Syncing Animations

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Presenter ’09 makes it simple to sync your animations with the Consolidated Recording window, which is also used to Record Narration and Add Annotations.

To Sync Animations:

  1. Select Articulate --> Sync Animations to launch the Consolidated Recording window.
  2. Use the following options to sync animations via the Control Panel:
    • Start Sync: Press this button to begin syncing your animations with your audio for the current slide.
    • Next Animation: After sync has started, press this button to begin the next animation for the current slide.
    • Stop Sync: Press this button to stop syncing animations for the current slide after all animations have played.
    • Play: Press this button to playback any audio, animations, and annotations for the selected slide.
    • Pause: Press this button to pause animation syncing or audio playback.
    • Resume: Press this button to resume syncing animation 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.

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 sync animations, 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: Select this record mode to record narration and add annotations to your slides. Learn more about Recording Narration.
    • Sync Animations: The current view, which allows you to synchronize animations in your slides to your recorded or imported audio.
    • 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 syncing animations for each slide.
  • Save & Close: Click the Save & Close button to save your work and close the Consolidated Recording window.