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Introduction, Getting Started, Exploring, Step-by-Step Instructions


PPT and Quicktime

Many faculty are proficient in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint software for developing lecture outlines, visualizations, and related class materials. By using narrated images in PowerPoint, instructors can quickly create rich, compelling, and instructively sound eLearning content.

PowerPoint slide show presentations or still images are basically static, e.g., the student clicks through the slides of textual information without the benefit of the instructor's verbal comments on the topics being presented. Still images along cannot convey the instructor's knowledge or make a connection from the images to the content.

Web-based instructional slide shows that include narration help to make a static slide show become a dynamic presentation, capturing all of the instructor's emotion, tempo, and anecdotal information.

Imaging with PowerPoint and QuickTime can be developed to support a variety of instructional uses, for example, digital storytelling, time-lapse sequencing, or tutorials.

In this module you will learn how to create a QuickTime movie from a series of still images inserted into a PowerPoint presentation. You will then upload it into your Desire2Learn course. You do not need expensive equipment or training to complete this module but should be comfortable in using technology.


Getting Started

Developing QuickTime movies for your course involves some planning, but is quite simple if you use Microsoft PowerPoint and a Macintosh computer. Other software applications will be necessary if you are using a Windows computer. Simple QuickTime movies do not take a great deal of time to create and do not require highly technical expertise. Review the information below to help you get started.

  • What is It?

In this module you will learn about creating an instructional QuickTime movie for an online course. To create the movie, you will need a microphone, Microsoft PowerPoint software, and a Windows XP or Mac OS X equipped computer.

  • How Do I Use It?

Follow the link below or click on the link to EXPLORING above to learn how to create a QuickTime move from a PowerPoint presentation and upload it into your online course.

  • Why Use Images?

Images help your students make connections with course content as well as provide them with alternate media for learning.

  • Why Use QuickTime?

The benefits of exporting to a QuickTime move are:

  • Creates a single file to upload to Desire2Learn
  • File size is relatively small
  • Progressive download option allows a student to watch a movie as it downloads
  • Students do not need PowerPoint software to view the presentation



To create a movie for online courses using PowerPoint, review the information and examples below. Once you have the software installed and a microphone to create the audio file, you are ready to create your script. The step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process of creating your audio file.

How to Create a Movie with PowerPoint

  • What You Need:
  • Computer
  • Microsoft PowerPoint OSX for Mac or XP for Windows
  • Inexpensive USB microphone/headset
  • Camtasia software if using a Windows computer
  • Digital Images
  • Narration for your movie- Creating Narration
  • Step-by-step instructions - Go to PERFORMING link above
  • Examples

Introduction to Smart Classroom Sympodium

This example, Sympodium Introduction, was created using a narrated PowerPoint 2003 file and Microsoft Producer. The Windows Media file size is 9 MB and will require considerable download time if not on a high-speed connection. This is not a streaming file.

This is the same narrated PowerPoint file, recorded with Camtasia and saved in Flash format. The file size is still 9 MB but the Flash format allows for quicker viewing.

  • Considerations

Instructor and Student Skills & Requirements

No special skills are needed to listen to the movies. The instructor should be comfortable with using technology in order to create and upload the files.


Movies can take less than 15 minutes to create and upload into your course if you have already written your script and have the software and hardware in place. Use the download time calculator  to see how long it will take your students to download the QuickTime file. To determine the size of your movie file, you will need to view the file properties. On Windows right click on the file and select properties; on Macintosh click on the file and select File>Get Info on the menu bar.

Computer Requirements

You should have a computer with XP (Windows) or OS X (Mac) to create your message. In order to hear the audio file, instructors and students will need to have Windows Media Player, QuickTime, RealPlayer or other application that will play QuickTime files that are supported in Desire2Learn.


Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 - Assemble Equipment

  • Identify a computer you will use to create a PowerPoint presentation. Note: Macintosh OSX and PowerPoint 2002 or higher is recommended for ease of use.

  • Obtain an external microphone
    • Do not use an internal microphone since they may pick up ambient sounds or noise from the computer.
    • Headset or desktop?
      • Headset - any inexpensive headset will do
      • Desktop - any inexpensive microphone will do
      • You may need an audio adapter for the Macintosh to power the microphone
    • Borrow a microphone from the LTC (101 Still). Contact Darla Ausel to schedule an appointment or stop by.

Step 2 - Obtain Camtasia Software (Windows OS only)

  • Purchase and install Camtasia software.
    • Educational pricing is available. If you are on campus, contact the help desk for assistance in installation. Provide them with the URL of the software download to expedite the process.
    • If you need assistance in using the software, contact the Learning and Technology Center staff.
    • Contact the LTC (104 Egbert) to create your movie. Contact Darla Ausel to schedule an appointment or stop by.

Step 3 - Gather Digital Images

Digital images can be obtained from a variety of sources. (Be sure to obtain copyright permission.)

  • Internet
  • Textbooks
  • Digital Cameras
  • Scanned Images

Step 4 - Create a PowerPoint Presentation

Create a PowerPoint presentation with your images - Creating Your Presentation

Step 5 - Add Narration or Background Music

If desired, add narration or background music to enhance the PowerPoint presentation - Creating/Adding The Narration

Step 6 - Convert PowerPoint to QuickTime

Convert the PowerPoint presentation to QuickTime - Converting PowerPoint to QuickTime

  • Macintosh OSX and PowerPoint
  • Windows XP, PowerPoint, and Camtasia software

Step 7 - Upload or Publish the Message

Upload the QuickTime file into D2L

Publish to a web page

Publish to a streaming server