The Best Way To Record a PowerPoint Presentation

Approximately 35 million PowerPoint presentations are given every day. From classrooms to boardrooms, PowerPoint slides are the go-to medium for sharing supporting content that helps audiences absorb and connect with the concepts and ideas shared in a presentation. Different types of presentations include:

  • Business and sales presentations
  • Executive communications
  • Training and tutorials
  • Product demos
  • Educational lectures
  • Student assignments

But what happens to all of those PowerPoint slides after they are presented? A handful will get shared or archived, either privately on SharePoint or publicly on SlideShare depending on the content and intended audience.

In most cases, PowerPoint slides on their own — without the corresponding presentation are incomplete and don’t do the best job of communicating the concepts from the actual presentation. Those ahead of the curve share and archive recordings of their full presentations.

So, what’s the best way to record your PowerPoint presentation?

If you’ve ever experimented with recording a presentation, you’ve likely tried one of the following:

  • Recorded narration over your PowerPoint presentation in PowerPoint itself
  • Used a screen recorder to capture your slides and a voice over

Used Google Hangouts or another video chat tool to record your slides as you present them. While each of these presentation recording methods will undoubtedly produce a resource that is a step above lifeless PowerPoint slides, they all share one glaring shortfall: They still can’t engage your viewers the same way you could if you were presenting right in front of them.

Experienced business professionals and educators will be the first to tell you that the most effective online presentations show both your PowerPoint slides and you presenting. From eye contact to body language, showing the full presentation makes the viewer feel like they are in the room — it will grab your viewer’s attention and improve comprehension and retention of your key points.

When it comes to employee training, class lectures, or any other communication that’s enhanced through show-and-tell, a multi-stream video of you delivering your PowerPoint presentation is ultimately the best way to share information.

How To Record A PowerPoint Presentation With Audio and Video

With Slideator Recorder, the most advanced free presentation and screen recorder available today, it’s easy to record yourself and your PowerPoint slides side-by-side with just your laptop and its built-in webcam and microphone. Just open Slideator Recorder in your web browser, select the media you want to record, press the Start button and present as usual.

Prepare Your PowerPoint Slides and Talking Points

As you prep your slides and structure your presentation, think strategically about how your PowerPoint slides will visually engage your audience and support your talking points, without duplicating you plan to say. And we’ll let you in on the single greatest secret to delivering a perfect presentation: record yourself practicing.

Select Your Audio and Video Sources

Slideator Recorder will automatically detect any connected audio and video feeds, whether you’re using your computer’s built-in devices or an external webcam or microphone that you’ve plugged into your USB ports. Simply toggle the automatically detected audio and video sources to choose the media inputs you want to capture. Be sure to test the audio and video quality before you deliver your full presentation.

Open Your PowerPoint Slides and Capture the Screen

With Slideator Recorder, you’ll have two options for recording your slides: You can either record your slides by recording your screen or by recording the slides within the PowerPoint application. Click the screen capture icon and make your selection from the dialog window that appears in your browser.

You’ll notice that you can add multiple video sources and capture multiple screens with Slideator Recorder, which means you have a lot of flexibility to record more than just you and your slides. You can share your screen to show a live walk-through or demonstration along with your slides in another screen, and you can even capture multiple video feeds at the same time. Slideator Recorder syncs all of your media in the cloud so you can capture every element of your presentation, no matter the complexity.