The very first video that I uploaded to YouTube was an informational piece about a manufacturing process. It has a narrative that describes what is happening in the video. Because they are simultaneous, the audio adds to the understanding of the content in a way that writing cannot convey.
Although I have used audio in other videos, I am still not totally comfortable with working with the medium but it is one of my goals for 2014. The video slideshow software that I use, ProShow Producer by Photodex, has added new audio controls with its 6.0 version released in December 2013. In ProShow, I have always been able to trim audio, add multiple tracks and create custom crossfades. There are also controls to determine the sound level when you have both a soundtrack and a slide or video sound. Now, ProShow has even more built-in audio control. I want to learn more about audio technology and how to use these tools because I know that it will help me make better slideshows.
For family slideshows, I want to add audio to remember the voices of my loved ones. I am going to ask my mom and dad to work with me to add bits of narrative to the life story slideshows that I made for them. Their voices have an impact on me that brings me closer to them in heart and mind - closer than a photograph alone could ever do. It's a familiarity that is intimate and unique, like a fingerprint.
For a slideshow that I did for my quilting friend, Anne Tuma, we added a narrative to her video about T-Shirt Quilt examples. The name of her business, Down Under Quilting, implies a connection with Australia. Adding a short narrative spoken in her Australian accent strengthens her branding and unique identity as an Australian quilter. We had some fun doing this and it didn't take very long - from start to finish, about a half hour. I don't have fancy equipment, just a headset with a microphone. Anne came to my office to do this but I'm contemplating how I can instruct people how to make an audio file on their own.
Anyone working with photos and videos should consider the power of sound to put the viewer off or pull them in deeper into their story. The possibilities are limitless for adding and combining different types of audio within a software tool like ProShow when making video slideshows. The right kind of audio adds another dimension, engaging the viewer with their senses of sight and sound, and stimulating their emotions. This is how you create a memorable multimedia experience.