I want to cut my interview questions out of this audio interview… and looking at the pattern of the audio in the timeline this is pretty easy. The smaller, lighter audio waves are me, and the louder, thicker ones are my interviewee. This is useful for two reasons: 1) It’s quick to spot my questions and edit them straight out and 2) It means I don’t have to listen to myself!
I don’t really take notes when the interview’s going on… I want to be paying full attention so I can plan what my next question will be. I often get a bit distracted by pre-planned interview questions and they work so much better when you can just chat, rather than reel off a list of questions. These are my notes afterwards, as I listen over the audio and separate into clips, labelling them as I go and filing them in an appropriately named ‘bin’ on Final Cut Express. This was I can move them around like a jigsaw in the timeline when it comes to editing.
I’ve been editing away with Final Cut Express all day, slicing and dicing audio files and stringing them together again to make podcasts. And then comes the best bit - exporting the finished product - and what happens? I get this “File I/O error” message. Computer says no. This forum post helped me suss out I needed to clear some disk space so I embarked on a deleting mission. Deleting files always makes me nervous because it’s usually once you’ve deleted it that you suddenly desperately need it. So, anything you think you might need, save it on a flash drive. Better to be safe than sorry!
I’ve been dipping into tutorials like these of late. After tinkering with Audacity I’ve decided I’ll use Final Cut Express to edit my podcasts. This is for a few reasons - 1) I’m not in love with Audacity. 2) I have (very) basic knowledge of Final Cut already and use it on an ad hoc basis at work and if I am ever to become proficient in it, I’ll need to get on and use it regularly. 3) You can edit audio and video with Final Cut so if/when I need to edit videos I’ll be equipped with the right software to do it.