Adobe Voice is a free app for the iPad that Adobe describes as a storytelling tool. With Adobe Voice, users can create dynamic audio-visual presentations in the form of narrated and animated slideshows.
Adobe Voice is structured to build a story around the narrator’s voice, and the app makes it easy to record a story. Users record only a few lines of audio at a time, with separate audio recordings for each slide.
Though the app is currently only available on iPad, the video it produces is compatible across devices.
Adobe Voice videos can be embedded within a learning management system (LMS) and can be shared with via email, social media, or web URL.
To start a project, users select a predefined template or choose to create their own. As users build their story, an outline, or storyboard, is created across the bottom of a screen, so that users know where they are in their project. Users add slides to add sections to their outline, or frames in their storyboard.
Users can add icons, pictures, and/or text to any slide. Options for using images include the user’s own images (from the iPad, Dropbox, Facebook, or a photo taken within the app) or the Creative Commons. In the latter option, Adobe Voice will only display photos that are available for use under a Creative Commons license; with use of these images, Adobe Voice automatically inserts a credits screen and cites photo sources at the end of the presentation.
To add narration, users hold down the microphone button and speak. Adobe Voice will automatically record over narration for any slide as many times as users require, and because it only records audio one slide at a time, users can always go back and make corrections and adjustments easily, without having to edit an audio track.
To refine the presentation, users can select a layout for each slide, select a theme for the entire presentation, and select music for the presentation. Slide layout determines how many elements are present on the slide, and their relationship to one another. Presentation themes determine font, background, and animations, including transitions. Thirty-five music selections are available with the app.
To publish or share the video, users can post to Twitter, Facebook, email, or text message. Users can also embed the video on a website, or save it to the iPad’s camera roll as a movie file to play offline.
Note that as you create an Adobe Voice video, it is stored on an Adobe server and is accessible via the web or the Adobe Voice app with your Adobe account. You can categorize the video as public or private; making the video private means that only people who have the private link can view the video, though this link could potentially be shared, and access is not controlled further. Making the video public provides Adobe Voice with permission to share the video as well as for other people to access it without a private link.
Application to All Courses
Because Adobe Voice is currently limited to the iPad, it is not appropriate as a required tool unless students are already required to purchase an iPad for your course. However, as an instructor, you can use Adobe Voice to create lectures, tell stories, provide instructions, present slideshows, and generally present audio and visual information in an illustrated video format.
- Adobe’s Education Exchange has many resources on using Adobe Voice in educational contexts.
- The website eLearning Industry has a helpful article about Adobe Voice.
- Toms’s Guide: Tech for Real Life has a step-by-step walkthrough on creating an Adobe Voice video.
- Lynda.com also has a tutorial on Creating stories with Adobe Voice.