This is the 4th post in the Articulate 101 series. It was written by Articulate Sr. Customer Support Engineer Justin Wilcox.
Importing audio into Articulate Presenter is just a matter of a few mouse clicks. As Gabe has outlined in previous posts, you can import multiple audio files or even use the Timeline Audio Editor to split your audio across several slides.
Today I’m going to provide some useful tips to make sure that the audio you are using is the best quality possible and that the file imports without issue.
WAV versus MP3
Articulate Presenter allows you to import WAV or MP3 files. Which is better? Dave Mozealous, our QA Project Lead, wrote a great blog article that outlines why WAV files are preferred over MP3.
The basic WAV settings that we recommend are these:
- Bit rate: 16 bit
- Sampling rate: 44 KHZ
- Encoding: PCM
- Format: WAV
If you aren’t entirely convinced that WAV files are better and want to import MP3 files, you need to make sure that they are Flash-supported files.
When you create audio for your presentation you probably want to keep your files organized for future use. While it might be tempting to use every key on your keyboard to name your audio files, keep things simple.
I prefer to name my files after the slide I am going to import them into. slide1.WAV, while not the most exciting name in the world, is a simple naming convention that will help you keep your files organized.
The location of your audio file is actually an important consideration to make when importing audio files. For best results, we recommend working on your local drive. The directory path of your audio file should also contain only Western characters. For example, here’s a perfect example of a place to store my audio files:
C:\Users\Justin Wilcox\My Documents\Audio Files
If you receive audio files from another person, you will want to make sure that the files are not marked as Read-only. You can do this in the following way:
- Right-click the file and select Properties.
- Under the General tab, look under Attributes and ensure that Read-only is unchecked.
If you follow the steps above, your imported audio will sound great, be in an organized fashion for future use, and will import without issue.
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