Presenter ‘09 makes it easy to import your audio if you prefer not to use Presenter’s built-in recording features. Importing can be a nice option, for example, if you outsource your voice talent, or if you have SMEs who record narration and then hand the sound files over to you. The import feature is also handy if you create or edit your audio in a separate tool like Audacity, which is a good (and free!) option if you want to layer your narration with other sounds or effects.

You can import your audio for one or several slides in your course. Here we’ll look at how to import a single audio file into your presentation.

Stuff You Should Know Beforehand

  • Is there a best file format? Yes. If you're going to import audio, you'll get the best results with WAV files. Specifically, Articulate recommends 16-bit 44Khz PCM WAV files.
  • What about MP3s? Many MP3s will work, but you might end up with klugey audio quality when you publish your presentation. This is because during publishing, the files are converted from a lossy (MP3) format to a lossless (WAV) format, and then back to a lossy format. Also, keep in mind that Flash doesn't always play nicely with certain MP3s. Be sure your files' settings are supported — otherwise, when you publish, your audio might seem too fast or too slow.
  • What if all I have are non-supported MP3s? Don't worry—you can use Audacity to convert them to WAV for free.
  • How should I organize my audio files?  Put them in a local folder (not on a network, since importing from a network drive can sometimes be problematic). Also, avoid using folder names or paths with spaces or non-Western characters. These sometimes bungle the import.

How to Import

  1. Open your presentation in PowerPoint. On the Articulate menu, choose Import Audio.
  2. Select the slide for which you want to import audio. Then click Browse.
  3. Find the file you want to use and click Open.
  4. Click OK and you're done!

You Might Also Want to Explore:

Importing Existing Audio
Recording Narration in Presenter
Importing Multiple Audio Files into a Presentation