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Audio Best Practices

Visual Lounge

Nothing turns off viewers faster than a video with bad audio. Unless you have a higher end camera that has a built-in shotgun mic, you are going to want consider recording audio separately from your video. They do a great job of picking up only the audio that is close by. Selecting an Audio Recorder. Recording Audio. Tips for Recording Audio for Screencasts.

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When Is Audio Narration Helpful?

Experiencing eLearning

In a discussion on eLearning Heroes , Judith Reymond asked about the research on when or whether audio narration is helpful to adult learners. usually don’t provide audio feedback on practice activities to give people a break. I’ll sometimes provide other kinds of interaction or content delivery to provide a break from the audio (tabs or “click to reveal” text).

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Over 500,000 Stock Images, Audio, and Videos for eLearning

eLearning Brothers

Stock Audio. Bring your courses to life with audio clips. The post Over 500,000 Stock Images, Audio, and Videos for eLearning appeared first on eLearning Brothers. Here’s a huge announcement from eLearning Brothers! We are offering a new stock asset library for eLearning. Over 500,000 stock images, graphics, videos, motion graphics, sound effects, and music loops.

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Tips When Working With Audio in Articulate Storyline

B Online Learning

Working with audio is really fun! Articulate eLearning Design eLearning Development audio design elearning eLearning content eLearning course design instructional design online learning rapid authoring tools storyline This is usually one of the final stages of development where you really start to see your course come to life.

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Microlearning Whitepaper: Small Bites, Big Impact

learning and knowledge they need to do the job via a variety of media including video, audio, presentations and text. Microlearning: Small Bites, Big Impact. must-haves every organization needs to be. successful with microlearning W H I T E P A P E R 2Table of Contents. The times they are a-changin’.3 When done properly, Microlearning works.10 Microlearning in action.11 About Axonify.14

TechSmith Tips – Microphones, Recording Audio & How to Sync Audio with Video

Visual Lounge

Welcome to another episode of TechSmith Tips. I am Mike, a video producer for TechSmith and in this episode I am going to give some advice on types of microphones, audio recorders and methods to easily sync your audio with video. Nothing turns off viewers faster than a video with bad audio. They do a great job of picking up only the audio that is close by.

ELH Challenge #138 Audio Interviews: Share Your Tips for Creating Effective E-Learning Portfolios


Make sure there’s a way to turn off audio if you’ve included it. Whether you’re an e-learning consultant, freelancer, full-time employee, or student, a portfolio is essential to landing future clients and work. But e-learning portfolios are much more than tools for finding work. And learning to design e-learning portfolios is what this week’s challenge is all about! Challenge of the Week.

Three Reasons Not to Use Audio Narration in Your Online Training

Rapid eLearning

Audio narration is part of multimedia and adds a lot of value to your elearning courses. However, there are times when it makes sense to NOT use audio. Do Not Use Audio Narration When They Can’t Hear It. If those taking the course can’t hear the audio narration, then it makes sense not to include it. support audio and if they need headsets.

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Two Ways to Edit Your Background Audio that You Didn’t Know About

eLearning Brothers

The answer is in having a secondary audio track with either sound effects, or music. In the video below I’ll be outlining two types of essential audio mixing skills for dealing with at least two tracks of audio: Ducking, and Notching. Notching is when you remove the audible frequencies from your secondary audio that may conflict with your primary audio.

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PowerPoint: Playing Audio Sequentially. and Automatically

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  Last week I covered how to play multiple audio tracks at the same time. That wasn't so hard, but what can get a bit complicated is playing multiple audio tracks sequentially. If you know that the first audio file ends after 1:35 and you'll be on your third slide then, then you would put the second audio file on the third slide and set it to play after 1:35. 

Adobe Captivate: Export Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    You can import or record audio to just about anything in Adobe Captivate. Right-click a slide object and you'll find you can select Audio > Import to  (or  Record to ). Once you've successfully added audio to the object, slide or background, you can then choose  Audio  and  Edit  the attached audio file.

eLearning: Adding Silence to Audio Waveforms

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel      If there is unwanted noise (static perhaps or a barking dog) in the audio you're using in your eLearning projects, all of the eLearning tools allow you to quickly edit the audio file and delete the offending noise.  For instance, if you're using Adobe Captivate, choose  Audio > Edit > Slide. learning eLearning

Adobe Captivate: Replacing PowerPoint Slides But Keeping the Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

The developer had imported a 60-slide PowerPoint presentation into Captivate and then added audio to each of the Filmstrip slides. In this instance, he was given a completely different presentation (the same audio was going to be used, but each slide visual was going to change). Even though you deleted the slides, the audio files are still in the Library. Check out the Library.

Using Lectora to Sync Audio

Integrated Learnings

Most multimedia developers are familiar with audio timing in frame based applications like Adobe Flash and other movie editing software. This concept is a little different when using Lectora to sync audio. Lectora allows developers to set events that occur at flagged times within audio. For some, this may actually be a preferred way of syncing events to audio.

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Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?

360 Training

Audio can add a great deal to the quality of your course. Many devices and industry-standard elearning tools offer simple and effective software for recording audio. One of our authors who was just getting started with elearning never before had had the need to record audio—and asked for advice on tools. need to record simple voice-only audio. At little to no cost.

Audio in E-Learning

Kapp Notes

Audio is a powerful and impactful tool, but it is often used incorrectly within e-learning courses. common question is "Should we have audio in the e-learning module that exactly matches the text on the screen?" It’s not that you can’t learn from audio and text, it is just that the learning is more productive if the two are separate (audio that enhances what is on the screen not repeats it word-for-word). Is it good to have audio to describe graphics on the screen? Here is a book that describes the appropriate uses of audio. The general answer is no.

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PowerPoint 2010: Working with Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  Adding audio to a PowerPoint 2010 slide is simple. All you need to do is choose Insert > Audio and then open the audio clip. However,  However, when it comes to adjusting the audio, the option you might be looking for can be difficult to find.      In a perfect world, you would be able to make adjustments to an audio clip by either right-clicking a slide's sound icon, or by using the Audio Tools.     But what if you wanted to stop the audio after three slides? by AJ George.

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Adobe Captivate: Methods for Attaching Voiceover Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel    When it comes to adding narration audio (voice-overs), Captivate developers have plenty of choices. You can insert audio using any of the following methods: Object-Level Audio   Right-click any slide object and choose  Audio > Import to  or  Audio > Record to. if you intend to include it.

eLearning Brothers Breaks into the Stock Photo, Video and Audio World

eLearning Brothers

AMERICAN FORK, Utah — November 17, 2014 — eLearning Brothers today announced that it will offer over 500,000 stock photos, graphics, vectors, videos and audio files to the training and development community. The post eLearning Brothers Breaks into the Stock Photo, Video and Audio World appeared first on eLearning Brothers. Morley, President of eLearning Brothers. Contacts.

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eLearning: Should the Captions Match the Audio?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

I recently received the following question from a reader of my skills & drills newsletter :   Question: I have been asked to make the text captions in my Captivate project exactly match the audio.  Do you have any advice on the use of Audio and Text captions in terms of effectiveness?    Answer:  Generally speaking, captions that exactly match the audio are NOT effective. Instead, the captions should be treated as bullets and the audio should expand upon the text.

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Mobile Learning Via Audio

Kapp Notes

One thing many people seem to forget when thinking about "mobile learning" is that the one universal application that runs across all mobile phones is voice. Some really inventive voice-focused training modules can be developed and delivered all with a mish-mash of mobile phones. They can be linked to an automated voice systems and sales reps or others can simply "call in" for some training.

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7 Free Audio Editors for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Even though many elearning applications have their own audio tools, I usually don’t use them. I may for quick projects, but generally, I like to keep my audio production separate from my elearning course production. It provides more control over the audio files and dedicated audio editing software tends to have more features. And the price is right. Audacity. Download.

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Adobe Captivate 5 & 5.5: Export Audio

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

received an interesting email last week from a Captivate developer asking where imported audio was physically stored on the computer. She had edited much of the audio from within Captivate and needed to share some of the edited clips with team members in her office. Once audio clips are imported into a Captivate project, they are embedded within the project and are not stored externally. While this might seem like a deal-breaker if you need to hand off those audio files to someone, there is a way to export the audio files. by Kevin Siegel.

Creating The Desired Impact From Audio-Conferencing: Some Tips To Increase Effectiveness


In the day and age of high-end communication technology, most organisations are trying to cut travel expenses and save time by organizing conference calls which are a means of conducting business, update each other and even learn. But though conference calls are aplenty, many organizations feel that their conference calls are usually chaotic and counter- productive. Voice creates a huge impact.

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PowerPoint: Playing Multiple Audio Files

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

  A couple of weeks ago I discussed some points for working with Audio in PowerPoint ; today, a bit of elaboration. What if you want to play two audio files automatically at the same time (say, for example, you want a song to play but you also want a recorded narration to play simultaneously)? Insert both audio clips onto the desired slide ( Insert > Audio ).    From Audio Tools > Playback locate the Audio Options area and select Automatically from the drop-down menu.  by AJ George. " PowerPoint

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Adobe Captivate 6: Audio Control Without a Playbar

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

It's not a big deal if you don't need the playbar, but what if you need to give your learners the ability to mute/unmute the audio? Here is what Adobe says about using cpCmdMute:    According to the Description shown in the image above, you set the variable to  1  if you want to mute the audio,  0  if you don't. Here's how you do it.

ELearning Audio and Narration – sites, notes, suggestions

eLearning Chef

An additional, newer resource is eLearning Brothers , who have recently jumped into stock media offering “over 500,000 stock photos, graphics, vectors, videos and audio files to the training and development community.” Adobe’s Audition is a solid audio editing tool but the free Audacity is a strong competitor. And, of course, if you want to record audio on your Android device, there are plenty of related options in the Play Store. Finally, a discussion on LinkedIn asking for recommendations for “a High-Quality Audio Recording Headset for Screencasting on a Mac OS X?”

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eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

received an email asking the following: What specific advice can you give about the kind of microphone to purchase for making good quality audio narrations to accompany my Captivate training sessions, minimizing echo and other audio problems? each can produce awesome eLearning content that will be enhanced if you include voiceover audio. Looking for free? I've had wonderful luck using the microphone built into my MacBook Pro. I was surprised by how good the audio was considering the poor experiences I've had with most built-in microphones in the past. Courts.

12 eLearning Audio and Video Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

When creating an online course, you often need to capture a live video, audio, or screen recording. We’ve narrowed it down to 12 great eLearning audio and video tools to help you get started easily. Fine-tune every cut and transition, edit color and audio, and fix shaky video. Chirbit is a useful and fun tool that enables you to record, upload, and share your voice or audio files easily. Record your voice using a webcam or microphone connected to your computer, or upload an existing audio file. The post 12 eLearning Audio and Video Tools appeared first on.

How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. Whether it’s unwanted static, an echo, or ambient room noise, bad audio can distract your learners from the content in your e-learning course and prevent them from clearly receiving your message. There’s also a perception that creating top-quality audio yourself is equally costly. Microphones are like cars.

Meet Instructional Designer Brandon Winston [Audio Interview]

The Learning Dispatch

The post Meet Instructional Designer Brandon Winston [Audio Interview] appeared first on Microassist. Instructional designer Brandon Winston joined the Microassist curriculum development team in May 2016. In roughly three minutes, Brandon gives insight on what an instructional designer does and why he’s so passionate about the process of developing custom training. Interview transcript. Brandon, how are you? BRANDON WINSTON: Doing well. How are you doing this afternoon? VIVIAN: Doing well, doing well. Glad to be talking with you. So let’s start with just a real basic question.

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Uses for Audio in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

First, the audio narration slowed me down. Since I didn’t need the visuals to understand the audio, I decided to listen to the course like a podcast while glancing at email and other stuff. So when is audio worthwhile? Although I had never designed an eLearning course to include full audio narration, the experience reinforced that I probably shouldn’t go down that path in the future. It also got me thinking more concretely about instances where audio does make sense for learning. When you consider that incorporating audio is an additional project expense (e.g.,

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Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Audio From Getting Cut Off

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

When importing voiceover audio into Adobe Captivate, I always suggest that audio be added directly to the slide instead of objects on the slide ( Audio > Import to > Slide ). By importing audio directly onto the slide, you'll have more direct control over the audio. You will be able to edit the audio clip by double-clicking the waveform on the Timeline. And you'll be able to control when the audio begins to play by simply dragging the waveform left or right on the Timeline. the first syllable of audio can get cut off.

Recording Audio with Adobe Presenter

Integrated Learnings

Using audio narration in eLearning courses has been debated from both sides – some people feel that it is an enhancement that assists the learner in completing the course, while others argue that it can be distracting. Audio narration can help to describe charts and graphs that would otherwise require a lot of reading. Why use Adobe Presenter for Audio Narration?

7 Ways To Enhance eLearning With Audio


Effective audio can be the sugar and spice that transforms eLearning into a multisensory experience, increasing engagement for complex […]. Creating great eLearning is a lot like baking your favourite cake. All the ingredients should work together to produce a delicious result; however, get one ingredient wrong and you’ve got a culinary fail on your hands.

Adobe Captivate: Export and Share Audio and Images

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Kevin Siegel      If you're a Captivate developer working with non-Captivate developers, you may be asked to share some of your project assets so those assets can be used in other applications. I had a PowerPoint developer ask to use one of the audio clips in my Captivate project in his PowerPoint presentation. Looking to learn Captivate quickly?