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How to record audio and video for your modules

Recording Narration for PowerPoint

Follow these steps to add narration once you’ve finished authoring your presentation. 

  • Ensure your microphone is set up and working prior to recording.  

  • Open your presentation and find the appropriate slide.  

  • Click on the Slide Show tab, select Record Slide Show and choose Start Recording from Current Slide from the drop down menu to open the recording window  

  • Use the toggle buttons at the lower right corner of the window to turn your camera and microphone on or off. 

  • Click Record on the toolbar at the top of the screen to start recording and click Stop to finish. You can preview your recording by clicking Replay or clear the narration by clicking   

  • When you have finished recording press Esc to exit the recording screen  

  • Save your presentation, ensuring you save it as .pptx

  • You can preview your narration in Normal view by clicking on the sound icon displayed on the bottom right corner of the slide  


Play back the recording to make sure it is audible and there are no background noises etc (eg a loud hum that can be caused by recording while a laptop is plugged in).  

Tip: Make some transcript notes prior to recording and build in some longer pauses at the start and end of each slide - these can be edited out but words that are cut off mean that the audio will need to be re-recorded.  

Note: These instructions are for the Powerpoint for Office 365 desktop app. Audio recording is not supported in Powerpoint for web. Instructions for macOS are available on the office support website.  

Recording a video

The Distance Learning Unit have produced a guide that will give you hints and tips if you wish to do some self-filming.

View the Self Filming Guide Right Arrow

Equipment Hire

If you don’t have a suitable microphone or other suitable recording equipment they can be rented from the AV desk in the Library on production of your staff card.

See the Student Media Equipment webpage for more information.

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