Editing the video clips together is fun, and you can quickly see everything come to life on front of your eyes - what's NOT fun is having to edit the audio.
For several reasons I record the audio separately to the video - this give me more flexibility and stops me having to multi-task too many things at once when trying to record the video (which is hard and fiddly enough as it is).
But Im not a pro voice artist, and I usually end up with around 45 minutes of audio for each 4 minutes video. With stumbles, retakes, lost threads, trying to think what to say - its a lengthy process. And ayou can imagine, editing all that together takes a long time, cutting out waffling dialog, splicing sentences together to makes them flow faster - it was doubling the workload for every video.
And then, watching them back, I felt like the voice over wasn't really adding much to each episode - all you really need to see is the miniature being shown and demonstrated, with a little humour injected to keep it interesting.
So I decided to give it a try. I already decided to reduce the intro sequence and introduce some new music (after I discovered the Youtube in-built music library) - so I figured, why not change the whole format at the same time?
Ignoring the audio tracks that I'd already recorded, I set about editing the video with no voiceover, just the visuals and captions.
I was surprised that it worked well - in fact, the process of having to limit the 'dialog' down to fit on a few captions really stop you from needlessly waffling or dwelling on an obscure point of interest. It keeps the pace moving faster, which I like.
You can still get humour into it though the written captions - almost like they're commenting on what we're seeing on screen together - and with the little easter egg-style end videos (which are GREAT fun to do by the way).
Ive shot and edited two more new videos with no voiceover reordered at all - and they're working better and better.
So for me, losing my voice is an important step in keeping the videos tighter, and also giving it a little style of their own that doesn't follow the mainstream.
But this is an ongoing process... who knows what may change next?