Have you ever wondered what it would take to create better audio and video for your You Tube channel, perhaps recording and distributing videos for your company’s on demand, ELearning initiative? Many companies today, as well as individual contributors on social media, are quickly learning that video is where it’s at for training and marketing communications.
The 2016 Social Media Marketing Industry Report shows Facebook video and You Tube among the hottest trends in socializing information and on demand learning. Similar social learning platforms and micro learning in corporations will soon become an “essential” component of any effective training program. In 2015, I decided to turn my home office into a micro learning recording studio where I can produce recorded or live video, voiceover narration, screencasts, podcasts and webinars; all within a relatively small area and not a large budget.
The results have been tremendous!
Don’t feel like you don’t have the ability to make it happen for you or your company’s training program. With a little bit of cross training, and some excited associates, you can begin to start on the foundation of your own micro and social learning initiative for your employees.
If you are like me, you use the same techniques to post process your audio files each time you record. Luckily, Twisted Wave has a cool little feature called “Effects Stacks” that allows you to save a “series” of effects as one effect that you can apply every time with a single click. There are some things you need to be aware of, so check out my video above for all the details you need to know to take advantage.
If you develop eLearning, or work in corporate communications and marketing, you have likely been handed a script that a stakeholder wants to have recorded to synchronize with their presentation. If that sounds like you, and you have a copy of the freeware Audacity, then you are in luck. Audacity has a feature that allows you to tag your single audio file and export it into multiple files, all labeled and ready to insert and match to your visuals!
For a little while now I have been intending to show you all how to edit your audio inside of Audacity from A-Z. By that I mean recording, normalizing, amplifying, removing background noise, and finally making some minor adjustments to bass and treble to perfect your sound. In this brief tutorial I show you how to do just that with one of my favorite Audacity Effects plugins, LoudMax by Thomas Mundt. This free plugin will allow you to amplify your audio with clean results, much cleaner than the Amplify Effect that comes with Audacity. You can get the plugin and a video on how to install it listed in linked in the video description.
Twisted Wave is a great tool for recording, and even editing, your audio. However, it has never had the ability to perform noise reduction to minimize your noise floor hiss and hum. Let me show you a simple workflow to make that happen quickly!
So you have made the decision that you are going to create the latest and greatest media based training for your You Tube channel, or perhaps your company’s training program. And then it hits you. What microphone should I use? And you begin to sweat. Well, choosing the correct microphone for your video or ELearning project is actually a lot easier than you would think. The main thing is don’t overthink it, and have a few pieces of key information in your pocket about why you are choosing one type of microphone over another.