In the previous tutorial we learned how to create a slide and add some basic content like text and shapes. We'll build on that in this tutorial. 

We'll again start with a blank slide. This lets you practice a little of what we learned in the first tutorial. We'll add a picture and create projection screen with some text on it. Then we'll add animations to the text. After that, we'll record some audio and learn to sync it to the animated text.

Ready to get started?

Watch this video first, then follow the steps below to practice.

Practice Activity

Download the practice file here.

Create the slide and add a character.

  • Insert a new slide. Select the blank layout.
  • Go to the Design tab. Apply a new design theme. Use one of the gradient backgrounds.
  • Go to the Insert tab. Add a rectangle to the screen to create a horizon line.
  • Right-click the rectangle and select Format Shape

  • Fill: set to 50% transparent.
  • Line color: select no line color.
  • Add a photographic character that's pointing to the screen.

Create the white board and text.

  • Add a rectangle to the slide to create a whiteboard. 
  • Apply a white background quick style to the rectangle. 
  • You should have a screen that looks kind of like the one below.

Review the timeline.

Look at the timeline and notice the objects on the timeline. You can slide them left or right to change when they come in and out. You can also change the layering position by moving them up and down.

We’re going to record an audio track and then we’ll add some animation to the text box. After that we can sync the audio to the animated text.

  • Add some placeholder text by typing =lorem(). The placeholder text should consist of three paragraphs. 
  • Let’s add a fly-in animation to the text. Select the text box.
  • On the Animations tab, select Entrance AnimationsFly In (by first level paragraph). This will set the paragraphs to animate in individually. 
  • Go to the timeline, the text box now has a little arrow next to it. When you click the arrow, it expands the title box and shows each individual paragraph of text.
  • Slide the individual paragraphs to different points on the timeline to control when they animate in and then Preview.

Record audio narration.

We’ll record some quick audio and then sync the three paragraphs to the audio.

  • Go to Insert tab. Select Sound and then select Record Mic. Record something simple like this text: "This is paragraph one. It is very interesting. This is paragraph two. It is shorter. This is paragraph three."
  • You should see the audio track on the timeline. 

Add Cue Points to the timeline.

Now we’ll add some Cue Points to the timeline so it’s easy to sync the animations to the audio.

  • Play the audio and set a Cue Point at the beginning of each sentence. You do this by pressing the C key where you want a Cue Point. Don’t worry about being perfect because you can always move them around later. Each time you hit the C key, you'll see a Cue Point added to the timeline.
  • Now we’ll move the paragraphs along the timeline to the individual Cue Points. You can slide them to the cues, or right click and Align to Cue Point.
  • When you’re done, preview the slide. You should hear the audio and see the text animate in on cue.

That’s basically it when it comes to syncing animations to your audio. Any objects you add to the screen can be moved along the timeline to create an entrance and exit point. And from the animation tab you can add entrance and exit animations. 

Again, this was a simple demo. But in this exercise you learned to add and edit content like text, shapes and photo characters. You also learned to use the timeline and how to sync animations to audio on the timeline using the Cue Points. Now go ahead and practice animating objects on and off the screen.

In the next tutorial, we’ll import a PowerPoint file.

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