October 6th, 2012

Fala Listens to FDR

Adventures in Audacity -- Using the Labeling Track

I'm currently working on a larger project and I keep getting lost in my editing, forgetting where I am in relationship to the text and the audio.  One thing that helps is the Audacity "Labeling Track".  Go to the "Tracks" menu and select "Add New."  Select "Label" as type of track.  You can type directly in the label track, leaving notes to describe the current section or directions for future editing.  In this case, I've had to resort to numbering the story paragraphs via my word processor and typing paragraph numbers periodically into the track. (Sadly, I wasn't exaggerating  about getting lost -- )  If you select "Sync Lock Tracks" on the "Tracks" menu, the audio and label tracks will stay aligned despite editing.  I think there is a better way to do this last bit via the Alignment command but I haven't figured out how that works yet. 
Fala Listens to FDR

Adventures in Audacity -- the Compressor Effect

When I record, I find that my volume levels can vary widely from too loud to too soft.  The Compressor effect levels out the volume swings and makes sure that none of the audio is too soft.  After I am done recording and editing, I select the entire narration track (or multiple tracks if necessary) and select "Compressor" from the "Effects" menu.  There are a number of potential settings but so far I've just ignored the options and clicked "OK."  The result is a clear and even podfic narration.  A more sophisticated user could experiment and fine tune the results but so far the defaults seem to work well for me.   

I tend to think of the Compressor as the magic tool but there's a good, brief explanation in the "Audacity Tutorial - Mixing a Narration with Background Music" (http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Tutorial_-_Mixing_a_Narration_With_Background_Music).  
Fala Listens to FDR

Vid Recs -- Natasha from the Avengers

I really like the Black Widow in the Avengers films.  Or maybe I adore the fanfiction version of the Black Widow in the movies.  Regardless the following are fun vids.

I Don't Believe in Fairy Tales by TatyanaOracle (HD available):

This is a Natasha/Clint vid.  I like the choice of music -- "I don't believe in fairy tales but I believe in you and me" is a good motto for them.  I also like how the vidder made a virtue of necessity in dealing with the imbalance of clips available between Natasha and Clint:  Natasha is almost always in motion while Clint is mostly stationary which works with him as a sniper and as the one in need of rescue. 

Settle Down by almostgaby -- the vid seems to have been removed from youtube but you can still download it from mediafire

The vid is very technically well done with a great choice of clips. (At least to my uneducated eye.)  The great part is watching Natasha "trying to get a hold on this" as people keep doing stupid things all around her.  I hadn't realized how many great "you idiot" facial expressions she made until I watched this vid.

So What by kaydeefalls

The last isn't really strictly a Natasha vid.  The vidder describes it as "A tribute to the kickass ladies of the Avengers cinematic universe" and that's just what it is.  The song is a lot of fun and the clips are great -- not just the expected Natasha ones but others like Peggy Carter punching a GI and shooting Steve.   (I'd forgotten how much I liked Peggy and Steve.)