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Now that we have the Mix plugin installed in PowerPoint, let's go ahead and explore how we can create our own recordings using a precreated PowerPoint presentation. Here in PowerPoint, I've uploaded a PowerPoint presentation that's directly from the Office for Educators course here on lynda.com. As you can see, there's a variety of slides and all of these slides have animations to them. I'm going to go ahead and select a slide with animation that I might want to record a video on. Once I'm going to do record, I'm going to make sure Mix is selected in the upper ribbon, and I'm going to click the Record button. This is going to automatically open up the recording environment. Now, before we start recording the slide, let's go and point out a few things that's going to happen.
If I have a web camera attached to this particular computer, I have the opportunity to preview myself. And I can actually be on camera, while I'm recording the presentation. If I choose to do this, I can also select Record Audio and Video, and it's going to place a small square on the slide that is an image of myself recording the presentation. Now, as I look at the slide, you can probably think, where would that video go? Well, by default, it's going to put this square in the upper right-hand corner. If, for some reason, that's going to block a graphic on the slide, after I'm done recording, I'll have the opportunity to move that video box around, and even resize it.
As I'm going through my presentation, I can use the navigation arrows at the top of the screen, or the arrows on the keyboard to move through any animations that this slide might have. For example, I can see that things both appear and disappear on the slide. I'll still be able to use these animations while creating a video. I'm going to go ahead and back that up to the starting of this particular slide. When I'm recording as well, I have the opportunity to annotate on top of the slide by using the Inking tools on the right hand side. You can choose between a fine, a medium, or even a thick pen and then select a variety of colors. Now, these Pen options will not work unless I'm in the Recording mode.
So, for example, right now I can go ahead and select purple. As I come over to the slide, I can see I still have a regular cursor. If I click nothing happens. When you're ready to start recording all you have to do is simply hit the Recording button in the upper right hand corner. Let's go and start this recording. Now that the recording has started, I can see that there's a dashed red line around the slide. This is telling me that I'm currently recording. Also, if I move my cursor on top of the slide, I can now see that I have a pen and I have the ability to move that pen and annotate on top of the recording. When I'm done recording, let's go and click the Stop button. So, what we've just recorded is one slide.
If I'd moved through the entire slide, I could have done that in a single recording. The final movie, however, is going to be a combination of a variety of slides that have been recorded and then put together. If I don't like this particular recording I just made I have the opportunity to delete the slide recording. If I don't like my entire presentation or any of the slides, I can also choose to delete all recordings. Once I've made the recording for this particular slide, let's go and hit the Close button. So, at this point, I would have recorded just the video for slide two. I can now come down to slide three, choose Record and I can record a video for slide three as well.
Once I have all of my videos recorded, I can go and click the Preview button from the Mix ribbon and preview what the entire movie is going to look like. If I'm happy with the way the movie looks, I can then choose to upload it to mix.office.com. Or even export it to video format to share with my students. There's a variety of other things you can do directly in side of Mix as well, such as adding quizzes. You can also do screen recordings or even take a screenshot and then annotate directly on top of it. I hope you enjoy exploring the new Office Mix add-in, and it can be a great tool for allowing you to create flipped classroom content, or dynamic presentations that your students can watch online.
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