- Describe your audio editing experience.
Editing Choi’s interview was both easy and a challenge. There was a lot of space between her sentences, and more space between her words than a more fluent English speaker might have. This made editing out dead space easy since there are distinct pauses in her speech. However, it was still not enough to get a 5 minute audio file down to 2 minutes. I did not want to edit out too much of what she had to say, because I thought all of it was valuable, but at the same time I still needed to get it down to 2 minutes. I decided to try to edit out some of the times she repeats or reiterates what she says, and I hope it comes out sounding natural. I also did not want to edit out anything that was important to her to say, or pertinent to her story. I felt really guilty whenever I edited out even the smallest filler word because I felt that those pauses added to the authenticity of our conversation.
- What did you enjoy and not enjoy?
I enjoyed learning how to use Audacity, and figuring out that whole process. There’s still so much I could have done with it if I was able to go longer than 2 minutes (which I did anyway). I wish I would have had the chance to get more creative with it like the website we used as an example for this project.
- Did anything surprise you?
Nothing too much really surprised me about this project. I didn’t expect to feel such pressure when it came to editing her words though, because I wanted to keep all of it.
- Do you wish you could have done anything different? Or do you wish something went more smoothly?
In the future, if I ever do something like this again, I would like to be able to include more character into the edited version, such as the “ums” and “likes” in between phrases. I would also like to be able to add background music and even possibly some photos to the next project like this.