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Adjusting Microphone Volume

Before you start recording, it is important to make sure your microphone volume is set correctly. This video explains how to adjust the microphone volume in MacOS and Windows 10. Correctly setting the microphone volume before recording is one of the most important tips for producing a quality presentation video.

Click here to download a quick guide on setting your microphone volume. (PDF)

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Recording Narration in PowerPoint

PowerPoint includes the feature to record narration for each slide in a presentation and easily re-record narration for a slide. This is the easiest way to record a narrated PowerPoint presentation and can save a lot of time. Instead of having to re-record an entire presentation if there is a mistake or the phone rings, you can re-record a single slide. This also makes it much easier to update recordings later.

Here are two important tips before you begin recording in PowerPoint:

  • If you are using the older ppt format of PowerPoint file, be sure to convert the file to the pptx BEFORE recording in PowerPoint. This is covered in both guides below.

  • Make practice recordings on a few slides before recording a full lecture. This will save a lot of time if you encounter any problems recording. Be sure to listen to your recordings to make sure the audio recorded well.

Click here for a quick guide to recording narration in PowerPoint for Mac

Click here for a quick guide to recording narration in PowerPoint for Windows


What to do with a Narrated PowerPoint

Once you have recorded narration in your PowerPoint, there are two ways to deliver your presentation. The chart below explains the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

  Embed with OneDrive Export as Video
  • Students click through the presentation, which is a more active experience

  • If you need to update the PowerPoint, you can do that in OneDrive and the embedded version in your course is automatically updated

  • Animations and transitions in the PowerPoint are preserved

  • Video is more familiar to students

  • Can be converted to a video quiz in MyMedia if desired

  • Can be captioned if needed

  • Slightly more complicated to set up

  • Not as familiar to students

  • Can’t be captioned, but if a student needs captions it can quickly be exported as video and captioned

  • Watching a video is a passive experience

  • If you want to update the PowerPoint, you have to re-export, re-upload, and re-embed the video

  • Does not preserve animations or transitions in the PowerPoint


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Click here for an example of a PowerPoint exported as video and embedded in Canvas

Embedding a PowerPoint in Canvas using OneDrive

OneDrive can be used to embed a narrated PowerPoint in Canvas. Students are able to view the presentation in their browser without installing additional software. Recorded narration plays automatically on each slide, and all transitions, animations, and embedded media are preserved. 

If you will use OneDrive to embed the PowerPoint file, you MUST use a personal OneDrive account. Students will not be able to access the PowerPoint if you use your OU OneDrive account.

Click here for a quick guide on using OneDrive to embed a PowerPoint file in Canvas.


Exporting a PowerPoint Presentation as a Video

PowerPoint presentations can be easily exported as a video file. This video file can be uploaded to MyMedia for easy embedding in Canvas. For instructions on embedding MyMedia videos in Canvas, please see the guide at the bottom of this page.

If using PowerPoint for Mac, update PowerPoint to the latest version. Older versions will not export voice recordings when exporting to video.

Click here for a quick guide to exporting a PowerPoint as video

Uploading & Embedding Video with MyMedia in Canvas

Once you have exported your Powerpoint as a video, the easiest way to upload the video to MyMedia and embed it in your course is to do it all in Canvas. The guide and tutorial video below explains how.

Please note: Videos should not be uploaded directly to your Canvas course, but to MyMedia. Canvas courses do not have enough storage space to accommodate more than a few short video clips.

Click here to download a quick guide on using MyMedia to upload and embed video from within Canvas.

The video below explains how to use MyMedia to upload and embed videos from within Canvas.

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