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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth
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Recording your own sounds


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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

with Alicia Katz Pollock

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If you would like to record your own sounds for your presentation, it's a relatively easy procedure. 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. The first time you use your microphone, you may need to configure it to make sure your volume levels are set appropriately. In Windows 7, go down to your Start menu and then click on the Control Panel in the right-hand column. Click on Hardware and Sound. In the Sounds section, click on the last option, Manage Audio Devices.
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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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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth
4h 38m Intermediate Sep 27, 2011

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Discover how to integrate and enhance video and audio to create a more engaging PowerPoint presentation. In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock emphasizes the technical details necessary to make a multimedia presentation work: from working with appropriate file formats, to applying video styles, to reducing the file size of multimedia presentations for sharing.

Topics include:
  • Using video and audio appropriately
  • Linking vs. embedding media
  • Considering copyrights
  • Inserting video
  • Working with proprietary formats, such as QuickTime, YouTube, and Flash
  • Applying effects
  • Setting options like looping and full-screen playback
  • Adding sound
  • Building a music soundtrack
  • Saving multimedia presentations
Subjects:
Business Presentations
Software:
Office PowerPoint
Author:
Alicia Katz Pollock

Recording your own sounds

If you would like to record your own sounds for your presentation, it's a relatively easy procedure. 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. The first time you use your microphone, you may need to configure it to make sure your volume levels are set appropriately. In Windows 7, go down to your Start menu and then click on the Control Panel in the right-hand column. Click on Hardware and Sound. In the Sounds section, click on the last option, Manage Audio Devices.

The Sound dialogue box will open. Click on the Recording tab. A list of available microphones will appear. You probably just see your one listed, but if you do have more, make sure the one you want to use is set as the default device. It will have a green check mark. If it's not, right click on it and choose Set As Default Device. But if you don't see that option on the list, your mic already is the default. Once you've chosen your microphone, click on the Configure button. The speech recognition section of the Control Panel opens.

Click on Setup Microphone and the Microphone Setup Wizard will start. Choose the option that matches your equipment. I have a Desktop microphone and I'll click Next. It will give me some instructions and I'll click Next. Now it wants me to read a sentence to check my volume levels. "Peter dictates to his computer. He prefers it to typing and particularly prefers it to pen and paper." As long as the high end of your audio is in this green zone, you are in good shape. I'll click Next, and then Finish. Now I can close all my Windows dialogue boxes and I'm back to PowerPoint.

Now that we are ready, there are a few things to take into account. First, stick to short simple sounds. If you are thinking about recording narration, please see that movie later in this course. Also, keep in mind that the quality of your sound clip depends on your microphone and on the room you are in. A large room and a low quality mic may leave your sound hollow or you may pick up background noise. When you are ready to record, just the play the slide where you want the sound. I'm on slide 4 in my presentation. Go up to the Insert tab and then to the Audio button on the far right.

Click on the drop-down menu and choose the last option, Record Audio. A dialogue box appears. Type in the name for the sound clip. I'll erase recorded sound and type in Website. When you are ready, click the Start Recording button with the red circle. Record the sound and when you are finished, press the blue square to stop the recording. "Visit us online at www.hanselandpetal.com." If you press the Record button again, you can add more audio to the end of your clip.

This allows you to record in steps. "The flowers you need at a price you can afford." Press the Play triangle to playback the sound. "Visit us online at www.hanselandpetal.com. The flowers you need at a price that you can afford." If you don't like your results, cancel the window and try again. If you are happy with the quality of your sound, click OK. Your sound now appears as a speaker clip in the center of the screen. I'll drag it off to the right. You can it play back from here as well.

"Visit us online at www.hanselandpetal.com. The flowers you need at a price you can afford." If you need to change your sound, you can delete the speaker icon and record a new audio clip. For the average user who wants to make a quick sound bite or customs sound effects, PowerPoint's built-in audio recording tool is a solid choice.

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