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Adobe Captivate: Six Ways to Use Voiceover Scripts

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by Jennie Ruby    I often point out in my classes on  writing eLearning voiceover scripts  that a script is necessary so that when you record the audio you don't skip anything, don't stumble, and don't say "um." " However, using a voiceover script for eLearning is way more useful than just that. Are your scripts up to the task?

Adobe Presenter: Managing Voiceover Scripts

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Adobe Presenter has a pretty nifty way to help you display your voiceover script while recording audio. All is well and good until you find an error in your script or want to make a change in the voiceover. But that would create a mismatch between the printed script--which Presenter picks up automatically from the PowerPoint Notes pane--and your audio voiceover. by Jennie Ruby.

eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?

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by Kevin Siegel      Adding voiceover audio to eLearning enhances the learner experience. And before you spend thousands of dollars hiring voiceover talent to record your audio, you should know: your voice is fine (nobody likes their own voice so trust me on this, yours will do nicely). I've been creating eLearning for years (and years and years). I've found that the voiceover audio does not have to be highly produced to be effective.   But when should you record your audio?   The answer to when it's best to record audio is.

Voiceover Scripts That Engage Learners

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How can you use your voiceover script to keep a learner’s attention within an e-learning lesson? Here are the two most important factors: Make it proportional and make it conversational. Click here to read full version

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

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each can produce awesome eLearning content that will be enhanced if you include voiceover audio. On occasion I record voiceovers at home on my laptop. I use the Sennheiser headset, and I record in my walk-in closet. by Kevin Siegel. 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? It needs to connect to my Dell laptop PC. The manufacturer is Micro Innovations. it makes your head sweaty.

Adding Voiceover Sound to Powerpoint

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I have created a 4 part series of videos demonstrating and discussing how to include voice-over sound in PowerPoint presentations. For those that are new to PowerPoint, electronic presentations or are slightly technophobic in these matters hopefully these videos will be useful to you. powerpoint sound audacity audio multimedia elearning

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PowerPoint 2007: Adding Voiceover Narration to Presentations Converted to Movies

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    If you wanted to add voiceover narration to the movie, however, you may have run into a bit of a problem--there is only one row in the Windows Movie Maker timeline for audio.   This week, expanding upon the same method from last week, I will show you not only how to add voiceover narration, but how to have it play at the same time as background music.

PowerPoint: Text-to-Speech Voiceover Tools

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You could, of course, record a voiceover in PowerPoint, but maybe you have a cold and your voice isn't up to par. Several new tools allow you to type the text you would normally say, and have text-to-speech technology (TTS) generate the voiceover for you. Later, if the content changes, editing the typed text will be way easier than re-recording an entire voiceover. To add a computer-generated voiceover via TTS to your presentation, first save it as a PDF and then upload it to the HelloSlide website. PS: Need some crafting that voiceover text? HelloSlide.

Effective eLearning Voiceover Audio: Sell It!

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Do you think your eLearning is going to change behavior if it is boring, and contains lackluster voiceover that's delivered in a monotone? The first rule of an effective voiceover is "sell it." Voiceover is like acting or singing. Voiceover audio that has a monotone delivery is not going to keep your audience engaged through all those distractions. Voiceover, in this case, is not a close-up, though the microphone and quiet room where you record may make it feel that way. learning eLearning voiceover audioby Jeff Hanley. Technology.

6 Quick Voice-Over Tips

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eLearning Featured tips tips and tricks voice over voiceoverYou want your eLearning audio to go smoothly, especially voice-overs. Using your voice properly is a skill in itself. Before you grab a microphone, it’s important to know the proper techniques to use, and the rookie mistakes to avoid. #1. Smile! Your listeners want to hear your enthusiasm. Slow down! Remember public speaking?

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Adobe Presenter Video Express: Synchronizing Voiceover Audio with Slide Builds

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by Jennie Ruby  Suppose you have hired voiceover talent to record the audio for your Adobe Presenter project. You give the voiceover artist the script. When you get the voiceover recordings back, you just import each segment to the slide it belongs to. The script is organized by which slide in your PowerPoint presentation each audio segment belongs to. When you preview your presentation, everything plays smooth as silk until--there is a click-activated animation on slide 12. Uh-oh. That's where synchronization comes in. Otherwise, click Discard and try again.

eLearning: Voiceover Audio That Will Keep the Learner's Attention

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by Jennie Ruby    How can you use your voiceover script to keep the learner's attention within an eLearning lesson? Make the Voiceover Proportional to the Action. " after less than two sentences of voiceover text was read for one PowerPoint slide. To some extent, the type of lesson will determine how much voiceover is proportional to each action. On a software demo video, a lack of action for as little as 7 seconds can have the learner shaking the mouse to see if the video is still running-even if the audio voiceover is continuing.

Khan Academy and Mastering Voiceover: This Week on #BLPLearn

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The Art of Writing Great Voiceover Scripts. Using voiceover is a great way to increase engagement in elearning courses. However, writing for voiceover requires a slightly different mindset. The Art of Writing Great Voiceover Scripts. #BLPLearn is our way of saving all of the great content our team curates… and sharing it with the wider community. JOIN IN THE FUN.

Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts

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You can write step-by-step instructions like a pro, but now you have been asked to create voice-over narratives for e-Learning scripts. Suddenly you must break out of the concise and factual focus of instructional writing and create text that engages and motivates the learner.   In this interactive half-day class you will learn to define the appropriate voice and tone for a narrative text and take specific steps to create the engaging and personable writing style that voice-over narratives require. During the class you will. Define your audience.   Instructor: Jennie Ruby.

Guide to Selecting the Best Voice Over Microphone

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Recording a voiceover is a field of knowledge that includes many disciplines from learning how to speak into a microphone to selecting the right software for recording your audio narrations by reading a script. Picking the right recording gear is the lion’s share of the overall success in recording a professional voiceover. Shared. Read more ». Comparisons

Inside the Voice Actors Studio

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This blog post from Ben Butina focuses on the performance aspect of voiceover. Professional voiceover actors and directors draw on a variety of techniques to get the best possible performance, and learning professionals can use these same techniques to improve our work. Click here to read full version

ID and E-Learning Links (7/24/16)

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tags: voiceover. How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick | MindShift | KQED News. Rather than studying and practicing a single skill in blocks, it’s more effective to use “interleaved” or variable practice of multiple skills. You remember better this way. It’s the opposite of cramming where you might do well on a test but forget it all soon after. tags: learning research spacedlearning memory. Voice Realm. Hire voice over with free auditions. Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism – Poynter. tags: writing plagiarism.

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10 Common Problems faced by Learners in Online Learning

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One of the key goals of any Instructional Designer, educator or SME of an online course, is to engage learners into the course and help them successfully achieve the learning objectives. They take quite a few efforts towards achieving this goal. However, do those efforts covert into a comprehensive success? Well, not always.

Adobe Captivate 5: Keep Audio From Getting Cut Off

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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 ). In the image below, a voiceover clip has been added to a slide, and the audio has been set to play just when the slide appears. Drag the waveform right on the Timeline so that the voiceover is delayed by a fraction of a second or so (as shown in the image below). by Kevin Siegel. By importing audio directly onto the slide, you'll have more direct control over the audio.

Effective Video Training – Breaking it down

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In this post and others, Ross points out several characteristics that make for quality learning videos: • Match the visuals, titles, and voiceover – a seamless integration of these elements seems effortless. Keep people engaged (!) by using a variety of methods – titles, voiceovers, different camera angles, music. These two concepts seem to go hand in hand. People respond to video.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Happy New Year! (or is it New Year's?)

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  Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. New Year's Day is the proper noun naming the day we celebrate the new year. That is why it is always capitalized. New Year's Eve is the night before, when all the partying really takes place. When wishing someone a happy new year, the phrase is capitalized and does not need the possessive apostrophe: Happy New Year! "Images for Happy New Year" would work better.

Top Tips for Producing Better eLearning Audio by Jennifer De Vries and Stephen Haskin

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Most eLearning professionals will need to create a voiceover script from time to time as part of their job. But writing scripts for audio is different from writing text that a learner reads from a display. Where do you. learn this skill? There arent many courses that teach this. Here are 10 tips that will help you to write better. scripts! Design Strategies Learning Media Training Strategies

Writing Effective eLearning Narration: Making It Easy to Read, Say, and Comprehend

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Many courses rely upon voiceover to help connect with their learners. Also, if the narration is unnecessarily complex and long, it’s harder for the voiceover talent to say. This is a solid approach and, when used well, can make for great learning experiences. But what I have found is that the narrated portion of courses is often written like something you would find in a textbook.

5 keys for Section 508 Compliance and Web Accessibility

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Voiceover for vision disability accessibility: We recorded voiceover content to help explain complex conceptual issues and maintained transcripts of the audio to include on every related page in each course. Take the time to test your color combinations early in the design process. (3) Provide a Transcript for Voiceover Audio. Introduction to Section 508 Compliance. link].

Adobe Presenter 9: Beginning Training

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Adobe Presenter 9 allows you to transform your existing PowerPoint deck into eLearning complete with voiceover recordings, interactive objects, screen characters and videos. You will learn how to set up PowerPoint with slide notes that double as your voiceover script. Then you will learn how to record and edit voiceover audio. Have you created a PowerPoint presentation and need to convert it into an eLearning course? Perhaps you need to add a quiz to the presentation and be able to track learner success? More information.

eLearning: Should the Captions Match the Audio?

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If you want to include an exact transcription of the audio voiceover, consider adding closed captions (which are required if you are creating Section 508-compliant eLearning). 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. The thinking by management here is that people without speakers or headphones can still see the text captions. argue that hearing and seeing the same text is redundant and distracting. Do

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How to Navigate Difficult Internal and External eLearning Customers

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Changing the voiceover that we’ve already recorded is like altering the script an actress uses for her lines. “That should be easy to change, right?”  . “It costs that much to make a 15-minute course?”. After the final review, the vice president wants us to go in a different direction. So…we need to go back to the drawing board.”. You may have heard them more than once. Education.

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How to Be Culturally Sensitive with Your eLearning Courses

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Does voiceover talent showcase diversity in linguistic style? When I taught English in Japan, I quickly realized that it was easier for my students to learn when the content I used was culturally relevant, or at least not based solely on my cultural perspective. The same is true when we’re creating content for eLearners. How does an eLearning designer create culturally-sensitive content?

Writing & Grammar: Punctuation and Compound Sentences

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But one answer explained why, and another answer revealed a strange pattern I've been noticing lately in training voiceovers. Listen to some voiceovers this week--whether on YouTube or in your own work--and let me know if you hear what David and I hear. Jennie teaches two writing classes: Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts and eLearning: Writing Effective Scripts.

A Narrative Approach to e-Learning: Have we had enough of it?

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For others keep the option of ‘muting’ the audio voiceover, to make sure it does not hinder their learning preference. Also for learners who do not prefer audio, the small bursts of audio voiceover from time to time does not create a sustained distraction but makes the learning delivery stronger. Along with Text and Visuals, Audio forms the backbone of e-learning delivery.

Moving Classroom Training to eLearning

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    The voiceover script of eLearning cannot have the dense layers of meaning and abstract terminology typically used in academic text meant to be read. by Jennie Ruby    When information needs to be moved to a new medium, we have a tendency to try to make the new medium fit the mold of the old. When the Internet was in its early days, websites would often look just like a document: whole paragraphs of text with headings, filling the screen from side to side.     The same is true with eLearning. It's a paradigm shift. learning eLearning training

LUC 2016 Recap: Interactions in the Intrinsic World

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Use your SME for the voiceover if he or she shares enthusiasm about the project and topic. At this year’s Lectora® User Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Kristi Lozano, an instructional designer at Baptist Health South Florida, talked about the bright idea of using intrinsic exercises and games to prompt learning. What is intrinsic motivation? Naming and groups are important while developing.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Would vs. Will

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     Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending my Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. In training documents and manuals, we often have to tell the reader what will (or would) happen if they do (or did) a certain action. For example, suppose you want to tell the reader the consequences of pressing cancel. Would you use sentence a or sentence b below?         If you press cancel, the document will not be saved.   

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5 Tips on Using Videos for eLearning

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Voiceover for Videos. If you want to emulate the classroom training, add voiceover to your videos. Voiceovers are easier to prepare nowadays, with various websites offering professional VO services on the cheap. eLearning programs are seldom developed without videos. If you have ever experienced one without videos, you may have noticed how lifeless it is. Be Brief.

LUC Recap: Multimedia Localization for eLearning Content

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In some cultures, a female’s voice would not be the best choice, which means that localizing eLearning would need to include adapting video voiceover to be a male voice. At this year’s Lectora® User Conference in Nashville, Marlon Oneid ( YouAchieve ) and Richard Sikes ( Text&Form ) talked about using multimedia localization to address the global world that we live in. Assets. 2.

eLearning: Become a Pedagogical Agent

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Join me for an  afternoon mini course on writing voiceovers  to find out. by Jennie Ruby  If you've taken any of our  Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, or Articulate Storyline classes , you are probably aware that these programs provide a selection of screen characters--cut-out pictures of professional actors in business, medical, or business-casual clothing posed as if they are talking to you. They are intended for use as a kind of avatar of the trainer. Mayer ,  eLearning and the Science of Instruction.)   Put Your Picture into the Lesson. 

Editing with Acrobat: Get the Comment Pane's Numbers to Match Acrobat's Page Numbers

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Are you an eLearning developer who has been tasked with creating an effective voiceover script? If so, consider attending Jennie's  Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. This week a past student of my Editing with Acrobat class contacted me with this problem: The page numbers used in the Comments pane at the bottom of her screen did not match the page numbers displayed in the page number field at the top of the screen. Endless confusion resulted when she tried to discuss editorial changes with authors--Is that on page 2? or page 21?