Advanced Instructions

Overview of Audio Toolbar

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1. Volume:

Slide along the bar to increase or decrease the volume.

 

2. Audio Control Buttons:

DVM_a_1_2 This button plays/pauses an audio file.

DVM_a_1_3 This button moves the progression bar to the next bookmark.

DVM_a_1_3_1 This button skips to the end or to the begining of the audio file.

3. Additional File Editing Options:

DVM_a_1_4 This button joins multiple files.

DVM_a_1_5 This button exports the selected audio file to an external directory.

DVM_a_1_6 This button allows you to send your file to verbalink for easy transcription.

DVM_a_1_7 This button allows you to share your files with others using box.net or an email client.

4. Speed Scroll Bar:

This bar allows increases or decreases the playback speed.

5. Waveform Display:

This bar displays the entire waveform of an audio file.This display also shows the progress bar and location of bookmarks created. Different segments of the waveform can be highlighgted by clicking on the waveform and then draging it.

 

6. Bookmark Tool:

Click on this button to create a bookmark at the specified location. Click here for more information.

7. Cutting Tool:

This tool allows you to cut a highlighted area from the file. Click here for more information.

8. Advanced Audio Editing Functions:

There are three functions that can be applied; Trimming of silence, Normalizing File and Filters.

Click here for more information.

9. Undoing and Saving:

Whenever a bookmark is placed or a segment of the file is cut or a function has been applied it can be undone or saved permanently. The undo and save buttons above will perform those tasks respectively.

 

10. Zoom Tools:

These tools allows you to zoom in and out of the audio waveform.

11. Time Elapsed:

This is an indication of the time that has elaspsed in the audio file.

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How to Create and Delete Bookmarks

Adding a Bookmark

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  1. Move the progressbar to a desired location.
  2. Click the Add a Bookmark button. A distinct yellow line appears to the nearest second of the progress bar. This is the Bookmark.
  3. Click on Save Button to save changes.
  4. Click the Fast Forward button to zoom to the next bookmark location.

Deleting a Bookmark

1. Click on a bookmark and then drag it out of the waveform toolbar as shown.

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File/Folder Management

Create a new folder

  1. Select the My Voice Recordings folder.
  2. Right-click and select Add a New Folder.
  3. A new folder will appear with the name untitled_folder.

Delete a folder

  1. Select a folder and press delete.
  2. A Message-box will apear prompting a conformation on the delete operation.

Note1: If there are recordings in the folder they will ALSO be deleted.

Note2: The My Voice Recordings folder CANNOT be deleted.

Rename a folder

  1. Select the desired folder.
  2. Right-click and select Rename Selected Item.
  3. Enter the desired name and then press enter.

Note: The My Voice Recordings folder CANNOT be renamed.

Move files between folders

  1. Select the desired file and hold down the left mouse button.
  2. Then drag the file to the desired folder.
  3. This is called Drag and Drop. It can also be used to transfer files from the device to the local folder.
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How to Join Files

  1. Populate the queue with the desired sequance of recordings.
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  3. Click the Join Files button.
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  5. Enter a name for the file and click the Save button.
  6. A progress bar will show the files being joined. The new combined file will be on the queue.
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How to Remove a Portion of a Recording?

  1. Highlight an area on the waveform toolbar.
  2. Click on the Cut Highlighted Area button.
  3. Click the Save button.
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Exporting Files to an External Location

The following steps will help you export files to a location outside the RCA Digital Voice Recorder's local directory.

  1. Click on the Export icon.
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  3. Navigate to the folder, where you wish to save your file in.
  4. Enter the filename and click the save button.
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Setting up Preferences

To access the preferences:

  1. Click on the options tab.
  2. Click on preferences.
  3. A pop up menu appers showing the different kinds of preference options.
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There are three kinds of preference options that can be setup: General, Email and Services.

General

This sets up the advanced audio preferences. They can be used in audio toolbar.

    General Menu

Default Filter:

In this drop down menu, you can choose between Bandpass and Highpass filters. Click here for more details on the filters.

Export Format:

The allows you to set the audio file format when exporting the files to a different folder, or when you are emailing the files to friends. The RCA Digital Voice Manager automatically checks your system for all file supported formats. The default format is .WAV

Silence Level:

The audio tone that is considered silence can be modified here. It is set by default to 2500. Click here for more details on the silence level.

Min Silence Time:

The minimum amount of silence that will be taken out during silence trimming. Any thing less than that level will not be removed. This figure can be set between 2s to 10s.

Email

This menu shows the emailing services that are avialable to you. You can use one of four web-based email services or your local email client (if it exists). The web based services are:

Note1: You local email client does not require any setup from us. If one exists it will show as a fifth emailing option for you.

Note2: Due to an on going issue with Microsoft, sharing using Microsoft Outlook client will not work sometimes. This issue will be resolved in the next service pack upgrade from Microsoft.

You can also setup a web-based email account here. This will enable you to send files via various web-based email clients to other people.

To setup a web-based account, enter the email address and password in the fields provided and then hit the save button.

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Services

You can setup your Verbalink and Box.net accounts here.

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Advanced Audio Editing

Implementing a filter

There are two types of filters. In order to understand them and learn how they benefit you, click here.

To implement a filter follow the steps below:

  1. Setup a filter from the options tab. Click here for instructions.
  2. Load a file in the queue.
  3. Select filter from the drop down menu in the audio toolbar.
  4. Press the Apply button.
  5. applying filter
  6. A progress bar will appear showing the application of the filter. This process takes some time for large files.
  7. A change in the waveform can be noticed once the filter has been applied.
  8. Once you are satisfied with your selection. Click the Save button.
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Normalizing

  1. Load a file in the queue.
  2. Select Normalize from the drop down menu in the audio toolbar.
  3. Press the Apply button.
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  5. Once you are satisfied with your selection. Click the Save button.

Trimming Silence

There are two ways you can trim silence:

Note: Different people have different definitions of what is considered silence. The exact frequency of silence or the tone of silence can be modified by the users. Click here for setting up your silence preferences.

To perform a silence trimming operation, follow the steps below:

  1. Load a file in the queue.
  2. Select Trim all Silence or Trim Leading/Trailing Silence from the drop down menu in the audio toolbar.
  3. Press the Apply button.
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  5. Once you are satisfied with your selection. Click the Save button.

Note: All changes can be undone by clicking on the undo button, until they are permanantly saved by clicking on the save button

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