In this user guide, we'll explore several ways to add audio to Storyline 360 courses.
- Choosing Default Playback and Recording Devices
- Importing Audio Files
- Recording Narration
- Converting Text to Speech
- Adding Background Audio
- Importing Slides from Other Content Sources
- Go to the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and choose Options.
- Select a speaker for your default playback device.
- Select a microphone for your default recording device and set your recording volume.
- Click OK to save your changes.
- First, do either of the following:
- Browse to the audio file you want to insert and click Open.
Storyline 360 supports these file formats:
- First, do either of the following:
- The Record Microphone window opens. If you have a script you want to use, click the Narration Script button, which reveals the text from the Notes panel. (Learn more about adding slide notes.)
- When you're ready to begin recording, click the red Record button.
- When you've finished recording, click the Stop recording button.
- You can preview your recording using the Play/Pause and Rewind buttons.
- If you need to record your narration again, just click the Record button to start over. If you want to delete your narration altogether, click the Delete button.
- If you change your mind about recording narration and would prefer to import audio instead, click the Import audio file button. Browse to the audio file you want to insert and click Open.
- If you want to edit the audio you just recorded, click the Edit audio button to launch the built-in audio editor. To learn more about editing audio, see this user guide.
- Click the Save button to add the newly recorded audio to your project. (Also, be sure to save your overall project file to retain the changes you just made.)
Speed up course development by converting text to speech right in Storyline 360. For example, use the text-to-speech feature to quickly narrate a course for stakeholder review or to localize narration in different languages. You can even choose the voice and language to make sure every word sounds right.
- In Slide View, go to the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon, click the Audio drop-down arrow, and choose Text-to-Speech.
- When the Insert Text-to-Speech window appears, select a Language from the first drop-down list. This ensures that your words are spoken with the correct pronunciations.
- Then choose a Voice from the second drop-down list. You can hear what a voice sounds like by clicking the Preview Voice button next to the list.
- Type or paste your script into the text-entry field. Or, if you want to use your slide notes as your script, just click the Copy from Slide Notes button.
Tip: You can convert up to 10,000 characters at a time. If your script is longer than that, break it into smaller chunks and generate more than one text-to-speech audio clip. Then place the audio clips back to back on the timeline so they play in sequential order.
- If you'd like to add closed captions to your text-to-speech narration, mark the Generate Closed Captions box in the upper right corner. Learn more about text-to-speech closed captions.
- Click Insert to complete the process.
Storyline 360 will convert your text to narration, and it'll appear as an audio clip on the slide's timeline. The conversion process is fast, but lengthy scripts will take longer to convert.
Set the right tone for your course with a background playlist that keeps learners engaged. Learners can toggle background audio on and off as they prefer.
Here's how to add background audio to your course.
- Go to the Insert tab on the Storyline ribbon and click the Audio drop-down arrow. Then hover over Background Audio and choose Create Playlist.
When the Background Playlist window appears, click the plus sign drop-down arrow, and select Audio from File or Media Library to upload your audio.
You can also import Engage interactions, but their audio resources can't be edited in Storyline 360.