Hindenburg Training – Class 1

Welcome to Hindenburg Training at KFAI.

This is a three part training sequence designed to make you more comfortable with using Hindenburg for editing projects.

In class #1, we’ll learn five key things:

  1. How (and where) to create and save Hindenburg sessions at KFAI
  2. How to import audio into Hindenburg
  3. How to cut audio files
  4. How to re-name audio files in the edit window
  5. How to place audio in the clipboard

#1 – How (and where) to create and save sessions at KFAI

At KFAI, we use Hindenburg on six different computers:

  • Studio 1
  • Studio 2
  • Studio 3
  • Studio 4 (on-air)
  • Newsroom Booth
  • Newsroom Corner

hindenburg_iconAt any of these computers, look for the red “H” Hindenburg icon on the task bar at the  bottom of the screen, or in the program menu.

Before we begin, let’s move some audio into a Workspace folder so you can use it.  At KFAI, the shared drive is the T: drive.  While Hindenburg at any of our computers can read a session that resides on this drive, the safest course is to work with files that live on the local drive of the computer you’re using.

Go to this location to copy your file:

T: / Production / Hindenburg Training / Students / your class year/class month / yourname 

Copy that folder into the Workspace on the local (C: or D:) drive of the machine you’re using.

Now let’s start a session.   Double Left click on the red H  to open Hindenburg.

If you need to start a new session once Hindenburg is already open you can hold down the keys Ctrl and N at the same time.

Start a New Session

  • Keyboard: Ctrl + N
  • Task Bar: New

You can import any audio that can be played on a computer. This also includes audio from video clips. There are four different ways to import audio into your Hindenburg session.

#2 – How to Import Audio into Hindenburg

Import Audio

  • Keyboard: Ctrl + T
  • Task Bar: Import
  • Mouse: Right click – Import
  • Drag & Drop

When you save a Hindenburg session, it is automatically paired with a file folder which contains the source audio for your session.  All audio will be converted to .wav audio format so Hindenburg can work with it.

Save Your Session

  • Keyboard: Ctrl + S
  • Task Bar: Save
  • Task Bar: Save As

Name the session and save it under the appropriate folder (example: C: Workspace/Your Name / My First Hindy Session)

Watch this video that demonstrates various ways of bringing audio into a session and how to understand the editing layout.

Now that you’ve got a clear sense of how the editing space works, let’s use what you’ve just learned to import audio into your Hindenburg session.


Inside your training folder on the local drive of the machine where you’re working is a .wav file called “Jumbled ID”.  Import that file into your session. Now you’ve got audio!

#3 – How to Cut Audio in Hindenburg

Watch this video that demonstrates how to work with imported audio.

Now let’s practice some of what you learned on our “Jumbled ID” audio.   We can undo each command using the keyboard function Ctrl + Z

  • Split audio
    • Task Bar: “Split”
    • Mouse: Right Click “Split”
    • Keyboard: Ctrl + B
  • Set IN and OUT markers
    • Mouse: Click and Drag
    • Keyboard: I = “in”, O = “out”
  •  Rehearse an edit (Ctrl-Shift-spaceba
  • Erase In and Out: ESC

Now divide the audio into four chunks.

Chunk 1: “KFAI is 90.3 and 106.7 FM
Chunk 2: music
Chunk 3: “From the top of the IDS Center, this is KFAI FM HD1, Minneapolis
Chunk 4: “Radio Without Boundaries”

It should look something like this when you start …


… and like this when you have divided it into four parts.



#4 – How to Re-name Audio Files in the Edit Window

Now let’s re-name each piece of the puzzle.  Highlight a chunk in orange by clicking on it with the arrow.  Then hit “Enter” to open up the piece for re-titling.


Give each chunk a new name.


#5 – How to use the Hindenburg Clipboard

Now let’s learn about the Hindenburg clipboard.

Now let’s move your four audio chunks into the clipboard.  As the video shows, you can do this in several ways:

  • Drag across the audio (creating an “in” and “out” marker), then drag the clip into the clipboard.
  • Highlight the clip so it is orange, then hold “CTRL” and drag the clip into the clipboard
  • Highlight the clip, hold down “CTRL” and “ALT” and press 1, 2, 3 or 4 depending on the clipboard section you would like to have as your destination.

Place each audio chunk in a separate clipboard section.


Once your audio is in the clipboard, you can delete it from the edit space.  Now drag each section back in from the clipboard to re-arrange the Jumbled ID in a way that is most pleasing to you.  Allow yourself to be creative!


Click “Save” on your session.

Finally, let’s update your file on the T: drive.

  • Go to the local drive of your computer, and copy the Hindenburg training folder with your name on it.
  • Go to T: / Production / Hindenburg Training / Students and find your class (ie: June 2017).
  • Paste your copied folder here.  Windows will ask if you want to replace same-named folders on the drive.  Say “yes”.  You’re done!

That concludes Hindenburg class #1.  In class #2, we’ll talk about recording your own voice, arranging clips, and exporting audio.


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