Recording an individual or group presentation with PowerPoint 365 or 2019

This option requires Office 365 or Office 2019 for Windows at least for the final export to video. You can download Office 365 from IUWare for free. Office 2019 is available on all computer lab Windows computers.

If you are on campus and cannot install Office 365 on your personal computer, you can record your audio by opening your PowerPoint file, going to the Insert tab, clicking the Audio button, and choosing “Record audio.” You can then go to a computer lab to export the file to video. Please do not record audio in the computer labs.

The following steps presume you have Office 365 or 2019.

  1. Activate the Recording tab on the Ribbon if it is not already there
    • The Recording tab does not appear on the Ribbon in PowerPoint 365 or 2019 by default so you may need to enable it. Go to File > Options and choose “Customize Ribbon.”
    • On the right side list of Main Tabs scroll down to Recording, check the box next to it, and click “OK.”
  2. Record your presentation
    • Open your PowerPoint file, go to the Recording tab, and click the “Record Slide Show” button to start recording.
    • Check and make sure your microphone and webcam (if using) are recording properly by clicking the small microphone and video camera icons at the bottom right of the recording screen.
    • Click the red “Record” button at the top left to start. You can stop after each slide and review your recording or you can continue through the whole presentation. If you continue, make sure to pause between slides. The 1-2 seconds of silence allow PowerPoint to tell what audio goes with what slide.
    • When you are done, click the “X” at the top right to finish.
  3. Export your presentation as a video file
    • When all the slides have been recorded, go to the Recording tab and click the “Export to video” button.
    • Select the quality you would like the video to be. Normally 1080p (the default) is fine and leave “Use Recorded Timings and Narrations” selected.
    • Click “Create video” and tell PowerPoint where to save your video file. The small black status bar at the bottom of PowerPoint will show you the progress of your export. Do not do anything else in PowerPoint while a video is processing or it will cancel the job.
    • Once the video has processed, you are ready to upload your video to Kaltura and submit. See submitting a previously recorded video for instructions.

Group recording with PowerPoint

If your group prefers to record the individual sections independently and at least one person has Office 365 or 2019 or can access it at a computer lab, you can record directly into PowerPoint. Each person in the group would

  1. begin with a copy of the master PowerPoint file,
  2. delete the slides that they are not responsible for recording,
  3. record their audio and/or video on their slides only, and
  4. send the file with the recorded slides to the group member responsible for putting together the slide deck.

The person putting the slides together would add the other members’ slides into their PowerPoint file and export it to video.

Recording tips

  • Team members using Macs or older versions of PowerPoint for Windows can record audio onto their slides by using the “Audio” option on the “Add” tab.
  • Starting from the same PowerPoint file is very helpful for the person who is compiling the recorded slides.
  • After your video is created, the person who will submit the assignment for the group will upload the video file to their Kaltura account.



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