Audio-only recording

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You may wish to create audio-only or podcast style content. Please be aware that mp3 or audio only files cannot be uploaded to Stream and also present an accessibility issue. This article will tell you how to make accessible audio-focused content and also provide options for audio recording software.

Create Accessible Audio Content

If you wish to record audio only content in a way that is accessible, we recommend following these steps:

  • Create a title slide in PowerPoint to act as a placeholder, and use one of the recommended recording software options. 
  • Narrate your audio content over the top of this title slide or use Insert > Audio to add a pre-recorded audio file from your device directly to a PowerPoint slide
  • Upload the video to Stream. You can save yourself time by recording in Teams, as this will upload to Stream automatically.
  • Mention in the title, or description, that the content is audio-only.

Following this method allows Stream to create a caption file (which can also be accessed by you to create a transcript) to allow deaf or hard of hearing students to engage with the content. It also helps non-native English speakers, by providing a text alternative to follow along with.

Always ensure you have a quality microphone when recording audio-only or audio-focused content.

If you wish to create audio only content, you can do so by using the in-built tools within Windows 10 or MacOS. You may also be able to record audio content using your phone. Be aware that the produced file may need converting before it can be edited.

Windows Voice Recorder is available in the Microsoft Store. If you are unable to access the store, contact DTS. The application allows you to record audio, pause whilst recording, and to trim the beginning and end of the recording if necessary. The add marker feature allows you to more easily find parts that need to be trimmed.

QuickTime Player is pre-installed as part of MacOS and allows you to create audio-only content by choosing File > New Audio Recording. The application allows you to record audio and pause whilst recording.

If you wish to edit your audio file, Audacity is available to all university staff through AppsAnywhere. We recommend you take steps to limit the need to edit your recordings.

Please also note that we can only provide guidance on how best to use these tools for teaching and learning; technical support for Office products can be requested from IT, while technical support for third party software is available from the provider. Third party software is downloaded at your own risk.