How to Record a Video Presentation With Google Slides


Google Slides now permits you to document a presentation with inset video out of your webcam. Each recording could also be a most of half-hour lengthy. No longer do it’s essential flip to a third-party instrument or net assembly app, similar to Google Meet, to document a presentation. Instead, you can begin and end the duty with nothing greater than Google Slides on a laptop computer.

As of March 2024, slide recordings could also be made by clients who use Google Workspace Business Standard or Plus; Enterprise Starter, Essentials, Essentials Plus, Standard or Plus; and Education Plus editions.

How to make a primary slide recording in Google Slides

To create a slide recording, you’ll want to make use of Google Chrome on a pc that has a digicam and microphone.

  1. Go to Google Slides and open your presentation.
  2. Select the Rec button within the higher proper space, then choose the Record new video button (Figure A).

The system will swap to the display recording interface, with recording controls displayed under your slides. By default, the system will show your inset (picture-in-picture) video in medium dimension within the decrease proper nook of a slide, since this portion of a slide is usually empty.

Select the Rec button for screen recording in Google Slides.
Figure A: Select the Rec button for display recording in Google Slides. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic
  1. Optionally, earlier than you begin recording, you would possibly modify three settings:
      1. Modify the placement of the inset (picture-in-picture) video body (Figure B). Select the inset location icon, discovered to the rapid proper of the ahead slide (>) icon, to maneuver the placement to be any of the corners or middle space of a slide.

        Adjust the default video inset location (lower right) and size (medium) using the controls shown in the red box, or activate speaker notes with the icon indicated by the arrow.
        Figure B: Adjust the default video inset location (decrease proper) and dimension (medium) utilizing the controls proven within the purple field, or activate speaker notes with the icon indicated by the arrow. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

      2. Modify the scale of the inset video body. Select the scale icon, discovered to the suitable of the video inset location icon, then select both a small, medium or giant video body dimension.
      3. Open speaker notes with the button discovered to the rapid left of the again slide (<) icon. This will show speaker notes to your reference whereas recording. (Ideally, you wouldn’t have to check with speaker notes, in order that you could possibly as a substitute look immediately on the digicam as you document.)
  1. When you’re able to document, choose the massive purple button on the backside of the display.
  2. If prompted, chances are you’ll want to permit entry (Figure C) to the tab, together with the digicam and microphone. For instance, when recording on a Chromebook, chances are you’ll be prompted to “Allow to see this tab?” and “Also allow tab audio.” Select Allow, if prompted.
Allow access to the tab, camera or microphone, if prompted.
Figure C: Allow entry to the tab, digicam or microphone, if prompted. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

In just a few instances, chances are you’ll want to go to the next hyperlinks in Chrome to regulate permissions for:

      • Camera: chrome://settings/content material/digicam.
      • Microphone: chrome://settings/content material/microphone.
  1. A short countdown ought to show (i.e., 3, 2, 1), then your recording will start. Record your video, advancing your slides as desired.
Note: While annotation isn’t accessible throughout this type of recording, you can also make it in order that your cursor shows. Just toggle the cursor icon to the left of the document button in Figure A earlier than you start!

  1. To pause recording, press the massive purple button on the backside of the display.
  2. Once paused, chances are you’ll choose from two choices (Figure D):
When you pause or stop a recording, you may either choose to Re-record or Save to Drive, as shown.
Figure D: When you pause or cease a recording, chances are you’ll both select to Re-record or Save to Drive, as proven. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

After you choose Save to Drive, wait a bit till the system signifies the file has been saved. If you allow or shut the tab too quickly, chances are you’ll lose your recording.

How to pick out inset video styles and sizes

On any slide, chances are you’ll use the Insert | Speaker highlight choice (Figure E), then choose a formed video body. This inserts a body the place the speaker video will show on that slide. You might reposition or resize the body: Select the form, after which drag-and-drop it to maneuver it to a special place in your slide, or choose a nook and drag it to resize it.

For custom placement and sizing of the inset video, select Insert | Speaker spotlight.
Figure E: For customized placement and sizing of the inset video, choose Insert | Speaker highlight. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

When you insert a speaker highlight form, that supplants the place and dimension you may need chosen on a primary recording. In different phrases, the speaker’s video will show in one of many corners or the middle, and within the small, medium or giant form chosen with the settings — until you’ve inserted a speaker highlight form on a web page (Figure F). Use the speaker highlight choice to convey probably the most polished skilled impact, because it permits exact management over the form, dimension and site of a video body.

Select a shape, then position it anywhere on your slide. You may resize it as desired.
Figure F: Select a form, then place it wherever in your slide. You might resize it as desired. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic

How to play, share and handle slide recordings

You might entry slide recordings inside Google Slides on a pc. However, not like recording, which requires you to make use of Google Chrome, chances are you’ll entry and play current recordings inside Google Slides on quite a lot of fashionable browsers. For instance, the next steps all work while you use Google Slides inside both Google Chrome or Apple’s Safari browser.

To entry recordings related to a Google Slides presentation, observe these steps.

  1. Go to Google Slides and open your presentation.
  2. Select the Rec button within the higher proper space. The recordings you’ve fabricated from the shows will show. Importantly, the system reveals each the date and length of every recording.
  3. To view, share or obtain a recording, click on wherever on the playback icon or title of the recording (Figure G). It ought to open in a brand new tab. Within this tab, you would possibly:
    • Select the Play icon within the middle of the video picture to play the recording.
    • Select the Share button within the higher proper nook of the display to switch entry settings and provides different individuals entry to the file.
    • Select the Download icon within the down arrow above a tray icon within the higher proper space of the display to obtain the file.
Select the Rec button, then click on the name of any saved recording to open it in a new tab for playback, share options or downloading.
Figure G: Select the Rec button, then click on on the title of any saved recording to open it in a brand new tab for playback, share choices or downloading. Image: Andy Wolber/TechRepublic
  1. Select the three dot menu to the suitable of a listed recording to:
    • Rename a file one thing apart from the default recording title.
    • Remove a beforehand made recording you now not want.
    • Copy hyperlink and procure the Google Drive URL for the recorded file.

All Google Slides recordings are saved in a Slides recordings folder on Google Drive. The recordings are saved as .webm information, which is a extensively supported net video format. You might simply open and play .webm information on each Apple and Android cellphones. Any recordings you make utilizing Google Slides ought to be straightforward to view on nearly any system.

Does the flexibility to document a presentation inside Google Slides streamline your workflow? What kinds of video shows will you create with this new functionality? Mention or message me on X (@awolber) to let me know the way you utilize display recording inside Google Slides.


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