A slidecast is a video consisting of a
slideshow with voice-over narration.
Most slidecasts are embedded on web
pages from host sites such as YouTube.
Slidecasts are used to:
• Promote products or services,
• Provide instructions to users,
• Present test results to project team members
who are at different locations.
• These are just a few of the ways they can be
How to create your Slidecast.
• You need a microphone, and the one in your computer
will be fine for this project.
• Your slidecast must be hosted on a site that allows
users to play it without having to download the file.
• You will need to decide how you will create the
slidecast from the following options. Please note the
Option: PC Users Only
• PowerPoint: create the slideshow, use the PPT
recording feature to add voice-over narration, save as
a movie file, and upload to a host site such as YouTube
• MAC users. PPT has a bug in it that will strip your
audio out when saving as a movie file. So, you can’t
use it. There is no solution to-date.
Option: Mac Users Only
• Keynote will work in the same way PPT does for PC
users, but it’s not free ($19.99).
Don’t feel like buying
Keynote? See the next
slide for another option
Option: All users.
• SlideSnack: sign up for a free account. Create the slideshow in
PPT or any other slideware program. Save as a PDF file and
upload to SlideSnack. Use the tool’s recording feature to add
will host the file.
• Remember, I do not accept video files (mp4, mov, etc.).
• Here’s why. You are practicing how to create and share these
types of files as they are shared in workplace settings.
• So, if you choose to create a video file on your computer, be
certain it is uploaded to a host site and will play without a user
needing to download the file.
Do a test recording.
• Close all other programs and browser windows to
ensure you have enough memory.
• If the test recording fails, follow the troubleshooting
steps under Tools & Resources.
Decide how to work:
• Some people like to write the slidecast script first
and then design the slides.
• Some prefer to do the slides first and then write
• Still others create the slides and write the script at
the same time.
Do the process that works best for you.
• You will be adding voice-over narration to at
least 5 slides (the bibliography is not narrated).
• The voice-over should be no longer than
5 minutes (and may be less).
• As you record the voice-over, keep the pace
per slide about equal.
Focus the guide:
• Design the guide to meet the needs of your purpose (providing
your team with information that will be helpful during your time in
[the country of your choice]) and your audience (your team
• Here are some ideas for content:
• What is the proper way to greet people?
• What communication styles would work best?
• How does the culture view personal space, touching, eye contact, gender
issues, taboos, etc.
• How to help team members contact potential students (and/or their families)
• Phone, email, and business letter etiquette in [the country of your choice]
• Proper etiquette for meeting and greeting potential students and their family
• Appropriate dress for casual and business meetings
• Dining etiquette
• Other information you deem important/necessary .
Writing the Script. Practice the principles of effective prose
style when writing the script but adapt these for the ear by
keeping sentences short.
You should be able to say
the sentence in your script in
a single breath.
Brief salutation: greet the audience and give them
an idea of what you will be presenting in the slidecast.
Introduction: here is one way to introduce the slidecast
(there are other choices you could make).
Example: signposting is in blue.
Business meeting etiquette in Austria includes
knowing how far in advance to make an appointment,
when not to schedule meetings, and how to make a
good first impression. I’ll explain each of these in
the slides that follow.
You may need only one signpost, but decide
how many you need based on what you are
saying and how many slides you end up
Delivery: continue to apply these concepts
when recording your voice-over narration.
• Vocal variety: pitch, tone, volume,
Exercises to help you improve your
speaking style can be found under
Tools & Resources.