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Screencasting Guidelines: Recording PowerPoint

This LibGuide outlines the best practices that must be followed when creating a screencast as part of the University of Waterloo Library.

Usability Tip

  • Provide a clean interface, clear navigation, and set of instructions

Hot Keys

Key   Description
F9 Pause Recording
F10 Stop Recording
Ctrl + M Insert Marker
Ctrl + Shift + D Activate Screendraw commands while recording

Markers are placeholders. Use these:

  • As a reminder (for example, this is where I made an error and I need to delete this section)
  • To note a new section in a long screencast
  • Set up a table of contents

Screendraw allows you to draw on your screen while you are recording.

Helpful Tips from TechSmith

When creating your PowerPoint...

  • Use 32 Arial font
  • Use high contrasts
  • Spellcheck before recording
  • Import slide notes into Camtasia as captions
  • Add transitions between slides in PowerPoint, not in Camtasia, and use the same transition through the entire presentation

Additional Resources

The TechSmith site has a series of eight videos that deal exclusively with PowerPoint. These can be found on TechSmith's Camtasia 7 website. Please refer to these videos for more detailed explanation of how to use PowerPoint with Camtasia.

Recording a PowerPoint Presentation as part of a Screencast

1.   Open your presentation in PowerPoint, and click on the "Add-Ins" tab



2.   If you would like to record your audio while presenting the slide, be sure to click the button before you begin recording. Be aware that the microphone will record the sound of any mouse clicks or keystrokes.


3.   Click the  button to begin recording your presentation.


4.   Test and adjust the microphone sensitivity as necessary, and click the red dot to begin recording.


 5.   When the presentation ends, select the appropriate button to either stop or continue recording .



6.   Once you have decided to stop the recording, you will be prompted to save it as a .camrec file.


7.   Once saved, you should choose to Edit your recording using the Camtasia software. If you recorded audio with the presentation, it will be linked to the video component.