I’m new to Audacity and plan to use it to edit hour long interviews so I can get them transcribed into text by a typist.
How can I listen to the interview and mark what I feel are the interesting and boring bits at the first run through.
I reckon I have taught myself the niceties of selecting and deleting from the tutorials. What I have not been able to puzzle out is how to indicate where I feel the good and bad bits probably start/end.
Creating a label and adding text to it are linked. The text can be a carriage return instead of plain text, but I don’t think there’s any way to do nothing—to go around it. You can’t avoid the text step.
Play Cut Preview C Plays by default for two seconds before the current selection and one second after the current selection, as if the current selection had been cut or deleted. This is useful for previewing what the audio will sound like after the cut. The default duration that is played before and after the selection can be changed in the Cut Preview section of Playback Preferences.
If the problem is that “C” types in the label, press ENTER or RETURN on your keyboard to confirm and close the label, then C will Cut Preview.
Alternatively if you want to leave the label open so you can type more into it, press UP arrow on your keyboard to move the yellow focus border into the audio track. With the focus in the audio track you can use C to Cut Preview. After Cut Preview, press DOWN arrow to move focus back into the label track. Then you can continue typing into the label.