4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 25, 2008 6:16 PM by CatBandit

    Appalling soundtrack

    ploughman1 Level 1
      I've just completed my first recording - 105 slides, very short, just 4 minutes in total - and when I played back the commentary, it started OK but got worse re. volume levels, out of sych, slurring (not me!)
      Is this acceptable on such a slide show? Are we all waiting for an industry-standard version (free upgrade, I hope) to emerge?
        • 1. Re: Appalling soundtrack
          Level 7
          > I've just completed my first recording - 105 slides, very short, just 4
          > minutes
          > in total - and when I played back the commentary, it started OK but got
          > worse
          > re. volume levels, out of sych, slurring (not me!)
          > Is this acceptable on such a slide show? Are we all waiting for an
          > industry-standard version (free upgrade, I hope) to emerge?
          >

          Did you record the sound as you were capturing your slides? If so, you will
          probably get the results you describe if your PC does not have enough
          horsepower - running your source application, capturing screens and motion
          *and* capturing audio can be very processor intensive.

          The typical way to get around this is to record your slides first, then add
          the commentary afterwards.

          You may want to use a separate audio capture software that gives you access
          to features such as noise reduction, normalization etc. Then you can create
          and edit your sound, and import it to your Captivate project. This is not
          essential, but if you are having difficulty getting acceptable sound files
          within Captivate, it should help.


          Steve


          --
          Adobe Community Expert: eLearning, Mobile and Devices
          My blog - http://stevehoward.blogspot.com/

          • 2. Re: Appalling soundtrack
            ploughman1 Level 1
            No, I post-recorded the soundtrack after creating and editing the slides.
            This is becoming a problem and I'll try recording smaller chunks of slides (30 -35?) & stitching it all together, but 105 short slides shouldn't be excessive, should it?
            • 3. Re: Appalling soundtrack
              Level 7
              > No, I post-recorded the soundtrack after creating and editing the slides.
              > This is becoming a problem and I'll try recording smaller chunks of slides
              > (30
              > -35?) & stitching it all together, but 105 short slides shouldn't be
              > excessive,
              > should it?
              >

              Depends on your computer, I guess.

              Steve


              --
              Adobe Community Expert: eLearning, Mobile and Devices
              My blog - http://stevehoward.blogspot.com/

              • 4. Re: Appalling soundtrack
                CatBandit Level 3
                quote:

                Originally posted by: ploughman1
                No, I post-recorded the soundtrack after creating and editing the slides.
                This is becoming a problem and I'll try recording smaller chunks of slides (30 -35?) & stitching it all together, but 105 short slides shouldn't be excessive, should it?
                No, ploughman1, in general 105 slides, while more than normally recommended, should not choke your PC if it is not brought to its knees by other intensive use.

                That said, the size of your audio files can get large in a hurry. If the audio in those 105 slides is, say, 20-30 seconds each, a well equipped PC with a decent sound card should be able to handle it. On the other hand, if the average audio for each slide is a minute or more (meaning you are talking about several hours audio), you might very well be asking more than the PC can deliver.
                best wishes~
                Larry