Quickly record audio for use as narration to control page timing or to use for other audio needs

dominKnow | ONE has a built in simple recording tool to help you record audio for any page in a Project.

You can access the recording tool several different ways:

  • The Record tab on the ribbon
  • The Insert tab on the Ribbon, under the Audio menu
  • The Add to Your Page panel in Claro or the Add Sections to Your Page panel in Flow. Select the All Elements/All Sections tab then scroll down to the panel's Record section (that also includes Capture).

In each of these locations, you have the option to record either a Narration file or a simple Audio file.

Narration vs. Audio Files

The recording process is the same for Narration or Audio files.

What's different are the settings each type of file will have once recorded.

Narration files are preset as Narration, Autoplay and Full Controls on their Options tab.

The Narration setting:

  • Tells the Theme to connect the Narration audio file to its audio player controls (if the Theme has built-in audio controls).
  • Hides the audio file on the page for the learner, since the Theme audio controls are available.
  • Sets the Timeline below the stage to allow you to synchronize on-page events to the Narration file.

Audio files are only preset to show Full Controls. 

You can only have one Narration audio file for each page.

You can have as many other Audio files on a page as needed.

These contexts apply whether you've recorded the audio directly in dominKnow | ONE or have uploaded audio files recorded in another tool.

Why would I record just an Audio file and not a Narration file?

You can use audio files for a lot of applications besides narration on a page.

Here are some examples:

  • A customer service interaction where the learner listens to an audio file to hear a customer's question, then listens to several other audio files to hear possible responses before selecting the best response.
  • A safety training program where the learner listens to someone's description of a situation they once faced. 
  • A welcome audio file from a manager as part of the course introduction.

Using the Record Feature

Whether you choose to record Narration or an Audio file, the recording steps are the same.

The Record panel will open over your page.

Select the red circle button to start recording. It will change to a red square. Select the red square to stop recording.

The panel has a Show Transcript option. If you select it, it will display text from the Page Transcript feature below the authoring Stage so you can use this text as your script for recording. It will also change to Hide Transcript, allowing you to hide the transcript.

In the example image here, the Transcript panel is open in the background behind the Record panel.

After recording you can use the Play button to listen and review.

If you are finished recording, select Ok to save the file to the Page. In Claro, the file will be added in the upper left corner of the page. In Flow, you will shown available placeholders where the recorded file cab be added.

The recorded file will be saved to the page and the Media Library with the default name of Recorded Audio.

After the recorded file is added to your page, you should take the time to rename it with a unique name plus add a Description, Transcript and Tags.

To do this, select the audio file element then select its Settings icon (1) to open the Edit Asset Properties panel. You can then rename the file plus add a Transcript for accessibility and a Description and Tags (2). The Tags will help the file be more easily found if you search for it in the Media Library.

Select Ok when you are finished.

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