Split Audio Across Slides

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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):

  1. Go to Articulate -> Import Audio. By default, you’ll see that the first slide is highlighted. This is fine.
  2. Click Browse to locate your .WAV or Flash-supported .MP3 file.
  3. Double-click your audio file to import it into Slide 1. In this example, the audio file is called “All Audio.wav.”


  4. Click Done to complete the import process. Your audio file is now associated with Slide 1.
  5. Go to Articulate -> Timeline Audio Editor to view your audio-to-slide mapping. You should see your waveform associated with Slide 1.
  6. 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.


  7. 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.
  8. 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.

35 responses to “Split Audio Across Slides”


This is such great information and a great help for what I want to do with Articulate. Thanks so much for going through the details on how to do it.

Catherine // Posted at 2:33 pm on March 27th, 2006

Better still would be if Import Audio or the Timeline Audio Editor could import a SoundForge-edited file and recognize and support the slide and animation (“click”) markers already in the file.

Lawrence Bansbach // Posted at 4:35 pm on March 28th, 2006

Thanks very much – for some reason in going through the documentation I had concluded you couldn’t do this – this will be a valuable tool and appreciate you laying it out there for us.

ALan // Posted at 1:15 am on March 30th, 2006

Just buy the $89 Presentersoft.com mediaeasy program. Import your video or your audio. Import your PPT. Then play audio or video, clicking NEXT on each PPT as you want it to occur as you listen through the audio or watch your video. MUCH SIMPLER

Tom // Posted at 7:11 pm on April 10th, 2007

Hi Tom, I agree. Articulate needs the ability to split video across slides and easily sycn slides with video, which Presentersoft does do well. However, Presentersoft is not flash based and does not support Flash video. A combination of the two programs would be ideal.

Guy Wiggins // Posted at 9:36 pm on April 11th, 2007

Trying to get things “exact” with this editing tool is, at best, difficult. Are there any plans for the next release to enable this tool to be made easier to use?

Elizabeth // Posted at 6:24 pm on April 30th, 2007

Once I am finished with my project, I would like to store all the files in a corporate repository so that I can access them for future edits. So, I’ve been publishing using the project files function to zip all my project files but the audio files don’t seem to be in the zipped file. Am I missing something there?

Also, when saving the ppt under a different name, it loses the audio files also. Sometimes I get the “would you like to import the narrations” and other times I don’t. How do I get it to always import the audio?

Mirella Addante // Posted at 12:37 pm on May 1st, 2007

Elizabeth- We don’t disclose future product enhancements, but I’d encourage you to submit any feedback using our feature request form.

Mirella- Publishing to project files should save your audio. You’ll also see an option to include .WAV files, so make sure that’s checked. If you’re still having issues, please submit a case.

Using a “Save As” should prompt you to transfer the audio, so make sure you do that from within PowerPoint vs. manually copying the .ppt file in your file system.

gabe // Posted at 11:47 am on May 2nd, 2007

When using the timeline and one large audio file (50 mb split up into 20 slides) there is a audio pause after each slide after publishing so the audio/speech won’t continueing.

This is a problem for us, is there a solution to get rid of that silence (background music is not a option because users have to navigate through the slides)?

Dennis // Posted at 8:13 am on June 15th, 2007

Hi Dennis- Have you confirmed in the Timeline Audio Editor that there’s not any extra space or blank sound?

gabe // Posted at 12:41 pm on June 19th, 2007

I also have a problem with the timeline editor. If I remove audio from a PPT (and even rename it and save it somewhere else), it still wants to associate with the old audio file – even if I start a new PPT and import slides from the old PPT. After I’ve imported the new audio, and synced it up the slides, when I hit save, the save bar flashes RED. When I exit it encodes the slides with the audio, but when I publish there is NOTHING THERE except silence. Help!

Rebecca // Posted at 2:31 pm on July 6th, 2007

Rebecca, did you get help with this? If not, pose the question in the community forum.

Tom Kuhlmann // Posted at 6:53 pm on July 6th, 2007

I am having some troubles with the Timeline editor. I have inported my audio files into slide 1 and used the red slide markers in the timeline editor to match the audio to the 3 slides in the presentation. When satisfied, I click save and get the following message: “Error (75) occurred at or after line 65 of OpenSaveClass. Path/file access error”. I click ok, get the red save bar and then close the timeline editor and it encodes the 3 slides with the audio. However when I poublish and view the presentation slide 1 plays the entire audio file and slides 2 and 3 play the audio as per my set up via timeline editor. Why is it not recoginising my instructions for slide 1 but it is for slides 2 and 3?

Eloise // Posted at 9:28 am on September 17th, 2007

Hi Eloise- Take a look at this forum thread, which may be of help to you.

gabe // Posted at 10:03 am on September 17th, 2007

Hi Gabe. Thanks, that helps a lot. I have saved the ppt and audio files locally and this seems to have solved the error message problem. I now have a new problem. I have just spent nearly an hour going through a 15 min/13 slide presentation syncing the audio with the slides – making sure I saved changes regularly. It was all done,so I saved one last time, exit the timeline editor and published the presentation only to be presented with silence. All the slide transitions are in the correct place but the audio has vanished. I’ve gone back to the timeline audio editor and the markers are all still where they should be but the actual audio isn’t there…????

Eloise // Posted at 12:08 pm on September 17th, 2007

And also, I’ve checked import audio and the audio file is still there…

Eloise // Posted at 12:18 pm on September 17th, 2007

Hi Eloise- This may be an issue with your directory structure. If you’re still having issues, you should submit a support case. We can help you more effectively (and faster) via a case.

gabe // Posted at 11:01 am on September 20th, 2007

I’m having the same problem that Dennis is having. There is silence just before a slide change. Words are being cut off as a slide changes. There is silence being inserted no matter how I do audio; I can record narration live; I can import clips for each slide; or I can do this method.

All methods add silence just before a slide change. I can also see it when I go back into the timeline editor. I have tried to eliminate the silence using the erase tool in the timeline editor, but it is still there.

CD // Posted at 6:35 pm on January 17th, 2008

Hi CD-

If you haven’t already done so, I’d suggest that you submit a support case and we can take a look at your project files for you.

gabe // Posted at 10:55 am on January 18th, 2008


I can’t release the files on this as I am bound by a propietary-information agreement. Basically, from your response, I am guessing that this is something that should not be happening?

I should be able to record narration and advance the slides at the same time with no silence being inserted, and no words being cut off before the change. Is that correct?


CD // Posted at 8:02 pm on January 25th, 2008

Hi CD- Yes, that’s correct. Are you recording on a local drive or on a network drive? And does this happen with every presentation or just this particular one?

You might want to try a new presentation and also recording audio one slide at a time (vs. all at once). That will help in terms of saving your audio for each slide as you go.

gabe // Posted at 11:20 am on January 29th, 2008


I don’t have the luxury of recording one slide at a time – that seems to be everybody’s and every vendor’s solution. We are recording presentations live in a conference situation. We rarely even know who the speakers are until they are at the podium. We have been doing this now successfully with Microsoft Producer for over 5 years (with video, I might add) and now need a Flash-based/cross-platform solution.

We have tested Articulate with audio one slide at a time, and the same thing happens – audio is cut off and silence is inserted near the end of the slide. It only keeps all of the audio if we give a substantial pause at the end when recording … but obvioulsy, that doesn’t fit our needs, anyway.

We have tested recording on local drives, and firewire drives and USB 2.0 drives. This happens on every presentation; we have created empty presentations also with text only, no transitions, no animations and still the problem occurs.

Our test PCs range from 2.7G Hyperthread P4, 2G RAM, to 3.6 Hyperthread P4, 2G RAM.

We have seen other producers’ materials using Flash that have continuous uninterrupted video or audio like Microsoft Producer, so we are trying to find a vendor with a product that does that.

Thanks for your help. Hopefully the next version of Articulate will cover some of these issues, but no one knows since you won’t discuss what you are developing, which is, of course, your prerogative, but very frustrating from a user’s standpoint.

I apologize for the rant.

CD // Posted at 1:41 pm on January 29th, 2008

Thanks for the input, CD. I’ve added your email address to our list of beta testers so that you’ll get an invite when beta testing begins for the next release of Presenter. It sounds like you’ll be able to give us some great input when the time comes!

gabe // Posted at 12:18 pm on February 1st, 2008

I wish to concur with CD and Dennis with their inserted silence at the end of each slide. When spanning a single audio file over multiple slides, Articulate inserts a 0.07 second pause at the end of each slide, which causes an annoying silent blip (or dropout). Even if I remove it manually, so that the audio it seamlessly stitched together, upon saving and opening again the 0.07 second silence again appears. In addition, if I save it a second time, the gap expands to 0.14, and so forth, so it is certainly being added by Articulate.

SHH // Posted at 4:19 pm on February 7th, 2008

This audio blip seems to be a common problem. I have only just started to use the Time Line Editor and hae experienced exactly the same thing. Is there a solution to getting rid of the pause?


JN // Posted at 12:18 am on February 11th, 2008

It sound like you folks know what your talking about. Can I take it that these are still issues despite the recent upgrade? On that basis is the current way to proceed by editing large audio files with something like audacity or soundforge, cut each audio to match the slide and then import to AP?
Sounds labor intensive but Am I on the right track?


David Fitzgerald // Posted at 9:34 am on May 7th, 2008

Just wanted to see if anyone has found a way to have multiple slides timed to a VIDEO? Right now I have to break my video in to different segments…

Mehdi // Posted at 12:24 pm on May 19th, 2008

[…] 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. […]


This would be such a great feature for me if only the slide markers didn’t get all smushed to the end of the window after I imported the audio. It is really a pain to try and drag them apart when they run into each other. I can zoom out, but then I can’t see the beginning of the audio file. Doing this visually is not ideal — it would be easier just to enter a list of the timepoints.

So what would be GREAT is if we could import a text file that has a list of time data that would line these up for us. For example, if I had a text file with these values in it:

“10,40,160,400” (and so on)

When I imported it it would be nice to have it set all of the markers at these timepoints. For an example, see how you can import labels in Audacity.

willswords // Posted at 6:05 pm on September 30th, 2008

Willswords: If you’re brave (and are working with a backup of your file(s) ), you can try editing the ae.ini file manually.

Articulate: Have you published any articles about or discussed the manual editing of the ae.ini file to achieve certain special cases?

jrwti // Posted at 12:13 pm on October 1st, 2008

Has this been upgraded in 09? I want to create presentations based on full audio files. In the past I found this very difficult to work with because it did not respond correctly.

Eliyahu Mitterhoff // Posted at 4:37 pm on December 3rd, 2008

So, there really is no solution for that gap or blip between slides, is there? I’m really frustrated by this. Trying to make a nice reflection with a Christmas hymn, for a retreat, and there’s the constant cut off between slides. You would think flash would be smoother…

I even tried to set the ppt transitions to fast, but to no avail…

leigh // Posted at 1:13 pm on December 11th, 2008

To fix the audio gap/pause issue between slides, I ended up attaching background audio as instructed by:


Bruno Fletcher // Posted at 2:26 pm on September 2nd, 2009

I have tried pretty much all of the suggestions on this page to remove the jarring audio gap at the end of each slide, without success. Using version 5.4 Pro. The gap arises when Articulate goes through its sound encoding step. Neither Lectora nor Camtasia suffer from this drawback.

Chani // Posted at 9:49 pm on April 2nd, 2010

Hi Chani,

I apologize for the issues that you are having. Would you mind submitting a support case to us so that we can take a closer look at the issue?


Brian Batt // Posted at 2:36 pm on April 5th, 2010

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