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Voiceovers in Office Mix


A great idea from our visit to Briar Hill Primary School today for using Office Mix. The context was the class preparing short advertising videos for a project - where they needed to match the text they would present to the timing of action on a video. Having marked the key moments in the movie track they set out to draft and rehearse their voiceover to match the timings and then perform it.

Office Mix first allowed the teacher to grab a selection of the screen in which the required video was playing and insert it into a slide (> Insert Screen Area). He could then make a copy of that slide for every group of pupils and when ready they could go to the screen and use Mix to record their voiceover (the webcam on the screen providing a well-placed microphone for three people standing about a metre from the screen. Although the rest of the class are in the room, the audio is reasonably good as the web cam isolates the input to quite a narrow field in front of the screen.

The finished Powerpoint deck can of course be exported in several ways....

  • Saved as a Powerpoint file in Google Drive or OneDrive, shared and the link used in ClassDojo...
  • Saved directly to Office 365 video, allowing the teacher to publish all the videos in a single file to the class video channel for later use in class or for viewing from home.
  • Saved as an mp4 video for use... anywhere.

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