I’m planning a series of tips that I discover while using Reaper that are appropriate for the screencast voice over.
Tip 1 – Name the Track1. Reaper is geared towards multi-track music recording. When I use it for voice over I just work with one track and I tend to create a new project for every clip I create. My courses are composed of modules and modules are composed of clips. It pays to name each clip. Just double-click next to the arming button and type in your name.
Tips 2-7: Rendering
2. If you do have more than one track you can first click somewhere in the track header area on the left and then when you render (Ctrl-Alt-R is the shortcut otherwise use the File menu and selection Render…) you can select the Stems (selected tracks) option and just render out the single track.
3. Use the wildcard popups or just type $trackname and now the rendered file will have your track name.
4. I use my rendered files in Camtasia but the default WAV settings are not compatible with Camtasia. Still leave the selection at WAV and…
5. Select 16 bit PCM from the bit depth menu and all should work when you import the file to Camtasia.
6. Make sure you leave some headroom. As the file renders it shows you the output level and then how much headroom you have left. If it clips you’ll need to redo it.
7. You can have the window close automatically but see Tip 8.
Tip 8 : Don’t use Tip 7
8. When the render finishes there’s a very handy button that will show you your rendered file in an explorer window. Very convenient for dragging said file into the Camtasia Clip Bin area.