Doing the weather for Nebraska is different. I’m never shown live. What I record gets played back in a variety of forms for a few hours.
Then, I do it again.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Recording has added a variable I didn’t plan for. I can stop at a mistake and start over. It’s a blessing and a curse.
Here’s the problem: No weathercast is ever one hundred percent smooth. I have to decide how much is enough to stop the take. But where is that line?
How much of a screw-up is enough? If I set the bar too low do I remove some of the spontaneity? I don’t want my performance to be sterile.
It’s a decision made while I’m in front of the camera speaking; another plate to juggle.
I have to QC each take, so I see my work often. What seems like a large error to me often doesn’t look as bad on playback. Only I know what I wanted to do. Everyone else only sees the result.
There is a goal. Even if it’s recorded you want to leave the impression it’s take one.