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And, Um, Wells Can Hurt Your Video

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:14 pm
by Sheryl Loch
One of my pet peeves is people who use the dead words like “Um, and, hmmm, so, like…” when making videos or audios.

This video is over 2.5 years old and I could say that at that time, video was very new to many people, but we still hear these dead words used daily on video and podcast.

When I started doing videos and writing out transcripts for closed captions, I really got to see how many dead words some people use. This is why I suggest everyone write a transcript of some of their videos. You see those tiny evil words just smacking you in the face.

In this video at about the 8:05 mark I mention if you would take a transcript of your video and post it on your blog. Not edited, written word for word what you said in the video. No taking out duplicate words or words that are waste. Hmmmm, and, um, well, at the end of the day, most people probably wouldn’t dare post it on their website.

I also bring up what would happen if Google could read your spoken words on a video, how would they index your speech with all those dead words?

Well, trust me that day is here and they can translate your spoken word much better now then they did even 2 years ago.

So watch this short HoA and hear why using these words may not do you favors in search or with your credibility.

Re: And, Um, Wells Can Hurt Your Video

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:34 pm
by JessMaynard
This makes me think I need to learn to edit my videos. I often toss them up on Facebook pretty raw. I never know how to end my video either, I need a line I say to sign off or something-

Editing And, Ums Issues

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:33 pm
by Sheryl Loch
Jessica, trying to edit out all the and, ummms and wells will be a LOT of work and may make your video very choppy and unnatural. Your best bet is to just not say them.

As far as an end...beware, you will end up like me and they will all sound the exact same. But, yes you need a basic end line. Just like I start all my how to's the same way and when I have to change channel/site throws me for a loop.

I do think most people need to learn at least basic editing otherwise you end up with time lost for ooopps and you also need to learn to put in things like watermarks, opening or ending cards or a stinger.

Or you could pull a Lany and have to edit out bad words. ;-}

Re: And, Um, Wells Can Hurt Your Video

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:24 am
by JessMaynard
LOL Sheryl, yes Lany can be naughty! & I want to learn editing because of just that, if I mess up~I start completely over. NOT EFFICIENT!

I will try to nix and um, like, well as much as possible too because I get what you mean about the choppiness of editing & that is no good.

Hey Sheryl, what about all these live streams ie: Meerkat/Periscope. It seems so casual, those aren't even indexed are they??

Re: And, Um, Wells Can Hurt Your Video

Posted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:23 pm
by Sheryl Loch
Jessica, when you get those and ums cut out, you will notice the flow is much smoother. I know a lot of people say that they don't notice them, but when professional interviewers and police use it as a tool to tell if your being truthful, then I think there are probably a lot of people who notice and it may be subconsciously.

I see more and more people trying the Meerkat/Periscope and grabbing the video, editing in an intro, framing...and they still end up with a crappy video because the stream is unreliable, it is slim video and they are not producing anything that people outside the conversation will watch.

So, they are putting them on YouTube, but most are wasting their time and energy that could be spent doing a better layed out video and save the chit chat shit for a regular Hangout or skype call.

I also LOL'd at the new live streamers in this thread - Periscopes are not just for submarines anymore

Could these platforms be useful...yes if people learned to use them better.

Re: And, Um, Wells Can Hurt Your Video

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:26 am
by Lany Sullivan
I got beat over the head with a wet noodle by Sheryl with my ums. Then I had to edit my own audio and realized how bad it REALLY was. Yikes! You don't think about it when you are in the midst of an interview, but hearing or watching it back it was horrendous.

I've worked VERY hard to remove all the filler words from my interviews and recordings. I still find they slip out in real life conversations, but not nearly as much.

You too can train yourself. I'm sure Sheryl has more wet noodles to spare! :D