7 ways to make dialog sound natural

Making Change

You might be tempted to write the small talk that starts a conversation, so it sounds realistic. Imagine how a movie would show it. It varies the rhythm, makes people sound more human, and gives them character. “Upon examining the data,” your scenario character says, “I have become increasingly uncomfortable with the proposal, specifically its requirement that we induce wombats to fly.” ” Who talks like that? No one in the real world.

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Will the ‘Sound of Silence’ create new paths in learning?

Origin Learning

Think of Simon Garfunkel and the enchanting music of ‘Sound of Silence’ compel you to break into a song. The change appealed to the audience making it popular across generations) was adapted for use in multiple ways – movies to TV series. v=wKsdMenonLw (Compliance, Sound of Silence). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sound_of_Silence.

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Create an Old Time Movie Effect with Camtasia Studio 8

TechSmith Camtasia

In this tutorial, I’ll discuss ways to gather clips and media to create an old time movie effect. I’ll also show you how to use Camtasia Studio to build and produce your Old Time movie. Here is a sample old time movie made with Camtasia Studio: [link]. Here is a link to the old time movie project. You can download the project zip file, import the zip file from within Camtasia Studio, and practice making your own old time movie.

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Can ‘Movie Based e-Learning’ be the Future of Video Based e-Learning?


The next is about going up a level on the production of learning videos and creating Movie-based Learning. No more same formal videos, but action packed “Learning Movies” to impact the learners can be the next big thing in the world of e-Learning. How Movie Based Learning & Why is it going to be different? With a movie, it is not only the content that is transmitted, but experiences of all kinds. Challenges of Movie-based Learning. Why Movie-based Learning.

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PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Last week I detailed how to turn a PowerPoint 2007 presentation into a movie that could be uploaded to popular video sharing sites like YouTube.      If you wanted to add voiceover narration to the movie, however, you may have run into a bit of a problem--there is only one row in the Windows Movie Maker timeline for audio. Follow the instructions from last week to create a movie from your PowerPoint presentation with audio and save your movie as a.wmv file.

What can Hollywood teach you about making your Elearning AWESOME?

eLearning Brothers

Ever wondered why movies are so expensive? Ever sit through the credits at the end of a movie? We probably all have, now that every superhero movie puts a teaser at the end. Why do they need so many people doing so many “strange” jobs to make a movie? If you’ve never seen a “really bad” movie then you know that making a good movie is easier said than done. I’ve been working in movies and television for 2 decades. Everyone watches movies and TV.

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#TwistedTropes 25. Schindler's shopping list

Learning with 'e's

At first Spielberg didn't really want to make the film, and offered it to several other directors, and also to a taxi driver by mistake, but eventually he agreed to direct the movie when he realised that one Oskar could be multiplied into several more.

Fascination and boredom

Learning with e's

I wanted to make a comment about the in-flight movie. There was no dialogue, no sound track. But no, the movie continued for 10 monotonous hours. I won't be watching that movie again. Much more interesting than an in-flight movie, and certainly more informative. Tags: blog Flea Palmer EDALT learning technology Movie One last reference to my delayed flight home earlier this week, and then I won't mention it ever ever again, I promise.

Blended Learning: Not your Mother’s, Grandmother’s, or Possibly Even Older Sibling’s Training

Association eLearning

Remember the days when you looked forward to field trips to the planetarium, hovering over a formaldehyde preserved frog with your lab team, or seeing the movie version of Lord of the Rings on a Friday afternoon? Make no mistake, today blended learning goes beyond merely tagging on a movie or performing a Web Quest on the internet. If all of this sounds great but daunting, fear not! Blended learning is not new to training.

From the Silver Screen to Your eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Since I was little I have loved the movie theatre experience. The buttery smell of popcorn, the loud explode-y sounds that my living room could never replicate, and the spectacle of a giant screen with moving pictures on it. Apart from thousands of hours of entertainment, the movie theatre has also given me some perspective on how to make a good eLearning course. Some of my greatest movie memories have to do with the concessions I was munching on at the time.

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Innovative eLearning Trends: eLearning That Sticks


Remember the movie Braveheart ? Let’s face it: no one ever walked out of a movie and said, “Man, I wish that were more like an elearning course.”. We believe our work can be instructionally sound AND entertaining. Try to create a conversational approach in which the audio keeps people watching and wanting to know what’s next, much like a great score supports a movie. You know, the one with Mel Gibson? And all the robotic voices? And the standardized background screens?

Innovative eLearning Trends: eLearning That Sticks


Remember the movie Braveheart ? Let’s face it: no one ever walked out of a movie and said, “Man, I wish that were more like an elearning course.”. We believe our work can be instructionally sound AND entertaining. You know, the one with Mel Gibson? And all the robotic voices?

Tips for Audio in eLearning

eLearning Brothers

We all know what a difference sound effects make when we watch a great action movie. Without it the movie would be terrible. Not just narration but also sound effects that emphasize and support the text/images/animations. Audio and narration are great ways to enhance e-Learning. All too often we forget that eLearning can also have audio. I met Sound80 for the first time the other day at a conference.

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A vocabulary builder using a fluid boxes design

Adobe Captivate

You are presented with an English food word, and you can then use buttons to display the word in Portuguese and separately play a sound file speaking the Portuguese word. I recorded and edited the sound files entirely within Captivate. I am presenting a short vocabulary builder. You can freely move within the module. I built this course using a fluid box design. The Portuguese words are concealed by a simple shape upon slide entry.

The Importance of Script Writing in Video Presentations

eLearning Brothers

While some screenwriters can wax eloquent in their work, most screenplays end up sounding more like this: REVERSE SHOT ON THE BACKS OF GERALD AND SCARLETT. As far as typing up a script, in the video I used celtx.com because it is free, and if I wanted to expand my account with them to be a paid account it would come with lots of other helpful movie-making tools. Other screenwriting software is out there such as Final Draft, and Movie Magic Screenwriter. It’s not fair, really.

Tips for Audio in eLearning

eLearning Brothers

We all know what a difference sound effects make when we watch a great action movie. Without it the movie would be terrible. Not just narration but also sound effects that emphasize and support the text/images/animations. Audio and narration are great ways to enhance e-Learning. All too often we forget that eLearning can also have audio. I met Sound80 for the first time the other day at a conference.

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eLearning in the workplace: prioritise inclusion or face exclusion 

Engage in Learning

Marvel recently produced their first global Asian-led superhero movie, and leading actor Simu Liu said it best: “What excited me most about this movie is that we were able to provide that for kids and I could be something that I never had.” .

Articulate and Flash with Audio

eLearning Brothers

Import settings – When inserting a flash movie into Articulate you have a few different settings to consider. How to display the movie – I choose to display the moving in the presenter panel because it was the main content that I wanted to show. How the movie behaves (advancing) – I you have a linear movie that the users watches and doesn’t need to interact with, you could choose “Advance to next slide automatically”. The sounds didn’t overlap.

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Aggregator and Audio

Adobe Captivate

Some Cp4 users have reported that when the Aggregator starts playing content movies- in certain scenarios sound from subsequent movies in the aggregator plays for a fraction of a second while the first movie is still playing. This issue is prominently seen in Firefox browser, although it occurs in Internet explorer some times. There is an easy workaround for this issue: Tags: Under the hood

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The Amazing Invisible Narrator

eLearning Brothers

If you are a human being that has seen a movie before, chances are you’ve heard the smooth and authoritative sound of Morgan Freeman’s voice. Can you imagine how different the movie March of the Penguins would have been if Morgan Freeman actually showed up halfway through the film in a parka, sliding across the ice on his belly with the penguins and attempting to insert himself into the flock as the alpha male?

Post-mortem meetings: How to review and learn from a finished business project


It might sound like a pretty grim phrase, post-mortem, but another way to put it would be a debrief. Maybe you have a very analytical mind and you derive pleasure from pulling the movie apart at the seams, much to the chagrin of the people around you.

12 eLearning Audio and Video Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker is an easy to use video editing production suite. Quickly add photos and footage from your PC or camera into Movie Maker. Then fine tune your movie just the way you want it. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. With Audacity, record live audio, cut, copy, or mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more.

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More Than Meets the Eye: How Movement in Video Shapes Learner Perception by Stephen Haskin

Learning Solutions Magazine

Sound and action—movement—drive our response to movies, including videos, even more than the character dialog does. Yet few of us have a conscious awareness of how movement affects learner perception and response. Effective eLearning. video can be so much more than talking heads and simple demonstrations. Here is a very basic introduction to the. psychology of movement. Design Strategies Emerging Topics Learning Media

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Technical Communications: Small Steps to a Giant Leap.

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

a time when the sound barrier was considered to be an impenetrable barrier. By the time of Armstrong's first posting as a US Navy pilot in 1950, the sound barrier had been broken, and the first jet fighter squadrons had been formed. By 1960 he had flown at close to 4,000 mph (six times the speed of sound) to heights of 120,000 feet.

Getting To Know Roundtable: Zan Haider Employee Spotlight

Roundtable Learning

I make sure that any written content is grammatically correct and information-sound. As a huge comic book fan, I am always excited about any related media created, whether it’s comic books, movies, tv shows, or video games.

4 Tips for Improved Video in eLearning

eLearning Brothers

It really doesn’t take much to please me, but when audio doesn’t please me, it really sounds like garbage. When I first started playing with a camcorder with my high school buddies, I noticed that the cheap built-in mic on the camera produced audio that, putting it frankly, sounded like it was coming out of a cell phone speaker inside a crumpled soda can at the bottom of dirty swimming pool.

VARK Model In eLearning Gamification For Effective Corporate Virtual Training Solutions

Tesseract Learning

The graphic displays may include illustrations, graphs, diagrams, movies, videos, image-laden handouts, color-coded notes, and so on. Sounds improbable?

Learner performance. It starts with great content. [Video]


Michael reminded us that when we talk about a great movie we saw, a great article we read, or a funny social media post – it’s the content that hooked us, not the platform on which we consumed it. Sound familiar?

4 LMS Features That Were Hot and Now Are Not

Absorb LMS

Just as driving to the video rental store to get a movie has been replaced with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other streaming movie providers, business software now resides firmly in the cloud. Like storing your favorite dinner recipes on hand-written, color-coded index cards, managing learning content this way sounds like a good idea. Make sure your team is buying an LMS for the year you’re in.

What Challenges Do Your Characters Face?

Experiencing eLearning

Sounds like a great fantasy, right? Think about any great movie or novel. Once upon a time, there was an instructional designer who created a branching scenario for training.

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Designing Micro-learning Modules – A Few Lessons from Hollywood

CommLab India

Movie #1: GoldenEye. GoldenEye, one of the most successful Hollywood movies, has an action-filled beginning. This serves two purposes – pulling the audiences into the movie instantly and setting the stage for things to come. Movie #2: Ice Age. Ice Age, one of the highest grossing animated movies in the history of Hollywood, showed computer-generated animations can be as engaging as “living” characters. Movie #3: Jaws. Movie #4: Catch Me If You Can.

Making Employee Onboarding an Immersive Experience with Mixed Reality

Origin Learning

The 80s saw the release of a movie titled ‘Tron’. It sounds all too far-fetched and improbable. The movie brought in lots of fascinating perspectives about computer programming, virtual worlds, games, and role-play in computer games to the public. Mixed Reality is a phrase used to describe technologies like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

New eLearning Games

eLearning Brothers

Simply open the template in Flash and copy/paste your text into the movie clips for each question and answer. Game features included: Game sounds. Our new and improved Flash eLearning games are here! Each of these games are Flash templates that you can quickly and easily use. You get the Flash source files! Bonus: Since we give you the flash source files you have access to customize and change every aspect of the game. You can tweak it to meet any need that you have.

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Great Advice from Stanley Kubrick.

TechSmith Camtasia

Perhaps it sounds ridiculous, but the best thing that young filmmakers should do is to get hold of a camera and some film and make a movie of any kind at all." - Stanley Kubrick quotes (American Film Director and Writer, 1928-1999). I stumbled upon this quote from film director Stanley Kubrick the other day. And, while he's referring to camera and film video, I think his advice holds true for screencasters as well.

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Seoul: A love letter to Omma and her cooking 


In order to “hide” my accent, I stopped speaking Korean completely—for so long now that I have to turn on the English subtitles to watch a Korean movie.

TRAINING TIPS: Don't Write Trick Quiz Questions!

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  Here is a quiz scene from the classic movie  My Cousin Vinnie , which contains a classic “trick” question. That may sound obvious, but it is worth having a colleague look over your questions to make sure. Have you ever written a quiz only to have some of your students come back and say the quiz wasn’t fair? Or that Number 5 was a trick question? The District Attorney is trying to prove that the witness, Mona Lisa Vito, is not a qualified expert on automobiles. 

Five Tips on 3D eLearning and Training Courtesy of VenueGen

Kapp Notes

The key to an immersive movie viewing experience is the suspension of disbelief. We have all watched low budget movies with poor and unconvincing graphics and sets. No matter how great the dialogue or story line, you probably struggled to “get into” the movie. Offer an Alternative For Sound Many users do not have a headset or are behind firewalls that do not allow them to connect to the Voice Over IP channel required for most virtual worlds.

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eLearning: Voiceover Audio That Will Keep the Learner's Attention

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

  The learners we address with our eLearning projects are bombarded with information, often in the form of movies, videos, and television. Scenes change in modern movies approximately every minute and a half. But in a movie, even during that short time, something is continually moving on the screen. Long, academic-sounding, repetitive sentences will have your learner eager to move on quicker than short, plain-language sentences.

Multitasking Vs. Continuous Partial Attention


It might sound like two sides of the same coin, but multitasking is wildly different than continuous partial attention—especially for eLearning purposes. What is Continuous Partial Attention (CPA)?

What You Need to Know About eLearning Audio

JCA Solutions

Sound Learning. The use of music, narrative, and even the occasional sound effect adds a critical component to the experience. Sound effects can make it a little more fun. In the movies, the musical score is often hailed as the most impactful part of the movie. Professional sounding recording. Whether you hire a professional voice actor or do it yourself, you want it to have a professional sound. Avoid overusing sound effects.

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