Office 365 PowerPoint users benefit from a new feature that should make it easier to record slide-based presentations when working in the office or at home.
The feature, which relies on a PC’s microphone, video camera, and PowerPoint slides, is part of Microsoft’s effort to redesign its software for collaboration in hybrid working arrangements by making it easier to record their slide presentation. .
Video startup Vimeo last year released Vimeo Record, a free Chrome extension that helps people record PowerPoint slides and presentations.
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Microsoft’s new built-in PowerPoint recording studio feature will make it easier for Office 365 users to do so in the product rather than through a Chrome extension.
“The recording studio in PowerPoint lets you tell your story, in your own words, helping you deliver more impactful and engaging presentations,” Microsoft says in a blog post.
“Making recording less stressful allows you to focus on educating, inspiring and entertaining those watching your presentation,” he said.
PowerPoint users can now click a “Save” button in the upper right corner of PowerPoint. They then receive a personalized view that can be personalized.
After clicking Record, a red “Record” button will appear and offer a countdown timer for the user to start speaking. Users can also annotate slides using ink and a laser pointer.
The default view is the “Teleprompter View” which allows users to look at the device’s camera and read notes. There is also a “Presenter View” for viewing slides presented by the user which works like PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams, and a minimalist “Slide View” which helps with annotation.
After recording a presentation, users can preview the video, re-record it, and then share it through a share button. Users can also update a slide directly without having to re-record the voice and video portion of a presentation.
“Your recording, including your video, voice, slides, and annotations, are all captured and saved as part of the presentation,” Microsoft explains.
After editing, the user has to click an “Export” button in the Record tab to view the video.
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The service leverages Microsoft Stream, the company’s video service that leverages SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to store videos across all Microsoft 365 products, including Teams and Yammer.
Microsoft unveiled its broader ambitions for Stream at Ignite 2020 last September. Ignite 2021 takes place this week where Microsoft announced improvements to Azure database services and Loop, a new image of its Fluid Framework for collaboration and project management.
The Loop app, which is in the process of being deployed, is a canvas with portable components that can stay in sync between apps while users create as a team. It is part of the Office suite available to customers with Microsoft 365 commercial licenses. It will be extended to Teams, OneDrive, Office.com, and Office mobile apps.