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I've had some requests for Audacity tutorials, anyone have any specific requests?

So far I've got down
- Basic cleaning and recording
- Basic effects

Any other ideas?
ince it's fairly commonly asked, I'm going to guide you on how to make a fandub in Adobe Premiere Elements 14. You should be able to follow along fairly easily in other video editors. I learned on Adobe and the Elements version bundled with photoshop is reasonably priced at around £60. Vegas is also pretty popular but I've never liked it much.
First lets take a look at the work area:
[Image: video1.jpg]
You can see it's fairly simply set out, there's a video preview then below it are a number of video and audio tracks.
Whatever editor you use, multiple audio tracks are essential. To fandub you'll probably have to re-create the entire audio including music and sound effects. It's rarely possible to just delete the voice. So you'll have to redo everything so it sounds convincing.

1.  Scripting
Now you understand that you'll have to redo the soundtrack, I also want to discuss the script. When you read any translation or subtitle what you're getting is a translation. The translator will translate from the source language to best convey the meaning in English and to fit on the screen. You won't be able to transcribe those subs and have them work out. You need to edit the script so it sounds good in English and fits the movements or lip flaps. Check out any anime Blu-ray or DVD you have or Streaming service that carries dub/sub like Netflix ( except when they have dub-titles or subs for hard of hearing rather than translations). Compare the subs with the dub, you'll notice a difference. 

There's no shortcut here, write down the script then go back and keep replaying the clip, try to edit the dialogue so it matches the length of time and sounds natural. You may also want to allow your actors a little adlib freedom so if your script doesn't quite work for them they can add or take away a few words etc to match. Make sure to include in the script any little vocal sounds like grunting, crying etc.

My dub scripts tend to be workman like and have line numbers so it's easy for me to ask for retakes e.g

1_Nano: Hello Professor!
2_Professor: Oh it's you Nano.

You can also put direction in brackets if you need to:
3_Nano: ( Surprised) Ah! it's Mr-Sakamoto!

2.Get the video into Adobe Premiere
If you haven't already done this you should start mixing the music and sounds whilst you wait for VO. First lets get the video into the software.

Click Add Media > Files and Folders then click on the video you want to import. Then drag it into the timeline.

[Image: Video2.jpg]
If you haven't already cut it to length in Virtualdub or another video editor you can do that now. There are two ways simply drag the clip in from the far end on the timeline, or else double click on the video file and set the start and end points in the pop up.

[Image: video3.gif]

If the clip has audio with it, you probably want to mute it. Though it's handy to have for reference.
[Image: video4.jpg]


Once that's done it's time to add in music. Right click on the tracks area and select add tracks, add a few audio tracks. As you did with the video import you music track (S) into Adobe Premiere then drag it into the timeline.

You'll want to change volume so the VO can be heard over it ( and you'll probably need to adjust the audio balance as you go along, for now let's turn it down a bit.
Click on the arrow in the music track so that it expands, you'll now have a yellow volume slider drag it down so the music level drops.
[Image: video5.jpg]

The next track should be reserved for ambient sounds, if there's a lot going on you may need a few tracks of these. These should have sounds like crowds, birds crickets etc. If you left click you can drag and place audio along the timeline. Use this as well as the same clip length techniques you used to edit the video to make the sound effects the right length for the clip.

Next come action sounds, these will want to be louder than the other sound but not as load as VO. These include footsteps, doors closing, fight impacts etc. 

Keep playing and replaying the video and adjusting the placement. I'll talk you through some more details in the next segment.

3. Adding Voice over
Each character should probably have at least one track to themselves so you have space to move around the clips, especially when character voices overlap. Import the lines for your first character
Do as you did before, select Add Media> Files and folders then navigate to the folder with the voice files in. To import more than one file at a time hold down the CTRL key then left click on each file you want to add then select open.

As you play the video you'll notice this line move through the files:
[Image: video6.jpg]

You can use it to to move forward and wind back. Files you drag in will also snap to the line so you can use it to help guide to placing the voice files. As before keep winding back and replaying the file to make sure placement is OK, you may also want to adjust volume.

4. Adding Credits

This is pretty simple in Premiere, go to the end of the video time line, Then  at the top of the screen select text, then new text. The text will then appear in the video section, you can drag it around or click in the text box to edit it. Premiere also has a credits roll feature if you prefer. You can alter credit duration if you prefer. Text will live in the video track, if you want it to appear over the video create a new video track above the anime video.
[Image: fandub7.jpg]


A final touch before the credits is a nice fade out. I usually add it to both video and credits. Right click on the video or credits in the timeline then select fade out. Premiere will then add a nice fade out effect.


If you're curious as to how this fandub worked out take a look:
As you watch try and work out where the ambient effects start and stop, how the sounds are placed and the volume of the voice over. This was only a test clip on my part, but  I hope it gives you an idea.
This was a rant I posted on my Tumblr a while ago and it seemed to resonate:
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For those of you who feel tempted to just go on a voice acting forum and say “ I need voice actors." 
If you are posting there it’s a given, we need a little more. Most VAs also have editing skills ( you have to learn to manage your own recordings) so if you want to use the whole ” for exposure" justification for your fan project; it’s pointless since most of us could make something ourselves if we want to.
If we audition for you, it’s because we want to take part.Make the process fun by making things organised.
If you don’t have enough script to post auditions you’re not ready,
If you can’t be bothered to write a full post I don’t think you’ll be dubbing 24 episode anime.
If you post at more than one forum but can only be bothered to write a full post at one then you can’t manage a team of actors. It takes a moment to update a thread, and a half arsed thread will also not syndicate on my RSS feel properly so you’ll loose a ton of potential people.
If you write a crappy post I’ll assume you’ll be crappy to work with.
It’s a hobby so there’s no need to act like Simon Cowell (’ because that’s what pros do’), A true pro acts with courtesy.
Deadlines are important I can schedule recording time so I don’t disturb my neighbor and I can take time to warm up,
Casting the first person you hear, getting through 50% of the script with them and finding they can’t do it will take longer than just taking the time to audition properly.




This is a quick video I did on how to lip sync using Audacity and a video player in this case Virtualdub. Both are free and open source.
Please find a selection of interviews with pros and fans from the VA world all saved from our old site voiceacting.co.uk
The cheaper your equipment the longer you have to spend editing it before you can send it out. This tutorial covers the ultra-cheap labour intensive method. If you haven‘t voice acted before or don’t intend to often there‘s no point spending a lot of moneyIf you’ve read the previous article in the series you’ll know the kind of projects you can get involved with. Now we’re going to talk about the kind of microphone you need to get started .  The type of software you use, and the microphone you record make a massive difference to the way you sound. The cheaper your equipment the longer you have to spend editing it before you can send it out.  This tutorial covers the ultra-cheap labour intensive method. If you haven‘t voice acted before or don’t intend to often  there‘s no point spending a lot of money. 
 
Microphones It’s perfectly possible you already have a cheap microphone hanging around. However I would strongly advise against using any kind of headset/ gaming head gear or laptop microphone. Headsets are difficult since they are attached to your head you can’t move them much, so it’s easy to breathe on them and end up recording mic puffs. There are two main ways the low budget microphone can be plugged in - 

Analogue- this plugs in the line in socket on your computer.


USB There are a number of cheap USB headphones  Logitech do a range designed more for gaming and office applications, where as professional companies such as Shure do more expensive USB microphone for home use. On a super ultra low budget I’d recommend the Logitech USB desktop microphone usually about £20 and available in largish PC and electronics shops.  Simply put it’s cheap, and provides reasonable sound on even low end machines. If you have any USB microphones from games for systems such as the Wii and PS2 (that come bundled with  music and singing games) you can also give those a whirl. Your computer may not record immediately with your microphone.


USB microphones will need to install, in most cases  your computer will do so automatically. Again more expensive USB microphones will also have drivers for advanced use. 




Crazzydrummer's excellent video on Audacity noise reduction
eal life can often get in the way of your hobbies, homework needs to be done or bills paid. Suddenly a few weeks hiatus turns into months or even years of little creative output.  Some people can get back to work immediately other people find that they get out shape and things they once found easy seem hard again.  Voice acting involves both your brain and your body, and both can get a little out of shape without the proper workout. We list a number of things you can do to get back into swing.  These tips will also help new voice actors get practice.1) Just record yourself talking- no one has to hear it but get talking, tell a story in different voices read pages of books and comics you leave lying about. Get used to hearing yourself talk. Set yourself challenges like “ I will only talk for ten seconds” then see how close you got, so you can get used to controlling your voice again.
2) Start “ live dubbing” repeats, so that episode of  super angst teenage ninja is a repeat. Great! Turn down the volume a notch and start doing the voices yourself. Do your best to match the lip flaps, but don’t worry it’s not being recorded so there’s no way to check. Just enjoy yourself. In a similar vein start repeating dialogue you hear on TV or radio, you can learn new voices my mimicking.
3) Put together shot 1-2 min sketches yourself, just write something small or perform a short scene by yourself. Since it’s just you there’s no pressure to shoe anyone yet, just experiment and have fun.
4) Get auditioning again- don’t feel confident anymore! Well take a risk if you don’t get cast so what? You had an excuse to record some fresh dialogue and if the producer has time you might have even got some feedback.
We hope this helps! This is still a work in progress. You may also want to check out ournewbies guide to voice acting.
Microphones
Logitech USB 
Samson CO1U 
Blue Snowball 
Alesis Podcasting Kit

Audio Editing software 
Audacity ( free & open source) 
Radioline Wavepad ( pay for full features great noise reduction) 
Sonar ( often comes bundles with Samson CO1U) 
Reaper 
Kristal 
Wavosaur 
Goldwave 
Adobe Audition 
Adobe Soundbooth 
Sony Sound Forge 
Acoustica Ardour ( Mac & Linux) 
N-track studio

Video Software
Sony Vegas 
Adobe Premiere ( Elements is the  cheaper cut down home version) 
iMovie ( Mac only) 
Magix Movie Edit 
Media Studio Pro 
Virtual Dub 
Windows Movie Maker 
AMVapp -a slightly old compiled collection of video codecs and software. Still very useful, check out the associated tutorial 
TrakAxe- [b]Free multi track editing software.[/b]

Podcasting
iTunes 
Podcast Directory 
Podcast Alley 
Odeo

Sound effects
VAUK SFX Archive  
Soundsnap 
A1 Free sound effects 
Sound Dogs 
Free Sound File Archive 
Free Sound Project

Free SFX
Music
Incomptech.com 
Podsafe Audio  

Script writing
Celtx 
Final Draft 
Scriped - browser based. 
ZhuraMovie Magic screen writer

Compression 
Wobzip - website which unzips files. 
Winzip Winrar-

Accents 
IDEA- International dialects of English The Speech Accent Archive

FTP 
FilezillaSmartFTP 
CuteFTP

Video Hosting/ Streaming 
Youtube
Vimeo 
Dailymotion

Sound hosting 
Putfile Soundclick

File Sending
Sendfile
Yousendit.com 
Sendthisfile.com
Megaupload.com

Out of copyright texts
Project Gutenburg
Anime
AoD licence list- find out what anime is available in English 
Anime Encyclopedia - useful for cast lists 
Crystal Acids- Anime voice actor database 

The industry: [/url]
[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/newtalent/]BBC New Talent
 
VoiceActing.com ( not affiliated with us) 
Adventures in voice Acting DVD 
4 Talent; 
Hey Answerman : So you wanna be an anime voice actor? 
Skillset 
Voice123.com 
VoiceoverXtra
Radio411.com
Voiceoverdirectory.com
 

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