

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Community Living Prince Edward to Produce Video on MSD Injury Prevention

Community Living logo

 

45 Degrees Latitude was recently chosen to create a video for Community Living Prince Edward funded by the Ministry of Labour.  The purpose of the video is to prevent workplace injuries, specifically MSDs -Musculoskeletal Disorders to workers that provide support to persons requiring assistance.

MSDs are injuries to soft tissues of the body and can be prevented.  MSDs are typically a sprain, strain, or tendonitis created by  pushing, pulling, lifting, fixed or awkward postures and repetition.

The video will feature select staff and a Kinesiologist explaining proper lifting and ambulatory techniques.  Expected completion date is the end of March 2016.  The video will be hosted on YouTube and embedded on various websites for staff training.

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Sony A7SII Camera Purchased by 45 Degrees Latitude Video Production

45 Degrees Latitude adds Sony a7sII to inventory.

 

45 Degrees Latitude has recently purchased the new Sony a7sII DSLR full frame camera.  This adds a whole new dimension to video offerings to clients as the new camera records video natively in 4K.  Small in size but mighty in imagery this amazing camera was released in October 2015.

The main advantages of this camera over others is the ability to record 4K internally which allows videographers to capture ultra-high definition video that can be cropped down to 1080p which allows more creative possibilities.  The camera is also a low-light level king which can shoot almost noise-free video in near darkness.

We are working with the camera on 3 current video jobs and love the performance in low-light.  And, it’s autofocus capabilities are the best we’ve seen.

 

 

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Kirk Kove Rental Cottage Resort in Eastern Ontario – Tourism Video Production

Kirk Kove Cottages is a cottage rental resort in Eastern Ontario.   Kirk Kove has been serving customers for over 80 years with many families returning for generations.  The resort is situated on Big Gull Lake – one of the most undeveloped and secluded lakes in Eastern Ontario yet only a short drive from Ottawa, Toronto and New York.  Big Gull Lake is known for incredible walleye fishing as well as bass and pike fishing.

The resort offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom cottages loaded with amenities including full kitchens, free wi-fi and free use of the canoes and kayaks.  Big Gull Lake is also part of Canada’s Mississippi Canoe Route that traverses dozens of lakes and rivers over stunning countryside.

This promo video was created for the homepage of Kirk Kove to give visitors an insight into the benefits of family cottage rental at the resort.

 

 

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DJI Phantom Crash in Lake, Retrieved, Dried-Out and Flies Again with GoPro

While obtaining an island aerial shot my Phantom suddenly crashed into a lake from a height of about 50 feet and about 100 feet offshore.  Phantoms sink like rocks but luckily it was only in 3 feet of water.  It took me 4 minutes to wade out and retrieve the Phantom and to my amazement the GoPro 3 was recording the entire time!  This shot was in a secluded area with no people or buildings nearby.

I quickly returned home, removed the Phantom cover, battery and accessories and slowly dried everything with a hairdryer.  The GoPro I placed in a bag of rice overnight after it had dried with the hairdryer.  Everything works fine!  There was no waterproof housing on the GoPro in the gimbal and certainly no protection on the Phantom.  The mini-SD card retained all the footage as you can see above with no apparent damage.

The crash was caused by a faulty Phantom battery pack that was fully charged but somehow damaged and contact was intermittent.

The Phantom and GoPro are technological marvels and I am totally impressed with both.

 

 

 

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City of Kingston Receives New Promotional Video – KINGSTON2nd2None

Kingston2nd2None video

Don Curtis– marketer extraordinaire, had the idea of creating a slideshow-video from some great photos of Kingston displaying everything that’s spectacular about Kingston.  He needed excellent photos and found local photographer, Paul Wash who had a huge collection of high-resolution photos.  Don wrote the script to match the photos then asked Ken Hook of 45 Degrees Latitude to do some serious video editing.

Once the project was near completion Don presented the video to Kingston Accommodation Partners (KAP) for sponsoring.  KAP accepted and now the video is showcased on www.kingstonlobby.com and the Visit Kingston YouTube Channel.  It is also shared on various Kingston social media sites.

 

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Creation of 5 TV Commercials for Taylor Auto Mall – Kingston, Ontario

Taylor Auto Mall - Kingston Ontario

 

Taylor Auto Mall is the largest dealer of Chev, Cadillac, Buick and GMC in Kingston.  Marketing guru Don Curtis created 5 commercials for Taylor’s to play during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on CKWS-TV.  Don asked 45 Degrees Latitude to film and edit the videos to have them ready to air on CKWS.

The videos are also on Taylor’s YouTube Channel. Look for ‘Shy’, ‘Spin’, ‘How Intimidating Can 4 Foot Be’, ’26 years’ and ‘Tour’.

Jason Taylor and staff were great to work with and what a clean and beautiful showroom!

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FCPX Quits Unexpectently Upon Start-up

Final Cut Pro X quits unexpectedly

I was having start-up problems with FCPX and discovered a solution.  Whenever I started the program it quit with the error message appearing ‘FCPX Quit Unexpectedly’.  Perhaps I had too many libraries open (about 6)?

No problem though…close the program and restart it holding down the ALT and COMMAND key.  This will RESET YOUR PREFERENCES.  No libraries will appear when the program opens. Simply open (and locate) the library you wish to open or start a new library.

Hope this works for you!

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