If you’ve ever taken weeks, even months, to painstakingly prepare for an important presentation, you know how useful it is to have a recording of your memorable delivery to share with the rest of the world.
Here at Visme, we’re excited to announce that you can now record your own voice over right within this online presentation and infographic tool. This allows you not only to create self-running presentations or stand-alone slide decks but also narrated software tutorials, audio how-to’s and visual stories with narration. All of these can be easily shared across all social media platforms with just the click of a button or embedded into your own website or blog.
While repurposing written content into a narrated presentation is one of the best ways to make the most of every marketing dollar you spend (you can read our post on 11 smart ways to repurpose your content), working with several different media formats–including images, video and audio–is also a surefire way to reach all types of audiences and learners.
To get started, just follow this short, step-by-step tutorial on how to use this new Visme feature, which is sure to make your presentations and slide decks more dynamic and engaging, even when you’re not physically present to deliver your talk. (Below you can find the video version of this tutorial as well.)
If you don’t already have a Visme account, you can easily create one by going to www.visme.co and entering your name, email and password. Next, you can click on the “Create New Project” button on the top left-hand corner of your screen.
Next, you can select your desired content type, “Presentations” in this case, and then choose one of the dozens of templates available for you, or start a presentation from scratch.
Then, you can proceed to create your presentation using all the graphic assets Visme has to offer, including icons, images, text and interactive elements such as video and maps. You can also upload your own images or embed third-party content, such as surveys, quizzes and polls.
Now, click on the audio tool from the tool panel on the left side of the screen.
Visme offers dozens of free audio files you can attach either to individual slides or set as background music for your entire presentation. To do so, first click on the Free Library tab that appears to the left side of the tool panel. If you’ve subscribed to a Premium Visme Plan, you’ll have access to all of the free audio files in the library.
You can preview them by clicking on the Play button to the left side of the audio file name.
Once you’ve found an audio file that meets your needs, you can attach it to your slide by clicking on the gear to the right of the file name and selecting “Attach” from the menu. Or, if you decide to choose another file, you can detach it by clicking on the gear again and selecting “Detach.”
To customize the way your audio is played, simply click on the gear to the right of file name and then select the “More Settings” option. Here, you can determine how long it will take for your audio to fade in and out. If, for example, you want your audio to quickly fade in at the beginning, you can set it for 1 second. Or, if you want your audio to slowly fade out, you can set it for 3 or 4 seconds.
Also, you can set the time at which your audio will begin. For example, if you want your narration to start 5 seconds into your presentation, you simply type in a value of 5 in the “Start Playing After” setting.
You can reduce or increase the volume of your audio by inputting any value up to 100%, which will allow you to hear the track’s full audio volume.
Finally, you can have the audio loop automatically by enabling the “Loop Audio” setting.
The advantage of having settings options for each individual audio track is that it allows you to customize each according to the content presented on each slide. For example, for slides with long animations, you might want to enable the “Loop Audio” setting.
You can also record your own audio by clicking on the “Record Audio” option to the top right of the “Free Library” tab previously discussed. Once chosen, you will see a red record button appear below your slide.
To start recording your own narration within Visme, simply click on the red button and speak into your microphone (make sure your microphone is activated and functioning properly before recording).
You can preview your recording before saving it to the library by clicking on the Play button. Once you’re satisfied with your recording, you can click on the check mark to the right of your audio timeline, next to the message “Save to Library Ready.”
Your audio will automatically be converted to MP3 format, added to your Audio Library and attached to your current slide. You can then rename it by double clicking on the file name or detach it from the slide by clicking on the gear and selecting “Detach.” As with the free audio files, you can also customize its audio settings by selecting the “More Settings” option.
To see if your audio narration or voice over is effectively complementing your visuals, you can select the “Preview” option at the top of the Screen.
Along with your audio narration, you can add background music to your presentation by selecting the “Publish” option at the top of your screen and then enabling the “Background Music” setting under the “Publish Settings” tab. Here, you can choose any of the audio files in your Audio Library and set them to loop continuously.
Once you’re satisfied with your narration and how it combines with your visual slides, you can share your project with the world by clicking on the “Publish” button at the top of your screen and then clicking on the “View” option under the “Share” tab. This will take you to the full-screen version of your project, which you can share with anyone by sharing the resulting link.
So, here is our own narrated how-to presentation created with Visme. How about your slide deck with voice over? Don’t hesitate to share your best projects with us or simply let us know about your experience using Visme’s new Audio Library and Record feature. Just drop us a line in the comments section below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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