SnapKast offers two types of recording sessions: PowerPoint and Whiteboard. To record a PowerPoint session, the user is required to prepare the slides before hand. Please follow these tips for preparing the slides so that they are fully compatible with the SnapKast Recorder. Note that SnapKast offers the ability to add blank slides (white boards) to a PowerPoint driven session at anytime during the recording. Whiteboard sessions do not require any preparation.
The following elements are recorded during a session:
It is important to test your microphone to be sure that your your voice is being recorded. Some PCs have built-in mics, others will require that you connect an external mic. Please review the Audio Setup and Testing instructions for more details.
There are two ways to initiate a PowerPoint recording session from the SnapKast Media Center using the Record button:
Follow the steps above to launch the Recorder. If you launched the Recorder by the drag-and-drop method described above to open a PowerPoint file, then skip to step 5. Otherwise, read on.
If your PC speakers are on, you will hear a beep indicating that the recording session has started. The Recorder main window is organized into three main sections. These are the tools section, slide thumbnails, and current slide. All aspects of recording can be controlled from the tools section near the top of the window. Controls are grouped into the following categories: slide navigation, timing control, audio control, and drawing tools. Each category is discussed in turn below.
There is a toolbar to control various aspects of the
recording session near the top of the recording program window.
Slide navigation is governed by "Prev", "Next", and new-slide
buttons. The session starts at slide 1 of the presentation or whiteboard. To
move to the next slide, click the "Next" button. Moving to the next slide can
also be done by pressing the N, ENTER, or PG-DOWN keys (or simply clicking on
the slide). Similarly, to move to a previous slide, click the "Prev" button
or hit P, BACKSPACE, or PG-UP keys.
The "Stop", "Pause", and "Resume" keys do as their titles suggest. Clicking on "Stop" ends the recording session with no means of continuing so care should be taken before using this. "Pause" suspends the recoding of slides, voice and mouse or pen strokes (the timer also stop). "Resume" will pick up recording at the point where "Pause" was clicked.
The "Mute" checkbox stops voice capture without pausing
the presentation. This is useful for non-voice presentations where no background
noise is desired. The voice meter indicates that sound is being recorded. Activity
in this meter is dependent on the system sound configuration. If the input volume
is low, then there will be little to no activity and vice versa. It's always
helpful to do a test recording levels in advance. Please review the Audio
Setup and Test instructions.
The drawing tools affect the look of pen strokes in the
Recorder. Use the color choser to change the color and use the line thickness
pull-down box to change the width of the strokes.
Click "Stop" to end the recording session. Then simply click the "Return to Media Center" button to close the Recorder and return to the Media Center automatically.
The recording program window exits and you are now returned to the Format tab in the SnapKast media Center.