PowerPoint add-in enhancement requests

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The PowerPoijnt add-in is a fantastic idea but I have at least two enhancement requests for it:
  1. I'd like to see an option to start the recording not always from the beginning of the slide deck but from the current slide
  2. I'd like ti have the ability to add markers as well.
Kind regards,
Marco - StockTrader
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kayakman, Champion

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have you tried recording your PPT by using Recorder in normal mode?

you could start from wherever, and you can add markers on the fly 
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Hello,

what do you mean for "normal mode" ?
Do you intend without using the plug-in at all and using the screen recorder?
 Kind regards,
Marco - StockTrader
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yes

that is the way I've always screencasted my PPT stuff; I have never bothered using the PPT add-in; because Recorder can be started in paused mode, then un-paused/paused again, it's easy to rip through the slides, playing them manually, narrating as I go along

I don't do PPT any more, but, as I recall, it was possible to record the slides in either edit mode, or in full screen mode, depending on how large I needed the video dimensions

might be worth trying
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Hi Marco,

If you have a moment, and don't mind sharing, I'd love to hear what you're trying to capture from PowerPoint (i.e. are they static slides, slides with lots of animations and transitions, etc). Hearing more about how people are hoping to use features gives us a better insight into what people are doing, so that we can continue to improve Camtasia!

Thanks,

Kelly
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I would also like to see the ability to add markers. I would use these to mark places where I made mistakes in the narration so I can clean them up later. I find the Powerpoint addin useful because I can import the captions from my notes area, and also the auto markers for each slide. Recording in normal mode wouldn't really cut it for me.
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I learned a trick a long while back that is still useful today. The trick involves visiting a pet store and purchasing a cheap "dog clicker". These are just a small plastic box with a piece of metal inside. You press the metal and a loud click is emitted as it snaps. 



As you narrate, when you realize you have made a mistake, press the clicker. Then proceed with the "good" narration.

The click sound is picked up by the microphone and creates a large and nicely visible spike in the audio waveform that is easy to see. Maybe even better than a marker would be.

When I'm recording, I keep the clicker flat on my desktop. This allows my right hand to operate the mouse and the left hand waiting with the clicker.

Cheers... Rick ;)
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Paul

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If you own a dog, you'll get through a lot of treats by the end of the recording
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I don't own a dog. But I have one that is a family member. If anything, she owns me. ;) She's 13 and had seven teeth extracted yesterday!
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Good advice, Rick.  In my "old" radio, voiceover days, I learned to pause for a second or two after a mistake, start back up a few words and re-record the misspoken word or phrase.  The blank space on the tape was easy to find and edit out. The same is true recording in Camtasia with a little practice, which helps keep the sound consistent.
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Yeah, I have a dear friend that has all kinds of cool old stories. This guy once bought a computer directly from Michael Dell out of his garage! Anyhoo, in earlier days this guy did work in radio broadcasting as well. And me being me, I was excited to share this new "discovery" with him when I learned it. My friend was just smiling and nodding as he patiently listened to me describe it.

Once I finished, he said "you know, when we were in the studio and recording things, we did the same sort of thing. But we just clapped our hands together to create the spike."

And I felt a bit embarrassed about that. At least at first.

The thing is, clapping requires removing your hands from the mouse, and that's disruptive. But the clicker thing allows just remaining stationary.

I suppose it's a tomatoes tomahtoes thing, but for my own money, I think a spike is much easier to see than a "dead air" sort of thing. But to each his or her own!

Cheers... Rick :)