Presenter '13: Syncing Animations and Recording Narration at the Same Time

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In this tutorial, we'll walk through syncing animations and recording narration at the same time in Articulate Presenter.

Adding Animations

Before you can sync animations with narration, you'll need to add PowerPoint animations to objects and/or text in your presentation. If you're not familiar with PowerPoint animations, see the following Microsoft tutorials for help:

Although Presenter will respect animation timings you set in PowerPoint, it's easier to set your animations to start On Click and sync them with Presenter.

However, it’s okay to set animations to start With Previous or After Previous when you need to sync multiple items together.

Presenter supports most, but not all, PowerPoint entrance, emphasis, exit, and motion path animations. Click here for a complete list.

Syncing Animations and Recording Narration

Here's how to sync animations and record narration simultaneously:

  1. If you'd like to use PowerPoint's slide notes as a transcript while you're recording narration, go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and click Options. Select the Other tab on the left edge of the window, and mark the box to Show notes pane on narration window. Click OK. (See Setting Presenter Options.)
  2. Select the slide where you want to sync animations and record narration.
  3. Go to the Articulate tab on the PowerPoint ribbon, and click Record Narration.
  4. Click Start Recording, and begin speaking into your microphone.
  5. As you're recording narration, click Next Animation each time you want to trigger an animation. Presenter shows you how many animations are remaining.
  6. When you're finished recording and syncing, click Stop Recording.
  7. Use the Play/Pause and Stop buttons to preview the slide.
    • If you need to start over, click Start Recording again.
    • If you just need to fine-tune the animation timings and would prefer not to start all over, see this tutorial to learn how to use the Audio Editor to tweak timings.
  8. When you're done, click Save & Close to return to PowerPoint, or use the slide selector to sync animations and record narration for a different slide.

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