Help w/ Creating a YouTube Video

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Hi!

I am a newbie using (1) Camtasia Studio 8.6.0, (2) Power Point 2010 (w/ Camtasia add-on), and, if needed, Audacity 2.1.2. These tools run under Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, Service Pack 1.

I am planning to create a short video for YouTube, with a 16:9 aspect ratio, simple transitions, a music background throughout the video, and my voice in certain spots.

Do you suggest that I create the Power Point presentation first, then, add the music background, and, finally, add the voice?

Thank you!

Dr. T


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Yes, that is an approach that will yield a quick video that looks polished. I suggest you write a script and pre-record all of your speaking parts, save them as .wav files and then import them into your project so you can place them, edit them, etc. Use a good quality mic if possible (not the mic that is built into your computer) and audacity for this. You have options for creating the graphics - you can export your PPT slides as JPEGs and place them individually or you can screencast your PowerPoint show (record it) as a camtasia file. Good luck!
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Dear pearsonweb,

Thank you for your prompt reply.

As you said, I can save the PP slides as JPG files or save the PP slides as a Camtasia file (within PowerPoint).  And, I can save the voice as  WAV files using Audacity. FYI, I use a Blue Snowball mic.

What about thebackground music from YT, which I save as an MP3 file?  Is it added separately from the voice?

Dr. T


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Yes you should add your background music as a separate audio track . That way you can easily adjust the volume of the music so it does not interfere with your narrative.
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Good advice here.  From another point of view, I like to write the script first.  That helps me with the outline and to think about how I want my music to go.  I don't always simply use background music, so your application may differ.  I like to cue events and narration to music events.  So sometimes I do the music second, then I put it in Camtasia along with a narration and add visual elements to match then narration and music.  
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Dear pearsonweb and doug,

Thank you for your replies.

After I write a storyboard, I will keep the PP. voice, and music in 3 separate tracks.

Dr. T