Recording directly within Storyline/Presenter vs. importing audio

I am curious, how many of you out there record directly in Storyline or Presenter, and how many import audio recorded from another application (Adobe Audition/Audacity, etc...)? 

My workflow is to record in Adobe Audition and do the following after editing the audio and using Adobe Audition's "Radio Announcer Voice" Effects Rack:

  1. Add markers before each "slide" while recording and add a marker at the very end.
  2. Then I merge the markers (using Merge selected markers on the Markers window pane) into range markers, which indicate the length of each clip.
  3. Then I use Adobe's Export > Export Audio within Range Markers... to export each slide as an individual clip (there is a way to do this in Audacity as well)
  4. Then I import the clips individually (or in Presenter I import them enmasse).

So, I'm wondering - is it really worth this extra work? I think so, but maybe I could just be recording directly into the slides...

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Keith Shull


I know this is HORRIBLY late, but I just stumbled across your question while looking for something else. I always teach people to record audio separately and import into Storyline. My logic: you have much better editing tools in Adobe Audition, Audacity, etc. than what's available in SL. You only have four options available: you can adjust volume, insert silence, cut out mistakes, and cut-and-paste in order to move sections around. There is no noise reduction, equalization, etc.

Plus, when you record in Storyline, MP3 files  are generated with an audio bitrate of 192 kbps. MP3s are compressed files w/ lower quality, compared to WAV or AIFF.  Then, when you publish, the MP3 files get re-encoded (i.e. re-compressed), reducing audio quality a second time.

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