Making A Recording

Open your PowerPoint file and re-save the presentation. You may wish to take a look at “Managing Your Files” for some suggestions regarding folder structure.

  1. Select the Adobe Presenter ribbon at the top of the Power Point interface.
  2. step2-record_butOnce the Adobe Presenter ribbon is displayed, select the slide you wish to start recording audio for (normally slide 1) and press the Record button.
  3. You will then be prompted to read a quotation out loud to check that the microphone is working correctly and there is sufficient level. Be careful to talk in a similar voice (volume and tone) to that, that you intend to use during the presentation. Whispering now and shouting during the recording or visa versa is likely to cause undesirable results.
    The red box will turn to green when there is sufficient level.
    Please note that you will be prompted every time you hit record so if you have already checked the level you can continue past this stage by clicking Skip.
  4. PowerPoint will go into slide show mode. A small audio recorder interface will also appear. You may need to reposition the record panel if it covers any elements of the slides that you need to see.

    When ready to record, click the Record button once to start the recording.step4-record_button
    he record button will change to a Pause and Stop button (1). The timer will begin to count upwards (2) and a Next Slide button will appear (3).
    Please note that if your slide contains any animation the Next Slide button will be a Next Animation button (see below) and look slightly different. You will need to click this while recording to activate slide animations, such as bullet points appearing on screen. Once all of the animations have been triggered the button will revert to Next Slide.
  5. Press the Stop button to stop the recording. The Next slide/animation button then becomes a Play button (1). Clicking this allows you to review the audio that you have just recorded. If you are happy with your recording click Save (2). If not, press Discard (2) and click the Record button to try again. Please note that if you saved your audio but click Record again you will over write your previous audio. It will be lost forever.
    t is generally advisable to save as you go. This way if anything untoward happens while you are creating your presentation your loss will be minimal.
  6. step6-previewTo view a preview of your presentation select the Preview option from the Adobe Presenter ribbon. Selecting the Preview Icon (1) will create a preview of the entire presentation. Selecting the area labelled Preview with the downward arrow (2) will give you a number of options. Select as appropriate.Please note that if the Preview button is shaded out this means that your PowerPoint presentation is saved in .ppt format. Save the file in PowerPoint Presentation(*.pptx) to enable the Preview button.
  7. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR RECORDING then go back to the slide which you were not happy with and repeat the recording process from step 2 above. This will over write the previous recording for the slide in question.
    IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH YOUR RECORDING then time to move onto Slide Management and Upload to Blackboard.

Quick tips

  • Save at least every few slides. If you record slide by slide, save slide by slide.
  • Think about the content of the slide before you press record.
  • Pause for 2 breaths after pressing record, before speaking.
  • Stop speaking and pause again for 2 breaths before pressing stop (otherwise you will cut your audio). These pauses will generally mean a more natural sounding recording and ensures that no audio is unintentionally cut off.
  • It’s possible to move from slide to slide while recording – make sure you pause your speech, click to the next slide, pause again then start speaking – never speak while clicking next slide, or you’ll end up with a gap in your audio.