A question we hear just about every day here in Articulate Customer Support goes something like this: “I have one big audio file with all my narration in it. I want to take that audio file and have it span across all the slides in my presentation. Can I do that with Articulate Presenter?”
Quite simply, yes, you can. You can do so using the magic of the Timeline Audio Editor and its slide markers, which look like this:
Here’s how to do it (note that you must have Articulate Presenter Pro to use the Timeline Audio Editor feature):
- Go to Articulate -> Import Audio. By default, you’ll see that the first slide is highlighted. This is fine.
- Click Browse to locate your .WAV or Flash-supported .MP3 file.
- Double-click your audio file to import it into Slide 1. In this example, the audio file is called “All Audio.wav.”
- Click Done to complete the import process. Your audio file is now associated with Slide 1.
- Go to Articulate -> Timeline Audio Editor to view your audio-to-slide mapping. You should see your waveform associated with Slide 1.
- Using the bold red slide markers (not to be confused with the blue click markers, which indicate where on your timeline your animations occur), click and drag each slide marker where you’d like each slide to begin relative to your imported audio.
- Repeat for each slide marker until you’re satisfied. You can, of course, use the green Play button in the Timeline Audio Editor to test as you go.
- Click the Save icon in the Timeline Audio Editor and close it when you’re done. Your audio will be split up and encoded to map to each slide as you’ve indicated.
That’s it! Now you’ve taken a single audio file and split it across all the slides in your presentation or e-learning course.
If you’re not using Articulate Presenter Pro, you’ll need to splice your audio into one file per slide using a third-party program such as Audacity, then import the individual files.