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PowerPoint Lectures via YouTube

Consider Using Zoom For This

The Zoom screen share/lecture capture method works for a variety of needs and is easy to use. We recommend using Zoom over the various methods outlined below.

If you are using Windows . . .

  • you may quickly record your narrated lectures using Microsoft PowerPoint (version 2013 or higher) and convert them to video for easy online viewing through YouTube. Microsoft Office is available free to UIDAHO faculty and staff (Download Office now).

If you are using a Mac . . .

  • If you are running Office 365 locally, you may now record narrations and export presentations as mp4 videoes for upload to YouTube--just as you can on Windows. However, this feature is not available for the cloud version of Office 365 nor is it available for Office 2016. To confirm your version of Office on the Mac, choose PowerPoint > About PowerPoint at the top of your screen and confirm License: Office 365.
  • If you don't have access to a local version of Office 365, you may use Keynote to produce lectures for YouTube or use Screencast-o-Matic. Keynote's advantage over Screencast-o-Matic is that each slide can be edited independently as needed. However Keynote costs $20 and Screencast-o-Matic.com is free.
  • WARNING: If a narrated Microsoft PowerPoint presentation was created using a Mac, the only way to create a video of it without losing the audio is to save the presentation as a .pptx file and then transfer it to a Windows machine. Load the .pptx file into a Windows version of Microsoft PowerPoint and then Export the Presentation as Video.

Record Narrated PowerPoint

  • Open your slides in Microsoft PowerPoint (version 2013 or higher) (Windows only).
  • Go to the Slide Show tab.
  • Click Record Slide Show.
  • Recording TIPS:
    • 1: Record a test run to check your audio levels.
    • 2: Try to keep videos brief (e.g. 5-15 min); break them up into several parts when they get long.
    • 3: Try not to speak while transitioning between slides, it may cut you off.
    • 4: Use PowerPoint's Laser Pointer to focus on key points.
  • If you are running Office 365 locally, you may now record narrations and export presentations as mp4 videoes for upload to YouTube--just as you can on Windows. However, this feature is not available for the cloud version of Office 365 nor is it available for Office 2016. To confirm your version of Office on the Mac, choose PowerPoint > About PowerPoint at the top of your screen and confirm License: Office 365.
  • If you don't have access to a local version of Office 365, you may use Keynote to produce lectures for YouTube or use Screencast-o-Matic. Keynote's advantage over Screencast-o-Matic is that each slide can be edited independently as needed. However Keynote costs $20 and Screencast-o-Matic.com is free.
  • WARNING: If a narrated Microsoft PowerPoint presentation was created using a Mac, the only way to create a video of it without losing the audio is to save the presentation as a .pptx file and then transfer it to a Windows machine. Load the .pptx file into a Windows version of Microsoft PowerPoint and then Export the Presentation as Video.
  • Once you've finished recording your narration, press Esc to exit the recording process.
  • Save your presentation to a safe place on your computer.
  • Listen to the presentation to be sure it meets your expectations.
  • If you need to re-record a slide, navigate to the slide you want to edit, use the pull down for the "Record Side Show" button to Start Recording from Current Slide.... When you are done recording the edit for that slide, hit the ESC button rather than moving forward to the next slide. If you move forward instead, you will be re-recording the audio for the next slide as well.

Export Presentation as Video (MP4)

  • Once the presentation is finished, click the File menu in PowerPoint.
  • Select Export, and then Create Video.
  • Leave these default settings:
    • Computer & HD Displays
    • Use Recorded Timings and Narration
  • Click the Create Video button.

  • Watch the Creating Video progress bar at the bottom of the PowerPoint window to know when the video is done.

 

Upload Video to YouTube

Don't store video in BbLearn! BbLearn does not perform well as a video host, making it difficult for students to successfully watch videos stored there. BbLearn cannot stream videos, thus requiring the files to download completely before viewing. Unfortunately, videos stored in BbLearn download very slowly and may even fail to download. Thus, upload your video files to YouTube and then Link to or Embed your video into your BbLearn course once it is successfully hosted elsewhere.

YouTube provides a free, stable video service and links/embeds well into BbLearn. Learn how to Upload Video to YouTube. Upload videos to YouTube as Unlisted to prevent those without a direct link to the video from finding them. Watch a video by Cassidy Hall, UI which covers unlisting a video and closed captioning it in YouTube.

YouTube automatically produces Closed Captioning (CC) for most of the shorter uploaded videos using speech recognition technology. This process may take several days to complete. Since the CC is automatically generated, the quality of these captions will vary from video to video. You will probably want to edit YouTube's automatic captions to improve their accuracy.

If you do not see the CC button on the video after waiting several days, the uploaded video may be longer than YouTube is willing to process. However, closed captioning can be created and uploaded using captioning software or by paying for captioning services (see YouTube Help).


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