Tips for recording your video reading....

 

General tips on reading for your CUT video

  • Your reading should start at the beginning of your chosen piece of work
  • The video you send to us should be between 2 and 4 minutes long
  • Please finish the reading at the end of a sentence, at a natural point to take a breath, ideally at a point which will make the viewer want to know more
  • At the end of the reading, please include a few seconds, looking into the camera, to enable us to make a clean edit
  • We will add to your video a CUT intro and ending, which will include your name, and the title of the piece; you may also include these at the start of your reading if you wish 
  • The reading must be of a piece of work which has been published on the CUT site 
  • The video is a teaser to encourage a reader to visit your Writer Profile Page and buy your ebook, so don’t give away too much of it
  • You can read while standing or seated – the main thing is to be comfortable
  • The background should be fairly neutral, to avoid distraction, and ideally at least 1 metre away from you
  • You can read from a paper version of your work, or from an e-reader 
  • Please look up at the camera every now and again during the reading
  • Your delivery should be natural, rather than over-dramatic; speak clearly, but not too slowly
  • To get the volume right, check the projection of your voice by making a few test recordings first
  • Practise by reading the piece out loud several times in advance; this will help when it comes to making your recording 

 

Technical tips on audio and video

  • Any digital video file is acceptable; mp4 is ideal
  • Ideally use a camera not a phone to make your recording
  • While recording, stand the camera on a stable surface, such as a tripod or table
  • Natural light is best, unless you’re planning to use a special effect (as in this example by Brindley Hallam Dennis) 
  • If you are not using natural light, and not using a special effect, it is best to run a white balance first if your recording device has one 
  • Audio – test the adequacy of the results you get from the microphone on your camera first, but usually you will get a much better sound if you are able to borrow or buy a plug-in microphone to get closer to your voice – even a low-cost one can make a significant difference; try to avoid any background noise at all  
  • Video files are quite large, so you may not be able to email the final result to us at CUT; you may need to use a free file-sharing site such as DropBox

 

When you are ready for us to process your video, please email us at writerhelp@cutalongstory.com

We will then check the video, add the CUT intro and ending, and load it to the CUT YouTube channel, and set up a link to it from your Writer Profile Page.

 

To help you plan, here are links to a few examples of existing video readings:

 

Enjoy your video reading!

 
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