Editing a 5 minute audio clip into a 2 minute interview is more challenging than you might think. I had a lot of good quotes and sound bites in my interview with Sara Whittle, so it was hard to exclude some of them. My ultimate goal in editing this material was to really convey how holiday decorating has grown into a big part of her family’s life as well as an integral part of the Laramie community.
One thing that I really took away from this assignment was how much effort goes into editing audio. I spent several hours editing this interview and, it was quite a challenge since not only is this my first time working with Audacity (the editing software) but it is also my first time editing audio period.
It took a lot of patience to edit this down to 2 minutes. Sara had some really great stories during the interview but I couldn’t include all of them without sacrificing some vital background information. I really wanted to include the story she had about the college students drunkenly destroying her christmas decorations but I just didn’t have enough space for it and I felt like adding that might not allow me to include other aspects.
In talking with Sara, I really began to understanding her love of her family as well as community involvement. Having learned that, I ultimately decided it would be best to focus the interview on how her decorations tie into the community as well as how much her family, especially her young daughters, enjoy the decorating.
I enjoyed learning about audio editing and challenging myself in a new way. As I said before, this is my first experience with audio interviewing and editing so I enjoyed learning something new which could prove to be helpful in the future, whether it be for school or for work. I however did not enjoy messing with the Audacity software. It was hard to pick up on it at first, and I still have a lot more to learn.
In terms of what I would have done differently, I probably could have spent more time learning about Audacity. I’m sure that the way I went about editing things could have been much easier and less of a hassle, but as I said before, I love a challenge. There were also tiny bits in the interview where the recorder moved, and that noise was picked up on. Trying to edit all of that out without messing with Sara’s voice was very difficult, but not impossible. It just took a lot of patience and time.
I really enjoyed this assignment overall. I liked learning about audio editing and interviewing with an audio recorder. I also enjoyed getting to know a fellow classmate and learning about something that makes them unique.