I have a bit of experience when it comes to creating and editing video/audio files via Davinci Resolve for my recreational hockey league, VDHL. If you are interested in seeing it, there is a link here for a pick up game we had back in November. Audacity I would consider to be a more simplistic layout, but the features remain fairly similar enough for me to navigate and figure out what I was doing/needed to do. Overall, I didn’t experience any challenges with this first portion of recording and editing.
Activity 4: Edit Audio
I had a mistake reading in the very first part of my recording (see 1st recording above at around ~15 seconds) which I was able to highlight the section I wanted to remove and “cut” it out of the timeline. A very simple change.
Activity 5: Use Audio Filters (Applied Noise Reduction at the beginning)
I had played around with the settings and couldn’t figure out a way to apply noise reduction to the whole audio file without affecting my recorded voice. Does anyone have any pointers?
This was not an easy task as choosing the appropriate music file from a royalty-free/copyright free source was a bit overwhelming with the amount of choice. I didn’t want to spend hours combing through files so I decided to choose one that had an appropriate calm tone and beat to the narration. Creating the audio file I recorded using Audacity, but then did all my editing on Davinci Resolve as I was more familiar with the editing process. This involved editing and cutting out mistakes, errors, and background noise. In addition, I uploaded the music file, found an appropriate place to cut and fade the music as front-end and back-end bumpers (Carter, 2012).
In terms of where I would see myself using this, I am almost positive there would be no interest or demand for this type of media in my classes. It would be too boring for my mainstream science students, and too complicated and long for my ELL students. In my opinion, the benefit that students would get compared to the time and effort to produce these would not be a good use of time. Students would much rather watch a Youtube video that would describe or talk about the same topic with fancy production value and on-screen transcripts. Also, there are many online text-to-speech readers that would essentially be replicating what I was able to accomplish without the music additions. Ultimately, I am not entirely clear in what scenario would these be a good use of time and resources.
Carter, C.W. Instructional Audio Guidelines: Four Design Principles to Consider for Every Instructional Audio Design Effort. TECHTRENDS TECH TRENDS 56, 54–58 (2012). https://doi-org.ezproxy.tru.ca/10.1007/s11528-012-0615-z