Record audio then make presentation

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Hello, I'm recording training videos.  Is there a way to first record the audio then build the PPT over it? I'm recording the screen while I'm operation ppt and I feel my message is being lost due to trying to do two things at once.  Speaking is a strength and clicking to change slides and to bring in new points makes my presentations sound bad.  

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I typically record script audio ahead of time on another platform. You can listen to the audio recording and pantomime through your PPT using Camtasia plugin.

Alternately when there are no animations or transitions to preserve, the PPT slides can be captured by Snagit (or Camtasia) to create a set of stillframes that can be dragged to ideal lengths and Camtasia transitions applied.
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You will probably get the best audio result by using a separate audio recorder/editor. I usually start out doing the presentation with Camtasia's screen recorder. I then edit and cut out any possible slip I made. When I like the result I export the audio and clean it up separately (Camtasia can leave these nasty pops between audio clips). It also allows me to reduce any background noise and mouse clicks (if I find them annoying) and to make the voice sound richer using an equalizer and some small room-sized reverb.

When I started to record presentations I had the same problem (doing two things at the same time) and I had to train myself (especially to relax) knowing I can edit and cut anything I want in order to produce a smoothly running presentation. Don't try to record the presentation as if it were the final result and don't hesitate to rerecord parts you're not satisfied with.

This works best for me but it may be different for everyone depending on hardware, software and presentation needs. For example, I'm very choosy about the mic I use. ;)
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You don't need to use the Camtasia recorder at all if you don't want to.Or the editor for that matter.

You can export still slides as PNG,TIFF,JPEG,etc using Power Point.

If you're using animated slides you can export the entire presentation as a video using .wmv or mp4.

Then you can add narration, slice and dice the Power Point slides to taste.

This also frees you to utilize other video editing programs. There are a lot of programs with features that surpass Camtasia's. To the best of my knowledge they all have the ability to record narration.

If you're adding quizzes or features associated with the TechSmith Player. You could export a polished video from the editor of your choosing.Then, add quizzes,etc in Camtasia.

The main reason I'm pointing this out? Because it's a great option for some people.
 If you're proficient producing  videos utilizing a different program.That could save you a lot of time and money in the long run.


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I do animated videos and record my script on GarageBand first ( or get a professional voiceover if its a short video.)  There are lots of ways to record the audio first then import into the presentation.  When I first started i recorded the audio on one device and played it while timing my presentation! Once i had the timing down I exported as video and put it all together in camtasia.