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Virtual Accessibility – Editing and Software

Probably the greatest bottleneck we have run into in our Virtual Accessibility project of getting audio and video recordings of district workshops and the like has been editing. Part of the reason for this is that I had very little experience at doing this kind of editing when we started.

The other reason has been learning to use the software we had, and choosing to spend a little more money to buy some new editing software.

We began (and I am still using, because I like it) a free audio editing software called “Audacity”. You can find it here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

I will be the first to admit that when you look at it, it is a bit intimidating. I have found some tutorials on how to use it online, but there is not a tutorial in the software. When I got familiar with it, it is really simple to use and does not have a lot of bells and whistles to confuse you. It allows you to import the recording, edit out parts you don’t want, add in an introduction and closing recording, and do some basic clean up on the sound.

It is a great tool for congregations to use… but it only does audio.

As we began to need to work with video, we choose to purchase a fairly inexpensive software package that does both audio and video editing, called “Roxio Creator.” You can find it at http://www.roxio.com/

This software does about everything a congregation would need to do with audio and video media, to get it ready to share on a congregational website or to give CD’s or DVD’s to congregation members. It edits audio, Video, and even burns DVD’s and CD’s. It even has a photo editor.

We are just now getting to play with this software, and will let you know more about it later… but it appears to be just about everything a congregation would need to do virtual accessibility… and unlike audacity and many of the other software sets we looked at, it has excellent tutorials and is really easy to use.

Yours in Faith,

David