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."

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. Note:  I'll be contributing articles to this newsletter that discuss all things voiceover audio.

Adobe Captivate: Methods for Attaching Voiceover Audio

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However, I wouldn't use this technique for voiceover audio.   As for voiceover audio, I don't recommend that you add it to a project as the background.

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. PS: Need some crafting that voiceover text?

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. To attend my class, all you need is access to the Internet, Microsoft PowerPoint, and a trial version of Presenter.

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 found that the voiceover audio does not have to be highly produced to be effective. Check out these awesome  live, online Captivate classes.

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. The writing style of your voiceover text will greatly affect how "listenable" it is.

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. by AJ George.

Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts

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  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. 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.

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Participants will use their word processor during class to write narratives and step-by-step documentation.   Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts 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. During the class you will. Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts.   Got Captivate or Camtasia as your eLearning tool? Great!

Successful Online Learning: How One Professor Uses Camtasia for Her Online Classes

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Danielle has been a Camtasia user for years, using it in her in-person classes. But, she truly put it to the test when she began teaching an online class for New York University (NYU). Further, faculty who teach blended classes could use Camtasia to post and share materials.

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. During this full-day, online instructor-led class, you will learn how to create an eLearning lesson from scratch using both Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Presenter. You will learn how to set up PowerPoint with slide notes that double as your voiceover script.

TechSmith Camtasia Studio: Adding Closed Captions

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by Kevin Siegel        Closed captioning (CC) allows you to provide descriptive information in your published eLearning project that typically matches the voiceover audio contained in your Camtasia project. During this post I'm going to show you how you can add the captions manually (by typing or copying/pasting from an existing script), and how to have Camtasia transcribe the voiceover audio using the Speech-to-text feature.

Adobe Captivate: Microphone Calibration

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by Jennie Ruby  Before recording voiceover narration directly in Captivate, you'll want to calibrate the microphone you intend to use from inside Captivate. FM should be high enough quality for ordinary voiceovers for eLearning. and you are ready to record voiceover narration.

WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

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  Create a storyboard that includes descriptions of onscreen elements, onscreen text, and any voiceover scripting. Add voiceover or music – or both! Sign up for our new 3-hour quick start class on VideoScribe. CLASS IS TOMORROW but there is still time to sign up!

Adobe Captivate: Live, Online Training Now Available in Central European Time Zone Hours

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  This beginner Adobe Captivate training class will quickly have you creating eLearning and mLearning lessons that include software simulations, demonstrations and soft-skills (compliance training).   You will learn how to make your lessons engaging and interactive by creating quizzes, adding text captions, animations, videos, rollovers, clickable areas (buttons and click boxes), typing areas, voiceover audio, and sound effects.   Class Schedule.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Three Cheers for Text-to-Speech

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During our live, online Articulate Storyline Beginner classes , we teach students how to import and record voiceover audio. The most common question we get about voiceover audio is “Can Storyline convert text to audio files?” If you’ve created a voiceover script (or have access to it), you will save yourself a lot of extra work in Storyline because you can copy and paste the script text into Storyline’s Notes area (instead of typing). by Kevin Siegel, CTT+, COTP.

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.

WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

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  Create a storyboard that includes descriptions of onscreen elements, onscreen text, and any voiceover scripting. Add voiceover or music – or both! Sign up for our new 3-hour quick start class on VideoScribe. CLASS IS TOMORROW but there is still time to sign up!

ADOBE CAPTIVATE 2017: Improved Closed Captions

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To add closed captions, add voiceover audio to a slide and then choose Audio > Audio Management.   At this point, you can add the caption by typing or copying/pasting from an existing voiceover script. Check out these live, online, and very hands-on Captivate classes

WHITEBOARD ANIMATIONS: Plan Your Way to Success

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  Create a storyboard that includes descriptions of onscreen elements, onscreen text, and any voiceover scripting. Add voiceover or music – or both! Sign up for our new 3-hour quick start class on VideoScribe. CLASS IS TOMORROW but there is still time to sign up! The free trial lasts for 7 days, so please time your free subscription to coincide with this class.). by Karin Rex, COTP. Do you have a story to tell? A lesson to teach? A product to market?

eLearning: Sync/Align With the Playhead in Captivate or Storyline

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As you're listening to the audio, you'd like a screen object to appear in sync with the voiceover audio or some other screen action. One technique that I use when I want to match screen actions to voiceover audio is called Sync with Playhead (in Captivate) or Align with Playhead (in Storyline). And if you'd like to learn more Captivate, Presenter, or Storyline, we've got a great collection of live, online classes for you. by Kevin Siegel.

TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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In one of my online classes just this week, one of my students said, “Hold on, hold on! But she and the other participants were not the only ones taking notes in my class.   Starting during the participant introductions at the beginning of my online classes, I begin to take hand-written notes.  My goal in online classes is to get to know my students at least as well as I get to know participants in face-to-face classrooms—or maybe even better!

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GOANIMATE: Character-Based eLearning Made Easy

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Suddenly, the mouse starts moving, the voiceover from the GoAnimate is still talking us through the lesson (I’ll explain the trickery with the voiceover in a later article), and we are into a software simulation demo on Excel. Check out this live, online classes.

Adobe Captivate: Slow Down Your Speech Agent

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by Kevin Siegel      Using Captivate's Text to Speech feature allows you to quickly convert written text to voiceover audio.       If you feel like the resulting voiceover audio is too fast or too slow, you can change the speed. And if you'd like to learn more Captivate, Presenter, or Storyline, we've got a  great collection of live, online classes for you. 

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Three Cheers for Text-to-Speech

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During our live, online Articulate Storyline Beginner classes , we teach students how to import and record voiceover audio. The most common question we get about voiceover audio is “Can Storyline convert text to audio files?” by Kevin Siegel, CTT+, COTP.

TechSmith Camtasia Studio: Localizing Closed Captions

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During a recent Camtasia class, a student asked about providing the captions in other languages than English (she was asked to create versions of her project in a dozen languages).   After adding the captions, I ensured the captions and the voiceover audio were synced via the Timeline.

TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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In one of my online classes just this week, one of my students said, “Hold on, hold on! But she and the other participants were not the only ones taking notes in my class.   Starting during the participant introductions at the beginning of my online classes, I begin to take hand-written notes.  My goal in online classes is to get to know my students at least as well as I get to know participants in face-to-face classrooms—or maybe even better!

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TEACHING ONLINE: Instructors Take Note!

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In one of my online classes just this week, one of my students said, “Hold on, hold on! But she and the other participants were not the only ones taking notes in my class.   Starting during the participant introductions at the beginning of my online classes, I begin to take hand-written notes.  My goal in online classes is to get to know my students at least as well as I get to know participants in face-to-face classrooms—or maybe even better!

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

Writing & Grammar Workshop: Confusing Pairs

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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. Jennie also teaches the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts  and the Complete Review of Grammar  class.   by Jennie Ruby If you have been confused by the use of the word inflammable , you are not alone.

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. I was amazed at David's insight into this puzzling pattern that I hear in voiceovers. by Jennie Ruby.

Writing & Grammar: Parentheses

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by Jennie Ruby  I routinely get questions on this mechanical detail in my grammar and editing classes: does a period or comma go inside or outside of the closing parenthesis? The way I think of it is that if the previous sentence was over before you inserted the parenthetical part, and you have a complete sentence inside the parentheses, then the period goes on the inside: We offer classes on writing and grammar. (We

GOANIMATE: Character-Based eLearning Made Easy

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Suddenly, the mouse starts moving, the voiceover from the GoAnimate is still talking us through the lesson (I’ll explain the trickery with the voiceover in a later article), and we are into a software simulation demo on Excel. Check out this live, online classes. One of the hottest new tools for eLearning development is GoAnimate. Whether you want to create an animated whiteboard video (moving hand draws objects on your screen right before your eyes!),

Audio Basics for eLearning

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Are you an eLearning developer planning to include voiceover audio in your eLearning lessons? Attend this live, 3-hour online class and learn the basics of creating good sound for your eLearning projects that will improve the quality of your courses. Great idea. audio will enhance the learner experience. Good audio will enhance the learner experience. But what about bad audio? bad audio might still work, but it could also diminish the effectiveness of your lesson.

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Writing & Grammar: Politics, Religion. and Hyphenation

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby. I cannot blame my FrameMaker colleague Barb Binder for lumping hyphens in with religion and politics as topics not to be touched on in the classroom.

Adobe Captivate: Recording Narration to Multiple Slides

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by Jennie Ruby    The best practice when recording a voiceover script to narrate a series of slides is to create a separate audio recording for each slide. Before you start, make sure you have typed or pasted the voiceover script for each slide into the Slide Notes pane.     To display your slide notes, which contain your voiceover script, click the  Captions & Slide Notes  button at the bottom left of the Slides Audio dialog box.

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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning 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.

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Writing & Grammar: Can I Change the Appearance of Balloons in Word 2007?

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.

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Writing & Grammar Workshop: Infinitives and Who versus Whom

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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. I also teach the Writing Training Documents and eLearning Scripts class. by Jennie Ruby.   To be, or not to be, asked Hamlet, making those two infinitives among the most well-known phrases in English.