Create an Articulate Replay video using a PowerPoint slide show

As I created a recent blog post on flipped classroom content, I really wanted to present my course objectives as a movie clip using PowerPoint’s animations and slide transitions. I used the Save & Send Create a Video feature in PowerPoint to create the movie, but wondered if there were an easier way. With a little research, I discovered a sweet slide show feature in PowerPoint that helps you to easily accentuate your Articulate Replay screencasts.

The challenge I had was in recording the PowerPoint animations and transitions. You either need to export the movie, like I did originally, or use Replay to record PowerPoint in slide show mode. But a slide show in PowerPoint typically takes up the entire monitor screen. This is a problem if you want to record your Replay screencast at a set size, like 1280x720, so it lines up with other elements in your screencast.

The sweet feature that I discovered is to adjust your slide show settings to play in a separate window. This way you can adjust the size of your slide show to fit within a specifically sized Replay recording window. Here’s how:

1. Click the “Slide Show” tab in PowerPoint.

2. Click the “Set Up Slide Show” button.

3. Under “Show type” select “Browsed by an individual (window)”.

4. Run your slide show and resize the window to fit inside your Replay recording space.

5. Click record in Replay and you’re off and running!

Bonus: When you run the slide show in a separate window, controls in the lower right corner of the window will enable you to adjust the progression of your presentation.

And that’s it! With one simple change to your slide show, you can resize the window and take advantage of all those great animations and transitions. In the following video, I’ll walk you through the process I just described.

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Gordon Lam