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Record your presentation

You can record your PowerPoint presentation—or just a single slide—and capture voice, ink gestures, and your video presence. The completed recording is like any other presentation. You can play it for your audience in Slide Show or you can export it as a video file. So instead of just handing the deck to someone, people can see your presentation with all your passion and personality intact. 

Record is an improved version of Record Slide Show for PowerPoint for Windows. The feature replaces the older experience and provides enhanced capabilities for capturing your presentations for later viewing.

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What's new?

New access points for recording a video of the presentation .

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New features added for recording video

The new Record window has two screens: Record and Export .

When you select Record , the Record screen opens by default.

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If you select Export in the top right of the Record screen, the Export screen opens.

Export screen

You can switch between the Record and Export screens using the  Record  and Export  buttons in the top bar of the window. 

New features added to the Record window

You'll see the following new features in the Record window:

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You can also use the seek bar to skip to any point while you're previewing the video on the current slide.

New Export window

The  Export  window is another change with the Record feature. After recording, you’ll be lead through instructions to create a shareable video file of your presentation. By default, the video is in Full HD 1080p resolution in an mp4 format and will be saved to the same location where the presentation is stored.

Export window

The exported video includes all recorded timings, narration, animations, transitions, media, ink, and laser pointer gestures. If there's no recorded timings for a slide in the presentation, the slide will be displayed for 5 seconds in the exported video by default. 

By default, the exported video has the same filename as the presentation, but you can create a unique filename for the exported video, if you want. 

Depending on the size of your presentation, it may take a few minutes to export. After the export starts, you can track its progress in the  Export  window. You can also exit the  Record  window and track the progress in the status bar in PowerPoint. 

The  Customize Export  button takes you to the backstage export menu to change resolution and time spent on each slide in the exported video. 

Recording tips

Recordings are added to the presentation on a per-slide basis. If you want to change a recording, you can re-record one or more slides. You can rearrange the order of slides in a recorded presentation without having to re-record anything. This also means it's easy to pause for a break while recording a presentation.

PowerPoint doesn't record audio or video during transitions between slides, so be sure not to narrate while advancing the slide. There's also a brief buffer of silence at the beginning and the end of each slide.

Use video preview to make sure everything is set up correctly before recording.

Presentation recording works best with touch-screen PCs that have a web camera but you can use an external webcam and/or microphone.

If you're using PowerPoint on a tablet or laptop and you're inking with a stylus, you can use an external camera and microphone to minimize stylus noise.

After you finish your first slide recording, play it back to make sure your audio and video are set up the way you expect.

You can adjust and edit the size of video and ink in edit view.


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How to Create Pro-level PowerPoint Videos with Audio

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Senior Marketing Manager at Loom

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The power of a presentation lies in its ability to educate and inspire.

But why limit access to inspiring ideas because of the time slot in which they were presented? Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, and Keynote slides have become the go-to formats for delivering supporting content to help audiences from classrooms to boardrooms engage with ideas. But once the content is complete, what happens to it? 

Getting used to the sound of your own voice can take some time, but the benefits of using Loom to record PowerPoint presentations are worth it.

Depending on the content and intended audience, a few will be published, stored, or made available on a marketplace. However, many will be lost, all your hard work never to be seen again. PowerPoint slides that aren't accompanied by a presentation are incomplete and don't do a sufficient job of expressing the author's ideas.

If you want to get ahead of the curve and preserve the integrity of your hard work, learn how to record a presentation by recording your screen .

Loom is one of the most popular choices for recording a video presentation—and for a good reason. The user interface is straightforward and easy to use. Mastering it requires little effort.

The benefits of presenting a PowerPoint in video

There are several reasons someone would want to learn how to record a PowerPoint presentation. Whether they’re explaining the quarterly statistics in a sales meeting , creating a webinar as a marketing tool , or recording training sessions for onboarding new hires, communicating ideas clearly and succinctly via video becomes more crucial every day. 

With Loom, you can engage directly with your audience, allowing you to interact with a large group of people in a small, intimate environment. Let's look at some advantages of knowing how to record slide show presentations and the procedure for doing so.

Scheduled attendance is not guaranteed

Unless your presentation is a mandatory work meeting or you're teaching a paid course, many individuals will drop out before or during the presentation. However, by providing a presentation recording for them, you can still interact with those people, and they’ll feel supported by your accessibility.

Provides on-demand access to your presentation

Using Loom's video recording capabilities, you provide access to your material long after you've presented it. Giving your audience access to resources is one of the best ways to build trust and support. 

Enhances your search engine optimization (SEO)

If you don't want to make your recorded presentations available on-demand but want to reap the benefits of SEO-driven traffic, you may post all or part of it on YouTube as a free resource in the future to attract new prospects. 

Practice makes perfect

Another reason to learn how to record a presentation is that you can review your work before showing it to a live audience. By recording yourself before a meeting or lecture, you can review the footage to ensure you cover every aspect of the topic, make improvements, and eliminate those pre-performance jitters. 

Tips for video recording yourself presenting a PowerPoint

While technology and practice are your two best allies in confidently presenting PowerPoint video presentations, a few extra tips can make yours even more effective and professional. Consider following these best practices:

Choose the right equipment

Video communications technology has flourished in the last few years. There are more options than ever to record presentations and deliver them digitally to a worldwide audience. A tool like Loom makes it easy to record webcam videos, screen captures, and recorded narration quickly and easily. This lets you present your PowerPoint or any other content to a digital audience without extensive and time-consuming video editing.

Include direct-to-camera (DTC) content

Personalization is the heart of every good video—nothing builds a personalized experience like a friendly face. Use a simultaneous webcam and screen capture to record yourself explaining the slides and information on the screen. Adding picture-in-picture DTC elements creates rapport and trust with your audience and ensures they stay engaged with your presentation.

Slide text: Less is more

Text is great for outlining the major themes of a presentation and adding context to discussions, but with a PowerPoint presentation, treat text as the seasoning in a recipe. Use what you need to enhance the experience, but don’t overwhelm. 

Build your slides as an outline for each discussion topic and a home for visual elements like charts, infographics, and embedded video clips. But you, as the presenter, should do most of the talking. Building your presentation this way keeps viewers focused and engaged instead of hurrying to keep up with the reading. 

Structure your presentation

Well-structured content is vital to the flow and digestibility of your presentation. When building your slides and video script, organize your information similarly to a blog post or an ebook. Start with an introduction to share your personal info and a general topical overview. Create segments that logically lay out each point or step in the process. Wrap things up with a conclusion and (if needed) a call to action that invites the viewer to take the next step—booking a call, downloading a resource, or signing up for a service.

Keep videos concise and skimmable

Digital fatigue is real. With so many videos and messages competing for our attention, creating a streamlined presentation results in longer view duration . The average view duration of a YouTube video may be as short as 40 seconds, with the median watch time averaging just over a minute and a half . 

Another trick to increase viewability is to make it easy for viewers to skim. A well-structured presentation offers natural segments to help viewers zero in on the information they need. YouTube offers a Chapters feature that lets you insert a linkable outline so viewers can easily skip to specific timestamps. 

Basic recording in PowerPoint

Microsoft offers basic tools to start recording your PowerPoint presentation. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to recording a simple presentation:

Step 1: From PowerPoint, open the slide with which you want to start your presentation. 

Step 2: Select Record from the upper right hand corner of the PowerPoint window.

Step 3: Make sure your recording and voice settings are set properly, then click the round Record button. Begin your presentation.

Step 4: Click through your slide presentation and record your audio. Be sure to pause during slide transitions, as PowerPoint will not record audio during slide changes.

Step 5: Save your finished PowerPoint video to your local device and share it through email or upload it to sharing platforms like Vimeo, YouTube, etc. 

An important note: PowerPoint’s native recording features offer some editing and highlight features. You’ll need a screen recorder app like Loom to film direct-to-camera or make substantial edits. 

How to use Loom’s presentation recording software

It's simple to record yourself and your screen presentation side-by-side using only your laptop, a built-in camera, a mic, and Loom. Using Loom to record presentations on a computer is a fantastic way to save time and guarantee that your presentation goes precisely as planned. Loom's basic version is free to use and provides users with different options to meet their unique needs best. You may record the material on your screen and even take a video of yourself presenting alongside your screen capture.

Loom is available as a PC screen recorder , Mac screen recorder , iOS screen recorder , and Android screen recorder . The two primary methods are through the Desktop Client or the Chrome Screen Recorder . The desktop versions offer a higher recording resolution (4k compared to 1080p in the Chrome extension) and additional features like camera frames and backgrounds.

In either case, learning to record a presentation is simple with Loom’s easy-to-use presentation recorder. Here’s some information to help you get started. 

You can create a Loom account using a variety of methods. Users may log in with their Google account information, or connect their Slack account information, email address, password, and name. You must first complete the registration process to have access to the program.

What is the Loom desktop client, and how can I use it?

Search for Loom in the Windows search box or click the red pinwheel Loom logo to launch the Loom Desktop Client. After you've opened it, choose the type of video recording you wish to make. Cam Only, Screen Only, and Screen + Cam are the three possibilities for the basic Loom version. As their names suggest, Cam Only and Screen Only allow you to record the material on your screen or yourself through a camera. Screen + Cam will enable you to make a presentation recording with both yourself and the information in real time, allowing others to watch your reactions to the material and connect with you as the presenter.

If you wish to record your screen, the presentation recorder has three options for defining the parameters of your video: Full Screen, Window, and Custom Size. 

Full Screen captures everything on your monitor or display, allowing others to watch and follow along. 

You may use the Window option to record a single computer application if you want to construct a more restricted lesson without interruptions. 

Custom Size is exclusively available to Pro account holders, allowing users to build custom windows to capture particular areas of their screen.

To record your Loom videos, use the built-in webcam and microphone on your smartphone or computer or additional devices as needed. Loom recommends using high-quality microphones for better audio.

Using the Loom Google Chrome Extension to capture videos

First, download and install the Loom Google Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store. Then launch the extension's user interface by clicking on the red pinwheel Loom logo in the browser's top right corner. You can choose Cam Only, Screen Only, and Screen + Cam, the same as the desktop client. Unfortunately, users of the Google Chrome Extension can only record their entire screen or the contents of a single tab.

The Video Control menu differs from the desktop extension, appearing in the bottom left corner of the browser window. Users may only utilize three buttons: Start/End Recording, Pause Recording, and Delete Recording.

Using the Loom desktop client to record videos

Each option lets you use Loom's camera bubble , which allows you to see and record yourself as well as a video. There is no set limit on the duration of the video, but Loom will provide you alerts to ensure you don't keep recording by accident. Once you've decided on your selections, go to the four-button Video Control menu on the left side of your screen. To start your video, press the Recording button at the top of the menu. This button has two purposes: When the button is red, it indicates that you’re currently recording, and it stops the recording when clicked a second time.

The Pause button is located beneath the Recording button and is used to pause your video. However, depending on your computer, you may alternatively use Alt + Shift + P or Option + Shift + P . The Delete option is represented by a garbage can icon, which pauses the recording and completely deletes the video once you confirm your decision via a dialog box.

How to use the speaker notes feature

Loom makes presentations easier with speaker notes , an on-screen cue card feature visible only to you. Speaker notes are bullet points or full scripts written by you and activated during recording. These prompts allow you to deliver your message with confidence, without the need to remember your whole script or utilize physical note cards. 

From the desktop app, open Loom and click Speaker Notes. Use the pop-up window to type in your notes, then resize the notes window to suit your needs before recording. Speaker notes are always presented on top, so there’s no need to switch windows during your presentation.  

How AI-generated chapters work

Want your viewers to be able to skip to the most useful portion of a presentation? The AI-generated chapter feature allows viewers to select important topics within your presentation and navigate to them easily. These time-stamped chapters also allow users to link and respond to content. 

How to use the drawing tool

Finally, the drawing tool , symbolized by a pen icon and available with the Pro subscription, can assist you in focusing on certain facts and numbers. Using this button, which includes picking a preset color, lets you make graphics that will draw your viewer's attention to key information.

Preserve your ideas with Loom’s Presentation Recorder

If you’re just starting out, learning to record a presentation with Loom is an excellent tool for creating quality content. As the world continues to move towards remote work environments, the ability to give an online presentation (and record it for posterity) becomes more essential every day.

Loom is free, so don’t wait to see how you can enhance your video presentation with video capture software.

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How to Record a Presentation with Webcam, Narration, and More

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Everyone has, at some point, put a load of time and effort into creating the perfect PowerPoint presentation, only to use it once or twice. But isn’t it a shame for all that hard work to be discarded so quickly? Is every slide deck destined for deletion after just a couple of uses? 

Isn’t there a better way to make the most out of your presentations? Well, yes. Yes, there is. 

Rather than simply creating and presenting your work once or twice, recording your presentations can give them a new lease of life. Whether it’s a data report or a self-recorded PowerPoint, you can record a presentation in real-time, or in advance to make it available on-demand.

In this guide, we’ll explore two distinct ways of recording your presentation. First, we’ll discuss how to record a presentation from PowerPoint with audio and webcam, and then we’ll look at how to turn your .ppt slides into a video.

Benefits of Recording a Presentation 

As well as there being many different ways to record a presentation, there are also many benefits of recording them. So, before we show you the ‘how,’ let’s talk about the ‘why.’ 

  • Encouraging asynchronous communication : One key benefit is fostering asynchronous communication . By recording presentations, you’re letting your audience engage with the content in their own time, breaking the constraints of time zones and scheduling conflicts. This also ensures your viewers can absorb information at their own pace, and revisit it as needed.
  • Boosting SEO : You can use your presentation to create a YouTube video and share it on your website to increase your online visibility and attract prospective customers. This can be a great way to expand your audience, increase web traffic, and establish yourself as an expert in your field.
  • Perfecting your presentation : Whether it’s in-person or over Zoom, you don’t get second chances with live presentations. However, a pre-recorded keynote lets you perfect the content and the narration before anyone sees it. This is a great way to combat stage fright while honing your presentation skills and building confidence.

With this in mind, turning your slides into a video is a no-brainer. It’s an easy way to grow your audience and make the information you’re sharing more accessible and easier to digest.

Record your presentation today!

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How to record your presentation (with Snagit)

Depending on your audience and the type of presentation you need to deliver, TechSmith’s Snagit could just be the perfect tool for recording your PowerPoint. With its user-friendly interface and advanced features, Snagit is ideal for capturing top-notch presentation videos, in just a few clicks. 

Now, there’s no denying that presentations are better when you can see the presenter… Fortunately, Snagit lets you capture your screen and webcam at the same time to create a Picture-in-Picture video.

In this section, we’ll guide you through the steps to record your presentation and webcam with Snagit. 

Step 1: Open video capture 

First, open Snagit and navigate to the Capture window. Select the Video tab, and start by clicking the big red Capture button.

Step 2: Select a recording area

Next, you’ll be prompted to choose which parts of your screen you want to record. Use Snagit’s orange crosshairs to select a specific region, window, or your entire screen. 

Step 3: Configure recording settings

With the Video Recording toolbar, you can set options like Cursor Capture and Effects, System Audio, and Webcam. 

If your webcam isn’t showing, click on the webcam icon. If you have an external webcam, select the one you want to use by clicking the dropdown arrow next to the webcam icon. 

Step 4: Adjust your webcam

Next, adjust your webcam options to ensure your Picture-in-Picture recording looks how you want it. Here you can change the Picture-in-Picture placement as well as the shape and size of your webcam recording. You can even toggle between Picture-in-Picture and fullscreen webcam modes as you like.

The best part? You can make these adjustments even while recording.

Step 5: Manage recording

When you’re ready to roll, hit the Record button and click the Stop button when you’re finished. It’s that simple! 

And remember, if there’s an interruption (like an unexpected visit from the mailman), just hit Pause. It’s okay to take a break — your video won’t be ruined by a little interruption.

Step 6: Edit your video

Once you’ve finished recording, Snagit will automatically open your video in the Snagit Editor, which is super easy to use. From here, you can make light edits to the footage as needed. 

For example, if you need to cut or trim your footage , you can! Here’s how: 

  • Set Start Point : Drag the Start handle (green) on the timeline to your desired starting point.
  • Set End Point : Similarly, drag the End handle (red) to where you want to end the cut.
  • Review the Segment : Before making any cuts, you can review the segment by dragging the Playhead (white) left and right across the timeline. This ensures you’re only cutting the footage you intend to.
  • Make the Cut : Once you’re satisfied with the selection, click the Cut button, which will pop up once you’ve made a selection.

And that’s all there is to it! If you want to go the extra mile, you can also use Snagit to save individual frames of your video as images , which can be used to create a thumbnail for your video . 

How to record a presentation from PowerPoint with audio and webcam

Now, Snagit is great for recording less formal videos in a flash, but if your presentation is intended for a particularly large or important audience, you might be looking to create something more polished. This is where TechSmith’s Camtasia comes in. 

Camtasia is one of the smartest and most intuitive pieces of editing software out there, but it also makes for a pretty nifty screen recorder too. Camtasia is great for recording presentations when you need more control and editing powers over the final product. 

But best of all, Camtasia streamlines the process by letting you record your presentation and voice over directly within PowerPoint. 

Step 1: Set up your presentation video recording

If you’re a Windows user, you’ll have the option to include a PowerPoint Add-in Toolbar when you install Camtasia. While this feature isn’t currently available on MacOS, the Camtasia Add-in Toolbar allows you to start, stop, and control your recordings from within PowerPoint — so you don’t need to switch between applications.

Screenshot of how to record a powerpoint presentation with the Camtasia add-in toolbar

Just open the presentation you want to record and locate the Add-in toolbar under the Add-ins tab. 

Don’t see the add-in toolbar? Go to File > Options > Add-ins, to enable it. Click on the Manage drop-down, select Disabled Items, then click Go. If the Camtasia Add-in is listed, select it, and click Enable.

If you’re an Apple user, don’t panic! You can still record your screen (with audio) on a Mac using Camtasia, and it’s just as easy. Alternatively, you can skip ahead to the next section and import your slides directly into Camtasia. 

Step 2: Customize your recording options

Now let’s walk through each of the options on the toolbar before we begin recording.

Screenshot of the Camtasia add-in toolbar to record powerpoint

Record audio

The microphone button controls whether or not audio is recorded as part of your presentation. When you enable it, you’ll be able to record your narration using a microphone.

If you are planning to record audio, this is where you’ll select your microphone. If you want to record great audio , we suggest using an external microphone, rather than the one that’s built into your laptop. 

Some of the best microphones for recording video are likely to be less expensive than you think. But, if you’re on a shoestring budget, even the mic that’s built into your headphones could produce better audio than your laptop. 

Once you’re set up, be sure to test the mic and adjust the volume slider as needed. You’ll also need to decide whether or not to record your system audio, which is any sound that comes out of your speakers, such as email notifications. 

Record webcam

If you have a webcam, you can also record your camera during the presentation to create a Picture-in-Picture clip — just as you can with Snagit! 

screenshot of adding webcam to a presentation recording

To customize even more of the recording settings, click the Recording Options button. Here you’ll find settings that let you record with a watermark and adjust your video frame rate . There are a few more options too, but the default settings should work just fine.

When you’re ready, click OK to close this window and save any changes made.

Step 3: Record your presentation

The final step is as simple as clicking the Record button in the toolbar. This will launch your slides into the Presentation Mode and start recording.

When you exit Presentation Mode or reach the end of your slideshow, you can either continue recording your screen, or stop recording and save your file. Pretty easy right? 

Before you get started, let us show you another way to turn your presentation into a video, without recording your desktop . 

How to turn your PowerPoint presentation slides into a video

Another way to create a video from your presentation is to import your PowerPoint slides into Camtasia. This way you can adjust how long each slide appears on screen, as well as add Behaviors and Annotations to personalize your presentation and highlight important information. 

By importing your slides into Camtasia, and recording your voice over separately, you get a lot more flexibility with the editing process, which means you have more control over the finished article. 

If you do decide to record your audio separately, you might want to take a look at TechSmith’s Audiate . This advanced audio recorder will transcribe your voice over in real-time and let you edit the audio file as if it were a text-based document. We don’t want to brag, but it’s probably the best way to add a voice over to a PowerPoint . 

Regardless of how you decide to narrate your PowerPoint, here’s how to turn your presentation into a video: 

1. Import your PowerPoint slides

First, start by importing your PowerPoint slides directly into Camtasia. Once your media is imported, you can edit it by dragging your slides into the Editing Toolbar.

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You can now add the images to the Timeline, and edit them like any other media in a Project. 

screenshot of powerpoint slides in the camtasia media bin

If you drag your slides to the Timeline, the slides will be placed in the order of the presentation, each with a default 5-second duration.

screenshot of powerpoint slides in the camtasia timline

With your presentation on the timeline, use Ripple Move to create space in between slides to adjust the timing of each one. To do this, hold shift, then click and drag.

screenshot of how to adjust the timing of powerpoint slides in the camtasia timeline

Once you’ve imported your slides and adjusted the duration of each one to correlate with your voice over, it’s time to start editing. 

How to edit a presentation video (in Camtasia) 

Add behaviors.

Firstly, add some visual interest with Camtasia Behaviors . A Behavior is an animation that brings movement to your slides, making them stand out on screen. This is a great way to bring parts of your presentation to life and take it from ordinary to extraordinary — because nobody likes a boring presentation . 

To add a Behavior, click and drag the Behavior you wish to use onto the slide you want to animate. Once added, you can adjust the Behavior using the Properties tab.

Add annotations

Another good way to grab and direct your audience’s attention is to add some Annotations, which are great for highlighting important information.  

To insert an Annotation, click the Annotation tab on the left side of the screen and drag it into the designated slide. You can then re-position and edit the Annotation in the Properties tab as needed.

Recording a PowerPoint Presentation, the FAQs

Absolutely! Both Snagit and Camtasia are excellent choices for recording a professional and polished presentation. Snagit is perfect for no-fuss recording and editing. If you require more sophisticated editing capabilities, Camtasia is the ideal choice, offering the added convenience of recording your slideshow and voice over directly within PowerPoint.

Click the Record button in the toolbar to launch your slides into the Presentation Mode and start recording. When you exit Presentation Mode or reach the end of your slideshow, you can either continue recording your screen or stop and save your file.

If you’re planning to record audio, select your microphone in the recording options. The microphone button controls whether or not audio is recorded as part of your presentation. If you have a webcam attached to your computer, you can also record your camera to create a Picture-in-Picture clip, perfect for showing the presenter during the presentation.

With Snagit, you can conveniently record your voice over as you go through your presentation, capturing both the audio and visuals in one go. If you’re looking for more advanced recording and editing options, you might also consider using Camtasia, which allows you to record your voice over while presenting. For even more control, use Audiate to record your audio separately and then import it into Camtasia for fine-tuning.

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Apr 20, 2023

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Separate Your Video Course from The Pack with a Quality Video Presentation

It’s a common practice now to see course creators and other online presenters delivering PowerPoint presentations via pre-recorded video. But what’s the exact process for doing this, efficiently and at the levels of quality and impact that your audience deserves?

In this blog post, we’ll review:

– Preparing your slides for video – How to record yourself using a laptop, screen recording software, and an external microphone – How to export and deliver your videos

The spirit of these steps will be the same if you’re using Pages, Google Slides, or other similar presentation software. For more tips on what gear to use for this workflow, see our buying guide .

It should be noted that PowerPoint itself supports screen recording and audio recording in-app, but that this workflow lacks versatility and speed compared to other options that do not take that much more work to learn or employ but produce better, more flexible results. Most importantly, PowerPoint doesn’t easily support an additional video feed for presenting on camera at the same time.

For these reasons, we don’t recommend this approach. But it can be done if you’re not interested in other options yet or are working with a very slim budget.

Similarly, there are many software options for quickly recording yourself on screen while also recording your presentation in a single take. This can be a powerful way to test  content and to get started immediately, but it’s not the most effective approach in the long term.

Prepare Your PowerPoint Presentation for Video

Before recording, make sure that your slides and oral presentation are optimized for video.

There’s the technical side to cover but we’re also including tips on ensuring your presentation looks and sounds professional and engaging.

– Text and images should be clean in appearance, with slides that are not too crowded with small text or too many images

– Use easy-to-read fonts and an attractive color scheme

– Work off a script or outline and practice your delivery

When it comes time to record your presentation, you’ll want to prepare your slides in one (or both) of two ways.

The first method for presenting is to run your slides on your computer as you would for an in-person presentation, while recording your screen at the same time.

Alternatively, you can batch export slides as images for manually editing into the timeline of your editing software of choice. This allows for more flexibility in conducting retakes and making changes to your audio and video tracks on that timeline. However, it’s also a more labor-intensive workflow that may or may not make sense for you. We’ll summarize how to do this in a moment, in case the knowledge would be helpful.

Another consideration is that you can start with the first method and save the second for isolated fixes to particular sections of your longer recording.

How to Set Your Recording Environment Up for Success

Once your PowerPoint file is ready, you’ll want to optimize recording conditions in the room where you’ll be presenting.

If you don’t plan to appear on camera (audio only) you won’t have to do this. It’s also less crucial to do this (but still important) if you plan to use an application like Loom to record yourself only in a corner of the screen, at a smaller size relative to your slides.

However, there’s no substitute for the human face, and a clear and upfront view of it.

Your voice will carry you a long way, but we don’t recommend going audio-only in most cases. It makes keeping your audience engaged during your recorded PowerPoint presentation that much harder.

Even if you’re going the Loom route, consider taking the same steps outlined below. They’ll help your presentation look and feel better, and you’ll be all set later if or when you decide to scale up the size of the on-camera portion of your video for more intimacy with your audience.

There’s more information on this subtopic in our buying guide for hardware and software , but for the sake of this section right now, take the following steps to set you up for success in your recording environment:

– Choose a quiet room with minimal background noise (or none, ideally)

– Make sure the room, and especially your face, is well-lit

– Avoid backgrounds that are busy, distracting, or very plain-looking

– Test framing, positioning and the height of your camera (get comfortable)

– Test your microphone placement and audio levels

It might take some practice to find the optimal setup for you. That’s okay. At the end of the day, as long as your content is great, and your message is clear, you’ll be in good shape.

Capturing Your Slides with Screen Recording Software

When it comes to recording your slides, there’s a simple workflow that will remain mostly the same no matter what software you choose for this purpose. Since it’s our main recommendation as a recording and editing application for video course creators, we’re going to callout Camtasia in our example.

1- Close all applications on your computer other than your screen recording software and PowerPoint

2- Open your screen recording software and start a new project

3- Get your PowerPoint ready to go, so that your first slide is showing

4- Click record, and begin delivering your presentation

5- Highlight important points with your cursor, if desired

6- Stop and restart as needed, if you can (you will be able to edit your best takes together later)

7- Save your work, if your chosen application does not autosave

This process is relatively simple but will require some practice to smooth out, depending on your levels of comfort and knowledge at certain steps.

For instance, it can be easier said than done to record multiple takes and edit them together. If you aren’t a knowledgeable video editor, err on the side of caution in recording multiple versions of larger sections, to give you more to work with in making any adjustments later to sequences of video clips. Or, if that’s too much choice or work for you, take an opposite tactic. Allow for more imperfections and record fewer takes.

With applications like Camtasia, note that you will also have some flexibility in: 1) Hiding or showing your cursor, 2) Adding visual effects to highlight certain elements on screen that relate to your narration, and, 3) Showing yourself on camera (or not) at specific points in your final exported video. In fact, you can toggle the appearance of your mouse on and off in Camtasia, using it to callout certain spots on your slides and then removing it altogether when you want viewers to focus instead on listening.

Quick Tips on Using an External Mic or Camera

In many if not most cases, it will greatly benefit your recorded presentation to utilize an external mic when recording your PowerPoint presentation.

If the main visual focus of your video isn’t going to stray from what’s in your slides, you may not need an external camera (at least for this use case). But we’ll touch upon this tool for a moment as well.

To Get The Most Out of Your External Mic

A simple, moderately priced external microphone will make a major difference to audio quality over, say, the default option of using your headphones mic for delivery. You can choose that route anyway, but it will give you less room for error and less material to work with later, if you want to boost your audio during the editing phase of creating your video.

To get the most out of your external mic:

– Use a stand to reduce shakes and bumps, preferably a floor stand or boom arm attached to your recording surface (tabletop stands can cause headaches by recording accidental bumps)

– Use a shockmount and a pop screen to protect against unwanted noises and audio distortion

– Test recording levels, to make sure your presentation audio is coming across loud and clear

It’s almost always worth the added investments to leverage the higher-quality audio produced by an external mic setup in your presentation recording. Trust us, you’ll hear the difference and so will your viewers when they watch your recorded PowerPoint and compare them to others with lower-quality audio.

If You’re Using an External Camera

The main reasons you’d want to use an external camera while recording your PowerPoint presentation, instead of a built-in webcam, is if you have a reason or preference for layering full-screen video of yourself around your slide presentations.

This can be a useful way to engage your viewer during transition moments, or to underscore particularly important points within your presentation.

Similarly, if you plan to produce other flavors of video recordings, it would help to have a setup that’s more flexible for higher-quality video of yourself.

It’s not, however, as commonly done in these type of videos.

We’ve covered the basics of both external cameras and mics in our guide . The main recommendations, applied to recording yourself presenting a PowerPoint, include:

– Take some time to leverage the better lens afforded by this approach by framing yourself carefully

– Use lighting to accentuate and highlight your face and body (cameras thrive on light)

– Test connections and operation to ensure video is in sync and loading properly to the software application you are using to edit and/or export your recorded presentation

Speaking of editing…

Editing Your Recorded Presentation

There are a few options available for editing your recorded PowerPoint presentation. Which you choose will depend somewhat on how you decided to record, and/or how comfortable you are with editing on your own or learning to edit yourself. There’s always the option of hiring a video editor if you need one, as well.

Edit Very Little, Or Not At All

If you’re taking the simple route, you might not need or want to do much more than record your PowerPoint presentation, and then lop off any excess unwanted material at the beginning and end of your video.

If you are recording your screen with lower-priced or more minimalist tools like SnagIt or Loom, this will allow you to get your presentation done and out the door with not much added work. Both these options also allow trims in the middle of the video as well.

Anything more complex, and you’ll need a more powerful application.

Intermediate Editing Options (Shallow Learning Curve)

An advantage of editing applications like Camtasia and Movavi, and to a lesser extent iMovie, is that they offer the most flexibility to fine-tune edits. They boast more powerful audio editing tools and make it easier to combine multiple takes or to implement fixes.

You can quickly get up to speed, for instance, on Camtasia editing with tutorials from the application’s developer or your own favorite learning library .

Another advantage to this approach is the ability mentioned earlier to record your presentation in layers or stages, by exporting your slides as images and then recording supplementary audio and video – one slide at a time – directly in your editing app.

To do this in Camtasia:

1- In PowerPoint, choose: File > Save As > Select “PNG” from the dropdown

2- When prompted, choose “All slides”

3- Import your slide images into Camtasia via the “+” button or the File menu

4- Drag and Drop slides, one-by-one or all at once, into your editing timeline

5- Record audio only, in-app, and edit to your timeline as needed

It may take some extra time to employ this workflow. For some creators, however, it might prove more manageable to break recordings into chunks like this.

There are more advanced editing options available as well, but they really are not necessary for editing a recorded PowerPoint presentation. The only real reason to use them is if you already have them, due to other needs, and don’t want to spend more money on less powerful software like Camtasia or Movavi.

Conclusion: Record Your PowerPoint Presentation Simply, Employ Advanced Methods as Needed

Your method for recording your PowerPoint presentation will depend on your needs, goals, and available resources.

The good news is that it’s easy to get started, and not much harder after that to employ more advanced methods to secure greater quality, as you experiment and grow as a video course creator or other flavor of online teacher.

Set aside some time to test the various workflows we’ve discussed here. Don’t be afraid to try new things. That’s one of the advantages of recording your presentation instead of delivering it live!

Good luck, presenters.

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How To Video Record Yourself Presenting A PowerPoint (with 4 Pro Tips)

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An estimated 35 million PowerPoint presentations are given every single day . From corporate boardrooms to high school classrooms, a PowerPoint presentation is among the most popular mediums for sharing content that can engage your viewers and help them get a better understanding of various concepts.

Due to convenience, more and more people now prefer online courses over the traditional, offline mode of learning. Online course providers might need to stream or record their lectures into videos so that their students can watch them on their own time. In the absence of a blackboard, an online PowerPoint presentation is a much better alternative for creating online courses and lessons.

Why Should Course Creators Video Record Themselves When Presenting a Slide Show?

In many cases, a screen recording showing PowerPoint slides on their own just doesn’t do enough to convey the information well. Hence, many course creators have tried the following:

  • Recorded narration over the PowerPoint slides.
  • Used a screen recorder to capture slides and voice-over.
  • Use an online chat tool to record the slides as they are being presented.

Although these methods are a step above the plain and regular PowerPoint presentation, they are not able to engage viewers as completely as a course creator presenting in front of them would. The most effective type of PowerPoint presentation is one where the learners are shown both the slide show as well as the presenter.

Screencapture video example with live video insert.

Because of the face-to-face contact and body language, learners feel more like they are in an actual classroom. This will help them remain focused on the topic, improve comprehension, and make them retain the subject matter for a longer period.

Hence, when it comes to class lectures, online skill-sharing, and organizational training, using PowerPoint presentations in conjunction with video is the best way to share information.

Here are some reasons course creators prefer a PowerPoint presentation where you record yourself presenting the slide show rather than lifeless slides:

Greater Power of Persuasions:

Video presentations have higher persuasion ability through video-audio communication and involve the sight, sounds, and emotions that trigger engagement.

Better Retention:

According to statistics, viewers retain approximately 95% of the message when watching a video recording as compared to just 10% when viewing only text.

Available at Your Fingertips:

About 75% of all audio and video are played on smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. This means accessing and viewing videos are now easier than ever. This provides course creators a big opportunity to ensure more and more people watch their content.


Video presentations allow course creators to break big blocks of information into bite-sized pieces. This makes it easier for the learners to process the information.

Overview: Steps to Create Video PowerPoint Presentations

Almost everyone who has ever used a computer has a basic idea of how a PowerPoint presentation works. Initially, the slide show was created for overhead projector transparencies, which was the most favored medium for many instructors before video projectors.

However, thanks to advancements in digital technology, creators can now enjoy various interactive elements like animated transitions in between slides and audio and video embeds in their presentation to make it more engrossing.

Creating PowerPoint Slides

Every PowerPoint presentation starts with the same basic template. Your slides can be fully customizable or you can choose from pre-made templates to expedite the design process of the slides.

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To make a simple PowerPoint presentation, you need to add text, bullet points, and images. You can use the standard layout or select the content themes from the top ribbon.

PowerPoint now also comes with a gallery of stock images. In addition, the application also recommends design ideas based on your layout so that your slide looks more professional. This is a useful feature if you do not have a lot of time customizing the slide design.

Once you are satisfied with the general look of your slides, you will need to add the audio and video content to the presentation. You can then export the entire presentation and share it with your learners.

Recording Audio on PowerPoint

Do you know that PowerPoint software itself allows you to record your audio onto the presentation? This summary you a quick run-down of how to use this feature.

Before you start the audio recording, it is a good idea to use the “Rehearse Timings” option to see how your script fits your slides. This will open up a test screen, which will show how long you played the slide show and how much time you took on a single slide.

You can use the “Pause” and “Reset” buttons to make changes and use the “Notes” section to document the changes you made to your script.

To add your voice recording, go to the “Slide Show” tab on the top ribbon. Go to the “Record Slide Show” option and start recording the audio. You can also use the audio on and off toggle video options at the top of the record screen to record only the audio.

Although you can record your audio through the built-in microphone on your laptop or phone, it is a good idea to invest in a good-quality mic for better quality audio.

PowerPoint allows you to record the full slide show in a single take. You can also click through the slides to trigger the added animations or to make progress through the presentation.

Once you are done, you should review the recording, which will be saved on a slide-by-slide basis, so you do not need to record the presentation again to fix any errors.

PowerPoint audio is not recorded during slide transition, so make sure you finish speaking before you skip to the next slide to avoid cutting off your conversation.

Creating a Video of Yourself

To add yourself to the PowerPoint presentation, switch on the video option located on the Record Slide Show screen. By default, PowerPoint will show the video picked by your camera at the bottom right of the presentation during the recording.

Once your video has been recorded, you should return to the editing screen. You will find your video recording shown at the bottom right of the slide.

Resizing and Repositioning the Clip:

You can drag your recording from the default place to anywhere on the slide. You can also blow it up to fit the slide frame or remove the recording by selecting it and pressing the delete option.

Making Video Presentations with a Screen Recorder

Although PowerPoint presentations allow you to make a perfectly good screen recording, you can also find a lot of powerful and robust third-party tools that can take your video presentation to the next level. Making your video presentation appear more professional and sleek will help you stand out from the crowd and will help you establish trust and authority with your learners.

Screen recorders or screencasting software offers a more comprehensive range of editing and post-production options, including closed captioning , professional transitions, and the ability to add interactive elements. They also come with an added bonus of directly sharing your online lesson to video-sharing sites like YouTube and Vimeo and allow you to save your presentation in alternative formats, including .mpeg2, .avi, and .mov.

Let’s take a look at how you can video record a PowerPoint presentation with Camtasia.

Using Camtasia to Record PowerPoint Presentations

Camtasia is an industry leader in video editing and screen recording. The software allows you to capture videos via your webcam, add sound effects from the royalty-free music library, record sections from your screen, capture content from iPhone, integrate animations, set up customized video themes, add device themes, and allow course creators to benefit from a whole lot of other features.

If you have Camtasia on your computer, you can import your PowerPoint slides into the software and edit them through Camtasia. Just click on the “Import Media” option and select your PowerPoint file. This will turn your slides into PNG format. PNG files are not editable so you will not be able to change the content in your slide, it will give you better control over the presentation design and style since you will be able to adjust your slides to fit in with your video and audio overlay easily.

Screenshot of Camtasia workflow.

For online course creators, Camtasia offers real benefits since it allows you to export your finished file as a SCORM package. This means it can be downloaded to any SCORM-compliant LMS and will enable the LMS to track learning activities, like quiz performances and time spent on a course.

This is not possible if you are making your presentation using only PowerPoint software.

Recording the Screen

To start the screen recording, you need to click the “Record” button at the top of the toolbar. This will open up the Camtasia recorder which is default set to capture everything that is happening on your screen.

Customize Recording

You can either choose to record the full screen or click on the arrow to “select area to record.” You can also choose to record other elements on the screen, including the webcam, mic audio, and system audio. Click on the down arrow button or the double arrows next to the options to choose a specific webcam (if you have one) or mic. This way you can record yourself presenting a PowerPoint. Click on the “Start Recording” button to begin.

Record Yourself Presenting the PowerPoint Presentation

As mentioned, you can use the tools within Camtasia to record your screen which consists of your PowerPoint slides. Then you can use the recorder to choose a specific webcam. However, you can also use a different device to record yourself presenting a PowerPoint.

For instance, if you have a video camera or a Smartphone, you can set that up to record yourself as you go through the presentation. Then you can import that video file into Camtasia later on.

Finish Recording

Depending on whether you are using Windows or Mac computers, you will need to follow slightly different to finish recording on Camtasia . If you use Windows, click the Camtasia recorder icon located on the taskbar and press the “Stop” button. To re-record, delete the recording and then start over. Alternatively, you can also press “F9” to pause and resume the recording and “F10” to stop the recording.

If you use a Mac, click the Camtasia icon on the Apple menu bar and press the “Stop Recording” button. To re-record, click on the “Start Over” button. Alternatively, you can also press “CMD+SHIFT+2” to pause or resume a recording, and “CMD+OPTION+2” to stop a recording.

Import the Audio and Video into Your Camtasia Project

Camtasia works with projects. Once you’re done with your presentation recording and you end the recording, a new project should open. You’ll want to import any additional audio and video into that project.

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That means if you recorded yourself separately on your Smartphone, you’ll need to upload that to the project. Then you can organize both your Camtasia recording and the video of you presenting a PowerPoint on the timeline.

Trimming the Video

To remove the extra content that is often found at the start of a video, drag the end of the clip “in” on the timeline. If you remove too much material from the recording, drag it back out to restore the video. A great thing about this is that any edits you make on the timeline will not change the original recording saved in the media bin.

Cutting Out the Video

To cut out a certain section on the video, drag the red or green handle on the video playhead to select a specific area on the timeline. Then, click on the “Cut” button to remove that section. The program will add a stitched line on the timeline to show where the cut was made. In addition, if you want to bring the playhead together, double-click on the playhead.

Adding Titles and Annotations

Make your video more professional by adding titles, annotations, and effects to the content. You can easily add an annotation by clicking and dragging the relevant option from the tool panels to your video timeline or the canvas.

Double click the annotation to change the test. You can change the background color, font, and other elements in the properties panel. To change the position, rotation, and size of the annotation, click and drag the handles.

Adding Effects

Camtasia also offers you “Shapes” and “Blur” options as effects you can add to your Powerpoint presentation. You can add a shape by clicking and dragging one from the tool panel to the timeline or the canvas. If you want to hide sensitive or copyright information, use the “Blur” option. In addition, you can also adjust the size, position, and intensity of the blur in the properties panel.

Exporting the Video:

Click on the “Export” button to see all the export options that Camtasia provides. The first option downloads the video file on the computer. Other options allow you to upload your file to web services. This requires you to sign in to an account. You can then invite your learners to review the video presentation.

Using a Zipped Project

You should export your file in zip format. This way, all the original media used in the video presentation will be placed in one file. This allows you convenient access to all files in the project. To zip your files, go to “File” and select “Import Zipped Project.” This will import the zipped files into a new project.

Pro Tips for Making Better Video PowerPoint Presentations

To make your PowerPoint videos even better, you should consider the following tips:

1. Make it Short, Sweet, and Simple:

Your video clips should just be long enough to captivate your audience, not bore them to tears. Depending on what course you are offering, the length of your video will vary. However, make sure you do some research to find out how long is too long for your students.

2. Focus on the Point:

Before starting on the core subject, make sure you inform your learners about the goals and objectives of the course. Once you start the presentation, do not deviate from the core message. Your text, audio, and graphics should all be relevant to the subject matter. They should not detract your learners from your main lesson.

3. Know Your Audience:

The tone of your PowerPoint video presentation should match the content of your course. For example, if you are offering a makeup tutorial, your words should be simple. If, however, you are teaching an advanced course on physics or engineering, your language will be technical since your course covers a technical topic.

4. Adding Engagement:

You can turn up the engagement of your videos by adding more interesting elements to the content. For example, you can add YouTube videos, music, and interactive quizzes to ensure your course has the learner’s full attention.

A Meaningful Ending:

When ending your presentation, make sure you leave your learners with a resource that they can take away from the lesson. It could be a simple link to your website, a short ebook as a freebie, or just a few links. This provides a lot of value and creates a lasting impression on your customers.

Frequently Asked Questions on Recording Video

How can i record video online.

There are a few different ways to record videos online. One option is to use a screen-recording program like Camtasia or Snagit. These programs allow you to record your screen and create professional-looking videos.

Another option is to use a webcam to record yourself. This is a good option if you want to record a tutorial or how-to video.

Finally, you can use your smartphone. This is a good option if you’re recording something impromptu or if you want to record video in a format that’s easy to share online.

How can I record video for free?

One free option for recording video is to use a smartphone or tablet. Most devices come with a built-in camera, and there are also many apps available that can be used for recording video. If you already have a smartphone, then you may not need anything else to start recording for free.

How can I record audio and video online?

There are a few different ways you can record audio and video online. One option is to use a screen recording program like Screencast-O-Matic, Camtasia, or Snagit. These programs allow you to record your screen, along with any audio coming in through a microphone. You can then save the recording as a video file and share it online.

Another option is to use a webcam. Most computers come with a built-in webcam, or you can purchase an external webcam that plugs into your computer’s USB port.

Once you have a webcam set up, you can use it to record video by using a program like Skype or Zoom. You can set a webcam up to record audio through a microphone (if you want higher quality audio).

You can record audio separately (or with your video) by using a program like Audacity, Camtasia , or GarageBand. Once you’ve recorded your audio or video, you can save it as a .MPG file and share it online.

What is the best free online video recorder?

There are a number of free online video recorders available. These mostly cater to people using webcams and include Movavi’s Webcam Recorder , , and Screen Capture .

While you’re looking for the best free online video recorder, consider the following factors:

  • Ease of use: Look for a recorder with a user-friendly interface that won’t take hours to learn.
  • Quality: The video recorder should produce high-quality recordings. Look for a recorder that offers various quality settings so you can adjust them according to your needs.
  • File format: Look for a recorder that can export to different file formats so you can view your recordings on any device.
  • Storage: Look for a recorder that offers cloud storage or that can save recordings directly to your hard drive.

How can I record my screen with audio online?

The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a screen recorder or screencast software. There are many options available, but some of the most popular include Screencast-O-Matic, Snagit, and Camtasia .

Nearly all screen recorders will connect up to an external microphone (if you have one) which will make the voice-over higher quality than using the built-in mic on your device.

Once you’ve selected a screen recorder, simply follow the instructions to record your screen. Often, it’s as simple as pressing a ‘record’ button!

Typically, you can record both your screen and your voice-over at the same time. When you’re finished, save your recording and share it online.

Final Words

PowerPoint presentations have come a long way from simple bullet points and stock images. Now, you can benefit from a plethora of impressive designing and editing options that allow you to create even more engaging and informative content for your online courses, tutorials, or webinars. In addition, there are plenty of tools available that allow you to record these presentations so that they are accessed and viewed anywhere, at any time.

Making excellent video PowerPoint presentations is now more important than ever. There is an increasing number of reasons to believe that more and more courses, classes, conferences, and events will be hosted through virtual content in the future.

As video presentations grow in popularity, learners will demand a higher quality of content. Hence, it is now more important than ever to produce sleek, professional quality, captivating PowerPoint presentations to establish yourself as an industry leader in the world of online courses.

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Whether you’re a teacher, student, business professional, or even a YouTube content creator—for many of us, delivering presentations quickly becomes a standard part of everyday life.

But what happens if you can’t be there to deliver your presentation in person, need a key point to land perfectly, or you need your audience to watch it asynchronously in their own time? Have no fear, video presentations can be a great solution to all these challenges.

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Starting from the top: What is a video presentation?

A video presentation is a method of communication through which information is delivered partially or entirely through video. In other words, it’s the process of using video to deliver a message or presentation.

Common formats for video presentations might include pre-recorded slide presentations, instructional videos, sales material, inspirational talks, entertainment, or anything you can think of.

While the reaction to a video presentation will be subjective, there are a few general qualities that can be beneficial to keep in mind:

  • Make your video valuable —have a clear intended outcome for the viewer and be sure to reach it
  • Make sure your audio and video are clear —you want your audience to focus on your message, not your video quality
  • Bring your key points to life —use stories, questions, and examples to illustrate key concepts and engage viewers
  • Establish expectations —use your introduction to set clear expectations, either with an agenda or teasing where the session is heading
  • Don’t rely on slides —if the slides added all the value, you could just send your audience a PDF. Ask yourself: what are you adding to the content by presenting it?
  • Keep an eye on time —don’t make your video presentation longer than it needs to be.
  • Mix it up —break the monotony and change pace at appropriate intervals
  • Don’t start over for the sake of perfection —if you make a mistake during recording, you can always edit it out later

Before you can start creating your own video presentations, you’ll first need a few basic tools.

Hardware for a video presentation

Let’s start with the basics, your tech. In most cases, you’ll have everything you need if you have a standard laptop or desktop computer.

Here’s what you’ll need to start making video presentations:

  • A laptop or PC —you’ll need something to make the presentation recording on
  • A microphone —to record your voice-over, either built-in or USB
  • A camera —if you want to include video of yourself, either as a built-in webcam or a USB camera

Video recording software

With your tech set up, you’ll need software to record your presentation. Depending on your needs, this might be something to record your screen, record your voice, or record yourself with your camera.

With Dropbox Capture , you can do all three at the same time .

Dropbox Capture is video and screen recording technology, designed to make it easy to quickly capture whatever you need. All without needing advanced editing skills or specialist equipment.

With Capture, it’s easy to:

  • Record your screen, webcam, and microphone simultaneously
  • Create GIFs
  • Draw on or annotate recordings
  • Automatically generate closed captions
  • Share in just a few clicks

While presentation applications like PowerPoint and Keynote have some built-in screen and presentation recording capabilities, they only allow you to record the presentation.

Whereas with Dropbox Capture, you’re free to jump between windows and applications throughout your presentation recording—giving you greater freedom on what you present. 

File storage and sharing tools

Ultimately, you’re going to want to make your video presentation available for viewers somewhere.

With Dropbox cloud storage , this is as easy as copying a link , with full control over access and permissions for your files.

We’ll now cover all the steps to create an impactful video presentation, starting from the very beginning—your plan.

1. Plan your topic, examples, and intended audience

You likely already have an idea of what you’ll want to cover in your video presentation, but it can help to formally get this down on paper:

  • Presentation aim —what do you want your audience to understand by the end of the video?
  • Approach —broadly, what will you cover to help them understand this concept?
  • Resources —what examples will you be able to share to illustrate the key concepts?

To help with the planning process, Dropbox Paper has a number of pre-built templates to get your creative juices flowing, like the brainstorming template .

2. Create your presentation slides and your video presentation storyboard

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to create your slides.

While doing this, you should also think about the overall storyboard of your video presentation—what are the key beats, how will you present them, and what slides do you need?

A storyboard is a visual tool, used by video producers to map out the narrative flow of a video and the visuals that will accompany it. In many cases, your presentation will almost act as a storyboard, but it might help to get this down on paper first.

You can learn more about the storyboarding process in our in-depth guide to storyboards .

3. Record your video presentation

With your storyboard and presentation ready, it’s time to go about creating your recording.

You can record your screen first, then later record a voice-over or video narration and edit the two together. Or with Dropbox Capture , you can record your screen, webcam, and microphone simultaneously. Using Dropbox Capture makes it easy to create your pre-recorded video lesson in one take. Perfect, if you don’t have access to advanced video editing software.

To record with Dropbox Capture , it’s a simple as the following steps:

  • Open Dropbox Capture
  • Click Screen recording & camera
  • Choose which part of your screen you’d like to capture
  • Click the Record icon to start recording, click it again to stop recording
  • Click the Pause icon in the side panel while recording to pause or resume recording
  • Click the Draw icon in the side panel while recording to draw on your recording

4. Edit your video presentation

If you’re already happy with your recording, there is no further editing required.

In any other cases, you can use video editing software to apply finishing touches to your video as you see fit. These edits might include:

  • Editing your screen recording and voice-over together (if you have separate files)—with Dropbox Capture you can record your microphone and camera simultaneously, without the need to use editing software
  • Cut and delete unwanted sections of video—like an awkward pause or a dog barking, with Dropbox Capture you can do this directly within the app, no editing software required!
  • Remove awkward filler words—clean up those pesky “ums” and “ahs”, with Dropbox Capture you can do this automatically, directly in the app
  • Adding text overlays to emphasize key points of video sections
  • Additional flair and visual elements
  • Adding background music to create an atmosphere

5. Share your video presentation

With your video presentation finished, you’ll need a way for your viewers to access it.

If you're using Dropbox Capture, sharing your presentation couldn’t be easier, simply click the Share button and the sharing link will automatically copy to your clipboard.

If you’re not using Capture, Dropbox cloud storage makes it easy to share your video files with anyone and see who’s viewed your video presentation. All you need to do is copy a link to the file.

If you want to send a copy of the full video, complete with its cumbersome file size, Dropbox Transfer makes it easy to send large files securely. 

How to record a video presentation in PowerPoint

It’s worth keeping in mind that, when recording directly within PowerPoint, you can only record your slides and your editing options will be limited. The best way to give yourself complete control over what you record—and how you edit it afterwards—is with a purpose-built screen recording app like Dropbox Capture .

If you’d still prefer to record directly in PowerPoint, you can do this by following these steps:

  • Open PowerPoint and open your presentation file
  • Navigate to the slide you’d like to start recording from
  • Select Record in the top-right corner of the PowerPoint window
  • Click the red Record button, wait for the countdown, then start your presentation

With your presentation recorded, you can then save it to your Dropbox cloud storage , making it easy to share your video files with anyone and see who’s viewed your video presentation.

How to record a video presentation in Keynote

If you’re a Mac user and would prefer to record directly in Keynote, here’s how to do it:

  • Open Keynote and open your presentation file
  • Select Record Slideshow from the Play menu at the top of the screen

With your Keynote presentation recorded, you can then save it to your Dropbox cloud storage and share it simply by copying the link.

Again, your control over what you record and how the final edit turns out will be limited when recording directly within the Keynote app. To give yourself complete control over how your video presentation turns out, a purpose-built screen recording app like Dropbox Capture will be more suitable.

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How to Record Yourself on Video Using Microsoft PowerPoint: A Full Guide

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Video narration is a great way to make your presentation engaging and deliver more than just slides to your learners. If you want to enrich your eLearning content and give the audience some face time, you can record yourself explaining your material while going through the presentation.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to record a video of yourself during a PowerPoint presentation. We’ll also give you a few tips on how to enhance PowerPoint video narration with specialized software and simple practices. Get your camera and mic ready!

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By making a video recording of yourself narrating a PowerPoint presentation, you can create a more dynamic presentation and give your learners live commentary on the content of your slides. This format, often called video narration , is especially useful when you need to simplify complex concepts or show examples.

You can record video narration for PowerPoint slides in different eLearning content modalities. For example, you might see video narration in video lectures , tutorials, explainer videos, or interactive webinars wherein listeners can communicate with the presenting expert.

Recording yourself while presenting PowerPoint slides is not just about being a talking head. You can use extra visuals and animations to emphasize key points on the screen. This approach enriches the learner’s experience with your content.

The benefits 

Whether used in educational or professional scenarios, video narration in a PowerPoint presentation helps you deliver information more effectively. It offers several benefits:

  • Higher engagement . Incorporating video commentary makes presentations more engaging. It captures the audience’s attention and maintains their interest throughout the presentation, leaving a lasting impression on learners. 
  • Content clarity . Video narration allows you to explain complex topics with clarity. It ensures that the audience stays focused on the core content without getting lost in the details. 
  • Stronger connection with learners . Video narration establishes a direct connection between the presenter and the audience. The human voice and presence help build rapport and trust, personalizing the content. It makes the information more relatable and easier to memorize.
  • Demonstration of expertise . It showcases your expertise and authority on the subject matter, bolstering your credibility as a presenter.

Also read → The 23 Best PowerPoint Add-Ins and Plug-Ins    

Let’s break down the process of creating a video recording of your presentation with visual commentary into small, simple steps. In this guide, we’ll use Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 on the Windows OS. You can also use this feature in later and earlier versions of PowerPoint (up through the 2013 version).

Step 1. Record yourself in Slide Show mode

1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and select Slide Show on the menu ribbon.

Slide Show Tab

2.Click on Record Slide Show . You can choose to begin recording from the start of the presentation or from the slide you currently have on display. PowerPoint will capture both your screen and your image via the webcam.

Record Slide Show Button

3. Once you’ve chosen one of the recording options, a new recording window with the video presentation preview will open. Navigation arrows on either side of the slide allow you to move to the previous and following slide screens.

Navigation arrows

4. Choose the microphone and camera in Settings in the top right corner of the page. When you’re ready to record yourself presenting, press the red Record button in the top left corner of the page.

Recording settings

Step 2. Save your video file

After you finish recording video narration for your PowerPoint slides, save and share your presentation as a file or a video clip. 

1. In your PPT, select File . Choose Save or Export . Your screen recording, paired with a webcam recording of your commentary, will automatically play when someone opens the presentation.

Save the video presentation

2. When you open the PowerPoint file again after saving it on your computer, your video will show in the bottom right corner of the slides. You can play it and see how the narration looks next to each slide.

Video recording screen on slides

Step 3. Edit your video PowerPoint presentation

If you want to improve the narration quality of your videos, you can use PowerPoint’s editing capabilities. 

Right-click on the video recording of your commentary and choose one of the options in the lower ribbon. Select Style to change the appearance of the mini-screen. Click Trim to adjust the length of the video. Choose Start to change the display settings.

Video editing options

You can also adjust the size and position of your webcam recording or enhance the video by modifying parameters such as the brightness and contrast of the entire screen. Click on Format Video and set your preferences.

Formatting the video

However, remember that the editing possibilities that are built into PowerPoint are limited. That’s why your recording might still look raw, or you might have difficulty synchronizing it with the slides. 

To perfect your video presentation and use advanced editing features, consider using third-party software. This is especially convenient if the solution you choose is integrated with PowerPoint and has a strong feature set for video editing.

iSpring Suite is not just one of the best video presentation builders , but also an authoring tool with an advanced feature set. With iSpring Suite, you can record yourself in PowerPoint with a built-in camera, use a screen recorder, edit the video, add voice-over narration, and easily sync it with your slides . These possibilities come in handy when you want to create video lectures and picture-in-picture videos using regular PowerPoint presentations.

Follow these steps to effortlessly navigate the process of creating PowerPoint video narration with iSpring from start to finish.

Step 1. Record yourself using the Narration mode in iSpring Suite

You have two options when using iSpring for presentation recording. You can launch iSpring Suite as an app on your device. Choose the presentation you want to work with and open it.

iSpring Suite Open Menu

Alternatively, go directly to PowerPoint and click on the iSpring Suite tab in the main menu ribbon.

iSpring Suite tab in PowerPoint

Find the Narration block on the left side of the iSpring Suite menu. Click on the Record Video icon in the middle. 

Pro tip : You can use the functionalities of the Narration block to record audio narration for your presentations or edit your video clips (more on that below).

Record Video with iSpring Suite

A pop-up screen with the main recording settings will appear.

Video recording settings in iSpring Suite

Click on Options to choose your webcam settings and microphone parameters. For example, you can adjust the noise reduction functionality.

Camera and mic settings in iSpring Suite

Click OK to close the settings. When everything is set, click on the red Start Record button to start recording.

Start Recording button

Step 2. Edit your video in the iSpring Narration Editor 

To edit a recorded narration and synchronize it with the slides, use the iSpring Narration Editor. Click the Manage Narration button on the iSpring Suite toolbar to access all of its functions.

Manage Narration button

Here you can synchronize the video with your slides, trim the recording, preview the edited clip, add slide notes, and more.

iSpring Suite Narration Editor

Pro tip : You can also insert a pre-recorded video into your presentation using the iSpring Narration Editor. To discover more features to enhance your video, read our article on how to create a video presentation in PowerPoint .

Step 3. Save the edited video file

When you’re done editing the audio and video parameters of the presentation, click Save & Close in the top left corner of the Narration Editor. The recording will appear next to each slide in your PPT.

What if you just need to export your presentation as a video without adding narration? This is especially useful when you’re planning to present your content in a new setting. Often, you can’t be sure if your PPT file will run smoothly on another computer, especially if it runs a different version of Microsoft Office. When converted into the video format , your PPT will display correctly on any device.  

You can save your PowerPoint presentation as a video with just a few clicks. 

1. Select Export in the file menu.

Export slides as a video

2. If you want your pre-recorded narrations and synchronizations to be included, click on Use Recorded Timings and Narrations .

Use Recorded Timings and Narrations

3. Click on the Create Video button under the settings to save the file on your computer.

Create a Video button

Pro tip : You can also manually turn your presentation into a video by making a screen recording of the slide show. Use your built-in recorder or take advantage of specialized software with extra features. Check out the 16 best free and paid screen recording tools for Windows . You can enhance it in a video editor afterwards.

Now you can easily record PowerPoint presentations with video narration. To enhance the quality of your learning content even more, use the practices laid out below.

Practice your script 

Although you’re not going to present your slides in live streaming mode and engage directly with viewers, video recording yourself in PowerPoint might require some preparation on your part. The best way to feel confident during a presentation and deliver quality commentary is to practice your script and go over the slides to remember the cues before you start recording . 

Rehearse your presentation as many times as needed. You can practice in front of a mirror or record yourself on your webcam and watch the recording later. You can also show the video to your colleagues, family, or anyone else who can provide useful feedback.

Use slide notes for coherent delivery

Just as in a live presentation, having notes can be very helpful when recording a video narration in PowerPoint. By preparing concise, bullet-point notes or key phrases when creating PowerPoint slides, you can stay on track and ensure that you cover all the essential information. 

Slide notes also allow you to create the illusion of eye contact with your audience . When you glance at your notes, it appears as if you’re engaging with the content, while you might actually be looking at reference points, not the camera. This works much better than looking down at a notebook on your desk or just letting your gaze wander. After all, it’s hard to keep looking at a small dot above your screen throughout the entire presentation.

You can see your PowerPoint notes during the video recording.

Slide Notes in PowerPoint recording

If you’re using the iSpring Suite narration editor, you’ll see your notes on the right of the presentation screens:

Slide Notes in iSpring Suite Narration Editor

Consider using larger fonts or bolding key phrases in your notes to make them easier to read at a glance, especially in full-screen mode. This simple practice can help you maintain a smooth flow during your video narration while maintaining your focus on delivering content to your viewers.

Organize your video frame setting

When you record yourself presenting your PowerPoint content, be sure to set your frame up to look professional. It’s not enough to check whether your face is clearly visible on the screen. Here are some tips to enhance the frame’s appearance:

  • Adjust lighting . Avoid positioning your light source behind you, as this will create a silhouette effect. Instead, place the light source in front of you to illuminate your face evenly. 
  • Consider the background . Choose a clean and uncluttered background, such as a plain wall or a virtual background. This helps to keep the focus on you and your content. 
  • Place the camera . Position your camera at eye level for a natural perspective. Avoid extreme angles that can distort your appearance. 
  • Check the framing . Ensure that your face and upper body are well framed in the video. Aim for a balanced shot that includes your head and shoulders. 
  • Choose your attire . Dress appropriately for your presentation. Consider the formality of your content and your audience’s expectations.

Use high-quality audio equipment to record audio like a pro

When you capture videos for your PPT presentations, quality audio is an important component of your presentation. You can record audio with your default computer microphone, but it often provides suboptimal quality, uneven volume, and weak noise reduction. 

Recording audio narration with specialized equipment allows you to deliver clearer sound in your video presentation. Use a professional voice over microphone and consider getting some extra gear like:

  • A microphone stand
  • Headphones to monitor your recording
  • A pop filter to minimize popping and sibilance in your recording.

This audio equipment will enable you to create a studio-quality voice over for your PowerPoint presentation.

Get answers to the most popular questions about video recording yourself during a PowerPoint presentation. 

What video formats are compatible with PowerPoint presentations?

PowerPoint supports various video formats. For broad compatibility, the use of MP4 files with H.264 video and AAC audio codecs is recommended. You can check out the full list of video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint for Windows, macOS, and other operating systems.

Can I add closed captions to my PowerPoint video for accessibility?

Yes, you can import an SRT file with captions to add to your video presentations.

1. Open your PowerPoint presentation in the Normal view. Open the slide that has your video narration where you want to add closed captions.

2. Choose the video on the slide. Go to the Playback tab and click on Insert Captions . Select Insert Captions in the drop-down menu.

insert captions for video narration

3. Select the SRT file(s) and click on Insert .

4. Repeat the steps above if you need to add more caption files.

Now your video will play with captions when you open it.

Can I insert a YouTube video into my PowerPoint presentation?

Yes, you can embed a YouTube video into your PPT in a few different ways. For example, you can feature it as an online video or a screencast. Read our detailed guide on how to insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint to pick the approach that’s most convenient.

Final Thoughts

Now you know how to video record yourself in PowerPoint to create engaging, professional presentations with video narration. Use this format for your lectures, talking head videos, presentations, and other types of dynamic visual content. 

Leverage iSpring Suite to enhance your PowerPoint videos and build interactive eLearning experiences. This authoring tool can take your content to the next level, offering opportunities to engage, educate, and captivate your audience. Get a 14-day free trial of iSpring Suite and see how it can enhance the process of educational and training content creation.

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How to Video Record Yourself Presenting a PowerPoint: Windows/Mac/Phone


Follow the easy steps to record PowerPoint presentations with audio and video, including yourself right in the PowerPoint program or using a handy dedicated screen recorder.

Can You Record Yourself on PowerPoint?

Regarding how to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint, you should first know that Microsoft already added the slide show or screen recording feature. The new Record feature available for your purpose is supported by PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2021 and PowerPoint 365.

Record is the upgraded version of the Record Slide Show option, which provides improved capabilities. For example, the Teleprompter for reading your speaking notes. The function not only helps video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint but also allows you to export and share the video file of your presentation. You can record a presentation with the system audio, your voice narration, slide timings, and laser pointer gestures as well.

If you get stuck on how to record yourself presenting a PowerPoint without the PowerPoint program, a great external presentation recorder is introduced.

How to Video Record Yourself Presenting a PowerPoint on Windows/Mac

This part will show you how to record yourself on PowerPoint on a Windows or Mac computer. You will also learn what the built-in and additional recorders can do and are good for.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint lets you video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint with animations, ink, and sound without a curving. It allows you to blur the camera background if needed. While recording, you can mark up and highlight your slides with annotation tools. There are different view modes for you to focus on your notes while keeping eye contact with the audience.

Browse the tutorial below to learn how to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint.

Step 1: Open your presentation file in PowerPoint, and go to Record on the top right corner;

How to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint Windows Mac 1

Step 2: Tap the camera icon in the top toolbar that appears and select Blur Background or Show Background at the bottom;

How to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint Windows Mac 2

Step 3: Hit the three dots to set the microphone and camera, and choose your preferred view;

How to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint Windows Mac 3

Step 4: Click the record button, and start presenting and speaking to record the PowerPoint presentation with webcam;

Step 5: Use the annotation tools to draw on the video and go to the next slide;

How to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint Windows Mac 4

Step 6: Click the stop button to end the presentation recording.

After you video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint, click the play icon to preview what the recording is like and retake one if it’s not satisfactory. When everything is fine, go to Export > Export Video to export and save the video of the presentation.

If you wonder how to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint 2010, 2013, or another version of your file without MS PowerPoint, AWZ Screen Recorder gives the best answer. With Windows and Mac versions, this software allows you to instantly record any portion of your screen, an app window, system audio, your voice and the webcam overlay in high quality.

It is lightweight and smooth. Before using it to record yourself giving a PowerPoint presentation, you can set the output format. Changing the camera background is allowed. The app also supports customizing the video and audio quality.

Check out how to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint on Mac and Windows with AWZ Screen Recorder.

Step 1: Make your slides ready for presentation and launch the PowerPoint screen recording software;

Step 2: Make Full Screen selected or click on it to choose Select Region to draw the recording area;

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Step 3: Enable and choose the right webcam, sound and microphone devices;

Step 4: Click REC to start to record yourself in PowerPoint in a 3-second countdown;

Step 5: Click the stop button to stop recording when you finish.

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Going beyond the ability to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint on a MacBook or laptop with a webcam, AWZ Screen Recorder also offers basic video editing tools. Specifically, it enables you to compress and trim a video for fine-tuning without switching to another application.

The software has an auto or scheduled recording feature for those who don’t want to wait for a long time for video play. It is packed with gameplay recording mode and allows you to record video, audio, or webcam only.

Download AWZ Screen Recorder to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint on your desktop, Zoom, Google Slides, or any other place.

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How to Video Record Yourself Presenting a PowerPoint on a Phone

While you can screen record on iPhone and Android without an extra app installed, the native screen recorders don’t record the camera. So this part walks you through two of the best recorder apps that let you record PowerPoint with a video of yourself.

Mobizen is one of the widely used screen recorders developed to record gameplay, video, and live streaming on the go. It enables you to quickly get started without signing up. You can add watermarks to videos.

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Here is how to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint on iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Step 1: Get the app from Google Play or App Store, launch it, and allow the recording permissions;

Step 2: Tap the main menu and click the settings icon to change the sound and face-cam settings;

Step 3: Click the floating icon and click the recording icon to record your presentation with your face.

AZ Screen Recorder

AZ Screen Recorder is another best way to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint with video. This popular screen recorder also contains a video compressor and live streaming tool. It allows you to record a video with audio and draw on the screen while recording. It supports shaking your phone to stop recording.

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To record yourself doing a PowerPoint presentation,

Step 1: Open the app, click the pop-up icon and choose the setting option;

Step 2: Scroll down to enable the face cam and audio recording;

Step 3: Click the record button to perform your task.

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How to Choose the Best Way to Record Yourself While Presenting a PowerPoint

First, it depends on the operating system you are running. For Windows and Mac users, Microsoft PowerPoint is enough for daily simple recordings. If you want to record other windows and screen activities outside your presentation and prefer customization, turn to AWZ Screen Recorder.

Next, think about whether frequent recording tasks will happen. If so, invest in a professional and budget-friendly recorder that not only records a video of yourself presenting a PowerPoint but also does many more like webinars, meeting recordings, and video editing.

Then, if you have video format and size requirements. PowerPoint has limited options for that. So, you may go with the best flexible screen recording software to record yourself while talking on or presenting a PowerPoint.

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By recording yourself with a PowerPoint file together, people can see your passion and get addicted to your presentation swiftly. Visual and auditory content always better capture the audience’s attention. In terms of how to record yourself and PowerPoint at the same time, this post has broken down the guides to using PowerPoint’s internal functionality and the worth-trying third-party software.

How do you insert a video that records yourself presenting a PowerPoint?

You can record yourself on a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and insert the recorded video into a slide within the PPT program. In your file, select Insert > Video , and choose This Device to browse and insert the video.

Why my PowerPoint cannot record my face?

There are three main reasons why you try to make a presentation video with your face but fail.

  • Your device isn’t configured with a webcam or the webcam is not connected properly.
  • The permission to access your webcam is not opened.
  • Your PowerPoint version is too old and you should update to the newer or latest.

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Video Presentation: Recording Yourself And Your Screen

You should avoid submitting video files directly to Blackboard. When submitting a video presentation for assessment, we recommend using YuJa to submit your file .

To make the most of this article, we recommend activating your account in YuJa and downloading Office 365 – it’s free as part of your University enrolment.

What Will I Need?

You may be asked to record a variety of videos for assessment, depending on your programme, although you are most likely to be asked to record a presentation that involves capturing your screen.

If you just need to record a video of yourself talking and nothing else (no screens etc), then you can do this with any device that has a camera and microphone.

What you’ll need:

  • A Webcam (or phone camera)
  • A Microphone (your webcam may have one built in)

Record using a laptop or desktop, instead of recording using your phone, if possible. Phones can produce different types of video file format that YuJa may not accept .

To record a presentation, or record content on your screen, there are a few different options. It’s important you find one that works well for you and is easy to use on your device.

What Tool Works Best?

We recommend using a recording tool which you are comfortable with. If you are familiar with one way of recording already, then we do not recommend trying to learn a new tool ahead of an assessment. Not all recording methods are suitable, however, and you may want to try some of the options below to find what works best with your device and with your way of working before you begin trying to record for assessment.

We recommend using one of the free tools available as part of your university membership, such as YuJa or PowerPoint, rather than considering third-party tools that cannot be supported by DTS.

If you have any issues while using these tools, please get in touch via the Self-Service Portal .

Recording with YuJa

YuJa offers a browser-based recorder as well as a downloadable Software Capture application .

Both of these methods allow you to record audio and either a webcam, screen input, or both screen and webcam.

The Software Capture application allows for additional inputs and greater granularity in terms of the quality of the final video.

  • A browser to record with the Browser Capture or a PC/Mac to record with the Software Capture application
  • A Webcam (optional)

Creating recordings with either of these methods will automatically upload your video to the My Media are of YuJa.

YuJa offers a browser-based editor , which can be used to make cuts and more advanced edits to your videos.

Use YuJa for:

  • Recording just camera and audio input
  • Recording PowerPoint or other slide presentations with or without camera
  • Recording on-screen demonstrations with or without camera
  • Recording multiple camera/screen inputs (only via the Software Capture Application)

Other ways to record your screen

PowerPoint has an in-built recorder to let you record your presentation with narration, your presentation with narration and a camera input (Office 365), or just your screen. You have access to Office 365 for free with your university enrolment .

  • Microsoft Office (PowerPoint)

If you want to record a presentation with slides, you can do this in PowerPoint.

This Microsoft Office support article covers the method for Office 365, earlier versions of Windows, Mac OS and PowerPoint online . This option can be found on the ‘Slide Show’ tab under ‘Record Slide Show’. PowerPoint presentations cut audio whilst changing slides, so take a brief pause before moving to the next slide.

If you want to record something which isn’t in PowerPoint, You can record a section of your screen,  by clicking on the ‘Insert’ tab and selecting ‘Screen Recording’.

Be aware that there is no in-built editor for cutting out sections, but you can re-record individual slides if you need to.

Presentations created using either of these methods can be

  • saved as a PowerPoint presentation
  • exported as a video
Please note that saving a Powerpoint file as a video can greatly increase the file size. Unless instructed otherwise by your lecturer, we recommend that you choose the  Standard   quality setting when exporting to video. Another way to reduce file size is to compress images in the presentation. See our guide  Reducing file size for online submission  or this Microsoft support page:  Reduce the file size of a picture in Microsoft Office .

You can set up and record a Teams meeting - see  Microsoft Teams: Making a recording .

The recording will be saved in your university OneDrive in a folder marked Recordings and will automatically be deleted after 90 days.

Screen recording for Mac

Mac users can download Office 365 for Mac as part of their university membership. Alternatively, Mac has its own screen recording tools available.

With  macOS , press Shift-Command (⌘)-5 on your keyboard to see all the controls you need to record video and capture still images of your screen. Use these onscreen controls to select whether to record the entire screen, record a selected portion or capture a still image. If you are using an older version of macOS, you can  record the screen with QuickTime Player .

Export at a lower resolution to export to mp4.

Uploading Video to YuJa

You should not upload video files directly to Blackboard assignments for assessment. Video files should, generally be uploaded to the University’s Learning Capture platform (YuJa).

Leave yourself plenty of time before the deadline. If you’re unsure, ask for help.

For more information see YuJa For Assessment

You may be allowed to use your university OneDrive to share a link for submission . Always check with your lecturer to ensure your mode of submission is appropriate.

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From ideas to screen: How to make presentation videos that shine

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Visuals can mean the difference between a killer presentation and a lost opportunity.

For salespeople, it’s difficult to close a deal without business presentations to back up your pitches. For marketers and business owners, video presentations help communicate ideas and share results from projects to ensure future success. 

Customers also love high-quality visuals, like branded explainer videos and product tours. They’re the fuel that drives eight in 10 people to make online purchases. 

But what makes a good presentation? And how can you engage viewers throughout your video? This guide covers what you need to know about creating video presentations, no matter the purpose.

What is a video presentation?

A video presentation refers to a sequence of visuals combined with audio to convey information, arguments, ideas, or narratives. It can be about a product, service, internal business reports, or even a topic of interest.

Video presentations can range from simple slideshow-style videos with voiceovers to more complex productions involving animations, live-action footage, music, sound effects , and more.

A good video presentation provides information clearly and concisely. But the best video presentations engage your target audience with professional video quality: a good camera and mic, skilled editing, and a confident presenter. 

There are a ton of different types of video presentation formats you can choose from, including:

  • Animated explainer videos
  • Employee onboarding videos
  • Screen recordings
  • Training videos
  • Product demos
  • Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with a talking head
  • Sales presentations
  • Awards presentations

Benefits of a video presentation 

These are great reasons to put in the effort to produce this type of video content.

Enhanced engagement

Video recordings—whether on social media or hosted on your website—are great for engagement and getting your audience’s attention. Wyzowl found that 95% of marketers have said video marketing has helped them increase brand awareness, 90% say it has helped generate leads, and 87% said it has helped them increase sales.

Visual clarity

There's a reason many people suggest something like "If you can learn it, you'll find it on YouTube." The presentation video format is unique in its ability to teach and demonstrate, similar to the in-person experience you'd get with a tutor or salesperson. 

The same Wyzowl report found that 96% of marketers say videos have helped increase user understanding of products and services. In short: video helps customers retain your information.

Global reach and accessibility

Video presentations are a great way to reach a global audience. More than half of people say they’re more likely to share a video with others than any other type of content. 

A video presentation is also better for accessibility than other content types. With video editing software , you can:

  • Easily add subtitles and annotations to your video footage for those with hearing loss.
  • Add an audio description voiceover for those with sight loss.
  • Change the color filters for those with color blindness.

Personal connection

Building a personal connection with your audience is critical for overall brand engagement. A video presentation, especially one with a person in the video, helps you do that. Research shows that students have positive feelings for videos presented by an instructor, for example.

How to create a video presentation

Step 1. plan and prepare.

Proper planning and preparation can help the rest of your presentation creation process run smoothly. 

Think about what you’ll say, and use a storyboard to build out a visual plan of your presentation ideas. Storyboarding your presentation, instead of making it on the fly, will help you stay focused when you fire up your presentation software. (You don’t need to be an artist; just set out the scenes in a way that makes sense to you.)

At this point, start writing the video script for your presentation. You’ll know what to say and when to say it, and won’t fill your presentation up with filler words like “um” and pauses when trying to think about what to say next. 

Step 2. Gather resources

After you’ve completed your paper storyboard and script, it’s time to go digital. With Descript, you can build your slideshows into the video editor just like any slideshow tool . 

To create a presentation video in Descript:

  • Hit New project .
  • Import any media (images, infographics, short video clips, GIFs, or sounds) you want to include in your presentation.
  • Drop your visuals into the script and edit them into a sequence, or work scene by scene by adding a / at the beginning of each slide.
  • Add the background of your presentation, then your script in the left panel.
  • Add captions to your presentation by hitting the T icon at the top and choosing Captions.

When you've set up all your slides, you can get fancier and add transitions, extra media, and special effects later.

Creating a slideshow in Descript

But maybe you’d prefer to create the presentation using more familiar software, like Prezi, PowerPoint slides, or Google Slides. In that case, you can import the presentation into Descript later or use its screen recording functionality. (If you upgrade your Descript plan, you can create your own video presentation templates to use over and over again, if that’s your style.)

Step 3. Record your presentation video

With your slides all set up, it’s time to turn them into a video. This step is pretty straightforward if you’ve used Descript to make the presentation slides. All you’ll need to do is go to the beginning of the presentation and hit the Record button at the top of the screen:

Setting up screen recording with Descript

 If, like in the image example above, you’ve written your script into the scenes, change the default setting Record into script to Record new layer . This preserves your script so you can read from it whil recording your presentation video. 

Presenting different screen recording options in Descript

Decide if you want to record a voiceover only (leaving the record option as Audio only ), or add a floating head video with your webcam to show yourself as the speaker by clicking the Screen option. Either way, go through your script as the slides move along. 

If you created your presentation in another software like Google Slides, there may be no built-in option to record your presentation over the slides. In that case, use Descript’s screen recorder to film your screen with audio. The video file will be ready and waiting for you in the video editor when you finish recording.

Step 4. Edit and enhance

At this point, you’ve got the basic presentation down. It’s time to bring out your inner filmmaker and turn the slideshow into something special. 

Descript video editing dashboard in Dark Mode

With Descript’s free video editor, you can:

  • Add title screens to introduce your presentation.
  • Choose from a library of background music.
  • Change the fonts of your captions and any other text layer.
  • Add cool slide transitions.
  • Improve audio quality with Studio Sound .

Descript’s video editing is different (and easy) since you can edit the video using the script instead of a traditional timeline editor. This makes the process super efficient since you can quickly identify what needs cutting. Simply delete the part of the script you don’t want, and the accompanying video will disappear.

Step 5. Review and fine-tune your video

What makes Descript extra special is the ability to edit your audio by taking out filler words you might have accidentally recorded. Remove “ums,” “uhs,” and awkward pauses in a single click with filler word removal . 

If, like me, you also have a habit of forgetting to say something important, you can use Descript's Overdub feature to add those few missed words without re-recording the whole scene. The software will create an AI clone of your voice to fix audio mistakes. 

With your video presentation fine-tuned, you’re ready to save and share it with the world. Click the Publish button in the top right corner and download the MP4 file, or export it directly to a platform like YouTube or Wistia.

Exporting your video presentation in Descript

6 key elements for crafting a great video presentation

Now you know the practical how-tos of making a presentation video, let’s look at some key elements that turn a good video presentation into a great one. 

Clear and engaging content

Visual appeal, narration and voice quality, engagement techniques, structure and flow.

  • Audience-centric approach 

No one likes feeling confused. If your presentation isn’t clear, you’ll end up frustrating your audience. A nice trick for clarity is to imagine you’re explaining your presentation to a child; don’t use big words to sound smart. Presentations that are clear from the start are naturally more engaging.

Gone are the days of 360p Nokia footage. Even if you don’t have a professional camera setup, you can still record a video on a PC, phone, or webcam with high quality. But don’t forget about the images and text overlays. No one wants to try deciphering pixelated visuals—use the highest quality video resolution you can.

Even the best-quality video presentation can be ruined by bad audio. Poor-quality narration is hugely frustrating to viewers. Prioritize your audio quality, especially for information-rich videos like presentations, and use Studio Sound to remove distracting background noise from your presentation video.

When it comes to video presentations, you should think like a salesperson. You can't expect your audience to believe the information you give them if they don't trust you. Engage your audience by telling a personal story, describing relatable scenes, or emphasizing important points throughout your video.

Treat your presentation like a story with a beginning, middle, and end. Information should flow nicely from one point to the next. Do a test run through your slides before you start recording to ensure any questions don't crop up prematurely because the viewer thinks you haven't covered it (when you do a few slides later). 

Learn: Narrative structure: How to compose the best story for your footage

Audience-centric approach

It's pretty much always to the audience's benefit when you make a presentation video, so you shouldn't focus too much on yourself. Address your audience's needs and go above and beyond to answer any questions they may have. Otherwise, why would they listen to you?

5 tips to help you craft remarkable video presentations

Now we know what makes a great presentation video, here are five bonus presentation tips to create yours. 

1. Practice and rehearse

You won’t always get it right the first time, and that’s okay. But the more you practice before hitting record, the better your presentation video will be—and the less legwork you’ll need to do throughout the video editing process.

2. Invest in good equipment

Top-notch equipment makes your life easier throughout the video creation process. Replace your webcam with your iPhone to improve picture quality, and invest in editing tools that allow you to record and edit in the same dashboard.

3. Optimize lighting

Another area where you can improve the quality of your video is the lighting technique . If you have the budget, you can use a simple ring light, but if you don’t have the cash to invest in video equipment, use natural light (such as a window) behind your camera.

4. Engage with eye contact

If someone was talking to you and they weren’t looking at you, you’d probably be a little confused or uncomfortable, right? It’s the same with video. Look into the camera when making video presentations to simulate real eye contact with your audience. If you forget, use Descript’s Eye Contact AI effect to fix it.

5. Keep it concise

If you waffle on with unnecessary information or get sidetracked on a story, you’ll lose your audience’s attention, and they’ll click away or switch off. Stick to your video script and keep your presentation concise.

Elevate your video presentations with Descript

Creating an informative and engaging video presentation isn’t the easiest task in the world. You’ve got to know your audience and what they want, present the information confidently, and do it with visually appealing content.

With Descript, you can take your presentation video to the next level with an editing experience that allows you to:

  • Record your screen on a Mac or Windows device
  • Create and record slides (with voiceover) in one dashboard
  • Remove filler words with a single click
  • Use Studio Sound to remove background noise from your presentation
  • Turn your presentation into a YouTube video, or download it as an MP4 file

Take a free tour of Descript and see why thousands of creators love its video editing platform.

How to make presentation videos FAQ

How do i make a presentation video for free.

  • Choose a slideshow software like Descript
  • Create your slides
  • Add transitions 
  • Record your voiceover
  • Edit your presentation
  • Share your video 

How do I video myself when presenting a PowerPoint?

Use PowerPoint’s built-in recording feature and choose the “Cameo” option to record yourself when presenting. Or, use Descript’s screen recording feature and have the presentation ready for editing when you finish recording. 

How do I make an audio-video presentation?

If you don’t want to record yourself on video, use a screen recorder to film your presentation slides. Video presentation makers like Descript allow you to record a voiceover.

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How to Record a Video Presentation with Wistia

With these simple steps, you’ll learn how to record yourself presenting on camera in a professional video recording in no time.

February 9, 2023

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Chris Lavigne

Using video in async communication is quick and easy, and many people find videos more engaging and easier to absorb than written text. So, learning how to record yourself presenting on camera is one of the best soft skills you can have in the industry.

Whether you’re giving a sales pitch, doing a product demo, or sharing some expertise on a subject matter, Wistia’s webcam and screen recorder is the best tool for the job. Every time you record a presentation, you can easily share it with your followers and prospects from your Wistia account. This guide will take you through the entire process!

Here's how to record a great presentation video:

Prepare for the presentation, record yourself presenting, edit your video presentation.

We’ve also included best practices and essential video go-to’s. With these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to making a great presentation video using Wistia whenever you need to.

Once you’ve got the Wistia video recorder fired up and ready to go, take these steps to get your screen, audio, and video ready for the presentation.

Clear your screen

Chances are your audience isn’t super interested in the unreal amount of browser tabs you have open. Be sure to keep your screen looking spick-and-span before you start rolling:

  • Close all of your tabs and hide your bookmarks
  • Move your desktop files out of view
  • Mute your notifications
  • Keep an eye on your mouse cursor

Adjust your camera shot

Always check your shot in the video recording window before you get started. This gives you a chance to fix your framing, lighting, brush your hair, and maybe move that pile of laundry out of sight.

To frame your webcam shot like a pro:

  • Sit about an arm’s length away from your camera or your laptop’s built-in webcam.
  • Position your webcam to sit above your eye line — there should be some room above your head.
  • As you record, look at the top of your screen, so people can see your eyes clearly.

Make use of natural light by facing a window. Avoid recording with a light source behind you or directly above or below you (unless you’re going for that vibe). If you’re recording in a dark room, gently light your face with a small lamp or your computer monitor behind the camera. You can get LED lights for a more professional setup for not much cash.

Limit background noise

Make sure your audience is able to focus on what you’re saying rather than your coworker’s DJ skills. Try to limit any noise in the space where you’ll be recording audio for the presentation. Let anyone around you know that you’ll be recording to avoid any interruptions or unwanted background noise.

Have a quick run-through

Rehearse your presentation to help you to feel more confident as you present. A run-through ensures you’ve got all your web pages loaded and any files you’ll need already pulled up.

If you’re presenting a PowerPoint, go through your slide deck to make sure everything looks good on the screen. A rehearsal will also help you check the running time of your presentation — that way you can determine if you need to cut down or add to what you plan to say.

When you’ve done your prep, it’s time to start recording. The on-screen prompts in Wistia will guide you through the recording process. Here are some presentation tips to help you record a great presentation video.

Use a teleprompter

You don’t want to be looking down or shuffling through notes while you give your presentation. Add a script or some notes to a teleprompter to help you out when you present. That way, you won’t miss all the important points you want to include in your video, and you can keep your eyeline up.

If you’re going to record a PowerPoint presentation, you can put some key talking points in your PowerPoint slides if that helps! Same goes for a Google slides or Apple Keynote presentation deck.

Keep it concise and clear

No one wants to watch a super long presentation video! Keep your video quick and concise by sticking to the main topics you plan to cover. If your recording is getting long, consider creating multiple short and easily digestible video clips instead of one long video.

If you’re a bit nervous to be on camera, you might talk fast to get all the information out and over with. Take some deep breaths before you hit record — you’ve got this! Speak slowly enough so your presentation is easy to understand.

And, don’t forget to smile! Keep it friendly and conversational.

Re-record as much as you need

You might feel the pressure to record a video in one sitting, but there’s no rule that says you can’t do multiple takes (at least that we’re aware of). Try it out as many times as you need! Take a deep breath, smile to the camerea, and be yourself! That authenticity will come across loud and clear in your finished product.

You don’t need a perfect recording, either. You can cut any unwanted intros or outros from your Soapbox video afterward! Just end your presentation with a wave or a smile and trim the rest out later.

When you’ve finished recording, you can edit your video right in Wistia.

Start and end with your face

Bookend your video recordings with your face! It provides a warm welcome to the start of your video and leaves viewers with a friendly ending to your presentation.

To get the start and end of your video looking polished, trim out any extra dead space before and after you start talking.

Zoom to emphasize your points

You can highlight specific points in your video, especially those can’t-miss details, with the zoom feature so you can draw the viewer’s attention to a particular part of the screen recording.

Find the moment you’d like to focus on, add a “screen” layout change, and hit the “+” symbol to zoom. Finally, use your mouse to click and drag the video to find the part of the screen you want to show off.

Customize the thumbnail and title

The video thumbnail is one of the first things that your viewers will see. It’s what will help people decide if they want to watch the video or not, so it should be clear, appealing, and show yourself!

Upload a photo for your thumbnail, or choose a frame from the video . We recommend using a thumbnail with the split-screen layout so viewers know what kind of video they’re about to watch, like in this example of Trevor from one of our emails.

Give your video a title that is simple and relevant, so your viewers know what to expect. A simple and descriptive title is helpful when sharing videos with sales prospects and colleagues.

Share your video recording

With your video ready to go, use the share tab to access your video in different formats, depending on what you want it for. You might export it to use in another project, send the link to a colleague, or embed it on a webpage.

All your videos will be saved in the “My Videos” section if you need to access them later. There are a few different sharing options:

  • Download your video file
  • Export to Wistia
  • Share via a link

If you want to embed your video along with the thumbnail in something like a sales email, select “Copy Link with Thumbnail” from the drop-down list. If you only want to share the video link, choose “Copy Only Link" . When sending messages or emails with Soapbox recordings, be sure to give folks some context — don’t just send the video!

You’re ready to make a video presentation

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Use slides recording in Google Slides

You can only record your presentations in Google Chrome Browsers. However, you can view, share, and delete recordings from any browser.

Record a slideshow

  • There's a 30-minute limit to every recording.
  • Information about Slides recordings isn't available in Revision History.
  • If you exceed your Drive Storage quota, you can’t create more recordings.
  • You must have edit access to the slides in order to create a new recording.
  • To open your presentation, go to Google Slides .

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  • To start over, pause and click Re-record .
  • To save your recording, pause and click Save to Drive .

Find your recording

  • On your computer, go to Google Slides .
  • Open the presentation where you created the recording.
  • Select your recording from the list that appears.

Tip: Recordings are saved into a My Drive folder called Slides recordings.

Share your recording

Recordings can be shared to collaborators on the document immediately after creation.

  • To share your recording, click the title of the recording from the list.
  • The video in the full-screen player layout appears.
  • Select the user, audience, or URL visibility rules.

Tip : Alternatively, you can share a recording like you would share any file in Drive.  Learn how to share files from Google Drive .

Remove a recording


  • If you created the recording, you also have the option to move the recording file in Drive to Trash. If the recording in Drive isn't moved to Trash, the recording stays visible in Drive to anyone with access.
  • If you didn't create the recording, it's still visible in the creator's Drive and anyone to with access.

Use external device

You can use a microphone or camera that isn't built into your computer, such as a USB-based external camera or wireless earbuds.

To get started, set up your camera or microphone device like you would normally use it with your computer.

  • Open your presentation.
  • When the recording studio opens, at the bottom toolbar, click Settings .
  • If your external microphone or camera is available, it's listed in the dropdown of devices available to use while recording.

Troubleshoot camera & microphone

When you create a Slides recording for the first time, it asks for a series of permissions to use the camera and microphone of your computer.

Tip: Camera and microphone access isn't required to start recording.

If you decide not to grant access to your camera or microphone, you can change it later.

  • On your computer, open Chrome.
  • chrome://settings/content/microphone
  • chrome://settings/content/camera
  • Adjust the settings to grant access.

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How to Record Customized Camera Feeds With Cameo in PowerPoint

T he widespread adoption of remote work and virtual meetings has led many people and organizations to realize they don't have to be physically present in the same conference room to make presentations. In fact, you don't even need to conduct them live.

However, recording your PowerPoint slides with your face on them requires technical know-how and third-party apps like OBS. This makes recording presentations a bit difficult and discourages people from doing it.

Thankfully, Microsoft has addressed this issue in PowerPoint 365 with the Cameo feature. Here's what it is and how to use it.

What Is Cameo in PowerPoint?

Cameo is a PowerPoint feature that lets you add your webcam or any other camera feed into your presentation. This makes it easier to present virtually, as your audience can see you from within your slides.

Previously, you needed a third-party app like OBS to overlay yourself on your presentation. You can also use a green screen overlay in Capcut or other similar apps to achieve the same effect. However, this takes a lot of effort and know-how.

But with this feature, you can do it from inside PowerPoint with just a few clicks. Here's how to insert a cameo into your slides.

  • Go to Insert > Cameo .
  • After clicking on Cameo, PowerPoint will insert a placeholder object on your current slide and open the Camera Format tab.
  • You can edit the object as you wish, much like any other shape on PowerPoint. You can also click on the options in the Designer pane on the right side of the screen to help you work faster.
  • Once you're happy with its placement on your slide, click on the Preview button to see your live video.

With that, you can start presenting your PowerPoint slides via screen sharing while still keeping yourself on the screen.

How to Record Your PowerPoint Presentation With Cameo

You can also insert a cameo from Record > Cameo . Clicking on this will bring you to the same menu tab and insert a placeholder object for your video. However, even if you didn't set up Cameo beforehand, you can insert it directly while recording your presentation. Here's how:

  • Go to Record > From Beginning or Record > From Current Slide .
  • In the recording screen, click on the Camera icon at the top. This will insert a round object containing your video in your slides' lower-right-hand section.
  • Click on the Red icon to start recording your presentation.
  • Go through your presentation as usual. For more information, check out our guide on turning your presentations into videos .
  • Once you've finished, click the Red icon again to stop recording.
  • Click Export to go to the Export to video screen .
  • Change the File Name as needed, then click Browse to select the location where you will save your recorded video.
  • Once done, click Export Video .

With that, you don't have to spend much effort to add your video feed to your PowerPoint presentation recording. However, the app only places your video at one location across every slide; it might cover some of your content. That's why it's better to use the Cameo feature when you're building or editing your PowerPoint presentation.

If you're unhappy with your recording, press the Retake Video on the left of the record icon. You can pick between On Current Slide or On All Slides .

What You Need to Record Customized Camera Feeds

You need a webcam and a Microsoft 365 account to record your customized camera feed. Furthermore, you cannot use Cameo or record presentations in the PowerPoint web app. You need to download and install it on your computer to use these features.

The Cameo feature is already available on Microsoft PowerPoint 365 in Windows and Mac. However, recording your presentation with Cameo is only available on Windows. As of the time of writing, this feature isn't available for the main PowerPoint 365 for Mac version.

If you're running macOS, you must be a Microsoft 365 Insider to get this feature. However, since the Cameo recording feature is already announced in the Microsoft 365 Insider blog , we hope it will be available in the mainstream PowerPoint for Mac version in a few months.

Recording Your Presentations Is Now Much Easier

The Cameo feature has made presenting PowerPoint slides in video calls easier. And with the recording function, you no longer need a third-party app to put your video over your presentation.

You can integrate it into each slide, allowing you to control where you are on your screen. And you also save a lot of time and effort, as you can record and save your presentation as a video from within Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Screen Recording on Any Device

By Mark Horiuchi

Screen recording is pivotal in today’s business landscape, offering solutions for enhancing communication, training, and workflow management across devices. Whether for creating in-depth tutorials, enabling remote collaboration, or documenting processes without physical presence, its utility spans various operational needs.

Why You Should Care About Screen Recording

Screen recording helps businesses bridge gaps in communication, enhance training methodologies, and streamline project workflows. There exists multifaceted benefits of screen recording for businesses: creating tutorials, facilitating remote collaboration, and more. Whether you’re using a Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, or Android device, understanding screen recording’s utility can significantly impact your operational efficiency and content delivery.

The Value of Screen Recording in Business

Screen recording enables the creation of detailed tutorials, engaging presentations, and informative product demos with ease. This capability allows companies to capture and share in-depth processes, software walkthroughs, and complex procedures without the need for physical presence, making it an essential asset for training and educational purposes. 

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Also, in an era where remote work and virtual collaboration have become the norm, screen recording serves as a critical communication bridge. It ensures that team members, regardless of their geographical locations, have access to clear, visual instructions and insights, facilitating a more connected and informed workforce.

Screen Recording Across Devices

The versatility of screen recording technology, available across various devices like Mac, Windows PCs, iPhones, and Android smartphones, underscores its relevance for business users. This cross-platform availability ensures that regardless of the operating system or device preference, professionals can leverage screen recording to capture important moments, from web meetings on a laptop to app demonstrations on a smartphone. 

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This universality not only democratizes access to screen recording capabilities but also highlights its significance in a mobile-first world where business activities are increasingly conducted on the go. Understanding how to utilize screen recording on each of these platforms can empower businesses to capture and share knowledge more effectively, making it a valuable skill in the digital age.

Screen Recording On Computers

Both macOS and Windows offer native screen recording tools, simplifying the process for businesses to document crucial activities on their computers. However, these tools are fairly basic in their functionality.

Screen Recording on Mac

MacOS provides an integrated screen recorder accessible through a simple keyboard shortcut, Shift + Command + 5. This shortcut brings up a control bar with options for capturing the full screen, a selected area, or taking screenshots.

Screen Recording on Windows

Windows features a built-in screen recorder that can be launched with the Windows + Shift + S keys. This tool offers several recording modes, including full-screen, window-specific, custom rectangular, or freeform captures.

Screen Recording On Mobile Devices

With the evolution of business dynamics, mastering screen recording on mobile devices is no longer optional. It’s essential. Whether for capturing a crucial client call, creating a quick tutorial, or documenting a bug, both iPhone and Android devices offer satisfactory built-in features. 

The iPhone offers a seamless screen recording experience :

  • Enable Screen Recording: First, add Screen Recording to the Control Center from Settings.
  • Start Recording: Access the Control Center, then start recording with a simple tap, waiting for the countdown.
  • Stop Recording: Use the Control Center or the red status bar to stop and save your video to the Photos app.

Android Devices

Android devices provide a straightforward approach to screen recording : 

  • Access Screen Record: Swipe down for Quick Settings and find the Screen Record option. If not visible, you might need to add it.
  • Customize and Start: Choose to record audio or show touches on the screen. Start recording after the countdown.
  • Stop Recording: Swipe down and tap the notification to stop.

Enhancing Screen Recording with Visla

Visla enhances the screen recording experience for businesses by offering advanced, user-friendly features. This makes it easier to capture, annotate, and share content across platforms, ensuring that your business communications are both effective and professional.

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Visla’s Features That Elevate Screen Recording

  • Ease of Use: Capture screens on macOS, Windows, iOS, and Android effortlessly.
  • Note-Taking: Annotate with text and emojis for personalized communication.
  • Customization: Choose your recording area, from preset ratios to custom regions.
  • AI Features: Extract highlights and transcribe audio automatically.
  • Audio Options: Record internal system audio and microphone input simultaneously.
  • Step Recorder : Capture on-screen actions with our AI Step Recorder and turn them into compelling tutorial videos.
  • Sharing: Instantly share recordings with a link.

Businesses can use these features to create clear, engaging tutorials, demos, and presentations, enhancing internal training and external marketing efforts.

Why Choose Visla for Your Screen Recording Needs

Visla offers a unique combination of simplicity, efficiency, and advanced features, making it the go-to solution for businesses looking to improve their screen recording quality and workflow. From time-saving AI enhancements to seamless sharing options, Visla streamlines the entire process. Try Visla for your next screen recording project and elevate your business content to new heights.

How Does Screen Recording Enhance Remote Collaboration for Businesses?

Screen recording boosts remote collaboration by allowing teams to share detailed visual instructions, feedback, and presentations, regardless of their geographical locations. It serves as a bridge for clear communication, ensuring that all team members have access to the same visual resources and can contribute effectively to projects.

Can Screen Recording on Mobile Devices Improve Business Operations?

Yes, screen recording on mobile devices, such as iPhones and Android smartphones, plays a crucial role in modern business operations. It empowers professionals to capture and share important moments on the go, from documenting app malfunctions to creating quick instructional videos. This versatility is especially beneficial in a mobile-first world, where business tasks are frequently performed outside traditional office environments, ensuring knowledge sharing and communication remain uninterrupted.

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Mark Horiuchi

Mark is a Content Writing Specialist for Visla. In a past life, they’ve worked as a content analyst and product expert for an in-house video content marketing team and a freelance blog writer for a wide range of clients.

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