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Syncing audio to the visuals

I would like to use VideoScribe to create training videos. Unfortunately, I have found it to be incredibly difficult and time consuming to have the audio match the visual components. Creating one long audio file that matches each visual element is a nightmare (and then when someone wants to make one change to the visuals the whole long audio file after that change needs adjusted...). Is there any way to assign different audio files to each visual item?

The recommended method is to
1) write the script
2) make your audio file, and then
3) tailor your scribe elements to match the audio.

The software is sort of designed to be used with that type of work flow.

I think that only pre-existing sound effects can be assigned to individual elements.

-Mike (videoscrbe user)


Thanks. Unfortunately, scripts and visuals frequently change throughout the review process. I am wondering if it might somehow be easier to combine (and then edit) audio and exported video in a separate video editing program?

Ah yes, that's a good idea. I think other users have mentioned using something like adobe premiere or after effects.

-Mike (videoscribe user)


I agree with Brian. Syncing an aujdio file with VideoScribe is a NIGHTMARE. I'm seriously beginning to experience byer's remorse. How can you sync audio without a timeline where you can see the audio file along running parallel with the visuals? (like in Camtasia)? 

Videoscribe works best when you edit the timing of the visual elements to match the timing of your audio and not the other way around. Recording the audio last, especially using the built-in recorder, is a less efficient and more difficult way to proceed.

Recommended process:
1) write your script and revise it until it reads great.
2) record your audio (if you don't have audio editing software, use  audacity, which is free, along with the LAME plugin for saving mp3s). Edit it until it sounds great, then save it as an mp3
3) import your voiceover and then add/edit elements to match the timing of the audio until it looks great.

If you insist on recording the audio last, you should probably still use an audio editing program to record and edit your audio. Videoscribe's built-in recorder is acceptable only for the simplest most basic recording efforts. you can preview the scribe in videoscribe while recording your audio, then fine tune the audio and save it as an mp3.

-Mike (videoscribe user)



I did follow that process exactly and I did eventually get the job done. I was frustrated when I wrote what I did but after going through the process, I think now that I will get more proficient as I do it again and again. Actually, I'm quite satisfied with the final result. I'm hoping it won't always take me like 24 hours. Surely, I'll get faster.

Wbat would help immenselhy would be to have a button that -- after selecting several elements -- you could click and it would add up the time in those elements. Then I could more easily calculate how much "pause" time I need to add.

Anyway, I got it done and it looks great.


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