TechSmith Tips – Microphones, Recording Audio & How to Sync Audio with Video
AUGUST 13, 2015
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. The first thing you’re going to want to do is select the right microphone.
What is the Best Microphone?
AUGUST 9, 2016
Ever heard the saying, ‘Audio is King’? One of the most difficult parts of a video is getting quality audio, in my opinion. And, there have been studies that show that the quality of your audio affects your audience’s perception of the quality of your presentation more than the visuals. Poor audio = people think poor presentation. struggle with audio especially when I’m out of a controlled environment. So, I thought I’d round up a bunch of different microphones at work and compare them for you. Give Camtasia a try!
Audio Best Practices
JULY 19, 2016
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. The first thing you’re going to want to do is select the right microphone. They do a great job of picking up only the audio that is close by. Recording Audio.
eLearning: What's the Best Microphone for Voiceover Audio?
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 11, 2013
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? would prefer the versatility of a standalone microphone on a stand that could sit on my desk rather than a microphone built into a headset. I had in mind trying to limit the cost to around $100, but if that isn't reasonable please tell me. Do you use a microphone or a headset? I use a Microphone. Courts.
Two Ways to Edit Your Background Audio that You Didn’t Know About
AUGUST 2, 2016
But when you listen to someone talk into a microphone for a long period of time, especially one that is being limited digitally, the frequencies of their voice can begin to cause ear fatigue. The answer is in having a secondary audio track with either sound effects, or music. Ducking can be done in Camtasia, but Notching requires a dedicated audio editor like Adobe Audition.
eLearning: Two Awesome Microphones
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
JUNE 7, 2016
In this article, I cover two of my favorite microphones for voiceover recording: the Heil PR-40 and the Shure MV51. Each of these microphones delivers high quality sound for eLearning and podcasting applications. Dynamic microphones have a downside; they require a good quality microphone preamp to generate adequate recording levels. Audio e-learning eLearning
Three Reasons Not to Use Audio Narration in Your Online Training
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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.
How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning
JULY 13, 2016
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.
Microphone Questions Answered Here
The eLearning Coach
JUNE 22, 2010
Thinking of doing some in-house or on-site audio recording? Post from: The eLearning Coach Microphone Questions Answered Here. Tags: AUDIO audio for elearning audio recordings microphones mics Then take some lessons from this pro.
Adobe Captivate: Microphone Calibration
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
AUGUST 13, 2015
by Jennie Ruby Before recording voiceover narration directly in Captivate, you'll want to calibrate the microphone you intend to use from inside Captivate. After selecting the slide to record the narration to, choose Audio > Record to > Slide. In the Slide Audio dialog box, click the blue text link for your microphone.
7 Free Audio Editors for Your E-Learning Courses
JANUARY 19, 2015
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.
Creating The Desired Impact From Audio-Conferencing: Some Tips To Increase Effectiveness
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Speakers should take care not to be too far away from the microphone when speaking. 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. Voice creates a huge impact. One-on-one calls increase communication intimacy.
12 eLearning Audio and Video Tools
DECEMBER 25, 2014
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. iMovie. Chirbit. ScreenFlow. Windows Movie Maker. Vocaroo.
How to turn heads: The essential need for positional audio in immersive learning
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
3D positional audio greatly improves the delivery of a truly immersive experience. Our human ears pick-up audio in three dimensions and our brains process multiple cues to identify where a sound is and what it might mean. But full 3D positional audio is capable of connecting sounds to objects as they move through a setting. Learning innovation engagement video
Recording Audio with Adobe Presenter
FEBRUARY 23, 2011
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?
How to (and Why) Produce High Quality Audio for E-Learning
MAY 29, 2013
Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start and answer the question, “Should you use audio narration in your e-learning courses?” Now that we have established that you should use audio narration in your e-learning courses, let’s talk about how to create those narrations. There are two ways to go when recording audio narration. Do It Yourself.
Adding a Microphone to your Kindle Fire
NOVEMBER 29, 2011
Perhaps you would like to use a microphone with your Kindle Fire. thought the Kindle Fire did not have a microphone, and thus could not allow voice input?? If you purchase an inline stereo microphone (cost: $3) and install the Tape-A-Talk App from GetJar, you are in business! Make certain you have the proper inline microphone. Universal 3.5mm In-Ear Stereo Headset with Microphone. The microphone / ear buds must be stereo capable, which means "three rings on the plug" See the image shown below. No problem! Be willing to experiment.
4 Ways to Make Your Audio In Your Courses Better
JANUARY 26, 2016
When it comes to creating audio for eLearning, there are a lot of factors to consider. There is the software to record your audio, the microphone and other hardware to capture your voice. And of course, your audio editing skills. An eLearning programmer has to learn how to create compelling audio for a global audience. Don’t read all the text on the screen.
Microphones and Audio Information
NOVEMBER 4, 2009
start by going to eLearning Learning and then I search for something like audio which gets me quickly to a page that's a bunch of great posts and other items all about Audio in eLearning. The keywords on the left are highly related to audio as well, so I'll drill down to pages on Audio Voiceover or Audio Microphone. eLearning Technology.
Affordable Audio Equipment For A High Quality Recording
MAY 2, 2013
Want to record quality audio without breaking the bank? Don’t worry – there are affordable microphones out there that can give you a high quality recording that won’t leave a massive dent in your wallet. One important thing to be aware of when searching for a microphone is to see if it is an omnidirectional or unidirectional microphone.
Best Practices for Voice-Over
MAY 19, 2016
Studio microphone and pop shield on mic stand. Oftentimes, the subject matter experts record audio themselves. ” Two hundred words typically equals 1 minute of produced audio, so if you are trying to keep the multimedia clip short, you may need to trim the script. Instructional Design Online Learning audacity audio narration pop filter voice over
4 Simple Tips for Recording High-Quality Audio
JUNE 2, 2009
Good audio is critical to your elearning success. But it all falls apart if the audio quality in your course is not very good. Today we’ll look at the microphone and recording environment. Invest in a good quality microphone. When it comes to microphones, you typically get what you pay for. good mic is going to give you good audio quality.
It’s Not Too Late! How to Reduce Audio Noise in Your Recordings (For Free)
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Recording clean audio can be tough, especially in noisy environments. Whether it’s background noise or less-than-ideal equipment, sometimes you end up with hissy audio. Take a listen to what software noise removal can do: Noisy Audio. Clean Audio. Even if you can’t hear anything, a sensitive microphone will pick up ventilation noise, computer fans, and more. If you aren’t looking to invest in high-end audio software, Audacity is a free piece of software created and maintained by a community of programmers and audio experts. Next Steps.
How to Soundproof a Room for Quality Voice Overs
MARCH 8, 2016
Nothing kills a video like poor audio quality. No amount of set design, camera effects, or lighting tricks will help your finished video if your audio sounds like an old cassette tape. Beyond seeming unprofessional, poor audio quality makes it difficult for your viewers to understand the video. Basically, it makes audio sound bad. The Science Behind Sound.
Effective eLearning Voiceover Audio: Sell It!
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
DECEMBER 15, 2015
" The audio is one of the most important pieces of your eLearning content and it needs to be presented in a dynamic and convincing way. It's a long way from your microphone to the end user's ears and eyes. The technology, including the processing of audio and video for streaming, will suck the energy out of your presentation. Voiceover audio that has a monotone delivery is not going to keep your audience engaged through all those distractions. learning eLearning voiceover audioby Jeff Hanley. What's the objective of your eLearning?
A Recipe for Success: Recording Clear Audio for Your E-Learning Courses
AUGUST 16, 2012
The ability to record and edit audio is becoming easier and easier due to user-friendly technology. Most computers are sold with software preloaded that makes audio recording a snap. Here is the recipe we use for our in-house audio recording. Audio Ingredients: 1 narrator with a good, clear speaking voice. headset with a noise-canceling microphone. Seriously!!!
Advanced Screencasting: Editing Narration in Audacity Tutorial
DECEMBER 8, 2014
For most TechSmith tutorials, the narration track is actually recorded first with a handheld microphone or a podcaster USB microphone that feeds straight into Audacity (an open-source audio editor). How to paste white noise over existing audio. 6:40. How to export audio from Audacity to use in Camtasia Studio. Can’t see this video? Watch it on YouTube !
4 Priorities For Your Voice Over Recording
NOVEMBER 8, 2016
When making a clean and crisp eLearning video, you have several choices for audio styles and recording setups. For our live-action video, we have two types of visual situations with audio that runs throughout. Whenever the camera is on our actress, we used a boom microphone to record her voice. We had to make a choice about how we were going to record that audio. Timing.
10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning
JUNE 1, 2010
I’m no audio engineer. So I won’t get into all of the nitty gritty details of audio editing. If you want more details, one of the community MVPs shared some tips on how to improve your audio quality. Today I want to share some free or inexpensive ways to work with the audio in your elearning courses. It’s an audio editor that is free and easy to use for beginners.
How to Record Voice Overs for eLearning (Part 1)
JANUARY 3, 2014
Background noise and humming can cause voice overs to sound like they were recorded with a laptop microphone or worse. The highest quality microphone still won’t sound good if you’ve got a ton of background noise. Other possible solutions to help with noise cancellation are portable microphone isolation shields or booths. 3. Choosing a Microphone.
Audio for eLearning: What's that Popping Sound?
I Came, I Saw, I Learned
NOVEMBER 11, 2010
If you've recorded your own audio for an eLearning project, I'm betting you're guilty of creating your own plosives at least a few times. The air causes the microphone to create the "popping" sound, which can be distracting to learners. Fortunately, preventing plosives is fairly easy and can be accomplished in one of two ways: You can learn good microphone and breathing techniques. (I'll be covering some of these in my upcoming Audio Basics for eLearning online class.) Rick teaches our Audio Basics for eLearning online class.
Recording Audio and Video with Lectora’s Built-in Tools
DECEMBER 22, 2014
Did you know that Lectora® e-Learning software has a built-in audio and video recording tool so that you can easily record your own audio and webcam videos? Audio can be added to your title as narration, and you can use the video as presenter videos anywhere on the pages of your title. Recording Audio. Follow these steps to record and add audio: 1.
6 Tips for Creating Audio for E-learning Podcasts, Screencasts and Online Presentations
JANUARY 26, 2010
Recording audio for E-learning contexts is a straightforward process when you use the right equipment and adhere to some basic steps to optimize your recording environment. Let’s roll up our sleeves and talk shop in this post. I’ll discuss basic techniques for audio recording and highlight some equipment that will help ensure your message is communicated loud (but not too loud) and clear. 1.
Do You Hear That? It’s Your eLearning Course Sounding Better
JULY 31, 2015
Quality audio is more important than you realize. There are several things you can do on your own to secure better quality audio without having to spend loads of money. Just because you can record audio with a device doesn’t mean that audio is sufficient. The two biggest less-than-desirable audio recording device culprits are laptop mics and cell phones.