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#Microsoft365 Day 53: New PowerPoint Recording Tab

#Microsoft365 – It was recently announced that the Office Mix (preview) service will be retired on the 1st of May, 2018. I’m surprised how many people didn’t even know of this cool add-in for PowerPoint. I used it regularly and I’m very happy that Microsoft has given us a replacement. Hello to the new PowerPoint Recording Tab.

For previous posts in my #Microsoft365Challenge go to the index page.

What (was) Office Mix?

Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons and share them with your students and colleagues in OneNote, on the web, or in your learning management system

What did I use it for?

I used Office Mix to record short training video clips and videos for my blog. I liked it because it was easy to use and I already had PowerPoint. I introduced all my Office 365 students to it as well.

Once downloaded Office Mix was available in the ribbon:

New Recording Tab:

In PowerPoint you’ll now notice the new Recording Tab. This tab has similar commands to the Mix Tab and really easy to use.

Commands:

  • Record Slide Show
  • Apps and Quizzes
  • Screenshot
  • Screen Recording
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Save as Show
  • Export to Video

When you click the Screen Recording button, the following toolbar will appear. Select your area and audio preferences and start recording:


The recorded video clip will be added to the PowerPoint slide. Simply right click and save media.

Enjoy!! 🙂

Resources:

Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Feel free to #AskBraam if you have questions or would like me to write about a specific topic. I’ve created a Flow to monitor Twitter for the #AskBraam hashtag and will try my best to incorporate any questions into the blogs, or answer them directly on Twitter. This is a “Learning through Sharing” approach to teach my pet sheep about Microsoft – read more on this here.

Day 49 – PowerPoint Office Mix Slide Recordings

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#Office365Challenge – Now that I’ve shared the basics around Office Mix with you, it’s time to look at the overall slide recordings you can do. “Record audio and video of yourself giving your presentation. Write on your slides just like you would on a whiteboard.”

Day: 49 of 365, 316 left
Tools: Microsoft PowerPoint with Office Mix
Description: Slide Recordings in Office Mix

In the previous posts we looked at Screen Recordings (used for demos and training) and the quizzes you can insert on your PowerPoint presentation. Now let’s have a look at bringing that all together.

Click on the Mix Tab (1), then on Slide Recording (2).
Mix Slide Record 1

In the Slide Recording screen you will have options to do the following:
1. Press Record to start
2. Stop the Recording
3. Go to the previous slide
4. Go to the previous animation
5. Go to the next animation
6. Go to the next slide
7. Preview your recording
8. Edit the Recording
9. Make notes
10.Change the screen to full page view
11.Toggle between Thumbnail and full screen and choose the camera
12.Change the microphone volume
13.Choose your inking style
Mix Slide Record 2b

Based on your settings, it will record the video of you, your voice (audio), any inking and clicks you do on the screen. Once done – press stop and then close the screen. The Inking and the video will now appear on the slide. You can make changes to your shapes, colours, text etc. without having to update your recording.

Videos can be uploaded to the Office Mix site for sharing, published to your 365 site or exported (saved) in a video format (1), take note of the different formats available when exporting as video (2):
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I still have a LOT to learn about Office Mix, but I reckon this is a good start.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

Day 48 – PowerPoint Office Mix Quizzes

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#Office365Challenge – This is my third post about Office Mix. Today we’ll talk about the Quizzes you can do. This is a great tool to assess the reader’s understanding of the topic.

Day: 48 of 365, 317 left
Tools: Microsoft PowerPoint Office Mix
Description: Creating a Quiz in Microsoft PowerPoint Office Mix

To use the Quiz function, click on the Mix Tab (1), Quizzes (2), the App store will open – for this exercise I’ve selected Multiple Choice Quiz (3). Select then Trust It to load.

Office Mix Quiz

The Edit Dialogue Box will open, allowing you to add the Question (1), configure basic settings (2), add the possible answers (3) as well as indicate the correct answer (4).

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This is what the quiz will look like in presentation mode. Once an answer is selected and submitted, it will display whether it was correct.

Office Mix Quiz4

Hope you’re enjoying Office Mix as much as I am??!!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

Day 47 – PowerPoint Mix Screen Recording

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#Office365Challenge – So as promised, I’ll be looking at Office Mix for a couple of days. As I create a lot of manuals, quick reference guides, handover documents etc., this truly is the best tool EVER!!! Today we’ll look at Screen Recording.

Day: 47 of 365, 318 left
Tools: Microsoft Office Mix
Description: Using Office Mix for Screen Recordings

Seeing as I haven’t quite figured out how to add videos to my WordPress blog (pathetic I know – but I’ll get there eventually), I’ll show you how to do this with actual screenshots (images). Hopefully the last of these Office Mix Blogs will be a video (Mix) to summarize it all.

In PowerPoint navigate to the Mix Tab (1) then click on Screen Recording (2). Tip: Using Alt+Tab first to see which program opens when you toggle helps – as this is where Mix will go to make the recording. You might have multiple apps open – and that could be painful – so check first.

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Mix will now toggle to the other application with a toolbar at the top. Here you’ll see:

  • Record
  • Stop Recording
  • Select Area
  • Audio
  • Record Pointer

Click on Select Area to select the area of the screen you would like to record. It will display a red dotted line to indicate the area. When ready – click on Record. It will record screen, audio and mouse pointer (as per your settings). Once done – click on Stop Recording.
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The clip will now appear in PowerPoint, you’ll notice the play toolbar below it. What’s great here is that you can crop the screenshot if need be. Go to presentation mode to have a look at how it displays.
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Take note of the Video Tools Tab with Format and Playback Options:
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By far the easiest I’ve ever made screen recordings and embedded them in my PowerPoint Slides. See you tomorrow when I’ll be sharing more Mix Tips.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

Microsoft 365 Day 36: Using Morph Transitions in PowerPoint

#Microsoft365 – If you have Office 365, you might have noticed a new Transition style = Morph. In this post I’ll show you how to use Morph to apply some really cool animations, without building all those actual animation steps.

PowerPoint has a ‘new’ transition type, Morph, that can help you make smooth animations, transitions, and object movements across the slides in your presentation. You can apply the Morph transition to slides to create the appearance of movement in a wide range of objects, such as text, shapes, pictures, SmartArt, WordArt, and charts.

I’ve used animations quite a bit – but it can be very tricky to build and streamline all those changes. Morph really is a great way to create smooth transitions with same objects. In the video below you’ll see the basics (I didn’t add sound as I have 1,000,000 birds chirping in my garden and I thought I’d save you the wildlife recap 🙂 ):

  • I started with my “end state” slide, then duplicated it to have two more copies.
  • I then changed the first and second slide objects to create the “from and to – state” animations.
  • On slide 2 and slide 3 I added Morph Transitions. Voila!!!

Note: I created this Video using PowerPoint Office Mix.

 

Resources:

Purpose of this blog challenge:

I will write 365 blogs in 365 days around Microsoft 365. I did a similar challenge with Office 365, blogs can be found here. I won’t just be talking about the new Microsoft 365 subscription model. I will be sharing any news, tips and tricks around Office / Office 365 / Windows / Mobility and Security. And let’s not forget all the great new Apps & services available.  A lot of what I’ll share on Office and SharePoint will also be applicable to none “Office 365” versions.

Day 357 – Take a Screenshot in Microsoft Office

ATOI365D#Office365Challenge – 8 Days to Go – The ability to take screenshots, is something I would not be able to function without. Whether it be training manuals, quick reference guides, blogs, ‘graphic design’ stuff (yes I put that in careful quotes). I’d go back to taking photos with my phone and emailing it to myself in a second. So thank goodness for this utility in Office.

Day:  357 of 365, 8 left
Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016
Description: Take a Screenshot in Microsoft Office
Audience:  All

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What does Microsoft say: You can quickly and easily add a screenshot to your Office file to enhance the readability or capture information without leaving the program that you are working in. This feature is available in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word. You can use it to take a picture of all or part of the windows open on your computer. These screenshots are easy to read in printed documents and on PowerPoint slides that you project. Read more…

I’ve written quite a bit about using Mix in PowerPoint and Snipping Tool in Windows, so I’m not sure why I’ve neglected to mention the ‘newby’- Take a Screenshot utility in Microsoft Office. Shame on me?

How to take a Screenshot in Office:

If you think it’s easy – then it’s even easier than that. In Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. On the Insert Tab (since Office 2010) you’ll notice “Screenshot”. This allows you to grab full screens of Apps that are open as well as make a new Screen Clipping.

Note:  When selecting “Screen Clipping” it will open the Alt+Tab Window (the previous screen you worked on).

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Screen Recordings:

You can also record your screen in PowerPoint (not Mix add in related). This is available in 2013 & 2016. Read more…

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Pretty cool right?

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.

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