This course will ramp up your audio editing skills using the open-source (free) audio editing program, Audacity. You'll learn what makes a good edit (editing philosophy), how to listen for the right places to cut and paste in your editing, how to speed up your workflow, and how to professionally make edits that are invisible to the ear. You'll learn some tricks and tips for editing to make it a smoother, more professional process. By the end of this course, depending on how hard you've worked to develop your skill, you may be able to take on some audio editing work to supplement your income.
A quick description of what you'll find in this course - and why it's important.
You have an audio editing philosophy, even if you don't know that you do. It's the beliefs behind why and how you do your audio editing. In this session I'm going to give you some of the things that are behind the way I edit audio, to help you develop and think through your own editing philosophy. This is a key step to becoming a professional audio editor because it will guide everyting you do.
A quick quiz to help you think through your editing philosophy.
Headphones are an essential part of your audio editing toolbox. This quick video tells you why and makes some suggestions about how you should look at the use of headphones.
Understanding the way sound waves are represented visually in Audacity (the WAV form) is very important for professional editing. This video explains how.
You have to be able to do a lot more than simply "hear" what needs to be done to a piece of audio in order to be a good editor. Learn how to use your eyes as well as your ears in this video!
Templates are lifesavers... especially if you have an ongoing audio production project that requires the same or similiar format from one session to the next. This session introduces templates and how to set them up.
I want to test your understanding of templates in this quiz... give it your best shot!
Templates can be simple, like you saw in the previous video. But there can be more complex ones. Here's what that might look like.
One of the common sense ways to do anything well is to get closer to it, magnify it, look at it closely. The zoom function enables you to do that with sound waves so that you can make precise edits. Find out how to use the zoom function easily and effectively in this video.
Sometimes during editing you need to listen to ONLY one part of your project. Other times you need to listen to multiple tracks, but not all of them. Those are scenarios where the "solo" and "mute" buttons will come in very handy. You'll learn how to use them effectively in this video.
Part of becoming a professional quality editor has to do with becoming proficient with the software you use. Here are some tips, tricks, and shortcuts for common functions that you'll be wise to learn and practice.
Sometimes you need to edit out a longer section of audio, but it's hard to keep track of where it begins and ends. This is a simple trick you can use to make that simple. Really simple.
A quick review of the teachings in this section.
Lots of people HATE mouth sounds. You know, lip smacks, wetting their lips, that kind of stuff. Here's what I've learned about dealing with those types of issues.
For many people, when they think of "audio editing," they think of removing pauses, ummms, uhhhs. filler words, etc. This video explains how I think about those issues so you can have a foundation from which to decide how you're going to choose to think about them.
Sometimes you're able to easily edit out a filler word, but it jams the remaining words together too much. You need to be able to insert some space between those words to make it sound more natural. Here's how.
Stutters and repeated words. More tips on how to deal with misspeaks and vocal habits.
Sometimes the repeated things are not just words, but entire phrases - situations where a speaker stammers, restarts, or even fully restates a sentence a second time. These are my thoughts about how to determine what you should take out (if anything), and how to do it.
Some people don't like the thought of doing any "audio editing" because they think it will make the dialogue too stiff and wooden sounding. But a good editor, which YOU are becoming, knows how to edit in a way that keeps the conversation sounding natural - to the point you wouldn't even know an edit was ever done. Here's how you can begin learning this vital skill.
It's very important that you "get" the things I covered in the scenarios you'll face regularly. Take this quiz to see how well you learned it.
How do you keep track of what needs done in project? How do you keep things in place so that your hard work isn't ruined by future edits. You need these two tools.
I'm a retired Pastor, now working as an entrepreneur - making my entire living online. My primary business is Podcast Fast Track - a company that provides podcast production services and show notes to busy podcasters. I also provide life coaching and have written a number of fiction and non-fiction books..
My Audacity for Podcasting courses are created from my personal experience using the open source Audacity audio editing program. I'm passing along my hard-learned tips and tricks to enable you to be a better editor of your own (or someone else's) podcast audio.