Speaking on the Videos fluently

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Hey everyone..fellow marketers.. Hope you doing well...

Just a few days back im struggling to make good quality videos by talking on videos.. I find myself very hard to talk on videos fluently... Do you have any ideas on how to speak in good way..and do you make a script before we make videos on what we speak on the video? Any advice on this subject please..Highly appreciate for your support guys..
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
    Speaking on video making is different for everyone. Depends on your language abilities, confidence, experience, subject, video type etc.

    I do a lot of over the shoulder videos where i show how to do a particular thing on the computer and record the screen. In these case I already know what I am doing so talking through the process is pretty simple.

    Of course if you are not skilled in the process you are showing it will be more difficult.

    For presentation type videos you can either use slides for each section header and then talk about just a small section at a time. Again easy if you know the subject.

    If you still can't do that then create a full script.

    There are then a number of ways to go with that

    1. put the whole script on screen , break it up in powerpoint slides so it's easily readable by the viewer, and simply read each slide.

    2. There are very cheap teleprompter programs (teleprompter pro I think is one). These are handy as they can continuously scroll your script for you while you while you mange your presentation slides. If you run the teleprompter on a tablet you can sit it right over your screen. That works even if you are recording a presentation, or straight to camera (video cam or web cam).

    The other piece of advice I would give is to have two computer screens. Managing multiple tasks of any kind is 100X easier with two screen
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Do your own videos if you can provide the value to the customer that he deserves when he hands you his money.

      You don't have to be perfect . . . but you do have to provide coherency, organization, and talk that is easily understood. If you can't do that, outsource your video to someone that can.

      Yes, it is usually best if you have a script that you follow so there can be a logical flow of ideas or steps from one to the next. Your customers deserve to have a well thought out presentation so your points can be understood and followed without the customer having to "guess" what you mean.

      Remember, you are preparing the videos for your audience. They are not about you! You should do everything in your power to make your videos "watchable" and something that anyone can follow and understand.

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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    First write your while script on paper. Try to memorize it and repeat it for a few times. Then turn on camera for yourself and take you into action. If you will be satisfied then go LIVE!.
    REMEMBER this will take longer time to learn speak fluently on camera...but you will get it after some time.
    All need training and time thats all, I had the same problem, after 2 months I was able speak better and with better accent.
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    • Profile picture of the author SantamNaha
      Hi,

      Try to write the script on a piece of paper first. Then read and practice it for quite a few times before recording... And what is to be kept in mind is: What you are delivering is much more important than How you are delivering it.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author tacassim
    Thank you everyone for your replies....I just want to ask..if I am going to make a video script should I write each word by word that Iam going to speak on the video or should i only write the main key points on the script? thanks everyone!
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Speak behind slides.

    That way you can record your audio separately, say with Audacity. Then you can edit out your false starts, long pauses, and errors.

    Drop the audios into your movie editing software with images for each slide. You can drag the slide image to make it as long as you need it to be, until it's time to transition to the next slide.

    If you feel you absolutely need to appear on camera, do a quick intro and outro...and keep the meat for the middle behind the slides.
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    • Profile picture of the author tacassim
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Speak behind slides.

      That way you can record your audio separately, say with Audacity. Then you can edit out your false starts, long pauses, and errors.

      Drop the audios into your movie editing software with images for each slide. You can drag the slide image to make it as long as you need it to be, until it's time to transition to the next slide.

      If you feel you absolutely need to appear on camera, do a quick intro and outro...and keep the meat for the middle behind the slides.
      Thank you Jason Kanigan! It was really helpful!
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  • Profile picture of the author johnlagoudakis
    I've made a lot of videos over the years.

    When I first started out I really sucked! I was so nervous and it was obvious.

    The way I learned to become fluent with it was to keep making videos. The more you make, the more you get used to it. There's no way around it

    I also prefer to never use a script. It makes you sound so mechanical.

    Know in advance what you want to talk about by making bullet points, but that's it. Don't pre script everything.

    Do as many takes as you need until you're happy with it.

    Over time you learn to loosen up and become more and more confident.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    I'm not the best at speaking in videos, but here's some suggestions.


    Write a script, but don't read it.


    Instead, create an outline of all the essential talking points. This will help you speak more naturally and not sound like you're reading a script.


    Rehearse once or twice before you record your voice over.


    Put a picture of someone you are very comfortable with, like a friend or family member, next to your outline. Pretend you are explaining/talking to this person.
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    • Profile picture of the author jonmoss
      I've always been reluctant to show my face on videos and have tended to use voice overs instead. However, a few days' ago I recorded my very first 'to camera' video for a squeeze page and although it took 8 or 9 times to get it right I was able to complete it and it's now ready to publish.

      I used a free website called EasyPrompter - The free, web-based, plugin-free, browser independent, online and offline teleprompter and auto-cue software (not an aff link) where you can copy and paste your script, highlight text, italics or even insert pauses. You can change the font size and the speed the text moves up the screen all for free. There is a Pro version but I'm not sure you'll need it.

      I attached my laptop to my large screen TV but my only problem was where to put the video camera so it wasn't in the way of the script as it rolled up the screen. Got it right in the end though by using a video camera tripod.

      Really hope this helps, good luck .
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      • Profile picture of the author tacassim
        Originally Posted by jonmoss View Post

        I've always been reluctant to show my face on videos and have tended to use voice overs instead. However, a few days' ago I recorded my very first 'to camera' video for a squeeze page and although it took 8 or 9 times to get it right I was able to complete it and it's now ready to publish.

        I used a free website called EasyPrompter - The free, web-based, plugin-free, browser independent, online and offline teleprompter and auto-cue software (not an aff link) where you can copy and paste your script, highlight text, italics or even insert pauses. You can change the font size and the speed the text moves up the screen all for free. There is a Pro version but I'm not sure you'll need it.

        I attached my laptop to my large screen TV but my only problem was where to put the video camera so it wasn't in the way of the script as it rolled up the screen. Got it right in the end though by using a video camera tripod.

        Really hope this helps, good luck .
        Thank you very much for sharing the software link Jonmoss!!! Really appreciate it!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author robofx
    Originally Posted by tacassim View Post

    Do you have any ideas on how to speak in good way..and do you make a script before we make videos on what we speak on the video? Any advice on this subject please..Highly appreciate for your support guys..
    What I do (and it's been very successful) is to write a script and just read it into the free audio recording/editing software Audacity.

    Pause briefly between each sentence.

    Then use Audacity to chop the sound file up into distinct sentences (saving each sentence as a separate .wav).

    Then make your video (without audio.)

    Then it's easy to insert each sound file at the correct place in the video. This way, you can place each sentence exactly where you want it in the video.

    And it's so easy to go back and re-record any sentence that you don't like.
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    • Profile picture of the author tacassim
      Originally Posted by robofx View Post

      What I do (and it's been very successful) is to write a script and just read it into the free audio recording/editing software Audacity.

      Pause briefly between each sentence.

      Then use Audacity to chop the sound file up into distinct sentences (saving each sentence as a separate .wav).

      Then make your video (without audio.)

      Then it's easy to insert each sound file at the correct place in the video. This way, you can place each sentence exactly where you want it in the video.

      And it's so easy to go back and re-record any sentence that you don't like.
      Thank you very much! Do you think Camtasia is better than the software Audacity?
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  • Profile picture of the author texsumaiya
    Originally Posted by tacassim View Post

    Hey everyone..fellow marketers.. Hope you doing well...
    Just a few days back im struggling to make good quality videos by talking on videos.. I find myself very hard to talk on videos fluently... Do you have any ideas on how to speak in good way..and do you make a script before we make videos on what we speak on the video? Any advice on this subject please..Highly appreciate for your support guys..
    Most of the time, I make script then I try again & again. I can add or, delete some audio, if I want. So it is the best way to be success in the Audio section. Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You could always use Natural Reader.

    ??!!???

    If after conducting all of the advice in this thread - the guy is still bashful about speaking on camera fluently... do you guys have any other solutions?
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    • Profile picture of the author JoeyS
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You could always use Natural Reader.

      ??!!???

      If after conducting all of the advice in this thread - the guy is still bashful about speaking on camera fluently... do you guys have any other solutions?
      I think getting some video's out and taking action is better than not so in this case I would say reading from a script is fine. I guess over time reading from a script will feel and become more natural.

      Other than that, find someone else who can front it maybe?
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    • Profile picture of the author robofx
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You could always use Natural Reader.

      ??!!???

      If after conducting all of the advice in this thread - the guy is still bashful about speaking on camera fluently... do you guys have any other solutions?
      I happen to have a talent for immitating people. I can do a pretty mean impression of celebrities such as Suze Orman (the "DENIED!" woman who gives everyone financial advice on TV) ... and Robert Irvine, the UK guy on the TV show "Restaurant Impossible" ... many others. (Apologies to our non-USA friends .. these are American TV shows.)

      The best advice I have is to simply and purely ACT.

      As in, perform. Like, be an actor. Go over-the-top. Have fun with it.

      Forget that you are "you" and just pretend that you are .. whoever.

      Let yourself go and exaggerate your speaking patterns. Don't worry about your accent.

      In fact, speaking in a thick accent could actually HELP you.

      I actually do it all the time. (I am a native American English speaker, but I actually FAKE thick, foreign accents when appropriate in my videos. Think about it.)

      Just put "closed-captioning" at the bottom of the screen. That is, just over-lay your video with sentences that corresponds to what you are saying. That way, your audience can follow your message while still being entertained!

      Depending on the niche, that can be VERY effective and draw your viewers in even MORE.

      To this day, I regularly get clicks (and Aweber optins and most importantly, SALES) from a youtube video I put up 2 years ago touting a certain Clickbank product in which I use the voice of - that is, I mimic - Suze Orman (I'm a guy, by the way LOL).

      Bottom line: just have FUN. Let yourself go. Stop being so serious.

      Pretend that you are some famous actor or presenter or sports-caster or whatever.

      This would be my best advice for those who feel shy due to their "accent" or inability to speak English "fluently."
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeyS
    I find that if you really want to connect on an emotional level with your audience, make them believe in what you are saying and have your audience have confidence in you, you must come over as natural on camera. If you are 'erming' and stuttering, you appear unsure (even though you are not) and your message and content gets lost.

    I believe that not being able to speak about something which we have a lot of knowledge about on camera is down to an unfamiliarity with that skill set. We are all familiar with language and talking and the issue lies with transferring that skill to a particular environment. Get familiar with the environment you are in i.e. having to talk to an inanimate object non stop. Practice over and over again until you get more confident.

    THE BEST feeling is when you are in a state of flow on camera and you will naturally be much more engaging and entertaining with your audience. If you can do this, and it does take practice (a lot in some cases, including mine) your online video content will reach a new level. You just need to look at the youtube channels with a good amount of followers, they generally seem to have a personality, structure and an online presence and is most importantly... entertaining.

    Scripts are good to learn your content but maybe try a script first, then overtime reduce it to prompts as you get more unstifled on camera.

    Originally Posted by SantamNaha View Post

    Hi,
    What you are delivering is much more important than How you are delivering it.

    Thanks
    In my humble opinion, Hitler didn't convince his people to commit mass genocide by reading from a script.
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  • Profile picture of the author MissWrite
    I would have trouble doing it "live" I think, I need it to be where I can edit it. That way, if I flub a word, I can just edit it out, or redo it and edit it "in".
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex The Lion
    The best advice I heard is to speak to the camera as if it was your friend. Talk to it like a human, maintain eye contact with the lens as you would another person's eyes, talk unscripted and be human. If you stumble, just move on as you would in a normal conversation.
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    • Profile picture of the author rjd1265
      I had the same issue.

      For one of my videos I made a slideshow and basically read that, but broke it out in small paragrpahs so it was easier to read.

      I also had to create videos and used a screen recorder but found it hard to demonstrate as I knew what to do so well, I made it difficult for beginners to watch....so I broke it down into talking points and had those on my second screen so i could review them but I was not reading word for word (which is impossible in demo mode)

      My hardest part was the endings....how do I end the video so after each one i wrote an ending and when it came time I read it so it sounded decent....instead of "ah ya, thats it I guess for this video"........I had that in a few of them
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    I always write a script for my videos. If I'm appearing on camera, I use a home made teleprompter. If I'm not appearing on camera, I'll read the script and make any necessary edits with audacity.

    If you're appearing on camera, you don't necessarily have to read your script perfectly all in one take. You can use what is called B-roll footage to help you cover up any mistakes. B-roll would be supporting footage. Images that help you tell your story. These images can be played over any parts where you need to make an edit in your reading of the script.
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    • Profile picture of the author tacassim
      Originally Posted by adamv View Post

      I always write a script for my videos. If I'm appearing on camera, I use a home made teleprompter. If I'm not appearing on camera, I'll read the script and make any necessary edits with audacity.

      If you're appearing on camera, you don't necessarily have to read your script perfectly all in one take. You can use what is called B-roll footage to help you cover up any mistakes. B-roll would be supporting footage. Images that help you tell your story. These images can be played over any parts where you need to make an edit in your reading of the script.
      Please can I see an example of a B-roll footage if you got any?
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      • Profile picture of the author JoeyS
        B-roll footage is simply extra footage you shoot which can be cut into your main video. For example if you are talking about a particular sword, then you might shoot some of the actual sword to cut to whilst the audio of your main video keeps going. Basically a related shot to what you are talking about. Documentaries use this technique all the time.

        I think someone mentioned earlier that this is a really good technique to cover up video edits or erms and stutters which would otherwise look choppy.

        Another technique that I use all the time, but a little more complex to pull off is a multi camera shoot, so say one angle from the front and one from the side. If you make an edit in your main video, then on your edit you can switch to your alternate camera angle which disguises the edit. The advantage of doing this is not only to be able to effectively cut out audio without it looking choppy but multi camera shooting can in some circumstances make your vids look way more professional IF DONE RIGHT!
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      • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
        Originally Posted by tacassim View Post

        Please can I see an example of a B-roll footage if you got any?
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        • Profile picture of the author Thomas Wilkinson
          I was listening to a webinar with James J. Jones once and asked him much the same
          question. He gave me the single best piece of advice I've ever had on the internet. He
          said that when you're making videos, "SMILE, it will show up in your voice". It does. You
          will sound much more relaxed and confident. I've made bunches of videos since then
          and always think of that while I'm doing them.
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          • Profile picture of the author zanzeo
            So much extremely good stuff here.Thank you all! Super contributions. Get really good at editing with something like Audacity and you will have it in your pocket. And practice, practice, practice.

            Personally, I think scripting is very good. Having a script does not mean you have to stick to it word for word. The trick, if there is one, is getting comfortable in front of the camera. Or the microphone. There are quite a few high earning IM people who never (or rarely) appear on camera. They do podcasts and video presentations but don't do an "on camera" thing. And their message comes across just fine.

            So there are lots of ways to do this. Just pick what you are most comfortable with at the moment. That doesn't mean that you can't change it up in the future.

            What everyone says is absolute truth. Be yourself. Deliver a heartfelt message. If you can do that, don't worry about the method.

            The fact that you even care about it means that you will be successful because you are starting out caring about it. That matters. Crap doesn't. Deliver quality and it will come. Simple!
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            • Profile picture of the author tacassim
              Originally Posted by zanzeo View Post

              So much extremely good stuff here.Thank you all! Super contributions. Get really good at editing with something like Audacity and you will have it in your pocket. And practice, practice, practice.

              Personally, I think scripting is very good. Having a script does not mean you have to stick to it word for word. The trick, if there is one, is getting comfortable in front of the camera. Or the microphone. There are quite a few high earning IM people who never (or rarely) appear on camera. They do podcasts and video presentations but don't do an "on camera" thing. And their message comes across just fine.

              So there are lots of ways to do this. Just pick what you are most comfortable with at the moment. That doesn't mean that you can't change it up in the future.

              What everyone says is absolute truth. Be yourself. Deliver a heartfelt message. If you can do that, don't worry about the method.

              The fact that you even care about it means that you will be successful because you are starting out caring about it. That matters. Crap doesn't. Deliver quality and it will come. Simple!
              Well said Zanzeo!
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          • Profile picture of the author tacassim
            Originally Posted by Thomas Wilkinson View Post

            I was listening to a webinar with James J. Jones once and asked him much the same
            question. He gave me the single best piece of advice I've ever had on the internet. He
            said that when you're making videos, "SMILE, it will show up in your voice". It does. You
            will sound much more relaxed and confident. I've made bunches of videos since then
            and always think of that while I'm doing them.
            Thanks a lot Thomas Wilkinson for sharing your wonderful advice! I will make sure that I remember this while making my next videos
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        • Profile picture of the author tacassim
          Originally Posted by David Beroff View Post

          Thank you David Beroff for sharing the B-roll footage example.. Really appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    JoeyS is right, and here is another example for you. If you're shooting a video about dog training and you need to make an edit in the part where you're talking to the camera, you could show footage of dogs obeying commands over the part that you edited.

    Shooting from a second camera angle like JoeyS said is also another great technique. You can edit in footage from the second angle to cover up any edits and it also gives some visual interest to your video.
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    • Profile picture of the author JoeyS
      I know its semi off topic but just to add to the two camera angle shoots for those that might want to try it, its good to make sure the white balance is as close as possible between the two cameras which maintains its professional look.

      You can shoot lots of different styles. My favourite is to have a main shot direct (waist up) which is hand held but steady, and then a second camera at between 45 and 90 degrees off which is a little more shaky, little zooms in and out, more experimental and closer in on the face. You can even use a less quality camera on this and it suits the style without looking cheap.

      This gives it a kind of trendy E4 meets late night behind the scenes meet the celebs look which can enhance your on screen message depending on the topic / message you are trying to get across in your video.

      Its not for everyone as it requires a lot of prep and post production work but I find the result gives your videos a little edge and a style which people can latch onto, relate to and find familiarity in which is always good for building a base of subscribers.
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      • Profile picture of the author adamv
        Originally Posted by JoeyS View Post

        I know its semi off topic but just to add to the two camera angle shoots for those that might want to try it, its good to make sure the white balance is as close as possible between the two cameras which maintains its professional look.
        I would agree with that. However I have also seen some videos where the secondary camera angle is shown in black and white or sepia. It looks pretty cool and the white balancing or other color issues are not as much of a problem that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Augustinus
    Yeah I make script before I record and I try to memorise it and then I train my speech it can take 30 minutes and 10 bad cam shots to record 30 seconds video it is hard for me but I made few videos for fiverr
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  • Profile picture of the author tacassim
    Guys I have a suggestion..I need your opinions.. If I create my own pdf with my own words and then I can use that as my structure or maybe I can use those same words to create my videos and make a video course right? Please I need your opinions about this..Just thought about it..
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by tacassim View Post

      Guys I have a suggestion..I need your opinions.. If I create my own pdf with my own words and then I can use that as my structure or maybe I can use those same words to create my videos and make a video course right? Please I need your opinions about this..Just thought about it..
      Sure! It's definitely a great idea to plan your structure in advance like this!
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Speak in your own language naturally... then dub it with English voice over audio you can get from fiverr. If you speak in your own language... it will be easier to become natural.
    Just say upfront that you provide English dubbing and push your viewers to pay attention on what you will deliver is more important to them regardless the way you talk on video.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Ask David Beroff (above this post) if you need help of a voice over guy.
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    • Profile picture of the author David Beroff
      Originally Posted by superowid View Post

      Ask David Beroff (above this post) if you need help of a voice over guy.
      Aww, thanks, Owid!
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      • Profile picture of the author Jon Crimes
        Agree that scripting can make you sound like a robot but its better than a lot of 'dead air' or hmm, ahmmm's etc.

        I would suggest knowing your material inside out and then doing practice videos until you can naturally just talk through it.

        This goes with any mic work, it takes time to become confident and thats for us who have English as the first language.

        If all else fails, you could always head over to fiverr and get some old guy or pretty girl to do the voice for you

        Cheers
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  • Best way is to pretend like you are telling a story to a person across from you or best to a full room. That is how I trained to be a public speaker and use the same strategy in videos!
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