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Recording a narration

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One of the classic uses for PowerPoint is to create a self-running presentation designed to play in a loop without anyone nearby to control it. Whether you're at a trade show, in a store, or sitting in a waiting room, business use PowerPoint to inform customers about their products. There is entertainment value too. In this day and age, YouTube and other websites are chock-full of videos made by people just like you. You can use PowerPoint to create your own movie with graphics, text, video clips, and sounds. One of the key elements is recording a voiceover narration, telling your costumers everything they need to know, just like they were listening to you in person.

Recording a narration

One of the classic uses for PowerPoint is to create a self-running presentation designed to play in a loop without anyone nearby to control it. Whether you're at a trade show, in a store, or sitting in a waiting room, business use PowerPoint to inform customers about their products. There is entertainment value too. In this day and age, YouTube and other websites are chock-full of videos made by people just like you. You can use PowerPoint to create your own movie with graphics, text, video clips, and sounds. One of the key elements is recording a voiceover narration, telling your costumers everything they need to know, just like they were listening to you in person.

You don't need any fancy equipment. The recording studio is right in PowerPoint. All you need is a microphone plugged into your microphone jack on your computer and you are in business. We cover in detail how to setup your microphone in the recording your own sounds movie earlier in this course. The first thing that we need to do is to prepare your presentation to be self running, if you are going to let it play by itself on a screen in front of costumers. If your end product is going to be saving your PowerPoint presentation as a movie, you won't need these settings but it's good to know that they are there. Click on the Slideshow tab and then click on Setup Slide Show in the left center of the ribbon.

In the Setup Show dialogue box, we are going to leave the Show Type on Presented by Speaker full screen, because we want ours to be full screen. If you'll be showing the presentation on a computer, you might want kiosk mode, because it prevents costumers from advancing slide to using the keyboard or the mouse. The only key that works on kiosk mode is Escape, to stop the presentation. If you are self-running is designed to play over and over, tell it to Loop continuously until Escape. Right now I'm going to leave that off. We are going to use the laser pointer, so go ahead and choose a color that contrast as well with your color scheme.

I'll leave that on red. Last, set the Advance Slides option to Using Timing if present. Now click OK. It's time now to record your voiceover narration. You can talk three or entire presentation or you can include the voiceover on just a few slides. When you record the narration, you will also record your Animations, Transitions, Slide Timings, and Laser Pointer. If you intend to have the sounds attached to your transitions and animations, record your narrations first and later add the sound effects. Try to minimize playing your video clips, audio clips, and sound effects through speakers during your recording process.

When you play the finished slideshow, you will hear an echo chamber of the media sounds in the narration playing at the same time as the media in the actual presentation itself. If possible use the microphone that has a headset so that you can hear the sounds but they won't be picked up by your mic. You can do all your recording in one take, but don't worry if you flub something. Don't stop, just keep going. You can either reset that one slide, or you are able to go back and rerecord the narration on specific slides. When you're ready, on the Slide Show Ribbon there's a button that says Record Slide Show.

Click on the top part of the button, not the drop-down arrow. A box appears giving you the option of recording the Slide and animation timings or just the Narrations and laser pointer. We are going to leave both boxes checked, so that we can save our final products either as a movie or as self-running presentation. Click Start Recording to begin. Your slideshow will start just as though you are giving it to an audience. A rehearse timing toolbar float in the upper left corner. If you need to pause your recording, click this button. The first timestamp shows how long you've been on that one slide.

The second timestamp is the total time for the presentation. Speak directly into microphone to narrate the first slide. Be as natural as possible. "Hi, I'm Alicia and we are going to discuss new advertising opportunities for Hansel and Petal. When you are ready to go to slide 2, click your mouse." Say everything that you would say in front of a live audience. Move through your slideshow at the pace you want to see in your final product. Pretend you're someone who has ever seen your products before and give yourself some time to read your text and look at all your graphics.

If you make a mistake, you can click this Repeat button to start that slide over again. I'll do that right now. It will tell me recording paused and ask me to resume. You can see that the Rehearse Timing toolbar has reset itself to the beginning to of this slide. If the slide has no narration, don't rush through it. After an appropriate length of time, not too short and not too long either, go on to your next slide. Now you also have a laser pointer to draw the tension to key information. Hold on your Control key and then click your mouse.

You'll have a bright beam of light to highlight points of interest. If you have an audio clips and movie clips in your slideshow, be sure not to talk it all during those slides like I'm doing now. On this slide, I have an audio clip. Two more suggestions to avoid the echo chamber are to mute the sound clip before you record the narration if the sound is set to play automatically and then when you are done, set the volume back to normal. If the sound is set to click, don't play the sound at all. Now when you reach your last slide, the presentation will open in Slide Sorter View.

Under each slide, you can see information about what was recorded. If there's a star, there's a transition or animation effect. Time shows the total amount of time that that slide is on screen. A speaker on the thumbnail indicates that you have recorded the narration on that slide. Getting an entire narration right in one take is extremely difficult. When you are ready to rerecord, select the slide that you need to fix. I'll double click on slide 1. On the Slide Show tab, click on the drop- down below Record Slide Show and choose the option Start Recording from Current Slide.

Click Start Recording and rerecord that slide's narration. "Hi! I'm Alicia, and we are going to discuss new advertising opportunities for Hansel and Petal." You can either continue on to other slides or press Escape to end the rerecord. Repeat the process on any other slide that needs a second take. Note if during your playback you experience that echo chamber on slides that have multimedia. Now let's take a look at slide 3. If your movie sounds were picked up by the microphone and they are playing during the slideshow itself, the best solution is to delete the narration from the slide.

Click on the drop-down for Record Slide Show and hold your cursor over Clear. In the fly-out, at the top are options for removing your timings, but we don't want to do that. At the bottom, you have choices to remove the narration from either at the one slide that you are clicked on or from the entire presentation. If by the way you ever see the top options grayed out, it's because you are not actually click on your slide. I'll go ahead and I'll clear the narration from this current slide. Now when we play this as self-running, they won't hear the narration at all, just the media clip. Now go to slide 4. You can see both my narration and the original audio clip.

Another way to remove the slide's narration is to click on the little speaker in the bottom right corner and press Delete on your keyboard. If for any reason you decide to rerecord your voiceover narration from scratch, be sure to go up through Record Slide Show and go to Clear and tell it to clear the narrations on all the slides. Otherwise, that two might overlay each other and your timings may possibly interfere. Now go back to slide 2 and then click on your speaker icon. This speaker icon acts just like all other audio icons. I can go up to Audio Tools and Format and apply all the same settings to it that I showed you in previous chapters.

If I click on it and go to Audio tools Playback, I can see that it's automatically hidden and that the start is not On Click. While I don't see anything in the box, if I drop it down, I can see automatically highlighted in orange. Now go to the Animations tab. I see that my speaker has a little zero next to it, indicating that the audio clip is timed to play right after the slide appears. And if I go up to the Ribbon, I can also see that it's set to Start After Previous. Now, since we spent so much time discussing that you can't record a narration on a slide with a media clip because of the echo, what can you possibly do, if you want both the voice over and the sound on the same slide? Get creative.

Record the voiceover as a separate sound using the techniques that we learned in the earlier movie about recording a sound. Then use the Animation Pane to specify what order you want the sound clip and your audio narration and have them play automatically one after another or simultaneously, taking advantage of the Delay feature. Once you start making adjustments like that, you'll all of a sudden find that your original side timings may no longer be correct. You may need to make them longer or shorter. If you go to the Transitions tab, you can see on the far right-hand side there's a setting for Advance Slides After.

You can either increase or decrease this length of time to accommodate your changes in your sound or you can turn off the timing all together and tell it to advance when you click. And last, remember my suggestion from the beginning, that if you are recording a narration wait to turn on transition and animation sound effects until after you record, so that you don't hear them echo twice during the voice over. Wow! That was a lot of information. But keep in mind that I've just shown you workarounds for some of the most intricate applications of multimedia in PowerPoint. What I want you to come away with is that recording voiceover narrations will allow you to give your presentation without even being present in the room.

The fact that you can record and rerecord as needed gives you powerful movie making capability within this software you already know how to use.

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 20m 45s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 58s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 57s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      8m 35s
    4. Working with video formats
      6m 15s
  3. 22m 4s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 21s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 55s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      3m 10s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 45s
    5. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 23s
    6. Inserting a video using an action button
      1m 30s
  4. 23m 23s
    1. Inserting a QuickTime video
      6m 3s
    2. Playing a Flash animation
      6m 0s
    3. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      5m 58s
    4. Inserting a web page
      5m 22s
  5. 34m 6s
    1. Trimming a video
      5m 54s
    2. Fading in and out
      4m 23s
    3. Cropping a video
      4m 6s
    4. Selecting a poster frame
      1m 53s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 40s
    6. Recoloring a video
      2m 50s
    7. Adding video bookmarks
      3m 10s
    8. Synchronizing text captions with bookmarks
      9m 10s
  6. 10m 32s
    1. Resizing a video
      4m 34s
    2. Playing a video in a shape
      2m 2s
    3. Using a video as a slide background
      3m 56s
  7. 29m 3s
    1. Applying a preset video style
      2m 48s
    2. Designing a border
      3m 59s
    3. Adding shadows
      2m 52s
    4. Adding reflections
      2m 39s
    5. Adding glow effects
      2m 16s
    6. Adding soft edges
      1m 45s
    7. Applying 3D rotation
      3m 50s
    8. Applying bevels and 3D formatting
      6m 26s
    9. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  8. 22m 34s
    1. Setting the volume
      1m 13s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      57s
    3. Play full screen
      1m 1s
    4. Hiding a video
      1m 16s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 50s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    7. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    8. Showing and hiding media controls
      1m 1s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      5m 5s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      2m 46s
    11. Playing a video across multiple slides
      3m 12s
  9. 13m 0s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 7s
    2. Improving playback performance
      3m 43s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      6m 10s
  10. 13m 18s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      3m 7s
    2. Inserting a sound from the clip art gallery
      3m 15s
    3. Inserting audio from a computer file
      1m 56s
    4. Recording your own sounds
      3m 35s
    5. Playing audio in an external application
      1m 25s
  11. 24m 44s
    1. Setting the sound clip volume
      1m 5s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 23s
    3. Trimming an audio clip
      3m 52s
    4. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 18s
    5. Fading sounds in and out
      59s
    6. Looping a sound clip
      2m 23s
    7. Delaying an audio clip
      2m 31s
    8. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    9. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 13s
    10. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 5s
    11. Adding and removing audio bookmarks
      2m 42s
  12. 18m 19s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 10s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      3m 46s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      2m 12s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 28s
    5. Triggering actions with audio bookmarks
      7m 43s
  13. 21m 7s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 10s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 23s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      3m 26s
    4. Recording a narration
      9m 8s
  14. 23m 12s
    1. Checking and optimizing media compatibility
      3m 8s
    2. Converting media to earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 17s
    3. Converting media from earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 37s
    4. Compressing media files
      3m 47s
    5. Saving as a movie
      4m 48s
    6. Packaging a presentation for travel
      3m 43s
    7. Extracting media asset files
      2m 52s
  15. 45s
    1. Goodbye
      45s

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