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Recording and adding voice-overs

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In this lesson, we're going to see how we can record audio from our computer microphone. We're going to use the Chapter 6_b file that we created earlier in the chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and go to slide number one. We're going to capture some audio from our computer microphone, and we're going to put it onto this slide. I want it to play when the slide appears, and so we'll be recording to the slide itself and not to an object. In the Timeline, let's set our playhead back to the beginning. Now, we need to set up our audio.

Recording and adding voice-overs

In this lesson, we're going to see how we can record audio from our computer microphone. We're going to use the Chapter 6_b file that we created earlier in the chapter. If you don't have it open, please open it now and go to slide number one. We're going to capture some audio from our computer microphone, and we're going to put it onto this slide. I want it to play when the slide appears, and so we'll be recording to the slide itself and not to an object. In the Timeline, let's set our playhead back to the beginning. Now, we need to set up our audio.

Under the Audio panel at the bottom, you'll see Settings. You use the Audio Settings to choose your audio input device. You might be using one of several different audio inputs, and of course your setup is going to be different from mine. You need to determine for yourself which microphone you're going to use. Once you've decided that, then you can choose it from this list here. I'm going to use the Built-in Digital Input, which is the microphone that I'm wearing right now. I'm also going to set my recording parameters for this microphone.

I know that for this microphone I want to choose the highest quality audio. Depending on your microphone, you might choose the different audio settings. Know that slower the bit rate, the worse the audio is going to sound. Conversely, you could say the slower the bit rate, the more compression is going to be used for the audio, and so it going to sound more and more like it's in a tunnel. I'm choosing the CD bit rate, which is the highest quality that Captivate will capture. The next step is to calibrate our input.

Click on Calibrate Input to do that. Captivate will listen to what we say in the microphone, and it will adjust the amplifier values automatically. I'm going to read a script that I've already prepared. This is going to be the same sentence that I'm going to read onto the slide directly. I'm going to do it after I choose Auto calibrate. Welcome to the Hansel and Petal virtual flower show. Enjoy the flowers and the music. You can see that Captivate is telling me that my input level is okay, and it has automatically set the pre-amplifier value.

This is the quickest way to get good quality audio out of your own microphone. Having calibrated our audio, click OK. Now, we can close the audio settings. Let's move on to capturing this sentence to the slide. Under Audio, choose Record to > Slide. Note that we are reminded what input method we're using here. It's says Built-in Digital Input. That's the audio that we've just included. If you have animation on your slides, and you'd like to be able to see that so that you can speak to it, you could turn on the SWF Preview here.

In this case, there isn't much in the way of animation, so I don't need the SWF preview. Again, if you want to synchronize your words to animations that are on the slide then you want to turn on the SWF Preview, so that you can see what's going to happen and then speak to that timing. For now, I'm just going to record my audio. To begin recording, I click the red button on the left, which is the Record Audio button.

Welcome to the Hansel and Petal virtual flower show. Enjoy the flowers and the music. When you're done speaking, click the Stop button. Let's play it back now. "Welcome to the Hansel and Petal virtual flower show, enjoy the flowers and the music." I've got a little bit of work to do on this audio. We'll take care of that in another lesson. For now, let's close.

I would like to save the changes to the audio, yes. Because this audio takes more time than the slide allows, we will be asked to extend the slide so that it will fit. I'm going to say yes now, but I will adjust it later. You can see the audio track is indicated here on the bottom of the Timeline. I can see the waveform, which is very handy because it helps me to adjust the timing of objects to correspond to sound cues, and I can see them directly in the waveform.

With this change having been made, let's save the file. We'll save it as Chapter 6_c. Before we go, I would like to remind you to have a nice quiet environment for your recordings when you're recording to your slides, or to objects. Make sure that you've got a good quality microphone, and if you can, hang some type of drape or curtain around so that you can absorb some of the reflected sound in the room. The more care that you take in your sound environment, the better that audio is going to sound when you play it back in Captivate.

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Captivate 5 Essential Training

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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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