Pod the pug’s “How to insert a soundfile into OpenOffice Impress”

I hate my voice and as part of my course development I am required to create audiocasts. Not good.

Then I met Ze pug. He came curtacy of flickr creative commons. I just ticked Creative Commons under the advanced search at www.flickr.com and there he was. I just had to give him a voice. Even if it was my own.

Pod the pug (his real name is actually Roscoe) helped me to explain how to insert a soundclip into an OpenOffice Impress presentation. See if you can follow….

Creating an Audio clip to insert into a PowerPoint

As I am creating audio clips for my learning material, I decided to record my steps as a reference for the other developers in my team.

I am using an Olumpus DS-50 (a great little recorder – got it from Makro for R1999), recorded my audio clip by holding it approximately 30cm away from my mouth as not to pick up on too much heavy breathing 😉

The recorder plugs into my laptop via an ordinary mini USB cable and as the software for the recorder is already installed on my laptop, it downloaded the clip onto my computer in no time at all. As I plan to edit it (those heavy breathing bits that slipped through), I changed it into MP3 format, using a cool little programme called Switch file converter (The basic version is free).

switch file converter

Next I opened Audacity (free and open source programme), to edit my masterpiece. I imported the MP3 file into Audacity (It only opens MP3 files, which is why I needed to convert it) and noticed that my audioclip has been recorded in stereo. As this clip will be uploaded as a podcast onto the web, you need to make sure that the size is optimized, so I then changed it into one audiostream instead of a stero stream, by clicking on the little arrow on the left next to the audio track and choosing: Split stereo track. Now just click on the cross (X) to close the bottom track. Click on the arrow next to the top track and choose Mono.

audacity

To listen to the audio clip, click on the green play button. Awful! No really- I hate my voice, but it will have to do for now. Next you need to save the edited file as an MP3 again (or Wav as powerpoint like Wav files). So click on File–>Export as MP3. Complete the basic info, choose a place to save your MP3/Wav and voila! I am now ready to link my MP3/Wav in my learning object!

As I am using a PowerPoint presentation to create my learning object, I just click on the picture that I want to link to the soundclip and click on the Insert tab (top) –>Sound-->Sound from File and choose your MP3/Wav sound clip from where you saved it. Remember to choose that it should start playing when someone click on the the little sound picture.

soundpic

Here is the sound file if you want to listen to it:

Some other resource guides to get you going:

How to Embed MP3 Audio Files In Web Pages With Google or Yahoo! Flash Player