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Dara’s Favourite Place – Edited by Hera

Ini adalah hasil latihan editing audio interview dengan menggunakan audacity. Interviewer dan editor nya adalah Hera Khaerani sedangkan nara sumbernya adalah Dara Azilya. Latihan ini dibuat sebagai bagian dari workshop multimedia and social media journalism dengan mentornya Mindy McAdam.

Latihan sederhana ini intinya meminta seseorang untuk menceritakan tempat favorit yang pernah dikunjungi. Audacity digunakan untuk merangkai wawancara sehingga hasilnya seolah nara sumber melakukan monolog saat bercerita. Dara di sini menceritakan tentang Pantai Longa, pantai favorit dia yang terletak di Banda Aceh.

Karena tidak bisa menyimpan file audio dan video, maka hasil wawancara audio disimpan di hosting blog lain. Klik ini untuk mengakses file audio tersebut


Audacity: Tutorial handout

During the workshop on Friday, I mentioned that I have a handout or instruction sheet for Audacity. It will be helpful if you forgot to take notes during class.

Here is the link:

Super-Fast Guide to Audio Editing (PDF, 290 KB)

This handout covers everything I showed during our workshop and also some additional things.

On page 5, it shows how to convert a stereo file to mono. This cuts the file size in half (very good for Web downloads).

You can find more audio resources here.

There is a second handout for Audacity. It shows how to edit multiple audio tracks in one project. This is good for adding natural sound, or combining more than one interview.

Here is the link:

Editing Audio with Audacity (Part 2) (PDF, 181 KB)

How to convert audio files

When we record an interview with a digital audio recorder, or with HP, the file is saved in some format. If the file format is MP3 or WAV, then it can be opened in Audacity.

If the file is another format, such as AMR (BlackBerry) or WMA, we must convert it first, and then open it in Audacity.

I like to use a free converter program called Switch. You can download it (Windows or Mac) here.

One of the Year 2 students recommended Format Factory (also free; Windows only).

When you convert the file, please convert it to WAV format. This makes a large, uncompressed file — best for editing. After you have the WAV file, open it in Audacity for editing.

After you have finished editing in Audacity, you will export an MP3 file. The MP3 format is compressed, making a better file for the Web because the download time is faster.

Software list for the workshop

The following software will be used in the workshop. Please download and install it on your own computer. The software will also be available for your use on the lab computers.

  1. Audio editing: Audacity (read instructions in this tutorial so that you install it properly — the link to the download page is in the tutorial also). NOTE that you must download the LAME encoder and follow the instructions for installing it. There are SIX STEPS on page 1 of the tutorial. FOLLOW THE STEPS.
  2. Slideshows: Soundslides (download)
  3. Video editing: If you have Windows 7, install Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM); if you have an older version of Windows, you should already have Windows Movie Maker (WMM). If you have a MacBook, get iMovie 09 or iMovie 11.
  4. Photo editing: Adobe Photoshop version CS 4 or later
  5. Animation: Adobe Flash version CS 4 or later

Before installing new software on a WIndows computer, you should ALWAYS first run the Windows update program and install ALL the security updates and Service Pack updates. If you do not do it, you are very likely to experience problems caused by Windows after you install new software.