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Mike Cohen
editing out pauses
on Dec 13, 2005 at 7:44:14 pm

I have a narrator who records her scripts at home, and ftp's the files to me. This generally works.

However she edits the sentences on top of each there is as little as 5 frames between sentences.

I have let her know to stop doing this, which she has.

My question is, is that a normal thing to do? Even most radio commercials aren't cut that tight. She does come from a radio background.


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Peter Groom
Re: editing out pauses
on Dec 13, 2005 at 8:21:04 pm

I say she should cut the pauses
a) only if you the client has instructed her to.
b) with a natural timing.

Bear in mind that the natural pause with a breath (not gasp) in there sounds too long if you merely remove the breath for silence (IMHO).


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Steve Kownacki
Re: editing out pauses
on Dec 17, 2005 at 5:15:20 am

I never let my narrators or studios cut the narration. I direct on the phone and have them send EVERY take unedited so I can make those choices.

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