Improve Your Voiceovers in MINUTES!
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Improve Your Voiceovers in MINUTES!

Record, Clean, and Enhance your audio in MINUTES using free software! Don't let poor audio ruin your awesome video!
4.6 (24 ratings)
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1,173 students enrolled
Created by Luke Yoshida
Last updated 4/2015
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Record and edit audio in Audacity
  • Remove background noise
  • Remove breaths and mistakes
  • Make edits quickly with keyboard shortcuts
  • Enhance their audio with Normalization and Compression
  • Troubleshoot problems when setting up equipment
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Requirements
  • Audacity (Free, Windows, Mac, Linux) - We'll go over how to Install it in the course!
  • Recording Device (Headset, Microphone, etc.)
  • Internet Connection (to download the program)
Description

MARCH 2015 UPDATE:
ADDED 2 QUIZZES, LECTURE NOTES, AND 2 NEW LECTURES!

Never worry about poor audio again! Learn how to cut mistakes and remove background noise from your voiceovers or audio recordings using a 100% free software called Audacity!

Audacity is a powerful program. But, if you're just recording a voiceover, you don't need to learn a lot of the technical mumbo jumbo. In this course, we'll go over just the essentials that you'll need to create clear audio.

"BUT I DON'T HAVE A MICROPHONE/RECORDING DEVICE YET"

Not a problem! I've included a sample project called "Maximus The Cat" that you can follow along with as I clean and enhance it right in front of you!

"BUT I'M NOT GOOD WITH COMPUTERS"

That's fine, too! Like I said, we'll go over just what you need to know. We also go over some troubleshooting tips for Windows users! I explain all of the terminology that you might need to know as they come up, so that you never feel overwhelmed!

You could have recorded your voiceover through your phone, a headset, or from your webcam. The process will work for all of them. Our feline friend is waiting, so let's get started!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who creates video or audio content
  • Anyone who wants to improve his/her audio
  • No past experience with the program is needed
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:07:32
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:11

What is Audacity?
Free audio recording software. Available for WIndows, Macs, and Linux

Important Voiceover Tips:
Record your voiceover before you start working on your video! It'll keep the pacing smooth and makes your video look and sound more professional.

Preview 02:11
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Installation and Recording
3 Lectures 09:32

To get started, we have to install the program first! We'll go over the three files that you need to download (and where to get them). They'll let us import video files directly into Audacity so that we can edit their audio and export our finished projects as MP3 files!

Preview 05:07

This lecture will clear up a bunch of questions you may have about the right recording settings to use for your voiceovers!

We'll also go over how to fix any recording problems you may run into while you set up the program! (WIndows only)

Finally, we'll record the "Maximus the Cat" sample file that we'll use throughout the rest of this course!

Recording Your Audio (and Troubleshooting Problems)
04:25

Quiz 1: Getting Started
5 questions

Lecture notes for:
  • What is Audacity and Why You Need It
  • Install Audacity, How to Import Videos, and Export to MP3
  • Recording Your Audio (and Troubleshooting Problems)

NOTES: Installation and Recording Section
1 page
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Cleaning and Enhacing
5 Lectures 14:10

The Noise Removal effect is the first step to creating an amazing voiceover! It takes only a couple of seconds to do and you'll see an instant improvement!

Using the Noise Removal Effect
02:56

Editing out breaths and mistakes is actually the longest part of this process. In this video, we'll create a couple of Keyboard Shortcuts that will save you so much time editing your audio!

Setting up Keyboard Shortcuts (To Speed up Editing)
03:28

Now that we have our shortcuts set up, it's time to edit the audio! We'll edit out the breaths and mistakes from the "Maximus the Cat" sample file and get it nice and clean!

Cleaning the Audio (Removing Breaths, Mistakes, and Silences)
04:29

As a finishing touch, we'll run normalization and compression on our audio track to balance it out and make sure that it's not too loud or soft!

Finishing Touches - Normalize and Compress Your Audio
03:17

Lecture Notes for:

  • Using the Noise Removal Effect
  • Setting up Keyboard Shortcuts (To Speed up Editing)
  • Cleaning the Audio (Removing Breaths, Mistakes, and Silences)
  • Finishing Touches – Normalize and Compress Your Audio

NOTES: Cleaning and Enhancing Section
2 pages
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Creating The MP3 File
3 Lectures 08:14

We removed the background noise, edited out mistakes, and enhanced it with normalization and compression. Now, it's time to save it as a MP3 file! We'll recap the MP3 settings to use and talk a little about using Tags!

Export Your Audio Track
02:59

No time to go through the entire course? Get a 5-minute overview of the important stuff here! If you take anything away from this course, I hope that it's these 5 points!

Audacity Essential Tips
05:15

Quiz 2: Effects and Settings
5 questions

Lecture Notes for:
  • Export Your Audio Track
  • Audacity Essential Tips

NOTES: Creating The MP3 File Section
1 page
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Bonus Lessons
7 Lectures 24:25

A quick Thank You video and information about the two new lectures that I just added!

Preview 01:45

If you don't want to have to Normalize and Compress your audio every single time, you can set up a "Chain" that will automatically run the effects whenever you want! It's easy to set up and it can save you a lot of time, especially if you use the same effects over and over again!

Create a Chain to Automate Effects
03:47

The Auto Duck effect is a cool effect that works great with a voiceover and background music! The effect will cause the music to automatically get softer while you're talking and automatically get louder after you stop talking! It's a great way to fill in pauses between lines of dialogue and it's easy to set up!

Preview 03:39

Record the percussion, melody, and harmony for your song and mix them together in Audacity!

Included Files:
Clapping Track (Solo)
Harmony Track (Solo)
Melody Track (Solo)
Full Song (Cleaned)

Multi Layer Recording (One Person Band!)
06:05

Any Video Converter

Important Installation Tip:
Install via "Custom Install"
Uncheck any programs listed there

Tip #2:
Increasing bitrate/resolution over the original won't improve its quality

My Usual Settings:
720p: 3000kbps
1080p: 5000kbps

Convert Video and Audio Files with Any Video Converter
09:09

Lecture Notes for:
  • Create a Chain to Automate Effects
  • Auto Duck Effect (Combine Your Voiceover with Background Music)
  • Convert Video and Audio Files with Any Video Converter


NOTES: Bonus Lessons Section
2 pages

Check out the different microphones that I've tried and what I recommend! Learn about the differences between omni directional and cardioid and why they're important!

Luke's Microphone Tips and Recommendations
3 pages
About the Instructor
Luke Yoshida
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Video Creation Instructor

I believe that tutorials don't need to be extremely long to be effective. I created my VideoHelp website and all of my video creation courses because I was tired of seeing 5+ hour courses created when the same thing could have been taught in 1-2 hours.

Video creation is getting increasingly important for both online and offline success. Don't waste your time watching 3 different Youtube videos every time you want to learn one particular part of a program! I'll teach it to you in a fun, fast, and comprehensive way!

I love learning new things about a program and I am eager to share that knowledge with you!