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Chapter 24. Advanced Mulitmedia Presenta... > Adding a Narration Track to Your Pre...

Adding a Narration Track to Your Presentation

An exciting new feature to PowerPoint 97 is the ability to add narrative tracks to your presentations. To record narration for your presentation, do the following:

  1. Choose Slide Show, Record Narration to display the Record Narration dialog box as shown in Figure 24.39. In the Current Recording Quality group, you see information on the currently-selected recording properties, as well as estimated available disk space and the amount of recording that will fit into the free space.

  2. Click the Settings button to bring up the Multimedia Properties box. You can access recording settings here.

  3. By default, narrations are recorded at CD-quality. However, if disk space is at a premium, you may want to lower audio quality by clicking the Preferred Quality drop-down list box inside the Recording group, as shown in Figure 24.40. You can select from CD Quality, Radio Quality, and Telephone Quality; or you can specify your own audio quality settings by clicking the Customize button. You can also set your recording and playback volumes using the appropriate slider bars.

    Figure 24.39. Before you get started recording narration, PowerPoint serves notice about how much space it's going to take on your hard drive.

    Figure 24.40. You can save some space—at the expense of sound quality—by setting recording fidelity to the Radio Quality setting. You can also set volume levels and create your own customized audio quality settings.

  4. If you want to save your narration as a separate file linked into your presentation, select the Link Narrations In check box. Click the Browse button to save the narration to a specific directory if the default location provided is not acceptable.

  5. Click the OK button to save your settings and begin narration. The presentation begins to run.

  6. As the presentation runs, speak into the microphone. Note that audio elements do not play during the narration process.

  7. Once you have finished narrating for a slide, you can press Enter to advance to the next slide in the presentation. If you have set your slides to advance automatically, simply wait for the next slide to appear and continue recording.

  8. At the end of the show, you are prompted to save the timings along with the narration. Click Yes to save the timings, or click No to save only the narration audio. A sound icon now appears at the lower-right corner of all slides that include narration.



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