Creating Narrated PowerPoint 2013 Presentations Moodle ISU


In preparing your presentation for your Moodle ISU course, this handout will demonstrate how to narrate your PowerPoint presentation and export it as an .mp4 video.

This guide will help you to:

Add audio to your PowerPoint Presentations

Record entire slideshow in PowerPoint

This section will show you how to narrate your presentation as you are presenting it.  The audio will be as a single audio clip for the whole presentation.

  1. Open the  presentation you want to narrate and go to the slide you want to begin audio on.
  2. Click the Slide Show tab.
  3. In the Set Up section, Click Record Slide Show.

  1. Select Start Recording from Beginning…

Note:  To change recordings later, you can select Start Recording from Current Slide… starting from the slide you want to edit.

  1. Select the settings to record on your presentation.

Note: Both options must be checked for your video file to play correctly.  

  1. Click Start Recording. Recording will start immediately.
  2. A recording toolbar will appear in the top left corner.  


Hot Tip: To access the laser pointer, press and hold CTRL and click the left mouse button.

  1. When you are finished recording your presentation, click esc. This will stop the recording and return you to the main PowerPoint slide tray. Note: You cannot click on Esc. while the recording is paused.

Record Audio for each Slide in PowerPoint

  1. Open the  presentation you want to narrate and go to the slide you want to begin audio on.
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. In the Media section, Click Audio.

  1. Click Record Audio…

  1. In the pop-up box type the name of your recorded sound in Name.

  1. Click on the red Record button to begin your audio recording.

  1. Click on the blue Stop Record button to end your audio recording.

  1. Click ok when you are satisfied with your recording.

Add Pre-Recorded Audio from your computer

Adding pre-recorded audio to your presentation is a good option if you have .mp3 files such as Adobe Presenter audio files from a previous presentation that you want to add to this presentation.

  1. Open the  presentation you want to narrate and go to the slide you want to begin audio on.
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. In the Media section, Click Audio.

  1. Click Audio on My PC…

  1. A file search box will pop up.

  1. Search for your recorded audio and double click on the file.

Note: Audio must be set to play automatically.  This setting is covered in the Set Audio to Automatically play section below this.

Set Audio to Automatically play

In order for audio to play after conversion to .mp4, audio must be set to play automatically.  

  1. Click on the grey speaker icon that appeared on your slide to select it. Once the speaker icon is selected it will have a box around it with resize handles.

  1. Click on the Playback tab that is now available on the Tools ribbon at the top of the window.
  2. In the Audio Options section, click on the Start dropdown menu.
  3. Select Automatically to have audio automatically play when the slide is displayed.

Note: This setting must be changed after you record your entire slideshow or for every slide if you have audio for individual slides.

Exporting SlideShow as an .mp4

  1. Click on File.

  1. Click on Export.

  1. Click on Create a Video.

  1. In the first drop down menu box, Change the Display to Internet & DVD.
  2. Leave Timings and Narrations as Use Recorded Timings and Narrations. Note: If you did not add timings to your slides this option will be greyed out.

  1. Click on Create Video.

  1. A save as file box will pop up.  Find where you want to save your video and name it.
  2. Click Save.

9. This process may take up to a few minutes to complete, depending on how much audio has been added to the presentation. Watch the progress indicator bar at the bottom of the PowerPoint window. Once the bar disappears, the presentation is finished saving.

Add your video to your Moodle course

  1. In your Moodle course, Turn Editing On. For more information on turning editing on, please see Moodle ISU Overview.
  2. Locate the Week/Topic block in which you wish to add the activity.
  3. Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link.  A box will appear showing you all activities and resources.

Hot Tip: You can also select the file on your computer, drag it to where you want the file in your course, and drop it there. This will upload the file directly to your course homepage with default settings.

  1. Choose File from the Resource section of the menu and Click Add.


  1. Type the name of the file in the Name field.   This will show to the students on the course homepage.
  2. In the Description box type in a description. (This is a required box.) If you would like this description displayed on the course page click the Display description on course page box.


  1. Click on Add… to open up the File Picker.
  2. Click on the repository where your file is located.

Hot Tip: You can also select the file on your computer, drag it to the central area of the above block, and drop it there to upload.

Generally the file is located on your computer.  The following steps guide you through using the Upload a File option.

  1. To upload a file from your computer Click the Upload a File option in the left column of the File Picker
  2. Click on Browse…
  1. Locate the file on your computer.
  2. Click on the file you want to upload.
  3. Click the Open button. The file should now show in the attachment text box.
  4. Click on the Upload This File button.

Hot Tip: Entering a name in the Save as field will rename the file only for Moodle ISU. This is optional and not required to upload your file.

For more information on Files and Repositories, please see Files and New Repositories.


  1. In the Appearance menu, Select the setting for how the file will be displayed.

  1. Display resource name will show the name of the resource if the file is embedded.  
  2. Display resource description will show the description of the resource if the file is embedded.

Other options can be accessed with the Show more/ show less button.

For information on the Filters options please contact the ITRC

Common Module Settings

This section sets how the file uses Groups and manual grade calculations.  For more information on Groups and Groupings, please see Groups and Groupings.  For more information on manual grade calculations please contact the ITRC.

Restrict Access

This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this file. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.

Activity Completion

This section sets the conditions under which Moodle ISU 2 will consider the activity to be complete. For more information on Activity Completion, please see Activity Completion.

Once you have everything set:

Note: The new resource will always appear at the bottom of the list within the week/topic you have chosen but you can move it by hovering over the 4-sided arrow, holding down the left mouse button and dragging the file to location you desire.

For more information on adding a file to your course, please see Adding a File to Your Course.

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