Zencastr’s Automatic Postproduction is a paid feature that enhances and mixes together the separate audio (and video) files that are recorded for you and each of your guests into one combined file. The Remove Long Pauses filter is an additional option in Automatic Postproduction.
Running postproduction for an episode recorded in the ‘Record Audio and Video’ recording mode with the Remove Long Pauses option turned on is shown below. Running postproduction for an episode recorded in either of the other two recording modes where only audio was recorded does not include the Video Layout step and does not return a ‘Video Podcast’ file.
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What Is Remove Long Pauses And Why Use It?
Remove Long Pauses is a smart filter that searches your and your guests’ combined audio for instances of pauses in speaking equal to or greater than a certain length that you define and shortens those pauses to a length that you specify.
Using the ‘Remove Long Pauses’ filter can save you significant editing time by automatically making cuts to your combined audio (and video files) to reduce unwanted periods of non-speaking time. Without this filter, you would need to make these cuts manually in an audio or video editing software program outside of Zencastr.
Before Producing Your Podcast
Postproduction can be run on the files of up to 6 participants at a time when the episode was recorded in 'Record Audio and Video' mode.
For users on the professional plan, the soundboard track counts as 1 participant.
The ‘Produce Your Podcast’ button appears after the host has stopped the recording and participants’ files have been uploaded.
Steps to Produce Your Podcast With Remove Long Pauses
Click Produce Your Podcast above the first participant’s track.
Under Choose tracks for postproduction, check the checkboxes next to the names of the participants whose files you want included in the combined files and uncheck the names of any participants whose files you do not want included in the final combined files.
Under Configure audio, leave as Standard Settings or select and define Advanced Settings.
Under Video layout, leave as Standard Grid or select another layout.
Under Smart Filters, click On on the Remove Long Pauses toggle.
In the Pause threshold field, enter the minimum pause length in seconds that the filter should search for.
In the Shorten to field, enter the number of seconds that each pause should be shortened to.
Example: If you enter 3 in Pause threshold and 1 in Shorten to, the Remove Long Pauses filter will search for all pauses in speaking equal to or greater than 3 seconds and then cut each pause to 1 second.
Review your selections and click Run Postproduction.
Getting and Downloading Podcast Files
After you click Run Postproduction a ‘Success’ popup says you will receive an email when your mix is ready. When you receive that email:
Click Download files in the email and you are taken back to your Recording Page.
On the Podcast Mix track click the Audio Podcast and Video Podcast files and they will download to your computer.
📝 While the video component of the platform is in open beta, the ‘Video Podcast’ file contains a Zencastr watermark.
How long does it take for the postproduction to finish?
Postproductions normally finish in under an hour. The exact length of time can vary depending on the recording length and the number of participants whose files were included.
What is the video layout of the Standard Grid with 3, 4, 5, or 6 participants? What are the other video layout options?
I recorded in the ‘Record Audio and Video’ mode, but now I don’t want to use the video. Is there a way to not include the video in the postproduction?
At this time, it is not possible to exclude video files from being run in the postproduction. However, you will get an ‘Audio Podcast’ file that contains just the mixed and enhanced audio in addition to a separate ‘Video Podcast’ file which contains the mixed and enhanced audio and video. You can download only the file(s) you need. Additionally, postproduction credits are deducted based on the overall recording time and not based on the number of files included in the postproduction. For example, if you and 3 guests (4 participants total) record a 1 hour episode in ‘Record Audio and Video’ mode and you run your 8 files (4 audio files + 4 video files) through automatic postproduction your account will be deducted 1 hour.