Learning Soundslides

Earlier this semester I said that Photo Mechanic was one of my two favorite programs, Soundslides is the other one. What it allows you to do is fairly stunning.

Here’s the tutorial on it:

So, what should you be doing in the next few days? I hope you have recorded your audio already as that will let you do your audio editing over the weekend. Audacity is free and available for both Mac and Windows machines. Read all the installation steps as you need to get the LAME Encoder, too, so you can export an MP3.

If you come in with your audio done on Monday, once we wrap up the Inspiration projects you can get to work on editing your photos then heading into Soundslides.

Pro Tip: Older versions of Audacity were a touch finicky, the current one seems much more stable. Still, try to get all your editing done in one session to be safe.

Soundslides only takes in two types of files – photos as JPGs and audio as MP3s. There’s no audio editing to be done in Soundslides, just arranging and setting timings.

Pro Tip: While working in the lab, you must use your own headphones so everyone around you doesn’t go crazy. Your earbuds are fine if that’s all you have.

Some of you may have discovered there is a free demo version of Soundslides available. Which is great, but it leaves a big message on your project saying you were too cheap to buy it. If you submit that, I won’t accept it – we spent the money for licensed software and expect everything to come in as legally exported projects.

Pro Tip: If you bring the entire project in, copy it to the lab machines, open it in a licensed version, save it and then export it, it is supposed to clear the demo message warning.

Questions? Send them on.


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