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Recording Over Powerpoint


This is a project you can do with programs you probably already have on your computer -- PowerPoint or Keynote (Mac users).

Here are some step-by-step directions on how to narrate over a PowerPoint presentation (these directions should be adaptable no matter what version of PowerPoint you have)

Here are some similar directions if you're using Keynote on a Mac

Once you've recorded your presentation, you'll need to export it as a video. There are directions online for PowerPoint and Keynote.


If you need a microphone to record audio with, you can:

  • Use the microphone that comes with some kinds of earbuds (apple products have one) -- just plug into your headphone jack and speak into it
  • Borrow a microphone from LEADR -- depends on availability, and you'd also need to download audacity (there are links and directions available on their page)

Working with Narrative Content

To find open-copyright audio and images:

  • Go to
  • Make sure the checkbox "modify, adapt, or build upon" beneath the search box is selected 
  • Choose one of the tiles depending on what type of media you'd like to search for
  • Once you've found something you want to use, make a note of what the copyright license says (it usually just requires attribution)
  • Make sure you note in your project the user name of whoever created the files you're using, and link back to where you found it

Here are some additional handouts you might find useful:

Where can I record?

If you need someplace quiet to record, you could try:

  • The library CTLs
  • Your closet (if you have one) -- your clothes will help muffle the sound! Really!
  • The Student Media Center in the Union -- they also have green screens if you're feeling adventurous and want to try making a video

Uploading to MediaSpace

MSU's MediaSpace has a really helpful help section; there are also two phone numbers you can call (listed in the box in the upper left corner) if you run into trouble.

The FAQ page will tell you (among other things):

  • What file type you need to export from PowerPoint or Keynote
  • What the file size, type and quality requirements are
  • How to publish your video once it's uploaded

To get started, click on "My Media" in the menu bar of the MediaSpace website: and then click on the "Actions" button at the top right. Choose "Publish" from the drop-down menu.

If you need to assign ownership of your video to someone else:

  • On the 'My Media' tab, find the media item and select the 'Edit' button.
  • Beneath the media, select the 'Collaboration' tab.
  • Select the 'Change media owner' button.
  • Enter the NetID for the new owner.
  • Select the individual and choose 'Save.'

Getting Help

What do you do if you run into trouble?

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