When you record audio and video narrations, it can be a real bummer to have to open a 3rd-party tool to make them look and sound great. Trimming clips, removing noise, applying fade effects, etc. Now all these capabilities are yours in iSpring Suite 8 — that really makes it the all-in-one tool that every e-Learner must have!
- Record and import audio and video
- Trim narration clips (from beginning or end)
- Synchronize narrations with PowerPoint effects
- Adjust volume
- Preview with all effects
- Delete selections of narration
- Trim clips from beginning and end simultaneously
- Remove noise
- Silence a section of narration
- Fade in/out audio
Here’s a quick overview of how to use the new functions:
First, record some audio. You can do it directly from the iSpring toolbar, but this time, we’ll use the Narration Editor. Go to the iSpring Suite 8 tab and click Manage Narration.
Here, I’ve chosen to record audio on Slide 6 (the one about recording narration). I’ve selected my slide (yellow selection on the left), and now I’ll click Record Audio.
On the Record Audio toolbar, click Start Record when you’re ready, and then click Done when you’re done recording. At any time during the process, you can use the small navigation buttons (Play, Stop, Previous Slide, Next Slide) to preview your work.
Make sure your audio clip is selected, and then click Edit Clip.
The brand-new iSpring Audio Editor will pop up. First, let’s delete this little mistake. Select the part you want to delete, then click Delete (or just hit Del on your keyboard).
Don’t worry if you make a mistake during your narration! You can continue recording from the same sentence or paragraph, then go in and Delete the mistake later. Then Trim any extra silences at the beginning or end for the perfect length clip.
Now that I’ve removed the loudest part of my sound, I can safely adjust the volume so that all the peaks will reach a healthy, audible high. Let’s click Adjust Volume.
133% looks like a good volume. None of the peaks are clipped, and the rest of the audio is nice and loud.
If your audio or video clip is too quiet, you can increase the volume. However, that will also increase the background noise. Use Adjust Volume and Remove Noise to get the perfect volume of your vocals without any hiss or rumble in the background.
I do notice, however, that there’s some noise in my audio clip. If I select the pure noise and click Remove Noise, then that noise will be removed from my entire audio clip.
You must select at least one second of noise to remove it from your clip. When you record your audio, allow at least one second of “silence” to elapse before you start talking.
Also, there’s some bumping and rumbling right at the end of my clip, so I’m going to select that and silence it by clicking Silence (or Ins on the keyboard).
To get a perfect selection, you can use Zoom Selection from the toolbar, the +/- zoom bar in the bottom right, or simply Ctrl+Mousewheel to zoom in and out.
Voice-overs are often plagued by distracting sounds between words: loud breaths, lip smacking, sniffling, etc. After you apply a Remove Noise effect to remove the general ambient sound, you can use Zoom Selection and Silence to eliminate those extra sounds.
Finally, I’m going to trim off the silences at the beginning and end. I’ll select just the audio I want, then click Trim (or hit Ctrl+T on the keyboard).
My audio looks and sounds perfect now, so I’ll click Save and Close to go back to the Narration Editor.
Since this wasn’t a music clip, I didn’t need to use Fade In or Fade Out, but those options are also available if you ever need to create a smooth audio segue from one part of your presentation to another.
And that covers the basic functions of the brand-new iSpring Audio Editor! Remember, you can also use these same functions when editing video (and the audio within a video).
Curious about the other new features in iSpring Suite 8? Stay tuned to the iSpring blog for more updates!