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This post is part of a 6 part course on Sermon Podcasting. If you would like to see the whole course go to the Course Intro Page.

Welcome to the Sermon Podcasting Mini course lesson four. In this lesson, we’re going to talk about preparing the file.

We’re starting out with editing out silence. Then we’ll move to how to add an intro and an outro. Then we’ll talk about tagging the file. Finally, we’re going to talk about encoding the file.

Trimming the Ends

Trimming your Sermon with Closer Sharing

Let’s get started. If you are using the Closer Sharing sermon recorder. After you record a sermon, if you hit the edit button, it brings you to the edit sermon screen that allows you to edit the information and the audio. Note: Currently the edit feature is only available in the PC version of the sermon recorder.

So, in this particular sermon, we started a little early and they called some missionaries up to talk to them. We don’t want that in the final recording online. So we need to find where the pastor starts and delete all the beginning. So, that’s what we’re going to do.

With the audio playing just click in different places to see what’s going on until you find the beginning. Once you do you can select the beginning part that you want to delete by clicking and dragging. Then hit the Cut button.

Trimming your Sermon in Audacity

Trimming your sermon is pretty much the same in Audacity. You just find where the actual beginning of the sermon is and then click and drag to select the part you want to delete. Then click cut in the toolbar.

Adding an Intro and Outro

Why should you add an intro and outro to your sermons? It not only makes your sermons sound more polished, but it is also a huge opportunity to develop a connection or relationship with your listener. You can thank them for listening, invite them to join you in person, tell them where to find more sermons, and encourage them. Hearing this week after week will make them more comfortable to come in person.

Adding a Sermon Intro or Outro Using with Closer Sharing

Adding an intro and outro in Closer Sharing happens for you automatically each week. This saves a ton of time! All you have to do is upload the files to Closer Sharing.

Adding a Sermon Intro or Outro in Audacity

It might be easier to follow if you watch the video above but for sake of completeness here it is in text format.

First, drag and drop your intro audio file onto the blank space at the bottom of Audacity.

Select a portion of your main sermon audio that is the same length as your intro. Then select Tracks->Align Tracks->Start to Selection End. This will move the main sermon audio to the end of you selection.

You can add an outro by repeating the above steps but select the space in the outro track to shift it to the end.

Encode and Tag your Sermon

Audacity

As we learned in Lesson 3 – The Recorder, if you click save Audacity will save this file in Audacity format which can only be opened in audacity. So, we have to export the file as an mp3 and we will tag it during the process.

Once again this is done for you automatically each week if you are using Closer Sharing.

In audacity select File->Export->Export as mp3. If you didn’t complete
Lesson 3 you will need to go there to get Audacity setup to be able to export to mp3 foormat. Give the file a name and select the location you want to save it to on your hard drive. Make sure “Constant” is selected and then select a Quality setting. I suggest 64 kbps for spoken word recordings like sermons. So select that and then click “Save”.

This will bring up the Tags box. You can use this to add info about your sermon. This is what some players use to display as the file is playing. Since you are doing this manually you will need to enter this again when you upload the file, but I’m getting ahead of myself. The way I suggest you use the tags is:

Artist Name: Pastors Name
Track Title: Sermon Title
Album Title: Church Name
Genre: Sermon
Comments: Sermon Description

Now click OK and the file will be encoded into an mp3 file.

This completes the process of preparing the file. In the next lesson, we will discuss getting your file online so you can share it with the world.