Understanding Audio – Recording and Editing (lesson 3 – Editing basics)

There is a lot to consider when working with audio; what recorder to use, which file type to record, how to hold the recorder, adjusting record levels, how to edit the recording and much more. in this third lesson in a series of five you will learn the basics of editing audio.

Audio editing basics from Sharon Magill on Vimeo.

Go to the next lesson (lesson 4) to learn about multi-track editing.


About shazmagill

I work as a Senior Technical Demonstrator and Lecturer in digital storytelling at Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University. I teach and support any tools necessary for our students to function as journalists or media practitioners. This means anything from audio recording techniques, video editing, photography and print and mobile publishing. I have recently completed MA in Arts Practice (Fine Art) at the University of South Wales exploring the subjective and objective view and community storytelling through art of the Rhondda valley.
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5 Responses to Understanding Audio – Recording and Editing (lesson 3 – Editing basics)

  1. Another great lesson – but I think the audio may be out of sync with the video? I doesn’t cut in for a minute and a half, and then seems to lag…

    • shazmagill says:

      Thanks for letting me know about the out of sync audio. YouTube seems to be doing some odd things to this video which isn’t present on the original. Will try to figure out whats going on.

      Glad you have found the tutorials useful.

      • Wonderful – I see you’ve Vimeo-ified it; seems to have resolved the sync issue!

      • I may have spoken too soon. I seem to be getting a problem with the video now(!) at about 6 minutes in – white screen.

      • shazmagill says:

        Thanks for the feedback again Simon. Ive finally worked out what was going wrong and found a fix. These audio lessons are Captivate projects (so essentially a slide show) which have been published as F4V files, making them compatible for YouTube etc. However the problem seems to be that sometimes the point when a slide changes can push the video and audio out of sync. The solution is to export as F4V with fixed frame rate, and therefore create a Flash video file. It means the file size is much larger but it now acts as a movie rather than a slide show.

        I noticed it effected lesson two as well but only in the last 30 seconds. Strange how it has only effected these two and not the others, but I will re-export the others lessons just to make sure.

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