Software Recommendations

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Overview

In addition to the text assignment that you submit as part of your project presentation, you also have the option of uploading a one minute video with audio to Blackboard.

The following resources are either free to download or come standard with most computers. In some cases, it may be easier to upload your video directly to YouTube and then link to it from Blackboard.

For Mac Users

Add audio to your Keynote or PowerPoint Presentation

Even if you’ve used an online presentation tool, such as Google Slides, you can still download the presentation into PowerPoint or Keynote, which is available for free for Mac users.

Both softwares allow you to add audio to your presentation.

Once you’re done, save your presentation with the audio and upload it online.

QuickTime comes standard on Apple computers and laptops

Open QuickTime from your applications folder. Then go to File and select “New Screen Recording”. A small window will open on your screen. From this window, select the dropdown arrow on the right to tell QuickTime to also record your audio. Then hit the red record button to get started recording your one minute presentation. After you stop the recording, you can use the trim feature to edit unwanted portions of the video.

If you don’t have the option to record audio, you may need to download and install Soundflower. Restart your system, and then try to record in QuickTime. For more information on QuickTime, you can visit QuickTime Player Support or search the QuickTime Community.

iMovie comes standard on most Apple devices

Use iMovie to add special effects, background music, or your own voiceover to a presentation. Export your presentation and then import it into iMovie to get started.

Apple provides iMovie support and an iMovie Community for specific questions, both of which may be found here.

For Windows Users

Add audio to your PowerPoint Presentation

Even if you’ve used an online presentation tool, such as Google Slides, you can still download the presentation into PowerPoint.

It’s rather simple to audio to your presentation using the Record Narration option on newer versions of PowerPoint.

Once you’re done, save your presentation with the audio and upload it online.

With ShareX, you can record your screen and audio at the same time

ShareX is a free, open source tool that my be downloaded and used on computers with a Windows XP or later operating system.

Given it’s open source nature, there is not much in the way of manual for how to use the software.

However a quick online search will provide some helpful tutorials on using ShareX to record your screen and audio at the same time.

Windows Movie Maker comes standard on most Windows computers

Use Windows Movie Maker to edit your video, add some animation, and include voiceover.

There are a number of helpful tutorials created by users that can be found simply by searching online.