Hope you enjoyed Turkey Day! Take it easy today and watch the first-ever StoryCorps special, Listening Is an Act of Love.
You can also catch Listening Is an Act of Love on PBS stations nationwide throughout the holiday season. Check here for local broadcasts in the next two weeks. Stations will be airing the special on various dates through February 2014. You can also watch on PBS Roku and Apple TV channels, or buy it on DVD!
Check your local listings for showtimes of the StoryCorps special. Or check back here tomorrow for the online debut.
More Grand Central layouts from Bill with characters by Tim.
The StoryCorps special begins in Grand Central Terminal, where the first StoryCorps recording booth opened.
Background layout by Bill Wray and character layout by Tim Rauch.
A half-hour StoryCorps special is coming Thanksgiving night on PBS! A special POV presentation. Check here the next few weeks for an inside look.
Art from new StoryCorps animation coming in November.
Wednesday Wipe! Animation by Tim from a work-in-progress.
The last of the Farm League shorts we did for DC Nation!
The amazing Barbara Benas helped us out on a recent project. When she was working on the animatic, we found out she was doing basic audio edits right in Flash, which we didn’t realize was possible. Maybe this isn’t news for you, but it was for us. So for anybody else who was also clueless about this, here’s a little tutorial Barbara wrote for us. It’s also available as a printable PDF. Enjoy!
First, copy the audio onto a new layer in the timeline, and move it somewhere around where you want to make the cut:
Select the new audio layer and it will bring up the audio options in the properties menu. Select Edit:
It will bring up the edit window. You can slide the toggle in the middle to when you want the cut to happen, and use the stop/play buttons in the bottom corner to hear what point you’re at in the clip. You can also use the zoom keys on the bottom right to zoom into the waveform for more accuracy.
Once you’ve found the right spot, click OK, and the audio in the new layer will be trimmed to begin at that spot. The trim isn’t permanent, so if you need you can do a bit of fiddling back and forth between the edit window and the timeline to get your new cut synchronized as close as you can with the original audio. This is if you need to extend/contract the audio by exact frames, so you can be as precise as possible.
Then either drag it down into the first layer or cut the overlapping bottom layer, and you have your cut! You can shift the new audio to your desired spot. You can do this as many times as you want.
To adjust the volume of a particular clip, go back into the audio edit window. By clicking the white square toggle on the line at the top of both channels, you can slide the line up and down to the desired volume. Slide both to about the same position.
To create a dissolve, simply create a new control point by clicking anywhere on the volume line and adjust up or down to create your dissolve. You may want to play the audio a few times and adjust it accordingly to get it working the way you want.
A young Tim Rauch lacing up some rollerskates. Tim skated all over the neighborhood, but Mike never learned. He mostly rolled downhill on the driveway.
Anybody remember rollerskating rink birthday parties?