In my day job, I create and deliver classroom, online, and digital learning. So I expected that, since I have the knowledge for the content, and I can make a learning experience and I know my way around Premiere Pro and After Effects, the process would be easy. It took so much more effort than I initially believed - but I did enjoy the process none the less. The technical aspect of course creation I struggled with the most was definitely the voice overs. I wrote a 23'000 word script and tried to record voice over. A big initial surprise is, how much 'energy' the mic drains out of you. I thought I was delivering the lines with enthusiasm, but listening back, it sounded like I was half asleep. So I changed tactics and recorded that lines as though I was on a sugar high - trying to inject as much excitement as I could into the voice. Then listening back, it sounded right. So here's a tip: recorded lines 50% more enthusiastically than you think you need to be, as somehow the process of recording drains them. Other than that, the biggest challenge creatively was finding my 'style'. A look-and-feel that will guide all the editing, set the tone for the course, and how I want to deliver. I went back and forth so many times on that. In the end, I picked one I liked and stuck with it - but part of me still wants to go back and change it again! Definitely loads of lessons learned for the next course I will make.
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Others have mentioned digital soultions, but here's an organic one you can use, or comibe. You can make your own, really effective sound panels for really cheap. You can get rockwool, or other insulation materials really cheap. If you're recording on camera as a talking head, you can place them just outside of frame. But even better if you're just doing voice narration - make a little box around the microphone to talk into. Eliminates all the sound coming from the enviroment and also removes the hollow echo sound you might get recording in a larger room. This is what I did, called a insulation fitter, got some left over packs of rockwool for $30. Built a little home stuido for recording. The voice quality is night and day.
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