Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Recording narration, part of Up and Running with Articulate Storyline.
Another way to add audio to your e-learning project is to simply record it yourself. Of course, you'll need a microphone connected to your computer, and if you want to hear what you're recording, you'll need speakers to play it back. If you're set up that way, you can follow along here with our new hire Orientation project, looking at the very first slide of scene one, which is our new Hire Orientation scene. If you've jumped to this lesson, you can get caught up by going to the Chapter4 folder of the exercise files, and opening up Orientational 402. We already have one audio clip that appears here on the background of this slide.
It's our intro music, now we're going to add our own narration. To do that, we go back to the Insert Tab over to the Media Section, click the Sound drop-down, because from here, you can chose Record Mic. When you select this, it actually opens up the Record Microphone dialog. You can see there is no audio currently. There's the record button when you're ready. And when we're done recording, we'll simply click Save. But before we get there, notice that we have an icon here representing the audio editor. That's what we're in right now basically. There's also a little icon representing a narration script, so if you prefer to read what you're going to narrate, go ahead and click this, and then just simply type in what it is you want to say.
It's a great way to make sure you get things right the first time, so I'm going to type in the following. Hi and welcome to kinetECO New Hire Orientation. We're so happy to have you on board. There we go. We'll keep it short and sweet for the sake of time. So we'll just leave that open while we record. And it's just a matter of recording it with the record button and saving it when we're done. When you're ready, go ahead.
Hi and welcome to kinetECO New Hire Orientation. We're so happy to have you onboard. We click the Save button. Everything's saved up and a new speaker icon appears next to our slide down below, you'll see it's slide 2. When we start getting into multiple sounds like this, we might want to consider naming them. So I'm going to double click Sounds 2, and I'm going to type in Narration, maybe add welcome to it, and press Enter. Sound 1, we added in a previous movie.
It's our intro music. So if you wanted to, you could double-click that one as well. And type in Intro music, so we don't get them confused. Okay, so if we want to hear that, play it back, we just select the icon or select it from the timeline, go up to Options, and click Preview. Hi, and Welcome to kinetEco New Hire Orientation. We're so happy to have you onboard. Sounds pretty good. Of course, we can do things like we did with other clips we've added, adjusting the volume. If we go to the Audio Editor, giving it a click, you can see it actually opens up a full-blown editor where we can adjust, not just the volume but levels and so on. We can play things back.
We can trim, so if we have a little bit of dead air at the beginning or end, we can trim that off. So we'll just close that up for now and know that it's there if we need it. And if we wanted to as well we could preview this slide. I'm going to preview this slide, because currently, we have both our audio clips starting at the same time. So if we click Preview and choose this slide, we'll hear everything at once. Hi, and welcome to kinetECO New Hire Orientation. We're so happy to have you onboard. Alright, we'll close the preview and then we might want to go down to our time line.
And I'm going to stretch it up a little bit here and make an adjustment. I'm thinking maybe the narration itself could start a little bit layer. So all we do is make sure it's selected with a click. And go over to the left here. When we see the double arrow. And click and drag it to the right. If you want to wait a second so let the music start and then come in with the narration. That's probably pretty good. Again, we could preview it from our preview drop down until we get it exactly right. So that's how we add narration to your e-learning project. Of course, without a microphone to record and speakers to play it back, it can be very difficult. You'll need those items to be able to do what we just did.
- What is Storyline?
- Understanding elearning
- Starting a new project from scratch or from PowerPoint
- Inserting new scenes and slides
- Adding images
- Recording narration
- Inserting video
- Creating review questions
- Publishing your project for web or mobile distribution