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Camtasia Studio and PowerPoint

With Recorder, you can record any Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and convert it into an AVI or Streaming Media file.

Recorder records all of the PowerPoint animation and slide transitions while Camtasia Studio allows you to narrate, modify and edit that recording, making your presentation more valuable to your audience.

As a standalone video, your recorded PowerPoint presentation can be distributed via CD-ROM, web or e-mail and played back on standard media players. The presentation runs unattended, but delivers the full content of a live event. No special PowerPoint viewer is needed by your audience.

Overall, with Camtasia Studio, you can:

  • Record a PowerPoint Presentation as it plays.

  • Record the effects, sounds, and music you have inside the PowerPoint presentation.

  • Embed a Camtasia Video in Your PowerPoint Presentation

  • Embed an Animated GIF in Your PowerPoint Presentation

  • Save a PowerPoint Slide as a Still Image

  • Use Camtasia Player to Payback Videos in Your PowerPoint Presentation

The following tutorial gives you all the information you need to successfully record your PowerPoint presentation.

Recording a PowerPoint Presentation

  1. In Microsoft's PowerPoint, open the PowerPoint presentation you would like to record.

  2. In Camtaisa Recorder, choose Capture > Input > Screen.

  3. In PowerPoint, go to the Slide Show view by selecting menu options View > Slide Show or by pressing the Slide Show View hotkey, F5.

  4. Begin recording by pressing Camtasia Recorder's Record/Pause hotkey (default is F9).
    Note: You won't see the Recorder window on your screen, because PowerPoint's slideshow will be playing.

  5. In PowerPoint, move through your slide show.

  6. Stop recording by pressing Recorder's Stop hotkey (default is F10).

  7. Save your capture. Note that it is saved as an AVI file.

  8. You can now use Camtasia Studio to edit, or narrate your PowerPoint video. You can also use Camtasia Effects to add annotations such as arrows or callouts to the video.

Recording the Sound within your PowerPoint Presentation

By default, Camtasia Studio records audio only from the microphone source. If you want to record other audio sources, such as sound generated by games or other applications, try the following suggestions.

1. Enable Stereo Mix in the Recorder Control Dialog Box

Some sound cards may have a mixer control that allows you to map the audio to the microphone input. This will be the easiest way to get sound coming from another application.

To do this, follow these steps.

1. Choose Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Volume tab.

2. Within the Device Volume group, click on the Advanced button. The Playback Control dialog box displays.

3. Choose Options > Properties.

4. In the Adjust Volume for group box, enable the Recording option.

5. In the Show the following volume controls: group box, choose Stereo Mix.

6. Choose OK. The Record Control dialog box displays.

7. At the bottom of the Stereo Mix group box, enable the Select option.

8. Click on the System Close button in the top right corner to exit this dialog box.

9. You will return to the Sounds and Audio Devices dialog box. Choose OK to exit.

 Now, when you record, any sound coming from your application will be recorded as well.

2. Record the Sound Coming from your Speakers

Position your microphone about 12 inches at the midway point between your computer’s stereo speakers.

Test the recording level, and then adjust the speaker volume as necessary.

It is important to note that when using this option, any noise that is present in the room will also be recorded.

3. Install a Sound Card that Maps the Audio to the Microphone Internally

One such sound card is Sound Blaster® Live!, manufactured by Creative®. It places a "What You Hear" input in the Recording section of the Windows Volume Control dialog box, allowing for allows direct recording of audio generated by applications.

Then all you would need to do is enable audio recording in Camtasia Studio.

4. Insert a Jumper Wire in the Line Out and Mic In Jacks on your Computer’s Sound Card

If you do, you may wish to adjust the microphone gain the Windows Volume Control, by selecting Start  > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Audio > Sound Playback  > Volume > Playback Control > Options > Advanced Controls, or the audio may be slightly overamped and sound distorted.

Camtasia Studio can record sound directly from the sound card, using an application such as Total Recorder®, made by High Criteria, Inc. (http://www.totalrecorder.com/). Please note that Total Recorder® is not a TechSmith product, and we do not support it or otherwise make any guarantees.

Recording a Full Screen PowerPoint Presentation in an Independent Window (for XP only)

Most times you will want to record your PowerPoint presentation as it runs full screen. However, the size of the final AVI, both in terms of actual file size and playback size is prohibitive. Also, recording a presentation full screen can result in less than desirable results. However, you can record your presentation full screen in a smaller, independent window that not only creates a smaller file size, but creates a better overall video in terms of quality.

To Record a PowerPoint Presentation Full Screen in an Independent Window

  1. Within PowerPoint, choose Slideshow > Setup Slideshow.

  2. The Set up show dialog box displays.

  3. Within the Show Type group box, enable the Browsed by an individual (window) option.

  4. Choose OK.

Now, when you play your presentation, simply resize the independent window to be any size you desire and the presentation will play full screen inside of it.

Embed a Camtasia Video in Your PowerPoint Presentation

Note: You can use Camtasia Player to playback AVIs in your PowerPoint presentations. When embedding AVIs into PowerPoint the quality of the video may be degraded due to scaling. This problem can easily be resolved by using Camtasia Player to display your videos from the PowerPoint Presentation.

  1. In Microsoft's PowerPoint, open the PowerPoint presentation you would like to embed the video in.

  2. Move to the slide of your presentation where you would like to add your video.

  3. Select menu options Insert > Movies and Sounds > Movie from File. PowerPoint's Insert Video dialog appears.

  4. Use the Insert Video dialog to browse through your desktop's files and folders. Highlight the video you would like to embed and click OK. A PowerPoint dialog asks if you would like your video to play automatically in the slide show. Choose Yes if you would like your video to play automatically. Choose No if you want the video to start in the slide show only after you manually start it.

  5. The first frame of your Camtasia video should appear on the slide you chose to embed your video on. If you right-click over your embedded video file and select the context menu option Edit Movie Object, you can edit play options such as looping and rewind.

Tip! If you right-click over your embedded movie file and select menu option Edit Movie Object you can edit play options such as looping and rewind.

The following tables gives you some basic information on the different Camtasia Studio video formats that can be used for embedding.

File Type Things to Consider about Delivery
AVI AVIs are typically large files, but have high quality -- which is important when you need to convey precise details. Embedding an AVI can quickly increase the file size of your PowerPoint presentation. Embedding AVIs in your presentation is not recommended when planning to share via the Web unless you know your viewers all have high bandwidth connections to the Internet. TechSmith recommends distribution via CD-ROM or corporate intranet.
AVI encoded w/ TSCC Codec This is the best format for embedding movies of screen activity. Because of TSCC compression, your PowerPoint file size will not increase significantly when embedding this type of movie file. Remember that anyone who views your presentation needs to have TSCC installed on their desktop. TechSmith recommends distribution via CD-ROM, Pack and Show, and via the Web.
WMV This movie type can be produced for specific bandwidths, and the quality and file size of your movie will reflect those settings. Choose this format when you want to share or playback your presentation on desktops that have Windows Media Player installed.
MOV This movie type can be produced for specific bandwidths, and the quality and file size of your movie will reflect those settings. Because QuickTime Movie Player is available for both Windows and Macintosh, TechSmith recommends this movie type when you know you want to share or playback your presentation to an audience with different operating systems.
Animated GIF This format is preferred if you are concerned with keeping your PowerPoint presentation file very small, especially for delivery via the Internet. If you want to embed a short movie clip where precise detail is not important, TechSmith recommends choosing animated GIF.

 

Embed an Animated GIF in Your PowerPoint Presentation

  1. In Microsoft's PowerPoint, open the PowerPoint presentation you would like to embed the GIF in.

  2. Move to the slide of your presentation where you would like to add your animated GIF.

  3. Select menu options Insert > Picture > From File. The Insert Picture dialog box displays.

  4. Browse through your desktop's files and folders. Highlight the animated GIF you would like to embed and click Insert.

  5. To preview how the animated GIF picture will appear in the slide show, click Slide Show at the lower left of the Microsoft PowerPoint window.

Save a PowerPoint Slide as a Still Image

  1. Display the slide you want to save as a picture.

  2. Choose File > Save As.

  3. In the Save as type dialog box, select the file format (BMP, GIF, JPEG).

Note: Drawing objects in your presentation are automatically converted to GIF files when you save your presentation in HTML format.

Use Camtasia Player to Playback Videos in Your PowerPoint Presentation

You can use Camtasia Player to playback AVIs in your PowerPoint presentations. When embedding AVIs into PowerPoint the quality of the video can be degraded due to scaling. This problem can easily be resolved by using Camtasia Player to display your videos from the PowerPoint Presentation. Camtasia Player will not scale your AVIs and will always display them perfectly, so that you don't have to worry about them looking poor in your PowerPoint presentation.

To use the Camtasia Player as your video player in PowerPoint, you must make a button that will call Camtasia Player, with the necessary command line arguments, so that it will play your video. To create a button in PowerPoint you must do the following.

  1. Choose an Action Button from the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of the screen, then click on the current slide to insert the chosen button.

  2. Right mouse click on that shape, and select Action Settings.

  3. In the Action Settings dialog box, select the Run Program action. This will allow you to call CamPlay.EXE, which is the executable of Camtasia Player.

  4. Enter CamPlay.exe in the Run Program field. In order for this to work properly you must save your PowerPoint presentation and the AVI you want to play inside the same folder as CamPlay.exe, otherwise PowerPoint won't be able to find and run CamPlay.exe.

Note:The location of CamPlay.exe in default installations of Camtasia Studio is C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 2\CamPlay.exe.

  1. Enter any desired command line arguments in the Run Program field along with the name of your video. Let's say your video is named myvideoAVI. This means that you will need to enter the following into your Run Program field:
    Camplay.exe /F /E myvideoAVI
    This will call Camtasia Player to run full screen, exit when finished, and play myvideoAVI.

  2. Click OK in the Action Settings dialog box.

You will now have a button that will call Camtasia Player to play your video.

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Product:Camtasia Studio
Platform: Win 98 and above
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