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More Invasion of the Celebrities

Maybe I'm just not that familiar with the voice of Zach Braff, but this Slate.com article really rips him a new one:

Brow Beat: Zach Braff

Do you want this man selling you products? Do you want this man selling you products?

The author references this Cottonelle commercial as the epitome of badness:


Confirmation Monkey

Don't look at the code behind the curtain....


A Narrator's Dream Machine?

Source: Gizmodo Source: Gizmodo

This just in: a new drool-worthy piece of tech that I want yesterday.  In short, it's a two-sided tablet type computer that has multi-touch capability.  The down-side, it's from Microsoft....but maybe they have some new employees on the usability side.

Here's where it might come in for voice talent: some voice over artists like to read their copy off of a monitor, whether to save paper or for easy scrolling.  This can be tricky, however, since it will involve running cables into your booth; a monitor cable, and probably a mouse/keyboard cable as well.  With this device, I would imagine loading up a PDF or Word doc and flipping through the pages would be a dream...very quite page turns, and you're saving the environment.  Plus it looks like there would be very easy highlighting/note-taking functionality with the stylus.

The downside is that this would be purely a "reader."  With a cabled in monitor you could also edit in-studio, like this example.

Check out the nifty video example in the full article over at Gizmodo:

Microsoft's secret tablet

OverDrive for the iPod

iPods get new tasty DRM-free audiobooks! iPods get new tasty DRM-free audiobooks!

I'm seeing a lot of chatter about this lately: Overdrive is dropping the DRM on some of their audiobook titles, which will make them compatible with the iPod and iPhone platforms.  If I'm understanding this correctly, it means that users will be able to download DRM free audiobooks to their ipod.  I guess the desktop client version of Overdrive is what you need to do this....

There's an article here.

Some good blog coverage with comments by a libraian here.

And here's a blog specifically on audiobooks on iPods

While this is great for end-users, I wonder if the publishers are worried about pirating.  Strike that - I know they're worried about pirating.  One of the audiobooks that I've narrated pops up as a torrent when you Google my name...so I know people are doing it.  And this particular title has a smaller audience, I can't imagine how quickly a Dan Brown book would be up on the Pirate Bay.  We'll see how this shakes out, I'm interested in keeping an eye on it.

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More Celebrity VO Attention

Yet more digital ink spilled on the whole celebrities-are-taking-over-the-industry issue.  I agree, it's annoying, and it's interesting that a non VO-specific publication picked up on this: Examiner.com  Check out the article and let me know what you think:

Call of the Wild

This hasn't really been an issue for me, but then again, I'm not in LA competing directly against some of these celebrities.  Chicago has our own local celebrities and voiceover rockstars that command a lion's share of the VO market.
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