Are you looking to win over your audience with a presentation? Enhance your PowerPoint slides with video narrations and thus foster your viewers’ engagement.
Here, we’ll show you step by step how to make a video presentation with iSpring Suite. If you still don’t have it, you can download the authoring tool for free and install it on your computer right now.
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Step 1. Add a Video Narration
Open your presentation in PowerPoint. Then go to the iSpring Suite tab and click on Manage Narration.
Now you can either record a new video narration or import a ready video file. To record a narration, click on the Record Video button on the editor’s toolbar.
The Record Video Narration panel will appear.
You can add a video narration for one or several slides at a time. To record video for the current slide, mark Process current slide only.
When you’re all set and ready for filming, click on the Start Record button. To finish, click on Done.
Tip: Paste the script of your speech into the integrated slide notes. Reading notes from the screen will help you keep “eye contact” with viewers.
Don’t worry about recording a perfect narration, as you will then be able to fine-tune it with the integrated audio and video editor. For example, if you make a pronunciation mistake, simply repeat the phrase and then delete the unnecessary fragment of the video. You can access the editor by hitting the Edit Clip button on the ribbon.
In case you already have a video, adding it to your presentation will take no time. Just make sure it matches one of the supported formats: .avi, .wmv, .mpg, .mp4, or .mkv. If it is, click on the Video button and select the file on your computer.
Tip: You can insert multiple videos at once. To do that, press and hold the Ctrl key while choosing several files.
The Import Video dialog will open. Here you can choose whether to insert the clip(s) At current cursor position or At the beginning of the slide. If you would like the beginning and the end of the video clip to match up with the slide length, then mark Adjust slide duration.
The added narration will appear on the video timeline of the narration editor.
Step 2. Synchronize Video with Slides
Now it’s time to synchronize your video with your slides and animation effects. The latter are displayed as yellow bars on the Slides timeline. The great thing is that you’ll be able to choose the exact moment when an animation should appear while watching the video. This way the effects perfectly correspond to the narration.
The sync process is quite simple to accomplish. Just put the cursor where the sync should begin, and click the Sync button on the toolbar.
A Sync panel will appear above the timeline. Click on the Start Sync button to start the process.
The Start Sync button will be replaced with the Next Slide/Next Animation buttons, depending on the upcoming element in your presentation. Click on those buttons at the appropriate moments. For example, hit the Next Animation button at that moment of the narration where you would like to start the next animation.
Once you have finished, click on Done to quit the Sync mode. Then hit the Save & Close button in the upper-left corner.
Step 3. Switch Layouts in Slide Properties
Your presentation doesn’t have to have the same layout for all the slides. You can highlight key points by changing the proportion between presentation information and the video for each slide. To do that, click on Slide Properties on the toolbar.
In the Layout column, choose the desired layout for a particular slide from the drop-down list.
Depending on the player type, the layouts will work differently. iSpring allows you to publish materials using one of two players: the highly customizable Universal player, which has a number of advanced features, and the Video Lecture player, which displays the presentation in a 50/50 layout and allows viewers to change the proportion between video and slides at any time.
For the Universal player, the layouts work as follows:
The Full layout displays the slide, sidebar and navigation panel.
The No Sidebar layout displays the slide and the navigation panel only.
The Maximized Video layout displays the video in the center, the slide on the sidebar, and the navigation panel.
The layouts for the Video Lecture player can be changed at any time during presentation playback. You can still preset them, and they will work as follows:
The Full layout displays video and slides in a 50/50 proportion.
The No Sidebar layout displays the full slide on the right with a miniaturized video on the left.
The Maximized Video layout will show the enlarged video on the left and a smaller slide on the right.
Сhanging layouts for different slides helps highlight the key elements of your presentation. For example, you may minimize the video to make viewers pay attention to the slide.
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Additionally, you can set automatic slide advance for the entire presentation. To do that, in the Presentation Explorer select all slides and click on the Auto button.
Step 4. Customize Your Player Template
The built-in presentation player has flexible customization options: you can provide your viewers with presenter info, company logo, outline, and more. First, let’s choose what player to use. Click on Player on the product ribbon, and choose whether to use the Universal or Video Lecture player as shown in the picture.
The Universal player is highly customizable and has a number of advanced features. The Video Lecture player displays the presentation in a 50/50 layout. The proportion between video and slides can be changed when viewing a presentation.
For this guide, we will be using the Universal player. To customize the chosen player, click on Templates. There are a number of available player templates to choose from. As an example, we will be using the Online Lecture with Video template.
To adjust the display of the player’s elements, click on the Layout button on the ribbon. For example, let’s turn off the outline and notes. Here’s what our player will look like:
Note that the player customization settings will affect the presentation layout configured in Step 3. For example, if you choose the Full layout in the Slide Properties, and then turn off the sidebar in the player settings, the sidebar won’t be displayed.
Additionally, you can customize a presentation to match your corporate colors by choosing one of the built-in color schemes or creating your own.
When you’ve finished customizing the player, click on Apply & Close in the upper left corner.
Step 5. Publish Your Video Presentation
When your video presentation is ready, the last step is to publish it to Web format so that it can be easily accessible via a browser.
In the Publish Presentation window, select a publishing destination from the left-hand menu. Enter the presentation title and select a Local folder where the presentation will be saved. Under Output Options, choose a format. We’ll be publishing to HTML5 format to make our video presentation play seamlessly across all platforms and devices. You can learn more about publishing presentations here.
Hope this guide will help you turn a PowerPoint presentation into an engaging video lecture. As you have seen, it’s quite simple to combine your video with presentation slides and animation effects. In case you don’t have a video yet, you can record it and edit it right away without downloading any third-party tools.
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