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February 07, 2013

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Mark

I always record my audio in an external program (Audacity). Simple: one audio file per slide. I hit record, then record the audio, then export as '#.wav', where '#' = the corresponding slide number that the audio will eventually be attached to.

After all of the audio is recorded, I then run a batch (they call them "chains" in Audacity) process that applies the noise removal and then normalization effects to each file.

I then import all into a folder in Captivate's library, then simply drag and drop one at a time into the appropriate slide.

Then, as needed, I adjust animations/timing on a slide by slide basis.

I've found over the years that this is the best workflow for speed and quality. Adobe Audition (or whatever it's called these days) looks better but is a resource hog and when they first acquired it I tried it and it corrupted all of my voiceover files. Audacity is free and is extremely lightweight.

Adam

Syncing voiceover for an entire project is what takes me the most time - especially when a client wants the script changed (despite sign off...they pay my bills). Is there a quicker way to import a single audio file for the project duration and not have to mess with those awkward domino style markers?

As Mark says, perhaps multiple audio files is the best option....but if I have 50+ slides then this is a very time consuming process...but will be much faster than using the markers that's for sure!

Ben Meite

Mark has the best workflow. Over the years I came to realize that regardless of signed agreements, clients will always mess around with scripts at the last minute. The ONLY way to protect yourself from such "attacks" is to adopt one piece of audio per slide/canvas. It's good for the client and best for you. The client can update portions of the training without much impact and you wont have those sleepless nights of syncing audio/animations.
I've been using Audition for a while now (used Soundbooth and Audacity back then) and I have to acknowledge I am pretty satisfied. It is robust and it gives me tons of flexibility to manage my audio files.

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