Oct 212012

At St. Paul’s we use a Zoom H1 digital audio recorder. It’s a little handheld gadget that plugs into the public address system and records services and other events in the sanctuary. (The Zoom H1 retails for about $100 at Best Buy or BH Photo Video.)

It’s easy to take audio from the Zoom H1 and prepare audio files (of sermons, presentations, music, and other things) to post them to the web site.

You need a computer to do this. The computer needs a SD (Secure Digital Media) card slot. You also need a micro-SD to SD card adapter.

Your computer needs to have the free open source software package called Audacity installed on it.

Download and install these two programs in order:

1. Audacity itself: http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-win-2.0.2.exe

2. An extra package, called LAME, to create the MP3 format files we need for the web site: http://lame1.buanzo.com.ar/ . On that page click on the link labeled “For FFMpeg/LAME on Windows:

Then, watch this video for instructions. http://www.stpauls-nbpt.org/video/make-mp3-file.mp4

Once you’ve uploaded the MP3 file to the web site, here are some notes on putting the audio player into the WordPress post.

Here’s the objective: You’re putting what WordPress calls a “shortcode” into the text of the post (the sermon article). The audio shortcode looks like this.

[audio “http://www.stpauls-nbpt.org/wp-content/uploads/whatever/whatever/whatever.mp3“]

So if you go to the Add Media page,
you should pick Link to:  Media File,
then select and copy the audio file’s URL … http://www.stpauls-nbpt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/2012-12-2-sermon5.mp3 for example,
then choose Link To: Media File,
then press Insert Into Post,
Once you’re back in the post, you can  make sure you’re on the Visual tab, not the Text tab. Then just make the [audio “whatever“]shortcode look right.

If you’re guessing there might be other shortcodes, for good stuff like [video] and [slideshow], you’re right.  That’s a story for for another day.

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