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    Adding show-length narration (PPT 2000)

    In the PPT Tools Web site at: http://pptfaq.com/FAQ00703.htm the article is about adding narration to a PowerPoint presentation. I need guidance please on two points arising from the following line from that FAQ:

    >I exported the audio to MiniDisc and then ported that back to the computer and told PowerPoint to use it as I recorded the narration.<

    1. Could I use a device other than a MiniDisc or is using a MiniDisc no more than a means to end? IOW for the word `MiniDisc' the words `any audio recording/playback device connected to the computer' could be substituted?

    2. What in simple terms is the meaning of the words: `and then ported that back to the computer'? To me one definition of `port' is to carry. From that meaning I understand that the narration, for this procedure, is being played not to a speaker but to the computer for recording as the slide show is being played. How is this done?

    I have also posted this question in the MS PPT newsgroup but with no response yet.

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    Re: Adding show-length narration (PPT 2000)

    Hi Malcolm

    I have not used 2000 for some time but I am pretty sure that you can record your narration directly by going into 'Slide Show' and 'Record Narration', using a microphone I have narrated many a slide and the narration has always stayed with the presentation

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    Re: Adding show-length narration (PPT 2000)

    Steve,

    Thank you for replying. I am aware of the recording facilities in PowerPoint 2000 - and my enquiry was specific.

    The narration is a professional recording the use of which is the subject of written permission from its publisher. I wish to record the narration matching the slide presentation to the script. A method of doing this is set out at: http://pptfaq.com/FAQ00703.htm and I am seeking guidance as to the meaning or amplification (!) of the words in that FAQ:

    >I exported the audio to MiniDisc and then ported that back to the computer and told PowerPoint to use it as I recorded the narration.<

    Any assistance or advice in this regard would be very much appreciated.

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    Re: Adding show-length narration (PPT 2000)

    Sorry Malcolm

    On first reading of your post I thought that you had recorded your own narration, the only help I can offer is this:

    Several years ago we had a pro recording - voice over, made that was too large, (classical music fading in and out etc) and I could not embed it, using the rehearse timing feature I synchronised it to the presentation and then used the package feature to burn it too CD together, using an autorun menu program (that I found on the net but can't remember the name, try searching in the software wants and finds forum) it would run once inserted into the recipients machine.

    Sorry if that does not help but it is my best offering <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Adding show-length narration (PPT 2000)

    Apologies not necessary Steve - perhaps I should have given more of the details in my first post!

    I think I have already done what you suggest by inserting the sound file onto the first slide. Then by `rehearsing' I've timed the the display of each slide to suit the narration. The problem is that on several other computers a lag develops between the slide show and the sound resulting in the narration continuing a significant amount of time after the show has finished. The article to which I referred suggests to me that it is possible to time the narration to its relevant slide so that there is a sound file for each slide. As there are 123 slides and 48 minutes of narration it is time consuming task but it could be done manually in a wave editor and then each sound file inserted onto the appropriate slide. I have the time (retired) but not the inclination. I would prefer a more elegant solution.

    Also I have tried the Pack and Go feature without success - but I will try it again. Thank you for your input - it is very much appreciated. Malcolm

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