Bob Crane,  Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP)

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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We are moving away from music in virtualt tours and opting for a well-written narrative.

Mar 09, 2016 08:17 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
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I add music.  Just mute if you don't want it.

Mar 09, 2016 08:47 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
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I've been told it hurts SEO and have started moving away from music.

Mar 10, 2016 12:31 AM
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Barbara Todaro
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if it's good music!!!

Mar 10, 2016 12:19 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Bob Crane It depends, but only if it is low in the background.

Mar 09, 2016 11:09 PM
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Roy Kelley
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Some of the music is just too loud.

Mar 09, 2016 11:00 PM
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Typically, it depends.  

Mar 09, 2016 09:20 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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Great points you make - I have a client who needs total control and needed to pick the music for their video -

Mar 09, 2016 08:54 PM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
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Bob, I've been on the buyer's side for the better part of 3 years and have video plans which don't exceed 50 seconds or include an audio track other than my voice touting the home's amenities. Somewhat like Real Estate Dragnet in a sense, just the facts! Nix the music and send your message clearly is my recommendation although I did like the van.

Mar 09, 2016 08:41 PM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Don't have music if you want people to watch them while they are at work.

Mar 09, 2016 07:38 PM
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Jeff Pearl
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Many times I can't stand the music that some chose to add to their video.

Mar 09, 2016 06:50 PM
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
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Videos without music are rare.  People might mute it but it needs to be there.  Video length is Important.  Too long and they move on. 

Mar 09, 2016 06:28 PM
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Bob. There is not a simple answer to the question. It depends on what you are promoting, the type of music and the audience you are going after.

Mar 09, 2016 05:33 PM
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Kathleen Luiten
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NEA, almost always a distraction.

Mar 09, 2016 04:18 PM
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Some people don't pay for the music used in their videos.  There are sites that will provide complimentary music including some very well known sites.

Mar 09, 2016 04:10 PM
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Sybil Campbell
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I agree with Patricia Kennedy that you have to be careful.

Mar 09, 2016 03:27 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Boy, you have to be so careful.  I hate the eerie new agie stuff.

Mar 09, 2016 02:28 PM
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Diana Dahlberg
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Great Question and one I've often wondered about.  I have music background on some of my videos and usually mute my own because when I'm on my computer and my husband is watching a movie (or listening to a radio program, etc), it is too distracting.  Oops!  Looks like I answered the question!  Thanks Bob! 

Mar 09, 2016 01:09 PM
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Melissa Jackson
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I like your subtitle idea.  I usually mute the music.  

Mar 09, 2016 12:56 PM
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Joan Cox
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I do add music, but be sure the volume is very low.

Mar 11, 2016 05:16 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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Bob Crane - if it is listing video - a very light music in background is fine.

For neighborhood videos, appropriate music as per what you are sharing.

And if it is educational videos - no need of music for sure.

 

Mar 10, 2016 01:57 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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I think many times the music is poorly chosen or too loud but I like music behnd videos, the right music.

Mar 10, 2016 11:34 AM
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William Feela
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I used to but no time to sit and watch

Mar 10, 2016 10:20 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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It depends on if there is narrative, and also on the music itself. Some is pleasant and some is awful and makes you not want to watch

Mar 10, 2016 09:55 AM
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Tony Lewis
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Music, yes.  Try to get a track that seems to relate to the content.

Mar 10, 2016 06:44 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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no

Mar 10, 2016 05:31 AM
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Will Hamm
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As long as it is soft in the backround

Mar 10, 2016 04:48 AM
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Yea, as long as it's NOT the distracting type you mention.  I think quiet, steady music is fine.

Mar 10, 2016 04:03 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Yes.  I use background music on my virtual tours.  Something light, instrumental and mellow.  I'm not a fan of videos without it.  I don't talk on my videos... the video "speaks for itself."

Mar 10, 2016 03:49 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
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Agree, some music is distracting and annoying. Takes me a long time to find one that is not too intrusive and sort of "goes" with the house.

Mar 10, 2016 03:49 AM
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Gabe Sanders
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Mostly no, for property videos, so those looking in the office don't have to close it so the boss won't find out.

Mar 10, 2016 03:20 AM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

It depends on the music and if it is truly 'background', and it depends on someone's talking voice and if you can hear/understand them.  Many variables, though I love the idea of subtitles Bob Crane - that would solve the issue of hearing what is being said, as to me that is what this is all about, along with the pictures of course.

Mar 09, 2016 11:27 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Yes

Mar 09, 2016 10:00 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
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I WILL do the music.

I will do the voice over.

I know the viewer has choices.

Because the viewer has choices, the important stuff is embedded as graphics in the video. You can not turn that off. 

Of course if you are strictly talking MLS, then you play by the rules they enforce..

Mar 09, 2016 09:44 PM
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Mar 09, 2016 05:12 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
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I'd like to give an option for a viewer. If they want to mute, it is ok. At the same time, I'm very careful with a music selection, I agree with you , often it is just too fast or too slow.

Mar 09, 2016 04:11 PM
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Yes, if I'm in Starbucks or somewhere similar, I have to use the mute button.

Mar 09, 2016 03:29 PM
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Sandra Graves
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Unless it's a music video, I prefer no music at all. Usually they have the music too loud, and you can't hear what the person is saying. If I can't hear the person talking then I click away from the video and move on to something else.

Mar 09, 2016 02:10 PM
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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
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I always mute the music since often I am around other people and don't want to disturb them. I am with you on using subtitles...love it!

 

Mar 09, 2016 01:33 PM