Subtitles or voice narration?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Mxsmanic, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Mxsmanic

    Brian Guest

    I've seen this done in travel videos made for Television.
    The person is talking in his own language which can be heard in the
    background and the audience can hear someone saying what he is saying
    in English in the foreground but it does not have to be word for word.
    This way it does not look like a badly dubbed video. When the
    interviewer speaks then you increase the volume so he's talking in the
    foreground if he's speaking in English. If the interviewer is speaking
    in a non-English language then you don't show the interviewer but
    replace the interviewers sound track with English from your own voice
    while showing the person being interviewed. While the interviewed
    person is talking then you can have some cut away's of the

    If the person is not being interviewed then you can tell the audience
    a summary of what the person is saying in your own voice. eg "Mr Black
    told us that he had lived here all his life and is happy living here".

    I had a very boring shot of a man that walking down a hill which
    lasted 10 or more seconds so I kept the audience entertained using sub
    titles to tell of some interesting facts. I could have used my voice
    but it would have broken the atmosphere that the background sound
    created for the scene.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jul 31, 2011
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  2. Mxsmanic

    Brian Guest

    Why not show your video to a friend so that you get some feedback. In
    the case of a long street screen which could bore the auience after a
    while then a few sub titles of interesting facts would help but don't
    put a lot of sub titles forcing the audience to continously read sub
    titles. A few seconds between subtitles is best.
    You may know of someone in the family or a friend who has a good
    speaking voice that could add his voice to your movie.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jul 31, 2011
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