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. Let's say for example that your eLearning project will be developed in Adobe Captivate.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 360: Text-to-Speech to Final Voiceover

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While working on a recent eLearning project in Articulate Storyline 360, there was a delay in getting the voiceover audio back from our voiceover professional.   To keep the project moving forward, I copied the voiceover script into the Notes window on each Storyline slide.

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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. You need to project and give the audience something compelling on which to focus. Voiceover audio that has a monotone delivery is not going to keep your audience engaged through all those distractions. by Jeff Hanley.

Adobe Captivate: Methods for Attaching Voiceover Audio

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However, I wouldn't use this technique for voiceover audio. If you attach audio to multiple slide objects, there is a good chance that those objects will take longer to work with (when compared with a project that has more slides, but fewer objects per slide).   As for voiceover audio, I don't recommend that you add it to a project as the background.

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. Are there any points that helped you (or would have helped you) during a client project? 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.

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. Close the Synchronize dialog box and you'll find that your project now sports perfectly synchronized audio and animations.

Tips and Tricks for eLearning Project Management

eLearning Brothers

There are many moving parts to an eLearning project. You might be working with instructional designers, developers, and contract workers like voiceover artists or videographers.

Get Voiceover Right First Time with this Essential Checklist

eLearning Architect

More and more learners are demanding voiceover in their eLearning courses and for good reason – a great voiceover can bring your content to life. On one of my first client projects, I made the mistake of not clarifying how the final e-learning course would behave! Whilst this didn't interrupt the project, it did cause me extra work and an extra review cycle for the client. Question 1: What is your voiceover preference?

Writing Effective eLearning Voiceover Scripts

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Practice writing narratives with our planned examples, or, if you choose, work with an actual project of your own. Choose between practicing with our planned examples, or working with an actual project of your own. 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.

Top 10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your eLearning Voiceover Artist

Dan Keckan

Increasingly Instructional Designers are called on to curate voiceover for their projects to compete for attention in a peak TV era. How do you talk with a voiceover and direct performance in order to get the best results, so that your client is raving about the vocal part of the project? This post was first published on eLearning Industry. eLearning Best Practices Editors' Choice eLearning Voice Over Instructional Designers Voice-Activated eLearning

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.

eLearning Localization – Details to Consider

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If you are an eLearning course developer, working for yourself or for external clients, there is one basic question to ask before starting the project: “Do you plan to translate/localize this course in future?” Voiceover talents.

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.

How to Plan for Seat Time Requirements (and Get It Right the First Time)

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Luckily, we’d opted for a voiceover-led course, which is the best way to adhere to seat time requirements. We also thought the voiceover would be spoken more slowly—all of this contributed to coming up short on seat times the first time around. Project managers.

How Do I Hire Voice-over Talent for Video or eLearning? Can I Narrate?

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We always suggest using professional voice actors, also known as voice talent, voiceover artists, or VO talent. As your project manager, we will send your script (at least a portion of it) to the talent and ask them to create a short audition piece; 30-60 seconds is typical. Blog eLearning Video Production narrator video production voiceoverHow Do I Hire Voice-over Talent for Video or eLearning? Can I Narrate?

Pro-Tips for B2B Voice Actor Demos

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Note to marketing and training professionals: In a previous post , I strongly recommended that you use a professional voice actor for your project. You want to stand out because your voice is the right fit for the project! eLearning Video Production B2B business video corporate video narrator professional video ProTips video production voice actor voice talent voiceoverPro-Tips for B2B Voice Actors.

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eLearning translation challenges and how to overcome them

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Even if the actual text translation of your eLearning is perfect, there are many other hurdles a project has to overcome. If you’re using voiceover in your eLearning, this means that any corresponding animations have to be adjusted to match. Challenge #3: Voiceover and scripts.

What is Transition Management and How Does It Impact eLearning?

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Make sure the meaning is clear by restating the words, speaking the full definition in a voiceover, or using visuals to make sure that participants know what that acronym means. If you’re creating a course to address transition management needs, check out this post for tips and suggestions about how to approach the project. eLearning Featured Instructional Design Resources Project Management Resources Resources

5 keys for Section 508 Compliance and Web Accessibility

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If web accessibility issues for disabled users aren’t accounted for and addressed at the outset of the design process, the back end of a project can morph into an imposing labyrinth of alt-text, tabbing, transcript, and template color contrast nightmares. We created these 508-compliant courses using an extensive set of technical specifications and best practices developed for the project. 3) Provide a Transcript for Voiceover Audio.

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"TechSmith Camtasia 2021: The Essentials" Workbook Now Shipping

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During the real-world activities in this book, you will learn how to create eLearning projects from scratch. You will use the Camtasia Editor to add animations, record and edit voiceover audio, add graphics, music, annotations, closed captions, quizzes, and how to import slides from existing PowerPoint presentations into a Camtasia project. Learn to Use TechSmith Camtasia 2021 Skills in Just One Day!

ISPRING SUITE 10: Now with Text to Speech

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To use the Text to Speech feature, first, add the voiceover script to the slide notes. If satisfied with the results, click Save & Close to return to the project. iSpring continues to improve its eLearning development suite of tools.

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. There are a couple of ways you can add closed captions to your project. In the image below I've opened a project that already has audio on the Timeline.

eLearning Freelancer Invoicing Q&A

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Do you tell the client up front they are responsible for finding their own voice artist or do you find it for them and let them know it’ll be a separate charge for that voiceover artist? When you are a freelancer or independent consultant, you have to invoice your clients.

eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: How Much Time Does It Take to Create eLearning?

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  If you're going to include voiceover audio (and I highly suggest that you do since audio has been shown to improve the learner experience), you should create an audio script.   The production clock begins ticking after you create a blank project, open a project containing previously-recorded content, or import external content such as a PowerPoint presentation. If you need assistance with your next project, we can help

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. Document the specifics so you can provide clients with a “cheat sheet” for development timing when a project begins. “That should be easy to change, right?” . “It 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.”.

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"TechSmith Camtasia 2018: The Essentials" Step-by-Step Workbook Now Shipping

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You can Share your finished project so it can be accessed by learners using desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices. You will use the powerful Camtasia Editor to add animations, voiceover audio, graphics, music, annotations, closed captions, and quizzes to a project. A self-paced, hands-on workbook that teaches the core TechSmith Camtasia 2018 skills!

"TechSmith Camtasia 2018: The Essentials" Step-by-Step Workbook Now Shipping

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You can Share your finished project so it can be accessed by learners using desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices. You will use the powerful Camtasia Editor to add animations, voiceover audio, graphics, music, annotations, closed captions, and quizzes to a project. A self-paced, hands-on workbook that teaches the core TechSmith Camtasia 2018 skills!

"TechSmith Camtasia 2018: The Essentials" Step-by-Step Workbook Now Shipping

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You can Share your finished project so it can be accessed by learners using desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices. You will use the powerful Camtasia Editor to add animations, voiceover audio, graphics, music, annotations, closed captions, and quizzes to a project. A self-paced, hands-on workbook that teaches the core TechSmith Camtasia 2018 skills!

Why Engaging eLearning and a Fancy LMS is Not Enough

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They had one slide within one old course that needed updating, but because the courses were all self contained, replacing even a single slide with a different voiceover would ruin the whole course. So they had to replace the voiceover for the whole course, which was an unfortunate waste of time and money. And this is one of the biggest problems - there is a miscommunication between the content developers and the project manager/LMS administrator.

A guide to the essential skills and experience for a modern elearning team

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Equally, depending on the scale of the projects you’re producing, you may decide that you want to invest in your Authoring Tool Expert to enable them to become a great Learning Designer too. Content filtering – they can curate and smartly filter through content to identify what may be useful and what is not, to support the design and overall project goal. elearning Project Manager. The role of an elearning Project Manager. Voiceovers.

ARTICULATE STORYLINE 3 & 360: SRT Files Make Quick Work of Closed Captions

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Closed captioning allows you to display a slide’s voiceover audio as text that is synchronized with the voiceover audio. Closed Captions, which are an expected component of a 508-compliant eLearning lesson, are easy to include in your project. by Kevin Siegel, COTP. All that you need to do is select an audio file on the Timeline and import either an SRT, VTT, SBV, or SUB file. You can learn more about each of these file formats and how to create them with a simple Web search.

eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Polly Want a Voice?

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When it comes to audio in eLearning, my experience strongly suggests that adding voiceover audio to your project enhances the learner experience. Does this mean that you need to hire professional voiceover talent? However, home-grown audio featuring you as the voiceover talent works great. by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. Absolutely not. If you’ve got the budget, hiring professional talent is the best way to go.

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eLEARNING DEVELOPMENT: Polly Want a Voice?

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When it comes to audio in eLearning, my experience strongly suggests that adding voiceover audio to your project enhances the learner experience. Does this mean that you need to hire professional voiceover talent? However, home-grown audio featuring you as the voiceover talent works great. by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP. Absolutely not. If you’ve got the budget, hiring professional talent is the best way to go.

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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. However, we recently had a client who felt that Paul (that was the Speech Agent we used for the project) spoke too fast.       If you feel like the resulting voiceover audio is too fast or too slow, you can change the speed.

Fiverr.com: When You Need a Little Audio

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Not long ago, I worked on an e-learning development project that included several characters who each needed just a few lines of dialogue. There are two methods you can use to find voiceover services. It could be 75 words, 150 words, 300 words…check the seller’s offer to be sure that it meets your project’s requirements. One thing you’ll want to watch for is voiceover artists who take liberties with your script. Fiverr isn’t limited just to voiceover artists.

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eLearning: Should the Captions Match the Audio?

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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. 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).

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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.   Notice that you can now select from several slide positioning options and control the captions for an entire project or slide-by-slide. by Kevin Siegel, COTP, CTT. When it comes to accessibility, Adobe's products have always been some of the best available.

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.   By integrating GoAnimate videos with your eLearning projects, you can add humor, engagement, and a fun touch that learners love. One of the hottest new tools for eLearning development is GoAnimate.

Secrets of an organised person

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I don’t have any formal project management qualifications, and yet many of my clients have fed back that my project management skills and approach really worked for them and contributed to the success of their projects. For example, at the start of a project spanning several months, I plot everything from the project plan into my Outlook calendar. Project management Tips and examples project management

How to Make a Tutorial Video (FREE TEMPLATES!)

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For example, if I want to show someone how to add a follower in our project management software, I don’t want to give an entire software overview. The right side of the script is for your voiceover. Record and edit your voiceover. I use Audiate for all my voiceovers.