[ScreenFlow] Replace that screencast voiceover without losing video sync

At the DevLearn conference last week, I attended one of the breakout sessions titled, Adding Screencasting to Your eLearning Tookit. Speaker Mike Baron, Chief Storyteller at ProjectStory.com, delivered a great session with a wealth of actionable tips ranging from software equipment and budget considerations to techniques for working with subject matter experts (SMEs) and rapid content authoring sourced from SMEs.

Mike Baron - Devlearn 2014

Mike recognized me and was kind enough to give a shout-out for the blog while also kindly allowing me to chime in with my two cents during the Q&A. (Mike’s pretty cool. ‘Hope you get a chance to meet him one day.)

Q&A – How to replace audio narration with new voiceover.

One of the questions we fielded related to replacing audio narration with a new voiceover — but to also be able to do so without losing the synchronization between the new voiceover and the original video.

The answer (the subject of the video above) was right up my alley since it comes up quite frequently on projects where I repurpose product demos or recorded SME meetings for quick turnarounds as video “how to” tutorials or marketing demos.

As I was giving my verbal answer in the session’s Q&A, I described my technique of using the caption feature in ScreenFlow and Camtasia as a transcript. Doing it this way helps a lot in guaranteeing that the spoken word for the new voiceover will stay in sync with the video timing of the original narration.

Check out the video above.  If you have any questions or suggestions, I hope you’ll share ’em in the comment box below.

Part 4: The Tin Can API – What the Presidential Election and the Tin Can API Have In Common

DevLearn12 Q&A Panel – Everything You Need to Know About Tin Can

>> Previous articles in this series:  Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 <<

As I publish this post (Part 4 — the last — in this Tin Can API audio interview series), the 2012 presidential election will have been well underway.  And, just as the eventual outcome of the presidential campaigns have yet to be decided, so too does the landscape have yet to emerge for eLearning solutions based on Tin Can.  But, it can also be said that just as the presidential campaigns are (both!) off to a strong start, so too is Tin Can rolling with strong momentum.

Big News!

I mean, consider that the AICC (Aviation Industry CBT [computer based training] Committee) announced just last week that they’ll be adopting the Tin Can API as the underlying technology for the next generation of their CMI 5 (Computer Managed Instruction) specification.  (Ref. “Really Big News” and “ADL and AICC Collaborate On the Experience API“.)  That’s significantly huge news.

Also, since having gone public with the Tin Can API last (June-ish?), there are already some 30-ish vendors who have already adopted Tin Can for their service offerings; more are on the way.  Finally, if the standing room only crowd for the DevLearn Q&A Panel (“Everything You Need to Know About Tin Can“) is any indication of the interest eLearning developers, service providers and software vendors have in it, then it’s definitely a campaign to watch.

Video / Audio Panel Q&A

The video above is primarily an audio file.  It’s a recording of the DevLearn Q&A panel session about Tin Can.  It was held on the last day of DevLearn12 and commanded a standing room only crowd.  I overlayed headshots of the panelists to make it easier to keep of track of who had the floor at any given moment.   The panelists included:

mike rustici

Aaron Silvers

Clark Quinn

Julie Dirksen

Stephanie Daul

Take a listen.  It’s well worth the time to pay attention especially if you’re an eLearning industry professional.  Between this panel session, and the previous three interviews in this series, I think you should have a pretty good head start about Tin Can (Experience API) and the implications for your projects and/or service offerings in the future.

If you have colleagues who don’t yet know about Tin Can, feel free to pass this article along.

Part 3: The Tin Can API – The Compelling And Practical Use Cases You’ve Been Waiting To Hear

vTrainingRoom“Help me understand a use case for Tin Can.  And, can you tell me how your company is using Tin Can in its services?”

Having just wrapped up two prior interviews with one of the guys over at DevLearn’s “Tin Can Alley,” (see Part 1 here) and with the guys over at the Callidous Cloud booth (see Part 2 here), I then stopped over at the exhibitor booth for VTrainingRoom.  They were “Tin Can Adopters” (a prominently displayed badge identified them as such).  There I spoke with Managing Partner Michael Roberts where I posed to him the questions above.  Refreshingly, Michael was up to the challenge.

If the previous two interviews did a great job of giving us a high-level picture of the Tin Can API data flow, then vTrainingRoom’s Michael Roberts was stellar in his ability to articulate a couple of compelling and practical use cases.

learning record store

(courtesy: scorm.com)

During our interview, Mr. Roberts deftly walked me through a scenario using the plausible example of an instructor led CPR course, with a subsequent hands-on lab, followed by actual usage information transmitted from an automated electronic defibrillator (AED).   Now think about it; what if you can gain insight from information transmitted from each of those modalities, and do it all from one information repository?

Listen Closely

Take a careful listen as he describes this scenario in the interview.  It occurred to me during our interview that what he described was precisely the kind of visual that many of us  relatively non-techie eLearning course developers and instructional designers were pining for as we struggled to wrap our collective heads around what Tin Can can ultimately offer.

Below is the audio of my interview with Mr. Roberts of vTrainingRoom.  You’ll remember how noisy the exhibitor hall was.  So, set your expectations appropriately as you listen in on the interview below.  However, to make it easier for you, I also took the liberty of transcribing the interview immediately below the audio file.  Accordingly, I recommend you click “Play,” then scroll along as you follow the audio via the transcript.

I think you’ll find that, after having listened to the playback, you’ll have a better grasp of the value proposition for Tin Can.  Armed with that, you should have an easier go of it as you build a case back at home base for conducting a pilot of the Tin Can API.

(Minor plug here for this helpful DevLearn sponsor…) Consider, too, that companies such as Mr. Roberts’ vTrainingRoom stand ready to help you in that endeavor.  And, of particular note is the LRS (Learning Record Store) product they’ve already established called vTrainingTracker.  (We talk about a free version of it during the interview.)

Finally, if this article helps you, then please share it with your colleagues.  And, I’d be interested in hearing from you via the comments below if you plan on implementing any type of a pilot of Tin Can in the next 6 months.

Audio Interview:  Michael Roberts, Managing Partner, VTrainingRoom