Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Video Recording

...I'm not sure if I can do video recording on my new computer.

I've been experimenting with it.  The new computer is loads faster than my old one.  It's basically perfect for video recording, because it can process a five minute video in twenty seconds. No more huge waiting periods in between recording sessions!

The problem is with the microphone.  It makes me sound like I'm talking through my nose, from five yards away.

On my old laptop, the microphone was near the hinges of the lid.  That is, they were directly above the keyboard. That way, I could talk normally while using the computer, and it would sound okay. On this new laptop, the microphone is underneath the keyboard.  I have to literally talk at the keys to catch this microphone's attention.

It's weird.

I know there are some other options, such as record all the commentary on my old laptop, which would be a major pain.  Another option is to use an external microphone, which isn't the best idea because those make my voice sound weird, too.

I'll keep looking into this issue, but for now, it's looking like I'm going to have to take an early retirement from making videos.  Surprisingly, this possibility doesn't bother me as much as I expected.

33 comments:

Diana said...

NOO! Please, please don't! I don't care what your voice sounds like! Just keep making your walkthroughs! They are soo helpful and amusing and...too distraught to type! I'm begging you, (regains composure) but it's your decision, I accept that you have a life outside of YouTube. There would just be some very disappointed people...

Katie said...

Please please please please don't go!!! I love your walkthroughs and i don't care if your voice sounds different!!I'm sure many of your veiwers agree!

Abbey said...

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can't stop!!!! I really enjoy watching your video walkthroughs of Nancy Drew!!! I really don't care what ur voice sounds like!!! This is coming from a person who can't play Nancy Drew on her STUPID computer (it won't download it.) You are the only thing I have that is close to Nancy Drew. You can not stop making them!!!! Your like famous to me and I bet a lot of other people who watch your walkthroughs and read your blog!!! You are in the category of a celebrity to me. Your my 2nd favorite famous person! (#1 is Taylor Swift.) Trust me, you beat a whole lot of people!! So please don't stop or I'll lose faith in everything that is good. Michael, I want to tell you that you changed my life. You can not stop. Please Michael. Please.

Anonymous said...

NO NO NO michael you have to keep doing your walkthroughs i don't care what ur voice sounds like it's the funny comments and helpfull hints that matter to me.
MICHAEL GRAY FOREVERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I really hope u don't stop making ur videos especially because i was hoping u would make a video walkthrough for the legend of zelda:twilight princess. Besides that, Michael, u r great at what u do and i bet a lot of people appreciate and adore ur work. I for one really hope u don't make an "early retirement" just because ur stupid laptop
-Love, your Number 1 Fan :)

Anonymous said...

I do hope that you continue walkthroughs for a little while longer. Your walkthroughs are so well done and I never get tired of watching them and hearing your commentary. I only discovered your walkthroughs this past year, but I've watched literally all of them more than once. However, while it would be quite sad to no longer see any walkthroughs from you, I understand you have a life outside of making walkthroughs and a great calling which takes up a hefty amount of time and devotion. I do hope that even if you stop making walkthroughs, you'll continue to update your blog. You have quite the devoted following haha.
On another note, I would just like to tell you that you've been an inspiration for me and my personal faith. I'm a Catholic, but my faith in the church was shaken by a variety of negative experiences in my life. Watching your videos (particularly the one about becoming a seminarian) and speaking so openly and passionately about your calling and faith, helped me to reconnect with my own faith and that has been more valuable than an hint in a walkthrough could be. It's probably weird to hear something like this from an anonymous person over the internet, but you're already doing a wonderful job at spreading the Word and aiding people on their own spiritual journies simply by being who you are. Thank you!

Anna said...

I'm sure your viewers would be glad to send you money to buy a new microphone, you have entertained/helped us all so much its the least we could do! Please don't go! I would be so upset. :(

Sammy said...

I got a microphone from Walmart that works great. It fits in the microphone port in the computer, and then you put an ear piece in your ear, and the mic hangs down so you can talk into it. It came with a Logitech webcam for $20, and It sounds fine. I don't want you to stop making videos, but if it is your decision to stop. Then we will all just have to get used to it.

~Sam

Anonymous said...

Question, even if you stop making walkthroughs, will you leave your account up on youtube? please don't delete it! i really like rewatching your videos since they're so entertaining! also, even if you don't make them all the time, do you think you would still do the next ND game even with a bad mic? I'm sure we all could handle your voice being weird!

Anonymous said...

I suppose you would stop doing video walkthroughs eventually. While I would be terribly sad to see you go, it is your decision. With your seminary work, and the difficulties coming from your new computer, it's a perfectly reasonable suggestion that you wouldn't make any new videos.
I certainly hope you find a way to remedy the situation, but on behalf of your internet fans I'd like to say we'd miss you terribly.
~Emily

Lily said...

I don't think you realize how many people you've helped. You've made a greater difference than you think. All of your walkthroughs have helped thousands of fans, and you've had lots of classic moments, like the "Micheal is the president of the English Club" song and the "Screaming frantically while getting a threatening note from the culprit" in Message in a Haunted Mansion. You've been on youtube for almost 3 years and you've done so many walkthroughs, and not only have you provided us with entertainment, but like Anonymous at 12:57, you've made a difference in some people's faith as well. I know quite a few people who won't want you to stop, but in the end, only you have the power to make that decision. You do have a life, and you must live it, and, after all, all good things must come to an end. So the final action lays up to you. And yet... even though I don't want you to stop, I'll support you and the decision you make, because we'll always have you in our memories, and we will always be your devoted fans.

Anonymous said...

Try using a USB external microphone

Anonymous said...

NONONO please please don't. Please.

Anonymous said...

Yes!!

Anonymous said...

What the hecks wrong with you?

Anonymous said...

What do you mean "yes!!"? You stole what I was going to publish!!!

Betheny said...

OH DEAR POTATO SALAD!!!!!!!!! WHAT IN THE NAME OF CHEESE AND BISCUTS IS GOING ON?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Anonymous said...

If you stop the walkthroughs it would be... ( i don't know how to describe it!)Me and my brother have always loved your walkthroughs after we first watched your video walkthrough of Trail of the Twister. We loved practically all your videos. We don't care if your voice sounds different, just like other people said. But you can decide for yourself. Follow your heart on your decsicions. You can do what you want with your life. I'm sure people will want you to be happy with yourself.

Sammy said...

I just spent 5 minutes making noises like those at 1:25 in part 1 of your danger by design walkthrough. You can't do this to us Michael! Oh god I'm starting to cry. We don't care If you sound funny In your walkthroughs! We love you regardless!

Airam said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE DON't GOOOOOOO!!!! YOU ARE TOO HELPFUL AND FUNNNY!!!! IF YOU TRY I WILL STALK YOU AND SEND YOU A NEW MICROPHONE!!!!!

Airam said...

But if you want I guess you can retire

Film Geek said...

I know for a fact that if you quit (early), my six yearold brother would be very disappointed as would I. I know God's timing is not our own, so if he's decided he wants you to be done now, that's just something we'll all have to come to terms with.

But know this, all of your cyber fans like you for many different walkthroughs and reasons, and although you're not serving in your chosen vocation yet, you are still helping people like myself by making things that bring us answers to silly stress as well as bringing us laughter which I know is said to be good medicine.

Whatever you decide, I'm praying for you and I hope that you'll accept my mom's offer to send you a microphone regardless of how you'll sound. :)

~Hannah

Anonymous said...

Yes!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't need a voice in the video walkthroughs anyway!

Anonymous said...

This is the most happiest news that I've heard before!

Anonymous said...

I agree with all 4 of you directly above this comment

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, I know this is kind of sad... or real sad! But I know of this YouTube channel called MegaCarolynk, she does Nancy Drew games too! She's not bad either. But she doesn't add commentary. If he retires, and you guys go to her, tell her if she should add commentary or not, because I know that she doesn't weather to, or not. She's not sure which one of those people would like more!

Sammy said...

To the 5 anonymous comments above that want Michael to stop his walkthroughs, It is so obvious they are from the same person, as they were all posted at almost the same time. God, get a life.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's obvious that they are the same people!

Anonymous said...

Sammy,there might be people who are on the blogs like 24/7! And I only wrote the comment "Yes!!!" After that, I kept refreshing a few times and saw that there were other people posting those comments. But, I do like how you payed attention to the timing.

Sammy said...

Wait, why are there haters on Michael's blog anyway?

Anonymous said...

Please don't go Micheal! You've been a real help with one of my Nancy Drew games , And I wanna say thank you! Just Please don't quit now! I love the video walkthroughs you do! Just please don't leave!