How to make a video lecture with iSpring

Video lectures are an engaging way to share your knowledge. And the best thing is that you can create them on your own with just a few pieces of equipment and software tools. Check out this step-by-step guide to learn how to make a good video lecture outside the classroom setting fast and hassle free. But first, let’s see what is typically meant by video lectures.

What is a video lecture?

A video lecture is a video that presents educational material on a topic. The format can vary: it might be a talking-head video with an instructor speaking to the camera, a “lecture capture” of a live classroom lecture, slides with voice-overs on the topic, demonstration videos, or a screencast. It can also take the form of an “interactive lecture” in which video, audio, PowerPoint slides, and other features are combined.

The most common way to create a video lecture is to record a presenter with a camera and then polish it with a video editing tool to make it look more professional. In this article, however, we’ll share another way to make a video lesson, and this is with the help of PowerPoint.

How can you record audio and video in PowerPoint?

In PowerPoint, if you want to record audio for your slides, the process is quite simple and takes only a few clicks:

  1. Head over to Ins ert on the PowerPoint toolbar, sel ect Audio and then Record Audio. 1 select Audio and then Record Audio.png

  2. Click on Record or the little red button. 2 Click on Record.png

  3. Start talking. 

  4. Click on the square to stop recording. Then click OK.

To record video in PowerPoint, you can make a slideshow or screen recording, which is the default. Below are the quickstart guides on how to do this.

To record your slideshow:

  1. Select the Slideshow tab and click Record Slide Show. Choose fr om what slide you want to start recording your slideshow. 4 Select the Slideshow tab and click Record Slide Show..png
  2. A slideshow recording window will open. Click on the red Record button (or press R on your keyboard). After the three-second countdown recording begins. While recording your slideshow, you can highlight certain points with various colors fr om the lower panel.5 Click on the red Record button.png
  3. Stop recording by pressing S on the keyboard or clicking on the square Stop button.
  4. Note: after you’re done with the first slide recording, preview it and check to see if everything is fine by clicking on the blue Replay triangle.

To make a screen recording:

  1. Open the presentation into which you want to embed a screen recording. 

  2. Head over to the Insert tab and select Screen Recording6 select Screen Recording.png

  3. Select the area of your screen that you want to record. Note: Before clicking Record, we recommend that you pin the dock to keep this toolbar visible. 7 Select the area of your screen that you want to record..png
  4. To finish recording, click on the square Stop button, or press Windows+Shift+Q on the keyboard. The screen recording will be included in the current slide. 

We’ve shown you how to record audio and video in PowerPoint using its default features. But if you need to record a webcam video, you’ll need an additional app, such as iSpring Suite. This is a PowerPoint add-in that is designed to create eLearning content of any type, including training videos

Next, you'll learn how to record a high-quality video lecture with iSpring in the familiar PowerPoint interface.

A step-by-step guide on how to create a video lecture in PowerPoint

We hope you already have PowerPoint installed on your computer. If so, the first thing you need to do is to download the iSpring Suite trial and install it. A special iSpring Suite tab will then appear in your PowerPoint.

Note: iSpring was designed to be a Windows app. However, it can work on Mac, in case you install Microsoft Windows on your computer. Learn how to install Windows on a MaciSpring Suite tab in PowerPoint

To create an interactive video lecture, just open your PowerPoint.

1. Record video narration

There are two options we should consider, based on whether you have a pre-recorded video file or not.

a. If you already have a pre-recorded video:

Just ins ert it using the iSpring Narration Editor. You can add a video file in one of the following formats: AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, or MKV.

To insert your original video, click the Manage Narration icon on the iSpring Suite toolbar.

Manage Narration Icon

Then in the iSpring Narration Editor, click Video to import a file fr om your computer.

How to import a pre-recorded video

After that, you will see a pop-up window wh ere you can choose the location of the video within your presentation.

How to import a video in iSpring Suite

b. If you need to record a video narration fr om scratch:

First, make sure that your camera and a built-in or external microphone are turned on and ready to record. If you’re recording a webcam video for the first time, you will need to go through the Microphone Setup Wizard.

Click the Record Video icon on the iSpring Suite toolbar.

Wh ere to find the Record Video icon

To make it even easier, use the Slide Notes on the right panel to ins ert your script.

Record Video Narration for a Course

Click on Start Record when you are ready. To finish, click OK.

You don’t have to record a perfect narration in a single take, because you can always polish it later with the built-in audio and video editor.

Take a look at how to record video narration in our video tutorial.

2. Edit your video narration

When you’ve finished your video (either imported or recorded), you need to synchronize it with your PowerPoint slides and make some adjustments to achieve a high-quality video.

How to edit your video:

Fine-tune your video right in iSpring Suite using the built-in editor. Choose the video on the timeline and click the Edit Clip icon.

iSpring Narration Editor

After doing this, you will see the following pop-up window:

Editing options of the built-in iSpring video editor

You will have the following editing options:

  • Delete. To delete a fragment of the video, choose the unnecessary part on the timeline, and press Del on your keyboard or the Delete button on the toolbar.

  • Clean. To make the speech cleaner, to avoid false starts, for example, you can silence any part of the narration. To do this, sele ct the desired segment and click the Silence icon.

  • Trim. The trimming option helps you get rid of clumsy segments at the beginning and end of the video. Sele ct the part you wish to leave, and click Trim.

  • Improve. The Remove Noise and Adjust Volume options allow you to perfect the audio quality.

  • Transition. Finally, the Fade In and Fade Out effects allow a smooth transition of the audio fr om one part to another. They are often used to fade music in and out at the beginning and end of a video, respectively.

To preserve the applied changes, click Save & Close in the upper left corner.

How to synchronize your video and slides:

Here’s what you need to do if you want to combine your webcam video with PowerPoint slides. 

Launch the iSpring Narration Editor by clicking Manage Narration. Sele ct a slide on the timeline and hit the Sync button.

How to synchronize video with slides

A Sync panel will appear above the timeline. To start the process, click Start Sync.

Sync Panel

The Start Sync button will be replaced with the Next Slide/Next Animation/Skip Transition buttons, depending on the upcoming element in your presentation. Click on them at the appropriate moments; for example, when you want the next animation to be inserted.

When you have finished, click Done and then Save & Close in the upper-left corner to close the narration editor.

Learn more about how to edit a video from our tutorial.

Tip: You can also edit your video in iSpring’s advanced video studio, which is also included with iSpring Suite and lets you add transitions, hotkey hints, freeze frames, captions, and more.

3. Add some interactivity to your video lecture

There is no doubt that video lectures can be really captivating on their own. However, you can energize them even more by adding some interactive features and achieve greater engagement with your audience.

With iSpring Suite, you can add the following things:

  • Quizzes with 14 question types: multiple-choice, drag-and-drop, hotspot, and more
  • Web objects (like an entire web page, Vimeo and YouTube videos)
  • Interactive templates (Tabs, Accordion, Pyramid, Media Cards, and more)
  • Dialogue simulations
  • Screen recordings
  • Characters, backgrounds, icons, and slide templates
iSpring Suite Interactive Inserts

All these resources will be available in the interactive video player of your lecture.

4. Change the video lecture layout

With iSpring Suite, you can shift learners’ attention fr om the slide to the video narration and back. To do this, click Player on the iSpring Suite toolbar. In the open window, you can change the player type. Click Select Player on the ribbon to do this.

Customizing the player layout

There are three types of players:

  • Universal. This is a player with flexible options that allows you to combine slide content, a small presenter video, course outline, and various panels and controls. Customize Player Menu
  • None. This layout focuses the attention of your audience on the contents of the slide. Learners can study the information on the slide without being distracted by the instructor’s comments.Slide Only Mode
  • Video lecture. Use this type of layout if both slide and video are required to explain the information in the most effective manner.Slide and Video

Combine different types of layouts to highlight the most important parts of your lecture content.

Tip: You can adjust the layout to change the proportion between slide and video by dragging the border between them.

Click Apply and close to save changes and return to the lecture.

iSpring Suite also allows you to fine-tune the player layout for each slide separately. To do this, click Slide Properties on the ribbon.

A new window will open wh ere you can change the slide layout for each slide to highlight the most important parts of your video presentation:

Customizing slide layout in iSpring

5. Publish your video lecture

After you record your lecture and make it attractive, you can share it online. To do this, click the Publish button on the toolbar. You can publish the presentation for the Web, a cloud sharing service, or an LMS, or send it by email.

How to Publish Video Lectures in iSpring

Your video lecture will be published to HTML5 format and will be available for playback on all devices: desktops, tablets, and phones.

You can also have a look at how the publishing step is performed in our video tutorial.

That's how you can record a presentation with video in PowerPoint. Now it’s time for the final step - publishing.

5.  Publish and share your video lectures with iSpring Learn LMS

After you record your lecture and make it attractive, you can share it online. To do this, click the Publish button on the toolbar. You can publish the presentation for the Web, iSpring Space, iSpring Learn, an LMS, or YouTube.

The optimal way to share a video lecture with employees or learners and track their performance is to upload it to a learning management system (LMS). Here’s how to publish a lecture to iSpring Learn LMS directly fr om iSpring Suite:

  • In the publishing window, choose the iSpring Learn tab.
  • Sign in to your iSpring Learn account. If you don’t have the LMS yet, please sign up for a free trial first.
  • Choose the desired file destination and click Publish.
Publishing Video Lecture to LMS

In your iSpring Learn portal, you can assign the video lecture to learners and keep track of how they’re watching it. Your learners, in turn, will be able to watch a video lecture whenever and wherever they want to, fr om their PCs, laptops, and mobile devices, using the iSpring Learn mobile app. 

Check out the iSpring Learn page to learn more about its capabilities.

You can also have a look at how to publish an online course for an LMS in our video tutorial.

Here's an example of a video lecture created with iSpring:

Tips for Creating Engaging Video Lectures

Just recording a video is not enough. To make it more effective and engaging for learners, follow these tips.

Keep lectures bite-sized 

Learners will find it easier to watch a short, concise video rather than a one-hour speech with a lot of details. So, you should divide your lecture content in to a series of videos of up to 7 minutes of length each. This will allow learners to navigate through the parts of the course quicker and refresh some particular topics if needed. 

Follow a narrative structure

Start every new video with a brief outline of what you’ve studied in the previous parts and wh ere you are now. Summarize your ideas at the end of the video so your learners can memorize them better and process the information. Feel free to learn more about the narrative structure for your talking head videos here. 

Communicate with your audience  

 Make your lectures dynamic, not monotonous. Be open and positive for learners even though they’re seeing you in recording, and not in person. It’s important to include some humor, emotions, and a human touch in your lectures when they go digital.  

Ask questions

If you pose a question to the audience at the end of a video, this makes them anticipate answers. They will be eager to continue watching a lecture. It’s even better if you prepare quizzes to assess how well they understand the new material.

To create your first video lecture today, get started with a 30-day free trial of iSpring Suite.

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