Camstudio and PowerPoint Videos

I have almost figured out how to make videos using CamStudio and Powerpoint.

After much frustration and digital pulling of hair, I have figured out the following steps.

HP Pavilion Laptop and Samsung Monitor

I have a HP Pavilion dv7-1285dx laptop running Vista 64-bit with a Centrio 2 Duo Core P8600 with 6 GB of RAM.  I use two monitors – the laptop is open on a notebook stand, and I have a Samsung SyncMaster 2333 hooked up as a second monitor.  I have the monitors configured separately, so the desktop is spread across both monitors.  I can just drag windows or programs from one monitor to another.

Once you use two monitors, you can’t go back to a single monitor.

Here is the software I am using:

  1. I am using CamStudio 2.5, not Camstudio 2.0.  This records the video and audio, and creates an avi file.
  2. To convert avi to flv (flash) or mpg4 (Quicktime) files, I am using ImToo FLV Converter 6 software.  I did a search on Google, it looked legit.  Downloaded the trial program, which worked well, then paid $29 USD to register the software.  After I bought it, I found that it supports converting mp3 audio files into flash files… sweet!
  3. To play the flash files, I am using the JW Flash Player pluggin for WordPress.  The documentation is not real clear.  After installing the plugin, you have to go to the website and download a zip file containing  the player and two other important files.  Then you have to upload those three files to a folder on your WordPress blog website.  Not real clear.  Maybe I’ll do a short video showing how.

And that is it!

Convert an article to a text file without periods.  Import into PowerPoint.  Create slide show and cleanup slides.  Narrate slide show and record using CamStudio 2.5.  Convert the .avi file to a .flv file.  Log into your WordPress blog.  Upload video into post or page.  Done!

Here are examples of the same CamStudio and Powerpoint video presentation.  The first is a flash using the JW Player.  The second is a mpeg-4 file.

[jwplayer mediaid="103"]

And here is the same video, in a larger resolution and in MPEG-4 file format:

Click Here to view MPEG-4 file at resolution of 640×480

I have found that the best recording resolution is 640×480.  I have also found that it helps to reduce the resolution on my monitor before trying the screen capture.

CamStudio and PowerPoint – they were made for each other!

4 responses to “Camstudio and PowerPoint Videos

  1. Hi Mike;
    I am trying to do what you have done and I am not getting anywhere. You have lost me at step 3.

    I can do powerpoints just fine and voice over in the powerpoint. However, I have a new conference system that I am using that takes powerpoint presentations but the files need to be in .flv – I am just learning what that is too.

    I have looked at Camstudio, VLC media player and another one, but I am still lost.

    How is your system working for you? Thanks, M

  2. To play flash videos on a website, you need a flash player. JW Player is just one of those.

    Hope that helps.

  3. Thanks for the post. I am close but cannot get Camstuido to record the audio. I have a Zoom microphone that I can plug directly into the microphone jack on my laptop. But I cannot figure out how to get it to pick up the audio. I have set the “Audio Options” to “record from microphone” and tried both “audio capture device” options listed under audio options.

    Any suggestions?

    • John:

      Good question. Have you changed the setting’s in Widows on your laptop also?

      I have found it best to change the audio in settings on both Camstudio and my laptop, then reboot. I find that I have this problem in Skype also – the computer (i.e. Windows) gets confused. Changing the settings and then rebooting seems to fix the problem.

      Try it

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