Record video-lectures using Microsoft Powerpoint

Follow these easy steps to record a lecture using Microsoft Powepoint and your slides:

Note that this recording works better with slides created in 16:9 aspect ratio.

  1. Take a look at the microphone setup tutorial to make sure your microphone is working.
  2. Once your slides are ready to present go to the Slide Show menu and click Record from Beginning

  3. Powerpoint will go fullscreen.
    1. You can click on Settings (1)  and select which Microphone you want to use to record (for instance your laptops internal microphone or the microphone of your headset)
    2. You can see your webcam (2) video at the bottom (which you can resize, place somewhere else, turn off)
    3. Once you're satisfied with what you see, click the record button (3) to start recording
    4. At anytime you can turn camera or microphone off by clicking the icons below the webcam image

  4. At the bottom of the screen there are tools for annotation (1) while you present. You can point or circle (2) things with your mouse while you speak.

  5. Not happy with your performance? You can clear the narration for all slides and start over from step 2.

  6. If you are happy with the result, click File

    1. Open the Export (1) Menu, click in Create a Video (2). 
    2. On the dropdown (3) menu you can select the resolution, please select FullHD (1080p) or HD (720p).
    3. In the second dropdown (4) maintain "Use Recorded Timings and Narrations"
    4. Select the automatic time (5) for slides with no Narration or recorded time (for instance if you stopped recording in the middle of the presentation or if you skipped the two last slides because they are just a list of references)
    5. Click Create Video (6)

  7. Give your video a meaningful name (1) and save the video as MP4 (2) , not wmv.
    Attention: don't name your video "video 1.mp4" use names like "20200317 - Ivan Oliveira - How to Use Powerpoint part 1 of 2.mp4" 

  8. On the bottom of the screen you will see the progress bar showing how far Powerpoint is with the rendering of the video.

  9. Once the video is saved (Powerpoint won't give you any notice) please open and watch the video to make sure it looks and sounds like you expect and then either upload it directly to Canvas or send the video to using the Surf filesender service (Links to an external site.). Once your video is uploaded you will receive a code to embed it in Canvas.
  10. Create a page in Canvas, edit it, click in HTML editor, paste the code and save.