Now that we have added the metadata into Adobe Presenter it is time to learn how to add audio to each of the slides. For this part I will use an entirely different presentation from starch. Lets get started.
There are many different types of audio programs to use. Below I have listen a few which you may wish to use.
- Optional software – my choice is the very professional Adobe Audition. I use Adobe Audition because it is easy to use and give me the option of easily editing track within the recording and not only setting the levels but raising and lowering the sound easily.
- If you have a Mac you can use QuickTime, which is a fantastic piece of software.
- Apple Logic – also allows you to have a more professional approach to creating and editing your audio.
- Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder – a wonderful and free piece of software.
However I do realize that for some teachers, some of the software you have to pay for may not be a option so for this tutorial, I will use the audio program built into Windows (Sound Recorder) to record the audio.
However, please remember that what goes in your audio recorder is what comes out of your audio recorder. So some advice before you get started:
- organization – I cannot tell you just how important this step is. Create a folder with your project’s name. Inside this folder, save your PowerPoint Presentation. Create another folder (inside the main folder) and give it the name of audio. All of your audio files will be saved in this folder. As a side note, I would also create another folder (inside the main folder) and name it images. This way all of your images and audio for the presentation will be together. So your file structure will look like the image below.
- your surroundings – make sure you are in a quiet place. One of the things that you will really be surprised about is the amount of noise that is just there. Stop and just listen. (yea, turn the TV off and that iPod/iPad or/and radio). Quite the noise in your head and just listen. Well that stuff you hear is caught in your recording. So STEP 1 – find as quite a place as you can.
- don’t wing it (script) – man have I made this mistake so many times. I thought I could just sit down and record the audio. BAM! – WRONG – it won’t happen. OK, maybe once you will get it right, but to be really effective you need to think about your audience, what the message you wish to deliver, how you wish to deliver that message (yes you will have to give up some of your weekends, but hey as a teacher that is NEVER a surprise) and what you want your students to learn and remember.
- microphone – you will need to find a microphone which give you the ability to record audio. Find one that is in your budget or hey why not ask the Drama department (Music or any other department) to lend you a microphone for the weekend. You have nothing to loose but money. Hey and if you don’t need the money, then please send the money to me. (-: I can think of a few pieces of software or hardware I can buy. Sorry, OK back to the task at hand. I got a little distracted. (please see previous post about microphones you could use)
OK we have the script together, in a quite place and you have a good microphone. Now we can get started.
Using Windows go to the Start Menu and choose All Programs, then Accessories and then Sound Recorder. With you script in hand click record. Once you have recorded your audio make sure to give it a sensible name. This is essential especially if you have lots of audio tracks.
One suggestion is to give each of the audio tracks the same name you give the individual side in PowerPoint. This way you can’t go wrong. OK you can but it will be easier to fix the problem if you do (-: Save the fie inside the audio folder.