Transform PowerPoint presentation into video

Introduction

Instructors can make videos of their PowerPoint presentations, including their own voiceover, and then deliver them to students via Webcourses or another website. In addition to PowerPoint, you'll need to download free software called iSpring Free.

Accessibility

Instructors are required to make course materials accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For videos, this includes captions. While iSpring Free does not offer captioning as part of its software, it is recommended to create a transcript of the video BEFORE creating the recording.

 

Recording with PowerPoint

  1. Connect the microphone to the computer.
  2. Open desired presentation.
  3. Click on "Slideshow > Record Narration" to start the recording. Please note that you should not go backwards in slide progression during the recording.
  4. Make sure the box next to "Link narrations to audio" does not have a check by it. PowerPoint will store the audio within the presentation itself, and will not make separate audio files.
  5. Click on "Set Microphone Levels". Speak into the microphone as you would use it normally, and the program will automatically adjust the volume levels. Once the volume is at a suitable level, click "OK" to return to the previous window.
  6. Once you are ready to give your lecture, press "OK". Please have the following considerations while recording:
    • When you want to pause the recording, right click anywhere on the presentation and select "Pause Narration". When you want to resume, right click on the presentation again and select "Resume Narration".
    • If you decide to go back one slide during your presentation, it's recommended to pause the recording first. When you return to a previous slide while recording, you overwrite the recordings done on that slide before.
    • To finish recording, press the ESC key.
  7. Click on "Save" when asked if you wish to save the slide timings as well.
    • Save the presentation. You have finished recording your presentation. Close PowerPoint.

Creating a Video with iSpring Free

  1. Download and install iSpring Free here. (For users of of PowerPoint 2003 or XP on a Windows XP machine an alternative install is AuthorPoint Lite)
  2. Open PowerPoint. There should be a new tab for iSpring Free.
  3. Click the iSpring Free tab, then click Publish. Give the presentation a new title, if desired, and verify you know where it will create the file (such as your desktop), then click PUBLISH at the bottom.
  4. When the process is done, a preview of it will play in your browser. You can close this. A new folder named after your presentation will also be created. Inside are three files; the .swf file is the only one you need.
  5. Upload the .swf file to Webcourses (or your personal website). Then, on the home page of your course (or any subfolder, if desired), create a "content link" and browse to the .SWF file contained in the new folder of the File Manager. When students click on this link, the video starts to play right there in Webcourses.

Video Tutorial

Click here to watch the process of converting a file (using AuthorPoint Lite), and then uploading it to Webcourses. The process is similar for iSpring Free.

 

Assistance with ADA Compliance

Course materials are required to be ADA compliant. Instructors may wish to wish to type captions into the "notes" field of each slide and provide the entire .ppt file (with no audio) if a request for accommodation is made. An alternative could be to add captions to the finished video. This can be accomplished by importing the video file into Camtasia7 (or a higher version) and instruct the software to transcribe the audio. The captions will be created automatically, and may need to be adjusted for accuracy. Contact the Student Accessibility Services office for additional information.

 

 

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