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  • Audacity

    1. 1. Adding Audio to Story Design Using Audacity
    2. 2. Audio Definitions <ul><li>“ One-time” Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>added to a story as a sound bite or as part of an audio slideshow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be interviews , music, natural sound, narration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best to make it only 2-3 minutes maximum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What I’d like you to try for your multimedia stories. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Audio Definitions <ul><li>You can download audacity for yourself to work outside of class/lab </li></ul><ul><li>Also: you might want an ITunes account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need one for converting files from our digital recorders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t run in labs, so I’ll bring my laptop next class for demo. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can go to a site with podcasts , click “subscribe via Itunes” </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. About Audio and Wordpress <ul><li>Need an upgraded account with to “embed” or directly upload audio. </li></ul><ul><li>So instead must upload it to Otterbein web server or other host and link to it. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Getting Started with Audacity <ul><li>Software is unstable, so save often (.aup file) </li></ul><ul><li>Sound files need to be in correct format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our digital recorders use WMA. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must convert to WAV using ITunes or other converter (I did this for you) </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Demo <ul><li>Watch now, try it in a minute with a sample (long!) clip from an interview. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll show you “down-n-dirty” techniques, and you use audio clip to try it. </li></ul><ul><li>More resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/audacity/ </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Interface and Tools <ul><li>http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/audacity/workspace/ </li></ul><ul><li>Use selection tool to get clips you want. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Duplicate” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use “time shift” tool to move them in order you want </li></ul><ul><li>Then can refine timing and fades, levels later. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fade in </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fade out </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Tips <ul><li>Any track is made of multiple clips. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If tracks overlap, so will the sound. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use “stop” instead of “pause” buttons. </li></ul><ul><li>Can use space bar to start and stop playback </li></ul><ul><li>If selection tool active, can click in diff. parts of tracks to preview that part. </li></ul><ul><li>Track runs vertically across software window (this is long interview) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can zoom in; time “ruler” goes from minutes to seconds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If lost, Under “view” “Fit in Window” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Control Z” to undo works! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Tips <ul><li>I prefer “copy” or “split” to cutting because keeps original track in tact. </li></ul><ul><li>Play around! </li></ul>
    10. 10. Saving <ul><li>Save once </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.aup, “Project” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to return to it and edit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save again, in format that can be used on web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WAV or MP3 format </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. Uploading to Web <ul><li>Upload to Otterbein (will stay a year after graduation) or another site that allows file uploads. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Desktop, Web Folder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drag from your file to this folder=ftp </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Once get it on “web host,” figure out the URL: http://students.otterbein.edu/yourname/audiofilename.mp3 </li></ul>
    12. 13. In WP <ul><li>In post or page’s story editor, Choose “insert audio” </li></ul><ul><li>Type in the URL, and link to it. </li></ul><ul><li>For final design, perhaps get a clip art of audio speaker icon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>so user know what they will get: an audio clip download! </li></ul></ul>

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