This video provides a pretty thorough evaluation and walkthrough of HearThis (version 3.3).
HearThis includes a built-in Sample project if you just want to play around with it to become familiar with the user interface or do a simple demonstration for training purposes. To use it for real work, you’ll need to have access to the Scripture text you want to record. HearThis supports three different sources, or types, of text, described below. To select a Paratext project or file on your computer to use for recording in HearThis, click the Choose Project icon.
For teams doing active Bible translation, HearThis provides the ability to pull in the “live” data directly from a Paratext project. You do not have to have edit access to the project; it is sufficient to be an Observer. If Paratext is installed, the Choose Project dialog box will display any Paratext projects available on the computer. Simply select the project you want to record and click OK. Note: You cannot access Paratext resources to record them using HearThis.
Some teams use HearThis as part of the quality-checking process for their drafted Scriptures, since recording and listening to the recordings can help identify problems and improve naturalness. Do keep in mind that you should distinguish between such recorded drafts and final recordings for wider distribution, which should only be produced for material that has been consultant checked and approved for publishing. Note: HearThis reads in the text of all books when a project is opened, so any edits made in Paratext while the project is open in HearThis will not be reflected in HearThis until the project is closed and reopened.
For best results, when using HearThis to record the text of a Paratext project, ensure that the Basic Checks for Chapter/Verse Numbers, Markers, and Punctuation all pass.
If Paratext is not installed but you have one or more local copies of Paratext projects that you want to record, click the Find Paratext projects folder link to tell HearThis where to find your projects.
Text Release Bundles
HearThis can read Scripture data from a Text Release Bundle. To use this approach, you will probably need to have access to download the published text from the Digital Bible Library. To select a Text release Bundle, click the Create new project from text release bundle link near the bottom of the Choose Project dialog box and navigate to the bundle file.
For multi-voice recordings, HearThis can read the text of a Glyssen script. To select a Glyssen script, click the Open GlyssenScript for dramatized recordings link near the bottom of the Choose Project dialog box and navigate to the glyssenscript file.
Since HearThis does not provide the guidance for managing a recording project involving multiple “voice actors,” it is strongly encouraged that you work with someone who is trained in doing this. One excellent option to consider is partnering with Faith Comes By Hearing. (See more information below.)
Before starting to record a lot of material, it is highly advisable to look through the various settings that affect the way HearThis will interpret your project data. To review these settings, on the More menu, select Settings. The settings on the Interface tab are not project-specific, but the settings on the other tabs are. Although they can be changed later, many of them affect how the text will be split up into recording blocks, so later changes might mean you would have to re-record some blocks. Although HearThis will help you with that, it is best if you can try to get those settings right early on.
Partnering with FCBH
Faith Comes By Hearing‘s mission is to provide people everywhere with free access to God’s Word through Audio Bibles in every translated language. To explore a possible partnership with them to create a successful product, please check out their FCBH Guidelines to Processing Partner Recordings and FCBH Reference Guide for Using HearThis”>FCBH Reference Guide for Using HearThis.
Note: Depending on the stage of your project, and their availability to meet your timeline, instead of recording with HearThis, you might be able to arrange for FCBH to help with the recording process and walk with you through every stage of getting your audio Scriptures completed and published. Please contact them directly for more information.