Powerpoint with audio already embedded

I just received a PowerPoint presentation and was asked to convert it to Articulate.  The presentation has audio embedded in it.  It seems that if I convert this, articulate cannot find the audio, is that correct?  Is there away for me to 'unembed' the audio and then import it via Articulate?

Thanks in advance.

14 Replies
Jayant Sonsurkar

Hello Peter, I am using Articulate Presenter for a first time and also have same issues that Lori was mentioning. Are you suggesting that we should remove the embedded audio from the slides and import separately for each slide as suggested in the following link?

http://community.articulate.com/tutorials/products/importing-an-audio-file-into-a-presentation.aspx

Peter Anderson

Hi Jayant,

If your published audio doesn't sound as good as the audio that you imported or recorded, it's likely due to the fact that Articulate generates MP3 files to create the slide SWF files. This means that the audio is now in a lossy format, compressed for online delivery. It will not sound like CD quality. But you can modify the audio bitrate by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Go to Presentation Options > Quality.
  2. Select Custom (Advanced).

This will allow you to adjust the Audio bitrate used in your published output. If you're publishing to host cotent online we do not recommend exceeding 64 kbps as this can result in playback issues. If your audio still has lots of noise, feel free to send us your files so we can take a closer look at what might be going on. Thanks!

Malcolm Rowe

I found the following suggestion for accessing the audio in a PowerPoint file, which shouldn't require purchasing any additional software as long as you can open/extract ZIP files and have PowerPoint 2007 or later.

Save the presentation as a .pptx.
Navigate to the file in Windows Explorer and rename it to “filename.pptx.zip”.
Now, double click the file, then double click the ppt folder, then double click the media folder. You should see a list of all the media files in your PowerPoint.
Extract the files you want.

Michael Kaufmann

I just upgraded to 360.  I have a similar situation in that I have a powerpoint file that I just narrated using the record slide show feature.  When I output my presentation using Presenter 360, no audio.  Will articulate output still not use audio recorded using the Record Slide Show feature in powerpoint?

Louise Aldridge

Hi Alyssa,

We have a number of recorded presentations which has been recorded using the PowerPoint record Audio on slide (Office 365 PowerPoint - insert, Record sound).  Then export the presentation to mp4 (video) so my question is does Articulate now pick up the recorded audio slides when not recorded using the normal presenter option?  Where I used to work we used Articulate presenter so I am used to using the Presenter tab to record but at my current employers we have not used Articulate yet so I am looking at options and so need advise as to how I can get Articulate to pick up the audio where the presentation has been recorded in the way I mentioned earlier. 

Thanks

Louise

Ashley Terwilliger

Hi Louise,

You'll still want to use the audio options on the Presenter tab, but if you have existing audio recorded in Powerpoint you may be able to extract it from the PowerPoint file using the instructions below. Then import it into Presenter.

If your PowerPoint presentation has a file extension of *.pptx, follow the steps below to extract the audio.

If your presentation has a backwards-compatible file extension of *.ppt, you might be able to extract the audio (it depends on the original audio format). First, convert the presentation by going to the File tab on the PowerPoint ribbon and clicking Convert (in the middle column). After converting it, follow the steps below.

  1. Download and install 7-Zip. It's a free, third-party extraction tool.
  2. After installing 7-Zip, right-click your PowerPoint file, scroll to 7-Zip, and choose Extract to "<name of your project>".
  3. A folder with the same name will be created in the same location as your PowerPoint file. Open it to see the extracted contents.
  4. Open the ppt folder.
  5. Open the media folder. All the media from your presentation will be stored here. They'll have similar names (such as media1, media2, etc.), so you may have to open each one to find the audio you need.