Bundle Workflow Recommendations

Bundles can seem a bit overwhelming to produce at first. If you follow the recommended steps below, you will have a much smoother process that can be broken up into focused tasks. It also addresses the pesky issue of frame timings that will change when edits are made to the audio files.

PowerPoint Structure

First focus on creating your PowerPoint file just like you normally would. This means you should create one slide for each Storybook Page, including the bundles. For each slide that will be a bundle, layout the final state or final frame of the bundle. This will leave you with a complete presentation with a 1-1 relationship between slides in PowerPoint and Pages in the Storybook Presentation.

To create the frames of animation for the bundle, you will create a PowerPoint file for each. These PowerPoint files will have just the frames of the bundles they correspond to. These can be quickly made by:

  1. Duplicate the main finished PowerPoint file
  2. Rename it and add “-pageXX” to the end of the filename. As in: ds715_week15-page04.pptx
  3. Open it and delete all of the slides except the slide you are making into a bundle

Then you will go about using this to create the bundle animation. I do this by duplicating the final state for each frame of the bundle. And then I go in and delete everything from each frame that should not be on that frame. Once done, you can export this PowerPoint to image files and you will have a set that corresponds to just that bundle! Rename the exported images appropriately and you are ready to put them in the Images folder of the Storybook project.

Frame Timings and Audio Edits

Often times you will both be provided exact times where frames of your bundle should change and you will need to make edits to the audio that will cause these times to shift.

The solution to this annoyance is to do the following:

  1. Add markers to your audio files that indicate where the instructor or your ID Partner indicated the frames should go before beginning to edit.
  2. Make your edits. The markers will stay attached to the place you put them.

In Adobe Audition markers can be quickly added by pressing M on your keyboard. The markers pane can be opened from the Window menu.

When your editing is complete, all you have to do is look at the Markers pane in Audition to see a list of the frames you will use in your Storybook XML for the bundle.

Published on December 14, 2016 at 3:48:33 pm CST. Last modified on June 06, 2018 at 3:15:05 pm CDT.