PowerPoint Narration in Camtasia 9
This article explains the basics of recording PowerPoint narrations using Camtasia 9
Camtasia 9 is available to UW-Stout faculty and staff at no charge through the Key Server.
PC users should go their Software Center desktop app and install Camtasia 9. Instructions on using software center for PC are located here.
Mac users can use Self Service to install Camtasia 9. Instructions on how to install for a Mac are located here.
Your LTS Instructional Technology Consultant can assist you with downloading the software.
Camtasia 9 offers you many options and one of the most popular is the ability to record voice narrations for PowerPoint slides.
To start, open a PowerPoint presentation that you have saved.
When you open PowerPoint, you will see Add-ins on the PowerPoint top menu bar.
Click on Add-ins and you will see a small recording tool appear just below the top menu bar.
Once you see the recording tool, click on the button to the far right in the recording tool.
After you click on the button, the Options window will open.
- In the Program section, ensure that the boxes for "Start recording paused" and "Edit in Camtasia when finished" are checked. Leave the box for "Include watermark" un-checked.
- In the Video and Audio sections, ensure to check the boxes for "Capture layered windows" and "Record audio." If you will only be showing your PowerPoint slides and not have any other video, including your webcam, open the Video frame rate menu and set the frame rate to 15. If you want to capture system audio (sounds that your computer plays), check the box for that.
- Next, speak into your microphone and see if you see the black bar change colors. If you are not seeing any change, check to ensure that you have your volume turned on an turned up. If this does not affect a change, open the Audio Source menu, choose a different microphone option, and try again.
- If you want to record video of yourself, check the box for "Record from camera" in the Picture In Picture area and set your frame rate back to 30. If you decide on this, you should also click the Camera setup button to ensure that your camera works with Camtasia 9.
- If necessary, change the hotkey combinations in the Record/hotkey section. When you are finished, click the OK button.
Now, click on the Record button.
You will see a recording tool open in the lower right hand corner of your screen.
- Speak into your microphone again so you can be certain that your audio will be recorded.
- Next, click on the Click here to begin recording button.
- Speak normally and change from slide to slide using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
When you are done recording, click the Esc key on your keyboard.
After you click the Esc key, you will get a dialog box asking if you want to stop recording or continue recording. Click on the Stop recording button.
After you click the Stop recording button, you will be asked to save the recording. Decide where to file your recording and give it a name. It may be helpful if you keep your recordings in the same location and implement a file-naming scheme to help keep your files organized.
A window will open asking if you want to produce your recording or edit it. Check the radio button (circle) for Edit your recording and then click the OK button.
The Camtasia editing area will open automatically.
Camtasia studio should open to display the Media bin. You should see your recording, with the name you gave it, it the media bin.
To learn how to edit your recording, please view the tutorial, "Editing in Camtasia 9".
Things to consider:
- If you are working on recording a lecture, consider "chunking" the lecture to break it into smaller sections that will end up being 10 minutes or less.
- These smaller sections will make it easier for adult and working students to watch. Their busy schedules may not permit them to sit, uninterrupted for 60 or 90 minutes.
- Doing so will also make it easier for students to review a particular part of a lecture if they are having trouble grasping a concept.
- In addition to doing voice overs of your PowerPoint slides, Camtasia 9 can also record anything on your screen. This feature works well for creating software tutorials.