1: How to Record Narrations and Slide Timings
A simple way to make a self-running presentation come to life is to add narration to the slides. This not only makes the presentation easier to follow, but also holds the audience attention for the entire duration.
Narrated presentations are used…
- In eLearning programs, where the learner can follow the training at one’s own pace
- In corporate meetings to archive a presentation with audience comments
- In key meetings to update the absentees about the information shared during the meeting
PowerPoint allows you to record even the movement of your mouse as a laser pointer. In this article, you will learn how to record narration and add slide timings to your presentation.
First off, here are some of the ways you can record narration…
- Before a presentation
- You can record a narration outside of PowerPoint and allow it to play as background
- Record narration within PowerPoint using record slideshow option
- During a presentation including audience comments
- You can record narration across slides
- You can record narration for individual slides
In this article we will see how to record narration outside PowerPoint and allow it to play in the background.
Record narration outside PowerPoint:
In PowerPoint 2013, you have an option to play an audio file across slides. That means you can record narration outside PowerPoint and allow the file to play in the background.
Totally Free software for audio recording:
There are a number of free audio recording software available on the net that allow you to record high quality audio easily. A program we highly recommend is Audacity. You can download audacity software for free here (this is not a sponsored link and will open in a new window).
Some of the benefits of an external audio recording software are:
- The sound quality is way better than recording inside PowerPoint
- You can clean up the sounds by removing pops and clicks. You can filter out all the unwanted noises. So, the output sounds clean and professional
- You can amplify the sound to an optimal level at the click of a button. So, your audience won’t strain to hear your voice
- You can edit or rerecord portions of your script easily
- You can mix other sound tracks at the background to give your audio a professional feel
You can use the ‘Record slideshow’ option just to plan your slide timings while the sound comes from the file you created using Audacity.
Steps to include narrated audio in the background:
I won’t discuss the steps to record your script using audacity – as it doesn’t fall within the scope of this site. There are tons of useful how to videos to teach you that in YouTube.
Once you have the narrated audio file ready, go to the ‘Insert’ tab in PowerPoint ribbon. Click on the Audio button in the top right corner as shown below.
The following menu pops up:
Click on ‘Audio on my PC’. Go to the folder where you have saved the recorded narration earlier.
This inserts the audio file with an icon on the slide as shown below:
Click on the icon and go to the PowerPoint ribbon once again. Now, you would find a new tab called ‘Playback’ included in the ribbon. You would find this in ‘Audio styles’ group under Audio Tools:
Choose the option called ‘Play in Background’ to play the audio file across slides.
Now that you know how to insert an audio file to play in background. The next step is to record the slideshow timings to sync with your audio. You will find the article to Record Slideshow here.[/DAP]