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16 February 2016 @ 10:49 pm
@blackglass said she knew a newbie podficcer who was struggling to figure out GarageBand and could use a basic tutorial, so I thought I'd give it a try. Not that I'm an expert -- I'm sure I only know 1% of the potential features -- but I'll write up my process here, and please feel free to suggest better ways of doing things in the comments.

Step 1: Recording

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You can also find Part 2 here.
09 February 2016 @ 01:30 pm
I'm working on my first multi-chapter podfic and I'm wondering what the pros and cons of editing chapter by chapter vs. once the whole podfic has been read is. Any tips/cautions/etc?

I use Garageband and the edit as you go method for the actual reading but I have to go in after and reduce the volume on my ridiculously loud breaths at the end, and I'll be throwing in some effects on certain voices, etc. Is it better to do that chapter by chapter or at the end?

21 January 2016 @ 08:39 pm
This is a clueless, but brief question. I've finally started using Archive of Our Own and I've uploaded my Podfic.
Is there anything other than tagging the fics that I need to do to make it obvious it's a podfic?

Oh also, is there some way to PM an author on A03? I am unsure how to ask for permission to podfic over there except by leaving a comment and hoping they read it. How do people go about it over there?

And finally, is there a Sherlock BBC Podfic community anywhere? Or are people just using Amplificathon these days? I'm way out of the loop. Just looking to get back into this a bit.

21 January 2016 @ 10:16 am
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what i want to know is how you amazing folks deal with such mosters?
do you read from screen- do you have any tips for how to take notes on the screen pages? or should i still attempt to print it?
do you have any other advice for me on how to handly long fic?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: none
01 January 2016 @ 04:02 pm
Hey everyone! Podficing can feel really lonely. Where do all the podficcers "hang out?" Podfic_tips has been a good place for that but ... are there any other sites where podficcers interact with each other, frequently comment on each other's podfics, and just talk about the current projects they're working on?  What are some podficcing events that can make you feel more part of the community?

I remember listening to Lunchee's Sunday Lunch Day 3: Podfic Community for Podaware, and she mentioned that there used to be a central community on livejournal, but things have shuffled about. Where are the popular places now?

Btw - this community has been fantastic. Thank you for helping me and other people who have posted questions here. Reading those comments have been very helpful :3
22 November 2015 @ 12:39 pm
I have to reupload my podfic, but I'm not sure where to do this.

Where do you all put yours? Names I know of are Box, Dropbox, and Mediafire, but I don't know the pros and cons of each? I seem to remember that mediafire links expire?
12 November 2015 @ 12:31 pm
Hey podficcers! This community is a godsend--as a brand-new-newbie, I've already used a lot of the info I've found here.

My question is this: I'm recording some of my own fic in which the characters talk both out loud and telepathically (denoted in the text by italics without speech marks), depending on the situation. In the one I'm working on now, it's not CRITICAL that you can tell the difference--I mean, it has meaning in the text, but the fic still makes sense even if you assume the entire conversation is out loud. But it becomes more important in some of the other parts of the series.

I tried whispering the telepathic parts, but it just sounds creepy, and also like the characters are whispering for no good reason. I also tried messing with echo/reverb, but it still didn't seem clear in context that it was telepathy.

Any ideas? The good thing is, this being my own fic, I can change around the actual text if sound effects don't do the trick (though I'd rather not have to throw in "he said telepathically" after every line if I can help it)

I use Audacity, if it's relevant!
19 October 2015 @ 02:50 pm
I'm quite new to podficcing and hoping someone can help me with a problem I always have when reading. My voice can be perfectly clear for a few sentences and then I'll say a something and you can hear the noise of what I think is the air hitting the mic as I form the sound (I hope that makes sense because I can't think how else to describe it). There doesn't seem to be a pattern to the particular sounds I'm making at the time it happens so I can't adjust my voice to stop it. I'm starting to think it's something to do with my accent and intonation. I've tried repositioning the mic but it's a headset mic and needs to be fairly near my mouth to pick up my voice at a high enough volume, plus you can't hear my breathing or anything in the pauses so I don't think it's that it's too close.

Is there anyway in Audacity to correct for these sounds or lessen them in some way rather than having to record the entire fic again? I've tried rerecording sections but I can never get my voice to sound the same twice so the edited sections are hard to drop in and inevitably I end up with the noise on a different word on the second reading.

Any help would be gratefully received!
10 October 2015 @ 02:27 pm
Does anyone know of a list of authors who have given blanket permission to podfic their fic? I swear I've seen one but I can't seem to track it down. Would prefer fandom specific (Supernatural!) but any sort of direction would be a huge help.
Hurray, it's me again!

I'm about to record a fic that relies heavily on parenthesis and multi-claused sentences. It often ventures off-topic in the middle of a paragraph (or sentence) and while it's usually not a problem to follow the plot (it's rather light and a bit cracky), sometimes it's not so easy to remember what was happening before the author went off-topic for two pargraphs before returning to the current action - no matter how well I modulate my voice.

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