Recording Narration

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Presenter ’09 makes it simple to add narration to your slides with the Consolidated Recording window, which is also used to Sync Animations and Add Annotations. To Record Narration:

  1. Select Articulate --> Record Narration to launch the Consolidated Recording window.
  2. Use the following options to record narration via the Control Panel:
    • Start Recording: Press this button to begin recording your narration for the current slide.
    • Next Animation: If your slide has animations, press this button after you’ve started recording audio to begin the next animation for the current slide.  [Video Tutorial]
    • Stop Recording: Press this button to stop recording for the current slide.
    • Play: Press this button to playback any audio, animations, and annotations for the selected slide.
    • Pause: Press this button to pause current recording or audio playback.
    • Resume: Press this button to resume recording audio for the current slide.
    • Slide Selector: Use either the forward/backward arrows or click the slide number to show the Slide Selector drop-down menu, which shows slide thumbnails, slide titles, duration, and  icons that indicate if the slide has any recorded audio, animations, or annotations.

  3. If you would like to record narration continuously across more than one slide, you can uncheck the option to Record narration for one slide at a time in Managing Presentation Options: Other.

To show annotations or toggle record mode: In the Consolidated Recording window, use the Record Mode panel to display other options:

  • Show Annotation Tools: Checking this box displays the following annotation panels:
    • Annotation: Select from the drop-down menu to Annotate or Don’t annotate as you record narration. If you select to annotate your slide, click either the single arrow icon to show only one annotation at a time, or the multiple arrow icon to show all annotations as you record narration. While you record narration, click the Clear All button to clear all annotations you’ve added.
    • Shapes: Click the button corresponding to one of five available annotation types you’d like to add during your recording. Available choices include the following:
      • Arrow (click down arrow to select from 32 types of arrows)
      • Check
      • Cross
      • Rectangle
      • Spotlight
    • Style: Use the available options to specify the style for your selected annotation shape:
      • Fill (Arrow, Check, Cross): Select from Stylish Colors, Standard Colors, Semitransparent Fill, or More Fill Colors, where you can specify HSL or RGB color values, or select a color from a color gradient and Add to Custom Colors.
      • Outline (all annotation types): Select from the same color options as Fill (see above). Additionally, set Width options (Thin, Normal, or Thick) for Rectangle and Spotlight annotations only.
      • Effects (Arrow, Check, Cross): Specify Animation (None, Fade, Fade 3x, Fade Loop, Bounce, Bounce 3x, or Bounce Loop) and Size (50% to 300%) settings.
      • Effects (Spotlight): Specify Animation (None or Animate) and Corners (Straight or Rounded) settings.
      • Animation (Rectangle only): Specify Animation type (None, Fade, Fade 3x, Fade Loop, Stretch, Stretch 3x, or Stretch Loop).
      • Corners (Rectangle only): Specify type of corners (Straight or Rounded).
      • Spotlight (Spotlight only): Select from Stylish Colors, Standard Colors, or More Fill Colors, where you can specify HSL or RGB color values, or select a color from a color gradient and Add to Custom Colors.
  • Record Mode drop-down menu: Select from the following options to toggle record mode:
    • Record Narration: The current view, which allows you to record narration and add annotations to your slides.
    • Sync Animations: Select this record mode to synchronize animations in your slides to your recorded or imported audio. Learn more about Syncing Animations.
    • Add Annotations: Select this record mode to add annotations to your slides. Learn more about Adding Annotations.
  • Slide Notes: The Slide Notes window displays any slide notes you’ve added to your slide in PowerPoint. You can also edit existing or create new text while recording narration for each slide.
  • Save & Close: Click the Save & Close button to save your work and close the Consolidated Recording window.