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How To Vlog Confidently: 5 Tips

How To Vlog Confidently: 5 Tips 560 315 Pam Jones

I’ve come across quite a lot people who’ve made a video blog and then played it back and thought it was just awful. So they ditched the video and never bothered to do anything with it.

Many of us don’t like getting in the front of the camera for many reasons.

We might not like to way we sound or look.

So how can you get confident in front of the camera and make vlogs that you want to share?

Watch my latest video for some ideas.

You can also read the full transcript below the video.

Hi everyone – it’s Pam. It’s been a while since my last video. So this is for my first video of 2020.

And today I wanted to share some tips about how to get confident with making video blogs.

I’ve come across quite a lot people who’ve made a video blog and then played it back and thought it was just awful. So they ditched the video and never bothered to do anything with it.

Many of us don’t like getting in the front of the camera for many reasons. We might not like to way we sound or look, or perhaps the video doesn’t look professional enough.

Video is one of THE most effective ways to get your message out there. And video blogging is the quickest and easiest way to use video.
So how can you get confident in front of the camera and make vlogs that you want to share?

Here are my 5 tips to help you.

1. Plan your message

Don’t just press record and start talking. You’ll um and ahh causing you to lose your thought pattern. Then you’ll end up waffling about something else. As a result, you’ll find a vlog that is unclear. You’ll disengage (and maybe bore) rather than engage your audience.
So before you press the record button, plan what you want to say by writing it down on a blank piece of paper. It might a list of points that will prompt you. Or you may want to write down every word as your video script – which is what I do.

2. Rehearse

Once you’ve planned what you want to say, read it out aloud. You’ll be able to hear how your audience will it hear. As you read it out aloud ask yourself these questions:

How does the message sound?
Are you comfortable saying everything?
Are sentences short and punchy?

3. Pick the right setting

My third tip 3 is all about the right setting. At first it’s a good idea to choose the same location to record your video blogs. It might be:

  • Your home office
  • A well-lit part of your house
  • A meeting room in an office

Somewhere familiar, that has got good light and you feel comfortable. If you choose a different location for every vlog, then you’re likely to feel uneasy and this unease will come across in your vlogs. In time as your confidence grows, then you can get more creative with different locations. But at first, keep the setting familiar.

4. Practice makes perfect

If you only make one vlog every six months, then you’ll never build up your confidence. So make some ad hoc videos with family and friends that you don’t publish. Talk about everyday things with other people or on your own. Videos that give you the practice you need. Use these practice videos to get comfortable seeing yourself and hearing yourself in videos. When you’re ready to start vlogging properly, then you’re camera ready. Remember, practice makes perfect.

5. Dress for the part

Another sure way to get confident in front of the camera is to wear something that you love. Something which makes you feel confident. Have you combed your hair? If you’re female, then perhaps put on a bit of lippy to give your face some colour. I could probably do another video on this. But the point I want to make is that if you feel confident through what you’re wearing and how you look, then you’ll present confidently.

So take these tips can get vlogging. It’s actually quite fun when you get going and it’s a great way to get in front of your audiences.

Happy vlogging everyone and I’ll see you again soon.

 


To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

Make Video Essential In Your Business

Make Video Essential In Your Business 560 315 Pam Jones

My washing machine died. RIP. But what has this got to do with videos? Watch the full story to find out and say a goodbye to my washing machine. You can also read the full transcript below the video.

Hi everyone. It’s been a few weeks since my last video because of summer.

We’ve been holiday, Catching up with friends and family and enjoying the weather. Over the summer, our washing machine broke.

I think you’ll agree that they’re an essential gadget for every home.

It was bit of pain. There is a local launderette, but it was a hassle taking the washing there, waiting for a washing machine to be free and making sure I had the right coins to slot into the machine.

I could have hand washed my clothes.  But it’s not the 19th century, and whose got the time to do that right?

It’s quicker, and  saves me time to have my washing machine at home. And it’s more effective than hand washing. For me, a washing machine is an essential item for every home.

Now let me talk about, electricity, the power source for every electronic device and gadget in our homes and at work.

Without it, many things would not work. Life would pretty much come to a stop. We could use batteries, or candles but only in certain situations. And think most of you would agree that electricity is absolutely essential. Like a washing machine. Electricity is more effective and quicker at doing its job.

I know what you’re thinking –  why on earth is Pam talking about washing machines and electricity?

Well, think about your business. Think about all the things you’d need to tell your customers, prospects, followers about your business. Your products and services.

How you work. Clients you work with. There’s so much you need to get across. For all these reasons, I think video is essential for every business. Just like a washing machine and electricity.

Yes, you can use brochures, websites and other methods to promote your services and communicate what you do.

But video, like electricity and a washing machine is quicker and more effective at telling people what you do.

You might be struggling to get your message across.

You may need a more creative way to showcase how you can help people.

You may need to explain your processes or showcase your past work.

So my message to you today is, if you’re not using video in your business, then you need to start. There are lots of different ways you can use this video. Make video part of your overall digital marketing strategy and get your messages across easily. Like a washing machine, make it an essential way to connect, educate and engage with your audience.

I’d love to know how you’re using video in your business, so drop a comment below.

And If you’d like to find out how to use video in your business, then get in touch…happy to chat anytime and help shape your ideas.

Until next time, have a great week.

To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

What Is an Animated Logo?

What Is an Animated Logo? 560 315 Pam Jones

As creators of animated logos, we often have to start our process by explaining to a client what an animated logo is.

Let’s use this post to answer that very question.

Every business has a logo which helps to form their brand. Your business logo has many functions. It:

  • Is the face of your business
  • Creates that first impression
  • Communicates your values and may visualise your products and services.
  • Helps people remember your business.

In most cases, a professional graphic designer or branding company will have created your logo for you.

When they completed it they will have given you the image files of the logo – usually in a JPEG or PNG format. This image is the static image format of your logo.

You can then use your logo to brand your marketing materials. For example, business cards, stationary, websites, banners and brochures.

All these materials are print based materials and have their place in your business.

But today we live in a digital world. And a digital world needs digital marketing approaches. Using video, on-line advertising campaigns and much more. To brand these digital marketing approaches, we recommend using an animated logo.

An animated logo is what it sounds like: a moving video of your logo. We take the graphic file in vector format and make each element of the logo move.

Our logo

Let’s take our logo as an example. Here’s the static logo.

eight interactive logo 2019

 

 

 

 

 

  1. There’s the company name– Eight Interactive.
  2. Brand colours.
  3. And the following design elements.
  • The dot over the I is in fact a play button. We make videos, so that symbol is a unique icon.
  • We also create online courses, and in those a learner may navigate the content. So, the design of the letters A and V gives the impression of forward and back arrows.
  • And finally, there is the letter G. This letter resembles the number 8 and also represents a person. As people are at the heart of what we do, the design of the G is a perfect representation of the people concept.

So that’s the idea behind the logo design.

Our animated logo

Now when we animate the logo we can see how it moves.

  • The play button is first and uses a click sound effect
  • Then the word Eight moves and animates across the screen
  • The word Interactive is next. Within this the A and V letters animate up and down to focus your eye on the word.
  • We have used a digital sound effect throughout. Because we make digital content it’s appropriate to use a sound that represents our products and services.

You can see from our logo how effective the animated logo is. It communicates so much more than simply the company name and corporate colours.

What about your business? Do you have an animated logo? No? Then contact us to talk about how we can help.

You may also want to find out how to use your animated logo. And why.

Bespoke vs Template Videos

Bespoke vs Template Videos 560 315 Pam Jones

Did you know there are two ways to make videos. Templated or bespoke. But how do you decide which approach to take for your videos? Watch the video to find or read the script below the video.

It’s a bit like buying the perfect dress if you ladies out there. Or a business suit for you dapper gents. Do you buy off the peg in a design that others may also have bought? Or do you have one designed and tailor made especially for you and your body shape in the fabric of your choice. In the colour you want. A dress or suit which NO-ONE else has.
In the same way, you can make videos off the shelf using a templated approach. Or you can have a video made for your business. For a specific message in a video design that NO-OTHER business has created. Something unique for your business.

So how do I decide when to make a bespoke video and when to use a templated design?
For me, there are three main factors which help me decide bespoke vs templated.

The first is how much movement there needs to be in the video.

Second, how technical is the message?

Third, what’s the budget?

For example, a training or education business might want to use animated videos to explain difficult topics to help their students understand a particular subject. In this case the images will need bespoke movement to help explain the subject either through a story or problem solving approach. A voiceover script will be carefully written to support the images and animation.

I use a range of video software to make animated videos.

Some software tools give a range of templates to use to help make those videos.
The software will come with a variety of images and graphics that you can use. And here’s the important bit – most of the animation in a templated approach will be basic. Characters do simple movements like waving or cheering. However, if I wanted the character to kick a ball, or squat, then that’s a bespoke movement. The video effects in these software tools are limited too – they’re still pack a punch but limited.

So in the case of the training videos…a templated approach won’t work. I’ll need to make a bespoke set of images which I can then animate in any way I want.

On the other hand, a business which wants an animated video for marketing campaign – will usually have a shorter message which they need to create with simpler images and moving text. In this case, a templated video approach is fine to use. It will be quicker to make and more cost effective.

Making a bespoke video takes longer. There’s more work involved. More design. More animation. More video effects. And this is all made in higher end video production software. And for that reason, a bespoke video needs more budget.

So hope that’s helped to explain whether you choose off the peg or bespoke for your videos.

There are lots of ways to make animated videos, so if you’re thinking about one for your business, then get in touch. I can always help with ideas and get your thoughts off the ground. I’ll see you soon.

To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

Videos Help People to Buy

Videos Help People to Buy 560 315 Pam Jones

Here’s real evidence of how videos help people to buy. Watch the video or read the full story below the video.

Today I want to share a story about a weekend break that we’re looking to book in July. There’s a couple of teacher training days at school, so we’ve decided to take a long weekend and head off down south to the coast.

I had a look at TripAdvisor,

I entered our criteria of the kind of place we’d like to stay. The search results gave a list of three hotels. From there, I then went to the website of the first hotel listed and within about three minutes, I decided that this was the place for us.

Think about it. In 3 minutes I decided to book. But Why? Why did I make my decision so quickly? Well, let me tell you. I made the decision so quickly because there on the homepage of the website was a lovely video. It was the top button I clicked. The video took me through the hotel’s facilities, the surrounding area, what was included and lots more. There was some lovely footage of the inside of the rooms, reception area, swimming pool . Just a lovely video. Nobody spoke in the video, but it was just lovely footage, captured with a little bit of text, a little bit of humor in there. I got to see and feel the experience within about three minutes. That video made me feel like I was already there. And I wanted to go there.

That just shows me how powerful video is, and that’s supported by the fact, this particular fact that you see on the screen now, indicates 90% of people make a buying decision based upon video content. 90%. That’s really high. And the proof was in the pudding today because the hotel’s video I watched made me buy. I’ve booked 3 nights away already.

So my question to you is have you got a video on your website? On the home page, right up at the top which gets people watching and thinking about buying from you? No? think about including it. Your video could be of your projects, your services, how you work, about the team. It could be a whole bunch of things.

So, have a think about what the most effective way would be to promote what your business does with video which gets people to buy.  do with video.

If you want to have a chat with some idea, get in touch. Always happy to do that. But until next time, I’ll see you soon.

To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

Why Use Video In Your Business?

Why Use Video In Your Business? 560 315 Pam Jones

We’re moving home. In this video I tell you about all the things I had to do to sell our home. And from this lesson it got me thinking about video is so important in business. Watch the full story or read the script below.

We’ve just put our house up for sale. We’ve been here for 16 years and it’s definitely time for a change.

To help us get on the move I’ve been decluttering. Getting rid of things we no longer want, need or use. The house has had a spring clean. Freshening up bed linen. Buying scented candles. There are flowers in new vases to brighten up fireplaces, shelves and worktops. New spring flowers have been planted in the garden. There’s even luxury hand soap in the bathroom.

But why have I done of all this?

Well I’m selling my most valuable asset. My home.

So I want to give the right first impression to potential Buyers. Give them a welcoming feel Help them visualise a new home for them. Make an impact with our home. Make our home stand out from the other homes on the housing market.

And this effort is in my opinion is absolutely necessary. I had to do a few special things. Invest in a few more things to spruce up the place. I had to take look at our home with a fresh pair of eyes.

And it’s the same with our businesses. We need look at it with fresh eyes refularly. And see what we can invest to make the right first impression. Help our business and out. Make our messages more effective.

So how can we do that? With video. There are lots of ways that video can help you achieve these things. To create the best impression. Wow your prospoects. Educate customers, followers and everyone. All of this means you stand out and eventually grow your business.

In fact there are lots of evidence which indicates how powerful video is for business like this one here.

So have a think today how you could be using video. If you’re not using video. Then I have only one question for you today. Why not?

Don’t get left behind. Join the video era now.

To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

Where To Use An Animated Logo?

Where To Use An Animated Logo? 560 315 Pam Jones

In previous posts, we looked at what an animated logo is and why you should use an animated logo.

But once created, where can you use an animated logo?

There are places where you can use your animated logo.

Intro/outro of videos

Use the animated logo at the start and end of videos – like video blogs. In most cases, videos may live on your Facebook page and YouTube channel. People may come across your videos through many routes.

Having an animated logo at the start and end of videos gives your video output a professional feel. What’s more people will have no doubt who owns the video. Watch this recent video blog from us to see our animated logo in action at the end of the video.

Social media posts

Include your animated logo in other social media posts for extra engagement.

Digital marketing campaigns

If you’re using other digital marketing approaches, online or offline (like digital billboards), then an animated logo is a must.

Facebook cover page

Your business Facebook page has the option to include a cover image or cover video. Use the animated logo as the cover video so it always plays when people visit.

Contact us if you would like an animated logo created of your brand. We’d be delighted to help you.

Why Use An Animated Logo?

Why Use An Animated Logo? 560 315 Pam Jones

In previous post, we looked at what is an animated logo and where you can use them. But why should you have animated logo created?

Now let’s talk about why you should use an animated logo.

1. Brand awareness

An animated logo is a more effective means of creating brand awareness than a static one. It makes your brand pop and catches people’s attention. In busy social media feeds, attention-grabbing is crucial. So, let your animated logo work its magic in creating brand awareness.

2. Shows your business is different

An animated logo wows people. It tells everyone your business is different. How many of your competitors have an animated logo? Having one will make your business stand out from theirs.

3. Tell a quick story

In an animated logo, each element is designed to move. The designer will ask you to consider such questions as:

  • How should logo elements move?
  • What sound effects do you want to include?

Answering these questions gets you thinking about your brand from a perspective other than how the logo looks. When it’s completed, the animated logo has the power to tell a short story about your brand.

4. Consistency

Think of your animated logo as the corporate stationary of your digital content. You wouldn’t send a letter without headed paper. So why post videos and digital content without an animated logo?

Get in touch if you would like an animated logo creating for your business. We’re here to help you bring your branding to life.

animated video styles

Animated Video Styles

Animated Video Styles 560 315 Pam Jones

In a previous post, I examined various ways of using animated videos for business and learning. In it, I suggested how you might use your video from a content perspective. Here’s a recap of the key points from those posts:

You can use learning animated videos to:

  1. Simplify a complex topic
  2. Tell learners a story
  3. Solve a problem

For businesses, animated videos are brilliant at:

  1. Telling your company story in a fun way
  2. Showcasing customer testimonials
  3. Making social media adverts
  4. Marketing your products and services

Once you have decided which type of animated video you want to make (learning or promotional), you next have to consider what style of animation you’d like.  Shopping for clothes is a useful analogy here. If you’re female and shopping for a new pair of trousers, what style of trousers do you want to buy?

  • Cropped
  • Bootcut
  • Wide leg
  • Slim fit

The style choices are almost endless.

Choosing the right trousers and clothing, depends on several factors. For example, your body shape. Your budget. In which situation you want to wearing your trousers e.g. casual, work, mountain climbing?

Similarly, there are different styles of animated videos.  The term style in this context refers to the graphical style. Like the perfect pair of trousers, choosing the right animated video depends on various factors.  And, each has their pros and cons.

Let’s look at the four main styles of animated videos we make and create here at Eight Interactive to help you make the right video choice.

Business promo video: photographic style

Here’s an example of a business promotion video using:

  • Photos
  • Simple graphics
  • Animated text

The video animates the above elements in stages. Upbeat background music helps to engage watchers with the video’s message and bring everything to life.

A one-minute video used well, will communicate a business’ core services, how it helps customers and how to get in touch.

Choose this animated video style if you:

  • Have several photographs you can bring together to tell a story
  • Are getting started with video
  • Have a lower video budget
  • Want a video made quickly – we can make one within a few days
  • Want regular video content

Animated whiteboard video style

Popular with businesses and educators, whiteboard animation videos have been around for a while. But, a bit like animal print in clothing, they’re having a ‘moment’ and are in vogue right now. They’re popular because they’re simple – and there’s nothing wrong with that. They can be an effective way to demonstrate dry/unsexy products.

For the uninitiated, whiteboard animation is a particular type of presentation that uses the process of drawing a series of pictures on a whiteboard. Recorded in sequence, the images are then played back to create an animated presentation in a time-lapse or stop-motion effect.

Whiteboard animations are quick to make because most of the images are static. That said, you can add some movement of images to some whiteboard animations

Animated doodling is a common technique in whiteboard animations. A human hand draws or sketches out images or writing text – often accompanied by voiceover narration.

Even within whiteboard animations, there are different looks you can create by choosing different fonts, colours and the actual images.

Choose this style of animated video if:

  • You really like this animated video style (in our experience they are like marmite – some like whiteboard animations and some don’t)
  • Have no photographs and want to clean graphic style – we create a whiteboard animation for a client who had yet to create their company branding. As Whiteboard animations use little or not colour, the client felt the clean look would not affect their branding

The disadvantage of using whiteboard animations is that they can look the same. Making a whiteboard animation video that stands out from the rest is a skill. So if you want your business to stand out and be different – then consider whether a different video option will achieve this.

Hybrid video

Here’s an example of a hybrid video – as I call them – that uses a mix of approaches and includes:

  • Film footage
  • Photos
  • Graphics
  • Text
  • Other animation

This style of animated video is a good option if you want a film approach for your video, but don’t have the budget to commission your own film with different locations and actors.

However, as this involves buying footage, or finding royalty free clips, it can be hard finding the right clips to fit the video’s storyboard.

Graphics animation

A graphics style animated video uses graphical images and shapes to communicate a specific message. Shapes, objects, items, people can all be graphic. Those graphics can then be animated.

Graphics animated videos work well to:

  • Communicate data, as in the example below.
  • Tell story in a fun way using characters
  • Summarise key points
  • Solve problems
  • Explain difficult topics

A final thought

You can make any of the above animated video styles with or without a voiceover recording. Much depends on your message, your personal preference and what you want to communicate.

For example, a thirty-second social media piece doesn’t usually need a voiceover script.

While a training video, explaining a topic, will need a script so the voiceover can guide learners through the explanation.

We have experience of making and creating all these types of videos. Get in touch if you have a video project you need help with.

 

 

How To Write A Video Script

How To Write A Video Script 560 315 Pam Jones

Watch this video or read the story below the video for my top tip in how to write a video script effectively.

 

I often get asked how I write a video script. And to answer this question, I thought I’d tell you about a project I’m currently working on, developing some animated explainer videos for an educational organisation.

The animation videos will help to explain difficult maths topics. And for projects like this I usually get some existing material to work from. It’s a really good start. It gives me background knowledge on the topic and helps me understand what people need to learn. But; there are two main challenges in using existing material for a video script.

The first is that sometimes in existing material there’s too much detail. And that’s because the material was originally written for the eye to read and this can be difficult to convert into a script which an audience will be listening to.

The second challenge with using existing material might be that there is not enough detail or the right detail. And that might mean going back to the client, and asking questions like:

  • What is the story here?
  • What are we trying to teach people in this video?
  • What is the key learning point?
  • What is the current material not doing that the video could do really effectively?

You don’t want repeat everything, your existing materiel is already covering. Instead you want to be able to use the power of video, to approach the topic from a slightly different angle.

Whether there’s too much material or not enough details, the video script writing process involves editing existing material, simplifying the words, and some times writing new material, like a story or scenario.

Writing a video script, particularly for educational content does require skill. And remember for all video scripts, don’t write for the eye to read. Instead, write the video script for the ear to hear as if you’re speaking to someone right there in front of you.

So that’s just a brief tip into my video script writing process. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below.

To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

Three Ideas To Tell Your Business Story Using Video

Three Ideas To Tell Your Business Story Using Video 560 315 Pam Jones

In a previous post, we discussed that one way to use video for business is to tell a story. But what makes a business story?

This post, gives three ideas you can use video to tell your business story.

I recently attended a workshop on the how to get your name in the media. An insightful workshop on the world of PR. The workshop discussed how every good piece of PR focuses on telling the right story.

The right story being one that connects with the right audience.

Alongside the idea of telling a story, the trainer highlighted the importance of using pictures to help tell that story.

And if pictures are a powerful means of telling your story, imagine how influential video can be.

My fellow attendees on the workshop were either business owners like me or people who are responsible for marketing in the organsation they work in. Our challenge was to think about how to tell a great business story.

Everyone has a story to tell. Indeed, most of us have many stories to tell. But, if you’re in business, how can you best tell your business story?

Here are three ideas to get you started creating your business stories and telling those stories using video

1.Tell the story of your business journey

Take people on your business journey. This gives them a chance to get to know you and your business. This is so important for a business owner. Why? Because people buy from people that they know, like or trust.

If they can get to know you through your journey, they’ll connect with you on an emotional level.

So, go ahead and tell your business story.  Tell your audience about why you set it up, why you’re here and why it’s so special.

2. Tell people about the business problems you solve

Ask yourself some questions:

  • What is the problem you solve for your customers? Think about the problem from their perspective.
  • You had a lightbulb moment that prompted you to start your business to solve that problem. How did it come about – what triggered it?
  • What’s special about your business that helps you fix that problem?

Answer these three questions and you have another business story to tell your audience.

3. Case studies

Case studies are, in essence, a story. They recount how you helped a client get amazing results. This is particularly relevant if you are a B2B service.

A case study is your chance to showcase the work you do.

When planning your case study, include the following:

  • Who the client was
  • The problem they faced
  • Why the chose you
  • How you then helped them
  • The results they achieved by working with you
  • A testimonial – this doesn’t have to be them in front of the camera. It could be an image you’ve crafted from the testimonial they’ve supplied

Now, go ahead, pick up a pen and paper and start thinking about those business stories. Once you’ve written that story, be brave, be bold and use video to tell it.

And remember there’s more than one way to do it. Animation, a video blog, or using a professional photo company. All are fantastic ways to tell your business story.


To learn more about how to use video in your business, check our online course for video tips, ideas and examples.

Convert powerpoint to video

How To Convert PowerPoint To Video

How To Convert PowerPoint To Video 560 315 Pam Jones

Do you have PowerPoint training materials that you want to make available online? A previous post covered how to convert PowerPoint into an elearning course.

Another option open to you is converting the PowerPoint into a video. This is one of the simplest ways of making an online course. But how do you convert a PowerPoint presentation into a video?

PowerPoint has its own slide-recording functionality – see the recording menu image below.

PPT record menu

PowerPoint’s own help section will guide you through this process so there’s no need for me to go into detail with it here. Instead, here are some essential things to plan and organise before you hit the record button.

Narrate your slides

A PowerPoint presentation is generally created for use in a face-to-face classroom setting. If that’s the case for your PowerPoint, how about narrating your slides? Narrating the slides will:

  • Make the content more meaningful – for example, you can explain in full a bullet point or image.
  • Allow you to connect with your audience through the narration, as if you’re delivering the presentation face-to-face.

Prepare a script to narrate

To help you narrate the slides, you need a script. You might know the detail of your presentation inside out and think it will be easy to record the slides without a script. Yet, in my experience, once you start to record, you might start to feel nervous narrating. And that might be enough to make you forget what you want to say. Using a script means:

  • You’ll know exactly what you want to say
  • You’ll avoid unnecessary ‘umms’, ‘ahhhs’ and pauses.
  • Your narration will have a smooth flow. And that will make for a better-quality video.

Animating your slides

Next, assess the content of each slide.

Do you have text or images which will appear one at a time when you click the mouse?

For example, in a classroom situation, the trainer might reveal bullet points one at a time. Talk about each point separately before moving and revealing the next point.

When you record the slides, you’ll need to narrate the detailed explanation, using the mouse to reveal your content in time with your script. In other words – you’ll need to synchronise both narration and content animation.

To plan your animation with your script notes, simply bullet the narration.

In the example below – there are six points I wanted to cover. My notes section of each slide details the script I want to narrate. I’ve numbered each script to match the slide content. So, I know that, when I’m ready to talk about point 1, I need to click the mouse to reveal that point during the recording.

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Rehearse

Like every good performance, it’s important to rehearse it. Without actually pressing the record button, practise the script and the animation first. You’ll get to hear how your script sounds and see how the content is animating in time with your script. From this rehearsal:

  • Make any necessary changes to fine tune the script and animation.
  • Check that the sound does not pick up any surrounding noises. If it does, try using a separate microphone.

And finally…

  1. Follow the above steps to plan your recording.
  2. Work through the Help section in PowerPoint telling you how to record the slides.
  3. Then hit the record button to start converting your PowerPoint into video.

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