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Quick Way to Add Audio to Your Photo Slide Shows or PowerPoints

Want to add some audio to your photo slide show and don’t have access or the skills to use iMovie or a similar program? Would you like to add a voice-over to enhance a PowerPoint? Need some audio to explain a chart or graph?

Brainshark is a cloud-based program that is easy to use, doesn’t cost a penny and does a great job enhancing static pictures for any number of uses. An embed code will allow users to insert newly created files directly into your website, or access the file from Brainshark.

Click here to see an example one of our enhanced slideshows using Brainshark.

There are two ways to make your presentation; use the Brainshark program and upload your photos and create your slides directly in Brainshark, or build your presentation in PowerPoint and then upload your PowerPoint and add the audio.

From our experience here are a few tips.

  1. Get a microphone for the computer you are using. Test it to make sure you understand how it works. Most microphones are very inexpensive and only need to be plugged into your computer and turned on to make them work.
  2. We used PowerPoint to build our slideshow, deciding in advance the purpose of the slideshow and creating slides with strong visuals and minimal text. Photos alone could be used for each slide.
  3. Don’t worry about timing the advancement of your slides. Brainshark automatically advances the slides to coincide with the amount of time your audio takes for each slide.
  4. Upload your completed PowerPoint to Brainshark.
  5. Write your script – it really helps to have a script prepared in advance, just try not to sound like you are reading it. We tried to keep our audio to less than 20 seconds for each slide. You can experiment. If you don’t like how your audio went, or want to shorten it, or if you get tongue tied (try saying “social sharing of slide shows” three times in a row) just delete your recording and start again.
  6. You don’t have to be perfect. You will record one slide at a time, advancing to the next slide only when you are satisfied with the one your are working on.
  7. When you’re done preview your slideshow, save it and share it. You’re ready to go.

Need help? Just give us a call and we’ll help you figure out how to take your presentations to the next level.

Here’s an example of an embeded slide show.



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