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I am a student. What are my options for creating voice-over narration for a PowerPoint presentation?
Posted by Anna Wright on 07 March 2013 08:57 AM

There are three options available for creating pre-recorded video of voice-over narration for a PowerPoint presentation. 

IMPORTANT: Rowan Online does not support or recommend the use of PowerPoint’s built-in voice-recording option. The built-in recorder generally creates very large voice files resulting in excessively oversized PowerPoint files. Available space and related technical issues due to file size make this option unsupportable. The three options outlined below are not affected by file size issues.


Option 1: Jing Software (Recommended)

Jing is an easy and intuitive screen-capture tool that is free to use for Mac and PC user. Jing records your computer screen, mouse movements and even your voice, and then allows you to easily share it. Students can create voice-over narration on their PowerPoint presentation. Using Jing requires the following:

  • Download and Install the Jing software from http://www.techsmith.com.
  • A microphone device for recording. USB Headset (headphones and microphone combination) devices are recommended.
  • A Techsmith Screencast.com account (Free from Techmith)*

Note: The Jing software limits recording duration of a one video to 5 minutes. If your video is longer than 5 minutes, you will need to create multiple Jing videos and create a playlist.

*Free Screencast.com accounts have a limit of 2GB storage and 2GB of data transfer per month. This should generally be sufficient for most student projects.

Click here to learn how to use Jing to create voice-over PowerPoints.

Rowan Online will provide technical support for students using Jing to pre-record video of voice-over narration for a PowerPoint presentation.


Option 2: Video Recording Device & YouTube.com

Students may use a video recording device (i.e. Video camera, webcam, or smartphone such as an iPhone). To create voice-over narration, situate the video recording device such that it will record the computer screen while you narrate your presentation. Note: This option will typically produce a sufficient, although lower quality recording than Option 1. Video must be uploaded to the student’s personal Youtube.com account.

Click here to learn how to create voice-over PowerPoints using this option.

Rowan Online will provide technical support for students using a video recording device to pre-record video of voice-over narration for a PowerPoint presentation. However, support for specific recording devices may be limited.


Option 3: Camtasia Studio (For Advanced Users)

Students who wish to create voice-over PowerPoint narration videos with much more control over the final production may consider using Camtasia Studio from Techsmith. Camtasia Studio allows you to create high-quality, professional looking presentations. Using Camtasia, you can record on-screen activity, add imported media, create interactive content, as well as share HD videos that can be viewed on nearly any device. Use of Camtasia typically requires a USB Headset device (and/or web cam). There is a purchase price for the Camtasia software. For more information and details, visit http://www.techsmith.com.

Rowan Online will not provide technical support for students using Camtasia to pre-record video of voice-over narration for a PowerPoint presentation. Camtasia should only be considered for students who are comfortable using this software and relying on self-support or obtaining manufacturer’s support.


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