Using PowerPoint 2010 for Lecture Capture

Powerpoint 2010 for Windows has a new feature that allows you to save your presentation as a self-contained movie complete with audio narration, animations and effects. This movie can then be uploaded to a video hosting service such as Vimeo or YouTube. Once on the host site, the video can be embedded or linked inside your Canvas course.


  • Capture your entire Powerpoint lecture including your voice-over narration and save it online for your students to view before class, after class, or in lieu of a face-to-face lecture.
  • Long presentations with extensive narration (in other words BIG files) are not a problem. Once you make a video and upload it to a video hosting service such as Vimeo you don’t need to worry that your Powerpoint file is too big for Canvas or that it will take forever for your students to download.

How to Do It!

Step 1: Record Audio Narration and Timings

Step 2: Turn Your Presentation into a Video

Step 3: Upload your video to Vimeo

  • Vimeo is a web hosting service like YouTube but better. With a free account, you can upload up to 500mb per week of video (usually around 1-2 hours of video). Vimeo also uses better compression so your videos look great. Finally, Vimeo has superior privacy settings - if you want only your students to see your video, you can set a password for access.


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