Zencastr Produce is a paid feature that enhances and mixes together the separate audio (and video) files for you and your guests into a combined file.
The Long Pauses Smart Filter is an option available to users on paid plans.
In this article:
What Is Long Pauses And Why Use It?
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 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 You Produce Your Podcast
Postproduction can be run for up to 6 participants at a time.
Postproduction can be started after the host stops the recording and participants’ files are uploaded.
1. Opening Produce
To open Produce:
From your Dashboard, on the Rooms tab click the Produce button next to any room name.
From a recording page, click the Create Your Podcast button.
On the Produce page, make sure the right recording name and number is selected on the right under Recordings.
2. Configuring Long Pauses
Click the Edit button on the Produce page to display and adjust postproduction settings.
On the Edit tab, under People, select/unselect participants for the postproduction.
Under Smart Filters, next to Long Pauses, select Cut.
In the Long 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 2 in Long Pause threshold and 1 in Shorten to, the Long Pauses filter will search for all pauses in speaking equal to or greater than 2 seconds and then cut each pause to 1 second. Pauses under 2 seconds will not be cut.
Make any additional adjustments to your postproduction on the Audio or Video tabs.
Click the blue checkmark in the top right corner of the editor to finalize your setting changes.
3. Running the Postproduction
To start the postproduction:
Click Produce & Download.
Select an aspect ratio for the video mix.
Result: The postproduction will begin to run as soon as you select an aspect ratio and the necessary amount of credits will be deducted from your balance.
4. Getting and Downloading Podcast Files
Once the postproduction is running you can either close the Produce page or stay on it. The postproduction will run in the background and you will receive an email when it completes.
To download your files after closing the Produce Page:
Click the Download button in the “Your Postproduction Is Complete” email and you are taken to the login page.
Login and you are taken to your Recording Page.
On the Podcast Mixes track click the ‘Download Audio Podcast’ and ‘Download Video Podcast’.
Result: The individual files will download to your computer.
To download your files from the Produce Page:
Make sure the right recording name and number is selected on the right under Recordings.
Click the 3-dot menu on your postproduction.
Result: A zip file will download to your computer.
How long does it take for the postproduction to finish?
Postproductions normally finish in under an hour. The exact amount of time can vary depending on the recording length and the number of participants selected.
I have an issue with a postproduction I ran. What can I do?
How can I learn more about other Produce settings?
Check out our Producing With Zencastr video podcast for short tutorials on specific features of Produce.