How To Make A Video Lecture With iSpring

Check out this step-by-step guide to learn how to make a good video lecture on your own. If you are just getting started, download and install a fully-functional iSpring Suite trial, and a special iSpring Suite tab will appear in your PowerPoint.

iSpring Suite tab in PowerPoint

You can also find a full demo video lecture at the end of the article. So, let’s get started.

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

To insert your 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 from your computer.

How to import a pre-recorded video

After that, you will see a pop-up window where 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 from scratch:

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

Click the Record Video icon on the iSpring Suite toolbar.

Where to find the Record Video icon

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

Record Video Narration for a Course

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.

Have a look at how the recording step is performed in our video tutorial.

2. Edit your video narration

When you are done with your video (either imported or recorded), click Manage Narration to synchronize it with your presentation or edit it if necessary.

Launch the iSpring Narration Editor by clicking Manage Narration.

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:

  • To delete a fragment of the video, select the unnecessary part on the timeline, and press Del on your keyboard or the Delete button on the toolbar.
  • To make the speech cleaner, for example, to avoid false starts, you can silence any part of the narration. To do that, select the desired segment and click the Silence icon.
  • The trimming option helps you to get rid of clumsy parts at the beginning and end of the video. Select the part you wish to leave, and click Trim.
  • The Remove Noise and Adjust Volume options are made to perfect the audio quality. Finally, the Fade In and Fade Out effects enable smooth transition of audio from one part to another. They are often used with music at the beginning and end of the video.

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

How to synchronize your video and slides:

If your presentation contains animations and transition effects, you can easily synchronize them with your training video. Select 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.

Have a look at how the editing step is performed in our video 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, 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 higher 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 a whole web page, YouTube and Vimeo videos)
  • Interactive templates (Tabs, Accordion, Pyramid, Media Cards, and more)
  • Dialog 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. Changing the video lecture layout

With iSpring Suite you can shift learners’ attention from 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. To do this, click Select Player on the ribbon.

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, 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 way.Slide and Video

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

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 where 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

To share your lecture online, 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.

6.  Share your video lectures with iSpring Learn LMS

The optimal way to share a video lecture with employees or learners and track their performance is to upload it to an LMS. Here’s how to publish a lecture to iSpring Learn LMS directly from 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. See how to add new users to the LMS and how to invite them to view a course.

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

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

To create your first video lecture today, get started with a 14-day free trial of iSpring Suite.

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