Audio from Power Point

When published, can a slide play audio added through PowerPoint? Or does ALL audio have to be imported or added through the Articulate tab?

I have two audio files for one slide. One audio (narration) I imported through the Articulate tab; the other (background music) I added through PowerPoint that sincs with my animation. When I publish the slide, the narration plays, but the backgroud music I added through PowerPoint does not. However, when I just preview the slide, both play--seems that the problem occurs when I publish.

Any suggestions?

12 Replies
Sarah Keough

Brian--Should I be able to hear those playlists when I press Preview? Or do i have to Pulbish it to hear them?

I've created new playlists and added them to slides through the Slide Properties, but when I try to sync my animations with the playlists, the playlists don't sound when I try to sync my animation.

Justin Wilcox

Playlists can't be synced to your animations so you won't be able to hear them when using the Sync Animations feature. If you needed to have the narration and the background music synced with your animation, you would need to use a 3rd party tool like Audacity to combine the audio, mix the levels and then export as a WAV file. The disadvantage to this would be if you needed the background audio to play through multiple slides as there wouldn't be a smooth transition between slides.

Brian Batt

Hi Sarah,

You can associate a playlist with each slide by going into Slide Properties & selecting your playlist from the Audio Playlist column.  Then, after clicking the OK button, you can Preview a slide.  If a playlist is associated with the slides you're previewing, then the playlist will play.

Does that helpl?

Curtis Kynerd


 I created a Playlist and assigned it to a range of slides.  Later I went back removed the playlist from one slide within that range.  In the SLide Properties it shows that the playlist is no longer associated with that individual slide.  However, when I preview it from the Player.html file, the playlist still plays.  Is there something I am missing when trying to remove the playlist from a single slide like this? 

Brian Batt

Hi Curtis,

I would suggest you submit a case by following the steps below.

Please create an Articulate Presenter package, then upload the zip file to our server. You can review how to do this here: 

Send to Articulate Presenter Package – Articulate Presenter ’09 Help

Upload the resulting zip file from your computer to our server using this upload form: 

Articulate Support - Upload Your Files for Review 

Please be sure to include a description of your issue, your version of PowerPoint, version of Windows and version of Presenter '09 which you can find in Help and Support -> About Articulate Presenter. Please also include the URL for this thread so we can follow up with you in the forums.