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Editing audio in Captivate

From: Captivate 5 Essential Training

Video: Editing audio in Captivate

In this lesson, we're going to see how we can edit audio directly in Captivate. We're going to be using the Chapter 6_ c file that we've developed earlier. If you don't have it open, please open it now and go to slide number one. There are some audio that I've recorded onto slide number one. I've intentionally made some errors in it, so that we'll have something to edit out. I would like to select the audio now that's on the slide, and then over in the General panel, I can edit that audio. When I choose Edit Audio, I enter not the Add or Replace Audio function that we saw before, but now it's the Edit Audio function.

Editing audio in Captivate

In this lesson, we're going to see how we can edit audio directly in Captivate. We're going to be using the Chapter 6_ c file that we've developed earlier. If you don't have it open, please open it now and go to slide number one. There are some audio that I've recorded onto slide number one. I've intentionally made some errors in it, so that we'll have something to edit out. I would like to select the audio now that's on the slide, and then over in the General panel, I can edit that audio. When I choose Edit Audio, I enter not the Add or Replace Audio function that we saw before, but now it's the Edit Audio function.

I can select parts of the audio that I want to remove and simply delete them. In this case, I have my throat clearing, and I'd like to get rid of that. We'll play it now. (Coughing.) I need to remove everything from about here all the way back to the beginning. I can click and drag to select the area that I want to remove, and then I can click the Cut button here. Now, I've removed that sound.

At the end of the statement, there is also quite a bit of silence. Let's get rid of that. Again, click and drag to select. Once you have got it selected, simply remove it. You can see that our duration is now only six seconds. Let's go back and play the whole thing. Click at the beginning and click Play. "Welcome to the Hansel and Petal virtual flower show. Enjoy the flowers and the music." Great. I'm going to take off a little bit more that silence at the beginning.

Simply click and drag and cut. Let's move towards the middle between the welcome and the enjoy statement. "Welcome to the Hansel and Petal virtual flower show." This silence needs to be a little bit longer. What I would like to do is to insert some silence now. Setting your cursor in between this area, so somewhere along here, you can click the Insert Silence button. I would like to insert a half a second of silence.

You may have to move that down to be able to see it. I'm going to insert one half of a second. I'll type in a half a second. It's going to go at the playhead position, although I could put it at the start or the end of the audio. Once I have made that choice, click OK and watch the waveform. You can see that we've now added a half second of silence right here. The last thing I'd like to show you is how we can automatically adjust the volume of our audio. Because I calibrated my audio before I made my recording, my recording is pretty good.

Nevertheless, sometimes we want to do some automatic adjustment to make the audio a little bit louder. Click on Adjust Volume to see those controls. I can do a global volume adjustment here by clicking on the slider and moving it up or down. I could also allow Captivate to do the work for me. I could have it normalize the audio, at which point Captivate would make decisions for me about the best adjustments throughout the recording. I could also choose Dynamics that would reduce loud section but also leave quieter sections alone.

You'll want to explore how each of these settings affects your audio that you record with your own microphone. I'm not going to process any audio now, but I did want you to see where those controls were. Additionally, I have the option of saving this audio file out of my project. I can do that by clicking the Podcast button here. Let's save this recording as an MP3 File in the Chapter 6 folder, in the Project folder, in the Sounds folder, change its name to welcome.mp3, and save.

It's called Podcast because many times we will make recordings with Captivate that would like to be able to re-purpose as a podcast without having to send out the entirety of the animation, and everything else that goes with the project. This allows you to do that. Having made my adjustments to the audio, I'm going to click Save and then Close. Notice that the audio has gotten quite a bit shorter. It used to be longer. In fact, it was way out here, after 12 seconds. We need to reduce the duration of the slide to accommodate. Grab the right-hand edge of the slide duration and drag it back to the end of the audio.

We also need to make a couple of other timing adjustments. I need the pause in the button to be closer to the end of the slide. I also know that the dogs don't bark for a full three seconds. They bark for quite a bit less. Let's select the dog barking text caption and scroll down to audio, and we can figure out exactly how long that audio track is. Click Edit Audio. This audio is about one second long. You can see that right there. Having learned this information, we can close it and adjust the duration of that text caption to a little longer than one second.

Select it, go to Timing, and set its display for a specific time, that being 1.1 seconds, and then Enter. Drag that text caption all the way to the edge of the Timeline and have it snap right to the end. Lastly, we'll do the same with the button. Select the button and go down to timing. We want it to pause after 5 1/2 seconds-- hit Enter--and have it appear on the stage for seven seconds.

This didn't stick because I have to extend the duration of the button before I extend where the pause ends. Let's set that again to 5 1/2 seconds. We can even make it a little longer. There we go. Let's preview this and see what happens. We'll preview the project. "Welcome to the Hansel and Petal virtual flower show, enjoy the flowers and the music." Now, we've said all of our statement, and we'll click to continue.

(Dogs barking.) Ah, that timing is a lot better. Now, we know how we can edit audio to make it sound better in our presentations. Having edited this audio and adjusted the timing, let's save this file as Chapter 6_d. When we record our audio with microphones, we're prone to mistakes. That's human nature. Because we can now edit our audio directly inside of Captivate, it makes it so much easier to fix the mistakes that we made and end up with professional results.

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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      59s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
    3. Updates for Captivate 5.5
      39s
  2. 10m 18s
    1. Captivate 101
      5m 4s
    2. Understanding presentation basics
      2m 45s
    3. E-learning in a nutshell
      2m 29s
  3. 16m 34s
    1. Exploring Captivate's interface
      3m 59s
    2. Using the Classic workspace
      3m 31s
    3. Using the Navigation workspace
      3m 13s
    4. Setting application preferences
      5m 51s
  4. 1h 6m
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 51s
    2. Creating a master page
      3m 47s
    3. Adding slide text
      8m 29s
    4. Checking spelling
      3m 10s
    5. Adding shapes
      8m 25s
    6. Adding images
      7m 31s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      7m 42s
    8. Using object styles
      9m 2s
    9. Finishing and previewing the project
      6m 7s
    10. Using Free Rotation in Captivate 5.5
      1m 57s
    11. Building with gradients
      4m 43s
    12. Adding shadows
      2m 56s
  5. 53m 39s
    1. Importing Photoshop files
      9m 33s
    2. Importing animations
      9m 0s
    3. Creating slideshows
      6m 10s
    4. Taking advantage of libraries
      9m 32s
    5. Using widgets
      7m 0s
    6. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Mac
      8m 5s
    7. Importing PowerPoint presentations on a Windows computer
      2m 18s
    8. Understanding the Captivate exchange
      2m 1s
  6. 31m 14s
    1. Touring the Timeline
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting timing
      4m 36s
    3. Adding transitions to objects
      3m 46s
    4. Animating using effects
      7m 55s
    5. Animating text
      3m 50s
    6. Zooming for emphasis
      5m 48s
  7. 53m 44s
    1. The recording environment
      33s
    2. Adding background audio
      4m 25s
    3. Adding audio to an object
      4m 23s
    4. Recording and adding voice-overs
      5m 1s
    5. Editing audio in Captivate
      7m 6s
    6. Splitting audio among slides
      6m 22s
    7. Adding video to a slide
      7m 9s
    8. Importing slide video
      4m 33s
    9. Synchronizing video
      7m 36s
    10. Creating closed captions
      6m 36s
  8. 49m 6s
    1. Adding buttons
      7m 56s
    2. Adding click areas
      4m 59s
    3. Adding rollover images
      5m 20s
    4. Highlighting objects
      6m 44s
    5. Adding rollover slidelets
      8m 2s
    6. Adding pop-up captions
      4m 38s
    7. Adding text areas
      7m 40s
    8. Creating branching presentations
      3m 47s
  9. 15m 11s
    1. Revisiting libraries
      1m 38s
    2. Sharing assets
      2m 41s
    3. Creating project templates
      6m 50s
    4. Using project templates
      4m 2s
  10. 31m 57s
    1. Preparing simulations
      3m 35s
    2. Preparing to record
      5m 35s
    3. Recording simulations
      4m 46s
    4. Editing simulations
      8m 55s
    5. Adjusting click-through trainings
      9m 6s
  11. 39m 6s
    1. Understanding assessment basics
      1m 53s
    2. Setting up a quiz
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding question types
      8m 22s
    4. Creating custom short-answer questions
      3m 28s
    5. Assessing software simulations
      5m 25s
    6. Pooling and randomizing questions
      6m 55s
    7. Using the new quiz features
      2m 46s
    8. Utilizing the new quiz templates
      3m 21s
  12. 22m 32s
    1. Managing quizzes
      1m 28s
    2. Reporting results
      4m 43s
    3. Using Acrobat.com as a learning management system
      3m 48s
    4. Getting reports from Acrobat.com
      7m 26s
    5. Generating SCORM-compliant output
      2m 4s
    6. Creating assessment templates
      3m 3s
  13. 9m 12s
    1. Introducing skins
      53s
    2. Editing playback controls
      4m 1s
    3. Creating a table of contents
      4m 18s
  14. 15m 3s
    1. Initiating a project review
      3m 59s
    2. Reviewing a project
      5m 58s
    3. Collecting reviewer comments
      5m 6s
  15. 35m 55s
    1. Securing a project
      6m 28s
    2. Rescaling a project
      3m 11s
    3. Sharing a project
      3m 13s
    4. Publishing a project
      10m 57s
    5. Setting up Flash player security
      3m 28s
    6. Exporting to Flash CS5
      3m 7s
    7. Exporting to video for YouTube and iOS
      5m 31s
  16. 29s
    1. Parting thoughts and goodbye
      29s

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