32. Add an Audio Caption
21 Play an Audio File
31 Add a Text Caption or Note
Information about an image doesn't have to be stored as text, as you learned in 31 Add a Text Caption or Note. It can be stored instead as audio, in an audio caption attached to an image. After an audio caption has been recorded for an image, you can click the special audio caption icon that appears on the image's thumbnail to listen to its contents.
Audio caption Recorded description of an image, created in the Organizer and then associated with the image.
If you copy images onto a disc as described in 15 Copy Items onto a CD-ROM or DVD, any audio captions attached to those images are copied as well. If you give the resulting disc to a friend or relative, that person can play the audio file (it's stored in .WAV format) using a compatible audio program and listen to any comments you might have had about the images. In addition, if you use an image with an audio caption in a slideshow or VCD, you can include the audio caption as well.
To record an audio caption, your computer must be equipped with a microphone.
You can also create an audio recording by selecting an image, displaying the Properties pane, and clicking the Add or change audio caption button on the General tab.
Display Image in Single Photo View
In the Organizer, in the photo well, click the image to which you want to add an audio caption, and then click the Single Photo View button on the Options bar to display it in Single Photo view.
Click Record Audio Caption Button
Click the Record Audio Caption button located below the image (it looks like a speaker with sound waves coming out of it). The Select Audio File dialog box appears.
When you're ready to begin recording, click the Record button. Speak into the microphone.
You can attach an existing audio file in MP3, WAV, or WMA format to the selected image, rather than recording one now. Just choose File, Browse in the Select Audio File dialog box, select the audio file you want to use, and click OK.
When you are done recording your audio annotation, click the Stop button to stop the recording. The file is immediately saved in .WAV format (in the \My Pictures\Adobe\Audio Captions folder), using the image's filename as the base for the audio file's filename. At this point, the Select Audio File dialog box becomes the Media Player. The audio filename appears on the title bar of the Media Player, and its controls become active. For example, here, my annotation was saved to the file Katie and Granddad Fishing 01.wav because the image I selected for annotation was called Katie and Granddad Fishing 01.jpg.
This audio filename, by the way, will not change if you later change the image filename, but it will remain associated with that image so you'll still be able to play it.
Review the Recording
Click the Play button and listen to the recording. If you don't like what you've recorded, you can't really edit it, but you can record something else entirely by repeating steps 2, 3, and 4.
For help in using the other buttons in the Media Player window, see 21 Play an Audio File.
Close the Window
When you're satisfied with the recording, click the Close button (the X in the upper-right corner) to close the Media Player window.
Save the Recording
The Organizer displays a prompt asking whether you want to save the recording; click Yes. The Organizer attaches the recording to the image. (If you click No, the recording is not attached, and it's discarded.)
After an audio caption has been attached to an image, a special icon (a sound horn) appears on the image's thumbnail in the photo well; to listen to the audio caption, display the image in Single Photo view and click the Record Audio Caption button to redisplay the Media Player. If the Properties pane is displayed, you can play an audio caption by clicking its General tab and then clicking the Add or change audio caption button.
You can attach a text or audio caption to any item in the catalog. This includes creations, such as calendars and slide shows. These captions don't change the content of your creations, but they can help you record the purpose you had in mind for them, or any notes or reminders you want to remember about creations in progress.