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How to Create Audio Bookmarks In AccessAlly

Learn how to create audio bookmarks in AccessAlly. You can track progress and add bookmarks to embedded audio files on your site.

How to Create Audio Bookmarks

1. Upload your MP3 files to Amazon S3

If you plan to use the ProgressAlly Media player to play MP3 audio files, then you might be wondering how to best upload and manage these files. If the files are small enough, you can upload directly to your WordPress Media area. Otherwise using Amazon S3 is a great option.

The AccessAlly Amazon S3 Media uploader is specifically designed to convert MP4 video files into streaming video content, so it does not accept MP3 files.

However, you can upload MP3 files directly to the new Amazon S3 bucket that AccessAlly creates (by logging into your Amazon S3 account), and that will protect these files through your site.

Screenshot of Amazon S3 buckets

Even though the folder in your Amazon S3 account says it is “public”, the only place that this MP3 will work is through your AccessAlly site – so even if someone grabs the URL it won’t be shareable.

Upload the files you want to play through AccessAlly here.

Screenshot of uploading button for Amazon S3

Grab the URL of your Mp3 file here, we’ll use it in the next step.

Screenshot of URL to copy and paste

2. Add Audio to ProgressAlly Media

Open up the page you’d like to embed the media on.

Inside the page’s ProgressAlly settings, go to the Media tab, and click on Add New Media. Then, select the Audio type from the dropdown options.

If you uploaded a file directly to your WordPress Media area you’ll find the URL here, otherwise use your Amazon S3 URL from the previous step.

Now, copy and paste the audio file URL to the media settings area.

  • Dimensions – these are optional, although we recommend specifying the exact dimension you’d like the player to appear if you are also adding an image.
  • Image – If you’d like, you can also add an image that’s the same dimension as you’d like the media player to appear.
  • Then, you can use the ProgressAlly shortcode adder to add the media to the page.

    Without an image, the media player is simple:

    Adding an image can give the player more visual prominence on the page:

    3. Add bookmarks to audio

    Back inside the page’s ProgressAlly settings, go to the Objectives tab and click on Add New Objective.

    Change the Objective type to Media and select the audio file you added in Step 1 from the dropdown.

    Since this is an objective, make sure you’re clear about what the goal is in the Description area.

    Then, you can configure the time stamps: do you want the objective to start at a certain point in the audio? Or be marked complete automatically once the user has reached a certain part in the audio?

    In the example below, we’ve created two objective “bookmarks” for a 40-minute audio lesson. The first starts at the beginning and is marked complete when they hit minute 20 (the halfway point).

    The second bookmark, if clicked on by the user, will take them to the 20 minute point instantly, so they don’t have to manually search if they take a break mid-lesson and come back to it later. This objective is also configured so that it automatically marks itself complete when they finish the audio lesson.

    Once your timestamps are configured, make sure to add your objective list to the page using the ProgressAlly shortcode adder.

    With Audio Bookmarks You Can…

    With AccessAlly Pro’s audio bookmarks and tracking abilities, you can track when someone gets to a certain point in a audio, and even trigger events by applying a tag if that happens.

    When would you want to use this? If you wanted to track audio progress, and remind people that they haven’t completed a module you could email them a reminder. Or you could give “points” for completing a whole audio file. The possibilities are endless!

Updated on October 6, 2020

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