Category Archive for instructional

Demo: voice-over for Avery Graphics

Avery Graphics are a very big graphics design and production company. They also design, print and apply those wonderful and colorful advertising stickers you see on so many corporate vehicles these days. That’s actually a pretty complicated job! (I myself can’t even get a stamp on an envelope properly aligned…)

They provide in-house training to their staff, for which I’ve voiced a number of video’s. Below is a ‘teaser’ video for the staffers that are about to get this extensive training.

Recording this one was easy: I recorded a draft version, so the editor could time the video. Then I recorded it properly (which meant replacing only a few segments, though I’d have been happy to do it again from scratch if needed) and it timed perfectly.

Production was handled by Wouter Goudswaard of B-Creative.

Thanks to the kind people of for their free service, which enabled me to convert the video to FLV.

Demo: voice-over for promo video

For Mastervolt I recorded this video, to explain their remote control systems for onboard electronics. We didn’t shoot it on board my own yacht, because… well, I don’t have one. Yet. But I do have the right accent to go with such high-class, quality services, don’t I? πŸ˜‰

I recorded the audio at home, music was added by the editor. No retakes were needed, but I’d have been happy to do them.

(Note: voice-over starts at 1:06 seconds, Youtube-player should start there as well.)

The video was produced by Kristel van der Velde, whom I can recommend to anyone who needs to have a video produced.

Demo: Product info in English and Dutch

For PConTV I’ve voiced a series of brief instruction movies on setup and operation for their fantastic device. I’ve done both the English and the Dutch version, so now you have a chance to compare them.

You’ll find that my Dutch has no accent whatsoever, but in English I do sound rather ‘posh’. In fact, the accent is ‘Home Counties’ and it is actually the preferred accent for BBC newsreaders.

Here is an instruction video for setting up the PConTV box:

And here is the Dutch version, also voiced by me:

For my part, the recording process was very easy. The movies had already been scripted and recorded. I was merely given a few scripts, which I recorded in my home studio. I uploaded the files to my webserver, where the customer could download them. As I recall, only a few minor changes were needed for timing purposes. Also, we debated whether ‘Wifi’ should be pronounced as ‘wai-fai’ or ‘wee-fee’. I lost that particular discussion, so in these movies it’s ‘wee-fee’ now πŸ˜‰

My rate was based on the total number of words for all scripts, with a nice discount because if you give me several movies to do it’s unfair if I charge my startup fee for every one of them, right? Also, those fixes were included in the price. And when a small section was added later on, I did that for free too. The buy-out was for unlimited use on the internet. (I can’t even recall the last time I put a cap on a buy-out for non-broadcast: when I quote a price, it’s ALL-IN.)

Free Spoken Software Messages

Download free audiofiles to include in your software application. Don’t use a synthesized voice, use a REAL one! Help blind and visually impaired users to use your software, but don’t make them suffer with fake voices!

Listen to a preview (low quality) of the voice recording.

Get the cuesheet (all the texts) here: download PDF.

Recordings in this file are:

– Copy
– Paste
– Edit
– Print
– Send to printer
– Save as PDF file
– Open file
– Save
– Save as
– Error
– Server not ready
– Printer not ready
– Please enter your first name
– Please enter your last name
– Please enter your email
– Please enter the serial number
– Please enter your login name
– Please enter your password
– Click here
– Please choose from these options
– Please read the message on screen
– Please contact support
– Please consult the manual
– Please consult the helpsection of our website
– Unknown input
– Unknown variable
– Unknown command
– Unknown setting
– Unknown filetype
– Fi le not found
– Directory not found
– Record not found
– Your file has not been saved. Are you sure you want to quit?
– Operation successful
– Correct
– Confirmed
– Acknowledged
– Update complete
– Download complete

Click here to download the high quality version of this file.