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How to Add a Screencast to PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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PowerPoint has the option to add a screen recording or screencast directly into your presentation. If you use PowerPoint to create work instructions or to teach, this is a great way to document a process. Learn how to add these videos into your presentations.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can get great PPT presentation templates on GraphicRiver or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates

How to Quickly Add a Screencast Video to PowerPoint Presentations

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that compliment this video.

1. Setup Your PowerPoint Screen Recording 

Let's get started. On the Insert tab, I'm going to click on the Screen Recording here on the right side. When I click on it, PowerPoint will minimize and put other apps into our view. 

PowerPoint Screen Recording
Click Insert and then PowerPoint Screen Recording to start.

2. Hit Record to Start the Recording Countdown

You can drag a box around the area you want to record. Leave the Audio option on or off depending on if you want to narrate your clip. Once you press Record, PowerPoint will start the countdown and start recording.

Start the PowerPoint Screencast Recording Countdown
Set up your recording area and start the countdown.

3. Record and Insert Your PPT Screencast Video

Go ahead an do what you want to include it in the screencast video. When you finish I usually mouse up to the top and press the Stop button. Now the video recording is inserted into your PowerPoint presentation, to play it back you or your viewer can press the Play button.

Insert your screencast into your PPT slide
Insert your screencast into your PPT slide.

Finishing Up!

On the video tools playback option, you can also click on Trim Video. Grab the handles and select the specific portion of the video you want to keep. Press OK when you're finished to trim the video and keep only the selected portions.

Trim your PPT screencast video recording
Trim your PowerPoint screencast video recording as needed.

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