Newbie question (sorry) Powerpoint related

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I'm looking to record videos of powerpoint deck scrolling along and me narrating. I'll need to do some editing as the narration is unlikely to be perfect first time, may need to add/cut stuff...etc.

I've been testing two approaches, open to thoughts on other/better ideas:
  1. I do a screen capture in Camtasia with the capture tool with narration at same time. I import into Camtasia and can edit separate video and voice tracks; or
  2. I import the powerpoint deck into Camtasia with no narration. This delivers me a separate media object of each powerpoint slide (50 slide deck = 50 media objects). It's then possible to narrate each - one for one - in Camtasia.
As you can tell, I'm new to this and am possibly not describing the situation very well. If anyone has thoughts on how to do this, or if I'm on the right track, could you please let me know?

Thanks. Mike.
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One of the advantages of your first approach involves animation in PPT. If you simply import the slides, you end up with static images that you then have to figure out how to animate if you want them animated.

If you are using the latest version of PPT, the Morph transition type can be quite useful for easy animations.
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Thanks Bruce. Still feeling my way into the possibilities.... they seem endless! Regards from Amsterdam.
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The more you try things and just use it the more proficient you’ll become. Remember also that Camtasia has “layers”, so you can reshoot/recapture a messed up slide, say one with a typo. Just line up and place that segment on top of the original and use your original audio. Keep posting when you run into problems. Lots of experience here. Hi from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.
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Thanks Bruce. Perhaps you could give your opinion on an alternative recording scenario: import slides into CT without narration, then add narration (effects and whatnot) in CT. Is this a valid approach and what are the pro/cons the scenario discussed earlier?

Appreciate your thoughts. Thank you. M
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Hi Mike, I think both methods are viable. In the approach you described, it would be a matter of using "export" and getting a series of jpg files that would be populated on the Camtasia timeline. This method will work best if you only wish to use Camtasia effects, since there won't be any from PowerPoint/Keynote. You would adjust the timing of each slide accordingly. When I have done it this way, I make each slide longer than I think I'll need, then tighten it up afterward. If you press the shift key and select multiple segments, you can bulk adjust their length. Also, you can concentrate on using narration just to record the individual segment. That way you can pause and collect your thoughts. Finally, for some people, using a teleprompter, which you can set up above your Camtasia product can be helpful, especially you're recording using your camera. 

Ultimately, I think different projects lend themselves to either method. I've done it both ways. I like the "flow that I get into with recording then importing the entire presentation. But, the other works as well. Just remember the slide effects from PowerPoint are "hard-coded", but again, you can redo it and replace or place the edited layer on top.

Hope I've been sufficiently clear. Let me know if I should clarify any parts of this.  BG
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This is the first "community forum" I've ever found helpful. Thank you. I learned something new. CT 2018 in Windows. I cut off the last two slides of a PPT by trying to using zoom n pan. I struggled getting the image to NOT auto size to a square (I needed a rectangle) & now that rectangle is all there is left of the rest of my presentation. I'm attempting to use screen shots of the last two slides to avoid a complete re-recording.