Revision – Audio Notetaker


Adding Colour

1. When your focus is in the Audio pane, the toolbar to the far right of the screen will display tools for the highlighting of audio.

Audio Notetaker colour key

2. To highlight audio click and drag with the mouse over audio chunks. Then choose a colour to apply, or by selecting the colour during playback.

3. When playing back the audio, you can either click the colour required or press the associated key. For example, if you wish to note that the current audio being played is important, you can press the 1 key. This will turn the current audio chunk red.

4. The background colour within each section can also be colour coded, using the options under Section Colours.

5. The colours available can be changed, and preset colour keys can be switched to by clicking on the drop-down arrow next to Default. Alternatively, you can edit or create your own colour keys by clicking on Edit Colour Key.

Taking Notes

6. You can add your own text notes in the Text panel, or type notes while listening to the recording. To playback a recording you can either click on the play button (pictured below) or press the spacebar.

Audio Notetaker Play Button

There are options on the main toolbar to change the speed of playback and apply Audio Clean-up tools, to reduce any background noise. If you are transcribing audio it is worth dropping the speed down to around x 0.7 or 0.8. Just click the minus or plus symbol to change.

Audio Notetaker speed button

7. When playing the recording, go into the Text pane and begin typing. If you need to pause playback you can press the CTRL+Spacebar keys to pause/resume without having to use the mouse, allowing you to continue typing. You will see something like this on screen.

8. If the text panel, or any other panel, is not displayed, click on the appropriate button to show or hide, found here. Left to right these are the Images, Reference, Text and Audio panes.

Audio Notetaker panel selector

Reference Panel

9. The Reference panel is often hidden by default, however this can be used to display a copy of the text from PowerPoint slides. To do this, firstly unhide the Reference panel by clicking the button, and then clicking in the Reference pane.

10. In the toolbar to the right of the screen, you will see options for extracting text. You can use these options to extract text from all slides or just the currently selected slide. Choosing one will then show something like this.

Extract text button

Extracting your Research

11. Extracting your coloured highlights will also extract any associated slides and notes, which will allow you to create a more focussed revision document. To do this we will use the Extract tool.

12. Click on the Extract button and choose Extract Audio. A window will appear where you can choose the colours to extract.

Audio Notetaker extract audio by colour window

13. Once you have selected the colours to extract, click OK. A new document will be created, based on the sections that contain the chosen highlights. It will look something like this.

Audio Notetaker desktop with notes, slides, and audio


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