And it was way, way less annoying. 

If you ever tried recording a screencast, you know typing and speaking at the same time is challenging. For me, it’s unbelievable hard. I’m just one of those people who can’t, for the love of God, do two things at once.

For my most recent series, I said fuck it; I’ll try doing voice-overs. I’ll record my screen showing the code and the results, stop, and then record the audio, cut it, speed it up, slow it down, try to make the words fit whatever is happening on the screen.

And it worked! With a couple of hiccups, the result was decent.

I didn’t improve time-wise, though. All that time getting angry and swearing and doing lots of retakes was spent syncing the audio and video. But at least I didn’t get mad. At all. I just calmly did the work and edited everything.

I should be taking this as a win — the same amount of time, but no swearing and getting angry. But I don’t. I don’t because there are other downsides to doing voice-overs:

  • It’s impossible to make the audio fit the video perfectly, no matter how great an editor you are and how much time you spend on it.
  • Unless you plan them, there are fewer occasions where you select a piece of code and explain it. When recording the audio and video at the same time, these things come naturally.
  • I’m training myself for the wrong thing. I’m training to get good at editing when I should be training to explain and write code simultaneously – and maybe someday get good enough to do it live.

I’m pretty sure I’ll never do voice-overs ever again.