In this tutorial, you’ll learn to record a screencast video and add it to your slide. 

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

Practice Activity

To keep it simple, we'll record how to add a shape to a PowerPoint slide and then apply an animation. That's easy enough for you to replicate on your own.

  • Open PowerPoint so that the screen is ready to be recorded.
  • In Storyline, click the Record Screen button. That will hide the Storyline screen and open up a recording frame. 
  • NOTE: By default the frame is the same size at the course slide dimensions. This will give you the best screen quality. You can either resize the software to fit in the default frame or grab one of the frame’s corners and resize the recording window to fit the software. You’ll notice that the recording frame’s aspect ratio remains the same. That’s so it will fit perfectly on the slide.
  • When you’re ready to record, hit the red Record button. You’ll get a count down and then you can begin to record the screencast. If you have a mic connected, you’ll record your audio and all mouse movements. 
  • For this tutorial, we’ll insert a shape onto a PowerPoint slide and animate it. You can watch the tutorial above to see the exact steps.
  • Once you’re done recording, click on the Done button. That will process the video and open a box where you can title the video and choose what you want to insert.

  • Let’s add a title: PowerPoint demo
  • Select insert the video on a single slide and then press Insert.
  • At this point the video is added to the slide. Look at the timeline. You can see it’s an object on the timeline just like anything else you’d add to the Storyline slide.
  • Save the file so that we can use it later in the interactive simulations tutorial.

As you can see recording a video screencast is fairly simple. If you want to add one to your slide, it’s just a mouse click away. At this point you can add shapes, text, or anything else you would normally do in Storyline. In the video tutorial above, I added a help button that opened a help layer. See if you can figure out how to do that on your own.

  • Insert a help button.
  • Create a help layer.
  • Add a trigger to the help button to show the help layer.

Click here if you want to learn how to edit the video. Otherwise, in the next tutorial we'll look at how to create an interactive simulation.