SlideRocket: Converting Your Presentation to a Video Using Snagit Narrated Presentations & PowerPoints

This information is from the SlideRocket Customer Care support documentation.

Notice:  SlideRocket has been bought by a company called ClearSlide.  As part of this merger the EDU accounts will no longer be available after December 31st 2013. The ITRC does NOT have access to your account and cannot retrieve your data once it is removed.  Please contact the ITRC for information regarding saving existing SlideRocket presentations and creating new narrated presentations

One option for saving existing SlideRocket presentations is to convert them to a MP4 file using a screen capture program.  There are several programs that you can use to capture your presentations such as Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, and Snagit.  Currently the ITRC is recommending the use of Snagit.  This guide will talk about how to install a trial version of Snagit, how to use Snagit to capture Sliderocket presentations and how to link the video file into your Moodle ISU course.

This guide will help you to:

Installing Snagit

  1. To begin installing a trial version of Snagit, you will need to go to the TechSmith website
  2. Once at the website, select the Snagit link under the Featured Products.
  3. In the upper right hand corner of the Snagit page click on Free Trial located in the blue box.

  1. Next, you will download the Snagit 30 day Free trial.
  1. Enter your email into the location provided and select the appropriate software link you wish to download to.

  1. Next, you will see a pop-up displaying the option to save your file. Save the file to your desired location on your computer.

Note: It is recommended to save your file to a location you will remember for easy accessibility.

  1. After saving your file to your computer, go to the the file within your saved location and open the file.
  2. A pop-up option will appear asking you to run or cancel the file. Select Run.

  1. Select Next at the bottom of the window to continue.

  1. Check the I accept the license Agreement box and continue by selecting Next at the bottom of the page.

  1. Within the next window, decide whether or not you would like to allow Snagit to collect usage data.
  2. Select Next at the bottom of the page to continue.

  1. In the next window, under the Installation type located in the middle of the page, select the 30-day trial option.
  2. Select Next at the bottom of the page to continue.

  1. Lastly, check to make sure that the Typical option is selected for the installation type.
  2. Select Next at the bottom of the page to continue.

  1. Snagit is now ready to be successful installed into your computer. Select Install at the bottom of the page. 

Note: The installation of Snagit will take a few moments and will appear on your desktop once complete. As it appears on your desktop you will now be able to start using the Snagit program to capture your SlideRocket Presentations.

Capturing a SlideRocket Presentation

Since you have limited access to your presentations, it is recommended that you download all of your presentations prior to capturing them.  Please view our Exporting Your SlideRocket Presentations guide for more information.  

To capture of SlideRocket presentation using Snagit:

  1. Open the SlideRocket presentation you wish to capture.
  2. Next, select Preview to open the presentation to view.

  1. After selecting preview, your desired presentation will pop-up in a new screen.
  1. If your presentation starts to play, don’t forget to pause it while you set up the Snagit window.
  1. Next, locate Snagit 11 on your desktop and open it.
  2. The Snagit capturing tool will likely appear at the top middle of your screen.
  3. Run your cursor over the red icon to open the capturing tool.

  1. To capture your presentation, select the large red “All in one video Capture” option.

  1. Within your presentation a yellow crosshairs tool will appear to allow you to click and drag over the area you wish to capture.

Note: When using the yellow crosshairs tool, everything that is captured within your frame will be included in your capture. It is suggested to exclude the sliderocket tool bar at the bottom of the frame as it will not be functional and may cause confusion.

  1. After the area is captured and you release the crosshairs, the Ready to Record option will pop up to begin recording.
  1. To record the pre recorded audio on your presentation be sure that the green System Audio icon in the recording menu located in the upper right hand corner of the page is highlighted.

  1. Next, Select record to begin recording your presentation
  1. Allow the recording to run until the end of your presentation.
  2. If your presentation is set to advance “on click” you will need to click on the next button once the audio has played on the slide.
  1. Select the Finish Recording icon next to the large pause icon when finished to stop the recording.

Note: Be sure to NOT move your cursor around or change screens during your recording as everything within your frame will show up in the final recording.

  1. Once you have finished your recording, your presentation will pop up in the Snagit Editor 11 window to be viewed.
  1. Within this window you may view your presentation and make any edits necessary.
  1. When finished viewing, go to File and Save As a Standard Format to your desired location within your computer.

Linking Your Presentation Video to Moodle ISU

  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…
  3. Locate the file on your computer.
  4. Click on the file you want to upload.
  5. Click the Open button. The file should now show in the attachment text box.
  6. 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. Under the Appearance menu, Select the New window option in the display drop down menu.
  1. The New Window option will display the file in a new window/tab on your browser.

Common Module Settings

This section sets how the activity 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 activity. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.

Activity Completion

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

Once you have everything set:

  1. Click the Save and Display button to view the file.  
  2. Click the Save and Return to Course button to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click the Cancel button to NOT save the link to the external website.

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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