Narration as MP3 instead of WAV files...


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Mike

Hey all, I need to put my PPT files into an Elearning authoring
program. I have narration files I want to include, and they only save
as WAV files (rather large sized!). Is there any way to record
narration in MP3 format to save on space (and downloading of the
slides) using PPT 2002???? Thanks
 
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Troy @ TLC Creative

PPT only embeds the .wav format. But your Elearning software may allow other
formats to be used/embedded. In this case you can either record the
narrations in an outside audio editing application and save as any format
needed. Or you can open the .wav narrations created by PPT in an outside
audio editing application and save in alternate format (.MP3).

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Guest

No real problems here, and it's a great way to save space.
You can't embed MP3 sound files, but all this means is that
you have to keep them in the same folder as the ppt file and then
link them. This might involve setting up a system of folders to
keep all the files straight, if you haven't already.
As for the actual conversion to MP3, it's incredibly simple on one
of my computers and impossible on the other. Both have PPT 2002
and Sound Recorder the software that does the switch. But ...
Open sound recorder, this might be from Start, programs, accessories,
entertainment. Open your WAV file from within Sound recorder.
Go to properties and if it lists MPEG layer 3 on there you can transform
into MP3 fomat in 2 shakes of a lambs tail (sorry Christmas with the kids!).
Pick the MP3 format you want - this might be the highest level mono format.
Are you really going to output stereo? Then use the highest level stereo
format.
Save the format you want with its own name I call mine "My MP3."
With the "Save as" function, change the format to "My MP3" and then save,
but add to the filename ".MP3"
That's it. 90%+ of the bulk is gone. Sound just as good (bettter?).
With this it makes sense to record
in the highest level WAV format available and then convert to MP3.
 
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Steve Rindsberg

Hey all, I need to put my PPT files into an Elearning authoring
program. I have narration files I want to include, and they only save
as WAV files (rather large sized!). Is there any way to record
narration in MP3 format to save on space (and downloading of the
slides) using PPT 2002???? Thanks

No, but you could probably record the narration to get the files and timings
set up right. Use the Linked sounds option so it creates external rather than
embedded files. Then convert the WAVs into MP3s using one of the various
conversion utilities out there. And finally, delete the existing links to
sounds and replace them with the same-named MP3 versions.

I'd first check to see that the ELearning system supports this.
 
M

Mike

Steve, can you advise me on how to best reestablish the links to the
mp3 versions once I have them resaved in the lower sized format? do I
need to do it by clicking on the speaker icon and then designating the
file location on each slide?
 
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Mike

Steve...or anyone...can you tell me how to best reestablish the links
to the new mp3 files after I create them and delete the original WAV
narration files in the presentation?
 
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Steve Rindsberg

Steve, can you advise me on how to best reestablish the links to the
mp3 versions once I have them resaved in the lower sized format? do I
need to do it by clicking on the speaker icon and then designating the
file location on each slide?

Have a look at this code that'll let you view and edit the link:

Show me the link and let me edit it
http://www.rdpslides.com/pptfaq/FAQ00433.htm
 
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Steve Rindsberg

Steve...or anyone...can you tell me how to best reestablish the links
to the new mp3 files after I create them and delete the original WAV
narration files in the presentation?

See previous reply
 
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Guest

I just want to verify there is no way to embed an mp3 sound file in a
powerpoint.

Thanks.
 
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Steve Rindsberg

I just want to verify there is no way to embed an mp3 sound file in a
powerpoint.

Other than *possibly* using Insert, Object, no.
And Insert, Object, if it works, would launch whatever player "owns" MP3 files on
the playback computer, it wouldn't play them from within PPT.
 
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