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 Remove Long Pauses Smart Filter is an option available to users on paid plans.
In this article:
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 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, click the Recordings tab.
Under Recordings, make sure the right room name and recording number are selected.
2. Configuring Remove Long Pauses
On left sidebar, click the Participants tab.
Under Participants, select/unselect participants for the postproduction.
Click the Audio tab.
Under Smart Filters, next to Remove Long Pauses, select Enabled.
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 Remove 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 other tabs in the sidebar of the Produce Page.
3. Running the Postproduction
To run the postproduction:
Click the Next button at the top right of the Produce page.
On the Produce insert, review what output you are getting and the credits cost.
Click the Produce button to start the postproduction.
Result: The postproduction will begin to run. When it completes, the necessary amount of credits will be deducted from your credits balance.
4. Getting and Downloading Postproduction 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 from the Recording Page:
Click the Download button in the “Your Postproduction Is Complete” email and you are taken to the login page.
Log in and you are taken to your Recording Page.
On the Podcast Mixes track, click Download Audio Podcast and Download Video Podcast.
Result: The individual files will download to your computer.
To download your files from the Produce Page:
From your Dashboard, on the Rooms tab, click the Produce button next to the room.
From a Recording Page, click the Create Your Podcast button.
On the Produce Page, click the Recordings tab.
Under Recordings, make sure the correct room name and recording number are selected.
Click the Postproductions tab.
Click on the Postproduction number.
Click the Download button.
Result: All your postproduction files will be zipped and then a zip file will download to your computer.
Note: If you have a paid plan, the postproduction transcript is included in the zip file that is downloadable from the Produce Page. The postproduction transcript can’t be downloaded from the Recording Page.
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 Produce With Zencastr video podcast for short tutorials on specific features of Produce.