Frequently Asked Questions
Why can't I record my own videos of a mouth?
This is one of the most common questions. It involves many important considerations, so we'd like to take some time in addressing this. The short answer is for some, this may be feasible. For most, we'd recommend thinking twice and here's why:
- Hopefully this is stating the obvious, but if you're a communicatively impaired individual, this is NOT about looking at your own mouth. So you'll need a partner.
- Again, the obvious… you'll need a video camera and perhaps a camera man. With front-facing cameras on mobile devices becoming more common, your model may even be able to record themselves (though this does create some quality challenges).
- You may want to edit the video and depending on your camera, you may need to encode the video for your desired playback platform.
Some may have read enough. For others with the time, human resources, know-how and technology, this isn't a problem. Now consider the following…
- First and foremost, your mouth model. You'll have to be the judge of your model's performance for your needs. But how will you make this determination? What we can say is that in our 3+ years of experimentation, the model and their performance make a difference. All of our models have been screened by speech professionals for their ability to articulate, accurately perform oral movements and adhere to a specified rate and rhythm. They are additionally trained to conform to a set of parameters for maintaining as much consistency across our videos as is possible.
- Speed. It's also very clear that speed contributes directly to a user's success or even their ability to use this approach at all. Additionally, we know that users' speed preferences change over time. We will deliver each video at multiple speeds which we have determined are appropriate for most users and for which we have established controls for consistency.
- Text. Many individuals prefer to have the additional text cues. The process of coordinating the text presentation with the video is usually very tedious or involves technology integration not likely appropriate for small production runs. We offer this as an option and incorporate the text in a way that the user can toggle its presence on or off.
- Production Quality. At the low end, this can make a difference. Poor production quality can affect the user's performance when it creates distractions that cause the user to lose focus on the task at hand. Professional lighting can also make a difference in users being able to clearly see the oral movements. However, above a certain moderate threshold, it's really more about personal preference and tolerance - you're the best judge of whether our professional-level video production quality is meaningful to you.
- Your practice time is your biggest investment.
There are very seldom any quick fixes to improving your communication impairment and certainly no guarantees for any one approach. It's likely to take a lot of hard work, practice and more practice no matter what video source you may choose to use. We strive to deliver a best-in-class product by packaging the knowledge acquired through long-term clinical experimentation into our VAST videos, giving our users the best possibilities for success. So, finally, we would ask…
Isn't it worth the relatively small financial investment, when compared to your hard work and practice time, to use the videos that present the best opportunity for improvement in speech?
How long will it take?
We are targeting a 10 business day turnaround from the time that we receive payment on your order.