Sigtuna DAR 3 - Edit Screen
To open the "Edit screen", select "Edit screen" (F9) in the "Tools" pull down menu, or click the "Edit screen" button in the toolbar.
'Edit screen' button in the tool bar
The edit screen is made up of three main areas - the menu and toolbar, the working area and the status bar. The NCC.HTML file is shown in the NCC tree view to the left. The upper right window is the "Event list" which shows the details of the selected NCC item, such as text and audio "events". Below the Event List is the browser window where the synchronized XHTML document is shown.
If a book is a "ToC only book", the table of contents, or Navigation Control Center representing the NCC.HTML is shown in this browser window. The musical note icon in the folders in the NCC tree view indicates that the NCC item contains audio. This lets you know easily and quickly which NCC items contain audio and which do not.
The 'Edit screen'
The "Audio Clip Display" is at the bottom of the screen. The wave form of the audio events is shown in this display. When you navigate to an audio event which is coded in PCM or ADPCM2, the wave form for that clip is drawn in this display.
When the audio is played back, the peak meter control, located in the lower right of the screen, shows the current peak values and the current time position for the event.
The current NCC item will be highlighted in the browser display on the right when an NCC item is selected. When you move to another event or NCC item, the browser display and highlighting will change to reflect this.
Wave form shown in the 'Audio Clip Display'
When detailed audio wave editing is required, you can use the "Audio edit" function (CTRL+A), accessible in the "Tools" pull down menu on the "Edit screen". This editor displays the wave form of the selected event and is useful for very detailed audio editing such as the removal of unwanted noises in the recorded audio or slight adjustment. Any changes to the audio data also affect the SMIL file.
The audio editor
The key points in this section are:
- Move audio events
- Split and join to adjust an event length
- Delete errors
- Delete or split an audio event which contains only 'silence'
- Split or remove noises
- Editing (join or split) the audio event corresponding to the first event (Table of Contents)
When an NCC item is selected, the audio event corresponding to the NCC title will be played back. If the NCC item is very long there may be more than one audio event corresponding to that item, that is, the audio may be split into more than one event. If this is the case, you can join these audio events so that the audio for the entire heading is heard when it is selected. Please note that the maximum playback time of a single audio event on the edit screen is 10 seconds, therefore an audio event longer than 10 seconds will not play out to the end.
Highlight the audio events corresponding to the text event
After the audio event editing is complete the text events are moved. This is explained in the next section, "Move events in the event list".
If you plan to add text using ATAU, it is better to edit audio events considering the length of the text you want to synchronize later. If you will be using Auto HTML mode in ATAU, editing of the audio events in relation to the text events is important.
Click the event number to select an event. Once you have selected an audio event and it is highlighted, you can move in the event list with the up and down arrow keys. In order to move the selected event upward or downward, select "Move event up/down" (CTRL+F9 / SHIFT+CTRL+F9) in the "Edit" pull down menu, or Move Event buttons in the toolbar.
Move event button (up / down)
Select the event that you want to delete and select "Delete" (Del) in the "Edit" pull down menu, or click "Delete event(s)" button, which is the "x" icon button on the toolbar. When the confirmation message is shown, select "Yes" to finalize the deletion.
The 'Delete event(s)' button
Select one of the two events you want to join, then drag the mouse up or down one audio event so that both events are highlighted or, use SHIFT + Up/Down Arrow Keys. Select the "Join audio events" (CTRL+J) in the "Audio event edit" pull down menu, or click the "Joins two audio events" button on the toolbar. When the confirmation message is shown, click "Yes" to complete the joining process.
'Join audio event' in the pull down menu
When you happen to delete an event by mistake, there is the "Undo" function which enables you to undo once.
When you select an audio event in the "Edit screen", the wave form is shown in the "Audio clip display" and the marker on the wave form moves corresponding to the playback position of the audio event. Place the cursor on the "Audio clip display" where you want to split the event. Select "Play one audio event" (Return) in the "Control" pull down menu and it will playback from that point. If the position for the split is not correct, you can adjust it with the Right and Left Arrow Keys.
Once you have set the correct position to split, select "Split audio event" (Ctrl+S) in the "Audio event edit" pull down menu. When the confirmation message is shown, click "Yes" to complete the split.
The 'Split audio event' button in the tool bar
Right click on the 'Audio clip display' to specify the split position
When you create a new project using the "ToC only book" option, it may be necessary to adjust the level or position of some of the NCC items. To open the "NCC editor", select "Move NCC items" (F4) in the "Edit" pull down menu, or click the "Move around one or more NCC items in the NCC" button on the tool bar. When an NCC item is select in the editor, you can move it up/down and also change its level using the NCC editing buttons at the bottom left of the editor.
Select several NCC items to edit simultaneously
If you need to make a change to the actual headings, for example if a word in the heading is misspelled, go to the NCC tree view on the "Main screen" or the "Edit screen". You can change names of the headings in the same way you change folder names in Windows.
When you need to add pages to the book, you must find the correct insert position. Open the "Edit screen" and find the audio event containing the audio page information, or if the pages are not announced in the audio and there is no audio event for the page number, find the event where the new page starts. Select "Add/edit page"(CTRL+P) in the "Edit" pull down menu, or click the "Add page" button in the tool bar to add a page.
The 'Add page' button in the tool bar
When the "Add new page mark" dialog is open, ensure that "page-normal" is selected. Enter the page number in the "Begin page" column (leave the "End page" field as it is, with "?") and then click the "Add" button. Now, the page information is inserted as a text event, immediately before the selected audio event.
The 'Add new page mark' dialog
The page text event is inserted before the selected audio event
When you import audio files into an NCC item the first event in the event list will always be a text event, which is then followed by a number of audio events. If there are other text events in the NCC item, these other text events will appear after the the imported audio events.
If there is a large number of events in an NCC item, they will not all be displayed in the event list at the same time. The scroll bar on the right allows you to scroll through the event list.
Text synchronization steps
- Check the wording in the text event.
- Find the audio event corresponding to the words in the text.
- Memorize the audio event number, then select the text event.
- Move the text event to the audio event number by the "Move one event one step up" button in the toolbar or "Move event up"(CTRL+F9) in the "Edit" pull down menu.
Move the text event before the audio event
The position before the audio event is the synchronization point of the audio event and the text event. Once you select a text event in the event list, the corresponding text in the browser window is, and will stay, highlighted until you select the next text event or a synchronized audio event in the list.
With Sigtuna DAR 3, you can also synchronize images. The synchronized project with images can be played back with LpPlayer or other DAISY playback software. The book will also play on a DAISY hardware player, but the images cannot be displayed.
Image synchronization steps
- Select the audio event which you want to synchronize with the image.
- Select "Insert image" (CTRL+G) in the "Edit" pull down menu or click the "Insert image" button in the tool bar.
'Insert image' in the 'Edit' pull down menu
- The "Insert image into SMIL" dialog opens.
- Select the drive and the folder that contains the image file.
The 'Insert image into SMIL' dialog, clicking the file name of the image
- Check the image preview and select the correct image file.
- The image event is now inserted before the audio event that you selected.
- The popup window opens, and the image is shown in the window.
The image event is inserted before the selected audio event
The image is now copied from another folder into the current project folder.
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Install
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - New Project (ToC only Book)
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Recording Settings
- Audio Calibration
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Direct Recording
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Edit Screen
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Cleanup
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Audio Compression
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - Import of Audio File(s)
- MDF Overview
- Codec Manager
- Sigtuna DAR 3 - New Project (Synchronized Book)
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