Bring your presentations to life with video! With Screencast-O-Matic, create engaging videos of your Google Slides presentations with ease.
How to use Screencast-O-Matic with Google Slides
Open Google Slides, create, insert and integrate an engaging screencast recording or screenshot using Screencast-O-Matic.
Edit and share your videos and screenshots of your Google Slides presentations.
Easily create engaging videos of your Google Slides presentations
- Save time and easily create videos of your presentations with narration.
- Control and adjust webcam picture-in-picture (PIP). Hide/show webcam at any point in your presentation.
- Use the video editor to perfect your presentation, adding post-production effects like music, zoom, transitions and green screen filter.
Quickly capture screenshots and add to your presentation
- Use our snipping tool to capture a window, full screen, or an area.
- Screenshots are automatically copied to your clipboard and can be pasted directly in Google Slides.
- Annotate your screenshots in the image editor by adding text, arrows, and highlights.
- Blur any sensitive information captured on your screen.
- Upload your images to content hosting to organize and share along with your videos.
Conveniently share video when you want, where you want.
- Upload and publish your Google Slides screen recordings on YouTube, Screencast-O-Matic, Google Drive, Dropbox, or Vimeo.
- Quickly share your videos on Facebook and Twitter.
- Grab a link, email, or embed your Google Slides video screen captures into your site.
- Download a copy of your video and share anywhere.
Start creating today!
Easy integration for your workflow.
Google Slides: Frequently Asked Questions
You can record your screen or webcam and easily share your videos with your audience. Here are quick steps to get you started. You can also head to our Tutorials page or Blog for insight on our screen recorder.
- Launch the screen recorder from the screen recorder page to start recording your Google Slides video.
- Choose screen, webcam, or both to record.
- Select a size for your video or drag the recording frame around your Google Slides.
- Add your audio sources for voice narration.
- Then click on the ‘Rec’ button to start recording.
You can find the complete how-to in this Google Slides Video Recording article.
It’s easy to add your video to your Google Slides!
First, upload your video to your Screencast-O-Matic account.
Once uploaded, you will find the video in your hosting account. Hover over the video you want to embed and click on ‘Details.’ Click on the share icon in Video Details.
You can customize the embed by selecting the size of your video, adding controls, captions or choose to add a title to your video. When done customizing, copy and paste the embed code to your platform.
You can also copy a direct link to your video and share to your audience.
For more on hosting options, please view our tutorials about Content Hosting.
You can also view our hosting features in Video and Content Hosting.
You can easily edit your Google Slides video with our video editing software.
Just edit your video using our easy editing process.
Cut or trim your video. Add overlays including shapes, text, blurs, or images. Insert videos or previous recordings you’ve created. There’s no limit on what you can do with your Google Slides video!
Lot more interesting detail can be read here. Simply so, how do you create a poll on Google Slides?
Installing Poll Everywhere for Google Slides
- Open the chrome web store and search for “Poll Everywhere for Google Slides.” Alternatively, you can click this link to go directly to the installation page.
- Click “Add to Chrome.”
- The standard advisory box appears notifying you what the extension will be able to access and change. Click “Add extension.”
Subsequently, question is, how do you add a poll to a Google site? Inserting Google Surveys
- Go the your Google Sites page you would like to display your survey on and click Edit page.
- Click Insert > Spreadsheet form.
- Choose the form you want to embed and click Select.
- Another window will appear, and you can customize the appearance of your form here.
- Click Save once you are finished.
Also to know, can you add recordings to Google Slides?
How to Add Audio to Google Slides. Google Slides do not support audio files but you do have the option to embed videos inside the individual slides. The workaround, therefore, is simple – place the video file on a slide, make it invisible and turn on the auto-play mode.
How do you add guides to Google Slides?
To enhance your presentation, you can add text, shapes, lines, and other objects in Google Slides.
Align objects on a slide automatically
- On your computer, open a presentation in Google Slides.
- Click View Guides. Choose an option.
- Drag the line where you want.
If you are not familiar with Screencastify, I recommend you check it out! It’s not only great for recording your screen, but you can also record audio and add it to your Slides!
For this video I’ve used one the Choice Boards, resources from the Insert Audio Template and the How to create a Neon text effect.
Hope it’s useful!
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Screen recording software comes in all shapes and sizes. But when you need something ultra-simple and efficient, Screencastify is there to deliver. It’s an easy to install extension for Chrome that allows you to add some flair to your online presentations.
Screencastify is an excellent tool for people who use Google Slides for business or online education. You can forget about long emails and conference calls. If you have to give a presentation, just record it with Screencastify.
This article will show you how to record, save, and share a Google Slides presentation with Screencastify.
Recording Your Presentation
Google Slides has a straightforward UI and is super simple to use. That means that it is a perfect match for Screencastify.
After you have installed the Screencastify Chrome extension, and have your Google Slides presentation ready, the recording session can begin. Here’s what you need to do:
- Open your Google Slide deck.
- Select the arrow next to the “Present” button.
- Select the “Presenter view” option.
- Click the Screencastify icon in your Chrome browser and select “browse tab recording.”
- If you want audio, activate “Microphone.” And for video, turn on the “Embed webcam” option.
- Finally, click the Screencastify icon again and press “Stop.”
You will see and hear a short countdown from three. After that, Screencastify will start recording your Google Slides presentation.
While recording your Google Slides presentation, you might notice that the camera window is either too small or too big. Or that it’s just the wrong shape.
You can expand or shrink your webcam window with your cursor. It can be square-shaped or rectangular. Or you can go full screen. However, the latter might not work best for Google Slides presentation.
The webcam window will, by default, appear in the bottom right corner of the tab. But you can move it around the screen freely and find the best spot that offers the least distractions.
When you choose “Tab recording” in Screencastify, as you should when recording Google Slides, you also get a few additional features. For example, in the bottom left corner, you can select a highlighted cursor that will let you point out relevant parts of your presentation.
It looks like a little white spotlight, and it can be helpful when you’re trying to key in on something. If you want to turn it off, click it once again.
The tab recording feature also lets you pause and resume at any time. So, if somewhere in your Google Slide presentation, you need to do or say something you don’t want to appear on the recording, this feature makes it easy.
In case your presentation requires an annotation, Screencastify has that option too. In the toolbar in the bottom left corner, select an icon that looks like a brush.
There are several colors to choose from and then just proceed to annotate on your Google Slide. If you make a mistake, you can use the eraser feature.
There is also a button to turn off the webcam if there is no more need for your viewers to see you. And right next to it, there is an icon that looks like a clock. It tells you how long you have been recording the presentation.
Saving and Sharing Google Slides with Screencastify
After the completion of your Google Slides show, all you have to do is press the “Stop” button. Unless you’ve altered the default settings, your recording will go directly to your Google Drive.
But you also get a few other options available right away. You can copy the link and send it via a third-app. Or you can click on the “Share” icon directly from the tab and share the recording to your YouTube channel or Google Drive.
If you want to share it on YouTube, you have to provide the channel’s email address. The advantage of the Google Drive option is that you get the sharable link here as well. Also, you can set privacy settings in both cases.
If you’re using Google Slides and Google Classroom features combined, Screencastify can come in handy. When you’re done with your presentation, uploading the recording to Google Classroom is super easy.
You can drop the link or upload the video directly. The benefit is that the files are not huge but have pretty excellent quality.
Taking Google Slides to the Next Level with Screencastify
Screencastify is popular because it works great, and it’s easy to use. And your computer and Google Slides don’t lag or feel overburdened.
You also get several additional features that make the entire experience even more interactive. If you want to highlight vital points during the presentation, Screencastify’s tab recording feature will let you do that.
Have you ever used Screencastify and Google Slides before? Let us know in the comments section below.
By Eric Curts 14 March 2019
Technology should empower our students to seamlessly create, express, and share their ideas.
Having been in education for last 27 years (but who’s counting?) I have seen incredible advancements in technology. One area that has experienced much growth is recording and sharing video. I remember doing video projects with students using a large camcorder that recorded to video tape. Then we got those flip video recorders that we all thought were the height of technology. And of course now we can record with everything from phones to webcams to drones.
As easy as it is now to record video, anything we can do to make the process even smoother is a win for our students. Technology shouldn’t put up hurdles to jump over, but instead empower our students to seamlessly create, express, and share their ideas.
Recently one of my favorite video tools, Screencastify, has made this process even easier with a new add-on for Google Slides. This new tool allows users to locate their recorded videos and insert them into their slideshows with fewer clicks and less time than ever. This can be especially helpful for younger students and for those still learning how to use these tools.
See below for details on how to install and use this new add-on, as well as ideas for how students can use this in school.
Installing the Screencastify Add-on for Slides
First you will want to begin by installing the new Screencastify add-on. This is a one-time process. Once you have it installed, you can use it forever.
- Open an existing Google slideshow or create a new one.
- Next, click “Add-ons” in the top menu bar.
- Then click “Get Add-ons” from the drop-down menu.
- You can now scroll down or type in the search box to find the Screencastify add-on.
- Alternately you can use this link to go directly to the add-on: Screencastify Add-on link
- When you locate the add-on, click the “+FREE” button to install it.
- You will now be asked to choose your Google account.
- Then you will need to scroll down and click “Allow” to give permission for the installation.
The Screencastify add-on will now be installed and ready from use from the “Add-ons” menu.
Using the Screencastify Add-on for Slides
Now that you have the add-on installed, it will be easier than ever to add your recordings to Google Slides.
Note: To record your videos, use the Screencastify Chrome web extension as normal. If you have not installed or used the extension before, see my earlier blog post and video on how the extension works: “7 Super Screencasting Activities for School”
Any videos you record with the Screencastify extension will now be available for use in the Screencastify add-on. Here’s how it works.
- With a Google slideshow open, click “Add-ons” then “Screencastify for Slides” then “View Screencastify Videos”.
- A panel will now open on the right side of the screen, displaying all of your recorded Screencastify videos.
- As needed you can scroll through the videos, or type in the “Search” box to locate the video you need.
- By default the most recent videos will be at the top, so if you just did the screen recording, it will be the first in the list.
- Click on the video you want to insert.
- The add-on will now add that video to your Google slideshow.
Once the video has been inserted into your Google slideshow you can adjust it as normal:
- You can click and drag to move the video.
- You can resize the video.
- You can select the video and then click “Format options” in the top toolbar.
- In the format options you can set the “Start” and “End” time for the video.
- You can also check the box to “Autoplay” the video when the slide loads.
Uses for the Screencastify Add-on
Video is a fantastic way for students to express themselves, explain an idea, share feedback for their peers, contribute to a discussion, and more. With the Screencastify add-on it is easier than ever for students to add videos to their slideshows. Some ideas for how this tool could be used include:
- Adding an instructional video to a slideshow.
- Adding narration to a presentation.
- Reading a slideshow eBook aloud.
- Embedding a speech or performance into a presentation.
- Explaining how to solve a math problem.
- Leaving video feedback on another student’s writing.
- Responding to a question or prompt in a shared class slideshow.
We’ve developed the NEW! mote for Google Slides to be the easiest, most delightful way to add voice notes to Google Slides. Use mote for Google Slides to.
- Add instructions to a Google Slide
- Add voice over to a Slide that you’re sharing
- Impress everyone with your best Harry Styles impression
OK, the last one isn’t a recommended use of mote for Google Slides. but why not just try it anyway?
One really important requirement for using Mote for Slides is that you are logged into GSuite and into Mote with the same account. This is so that we can save your voice note to your Google Drive, and then insert it automagically into your Slide.
Before you do anything else, check to see that you are logged into Mote (see the Mote menu) and into Google (see your Google Account – as below) with the same email address.
If you are having issues with Mote for Slides, there’s a 90% chance that this is caused by you not following the instructions in ‘Read this first’ above!
1. Make sure that you’re logged into mote and Google Slides with the same account. For example, if your mote account is your school email address, make sure that you’re logged into Google Slides with the same account.
2. Click on the new mote icon in the Slides menu bar
3. Follow the instructions and start recording!
Known questions / issues
If you encounter error messages, please try.
1. Refreshing the page
2. Log out of mote, then log back in. Then refresh the Slides page again.
3. Still not working? Go to www.justmote.me/chrome and remove the mote extension. Then re-install the latest version.
4. For some users, the option to insert audio isn’t available. Check your Insert menu – if you don’t see ‘Audio’ as an option on the menu, then mote for Google Slides won’t work. This appears to be an intermittent issue for some users.
5. Check that you have edit permissions for the slides document – try inserting text or a shape to confirm.
6. We are aware of an issue with using mote for Google Slides within Google Classroom Private Comments – the audio should be inserted, however, it may appear as a grey icon rather than the friendly mote play button. We hope to update this with a fix soon.
7. If you continue to see an ‘account mismatch’ error message, check out this article
8. If you have other extensions installed within Google Slides (in particular ‘Record to Slides’) please try disabling that extension to see if that solves your issue.
9. If you’ve tried everything else, you can now submit detailed log diagnostic information to help us diagnose your problem.
Click on the Mote icon in the browser bar, and then click the ‘Help site doesn’t solve your problems?’ button
Then read the instructions, before clicking the ‘Let’s do it’ button and pasting your ‘debug logs’ into an email’. (a templated email will open – just click Control+V or Command+V to paste the logs into the email).
Please include a description of your problem and, if you know how, a screen-recording of the issue.
Once submitted, we’ll review it and get back to you as soon as we can.
It is really harder to create screen recordings in Google Slides presentations directly as a web-based service. You will have to record your screen using Screencastify for Chrome browser and save it to Google Drive. Here’s how to Add Screen Recordings to Google Slides.
First, you will need to download and install the Screencastify extension for Google Chrome before you begin. As Screencastify saves screen recordings to Google Drive then, you will also need to sign in to the same Google account you use for Google Slides.
Google Chrome and the Screencastify extension will need permission to use your microphone and camera, depending on whether you want to record these. The Screencastify extension will also ask you for permission during the initial setup process.
Creating a Screen Recording Using Screencastify
The advantage of using Screencastify for your screen recording is that it saves your videos to Google Drive, where you can then easily import them into Google Slides.
Screencastify extension will also allow webcam and microphone recording on top. It will allow you to record an action with an audio track and visual demonstration.
Until you decide to upgrade, Screencastisfy restricts screen recording to five minutes. In case your recording needs to be longer then, you have to upgrade. If that’s a problem, you’ll need to record your desktop using some other methods and upload the video to Google Drive manually.
In case your recording is scheduled to be under five minutes long or you’ve upgraded then, Tap on the Screencastify icon in Chrome, next to the address bar in the top-right.
This will load the Screencastify menu. From there, you can choose to record your browser tab, your entire desktop screen, or your webcam only.
Tap on your preferred recording option to select it.
Before you start recording, you can also simply enable or disable the recording of your microphone and webcam. In case you choose to disable these options then, you won’t be able to record an audio track alongside the video. Also, you won’t be visible in the recording itself.
Tap on the slider next to the “Microphone” and “Embed Webcam” options to enable or disable them. When the slider turns pink, the option is enabled.
You’ll also need to select the mic you want to use from the drop-down menu next to the “Microphone” option.
Tap on the “Show More Options” link, located above the “Record” button, to access additional options for your screen recording. These options will differ, depending on whether you’re recording your browser tab, screen, or webcam.
You can simply set a countdown before recording starts for each recording method. For the browser tab and desktop screen recording. You can also enable access to drawing tools, letting you draw on your screen as the extension records.
Recording the audio from your browser is only an option for browser tab screen recording.
Then by using your mouse, tap on the sliders to enable or disable these options. You can just set the countdown timer using the drop-down menu.
After that press the “Record” button to begin your screen recording once you’ve configured your settings.
Editing and Viewing Your Screencastify Screen Recording
A tools menu will appear in the bottom-left of your screen when you begin recording depending on whether you have enabled the “Show Drawing Tools” option. You can also use this menu to switch between various drawing tools.
Pressing the Screencastify icon during a recording will bring up the recording controls. You can simply pause, stop, and delete a recording from this area. As well as view the current runtime.
After the recording is complete, the Screencastify recording will appear automatically in a new Chrome tab.
From there, you can view, download, or export your screen recording, or open the Screencastify editor. The video can be also accessible from your Google Drive storage at this point.
Then Press the “Open In Editor” button to edit your video in the Screencastify editor.
In case you don’t want to edit the video then, select “More Options”. Tap on the “View On Drive” button to view the video in your Google Drive storage.
You can also tap on the “Copy Shareable Link” to copy the URL to your video to your clipboard.
By default, only you will be able to view this video. However, you can change the privacy options for your video in the drop-down menu underneath the “Copy Shareable Link” button.
Importing Screen Recordings from Google Drive
Usually, Google Slides allows you to import videos from Google Drive directly. So open your Google Slides presentation as soon as you’re ready to import your screen recording.
Then select or create a new slide to place your video in. After that press Insert > Video.
Press on the “Google Drive” option in the “Insert Video” selection menu. From here, simply locate your screen recording video.
Tap on the screen recording video. Then press the “Select” button to import it into your Google Slides presentation.
The screen recording will appear like an object on your slide, where you can resize it and move it to an appropriate position. Pressing the circular play button will begin playback. This will allow you to use your screen recording video as a helpful addition to your overall presentation.
You can also set your video to play automatically by right-clicking the video and then selecting the “Format Options” menu option. From here, Tap on “Video Playback” in the right-hand menu that appears.
After this tap on the “Auto-play when presenting” checkbox to have your video begin playback automatically when you reach the slide containing it during your presentation.
Since the pandemic hit, TCEA has furiously moved our face-to-face professional development online. We now have 16 self-paced courses ready to go with more in the works. Check out the lineup here.
Just like many of you, I had to get up to speed on recording videos very quickly. My go-to screencasting tool is Screencastify. I started out with the free pricing plan, which included the five-minute maximum recording time. The rule of thumb for video creation at TCEA is to keep your videos between three to six minutes long. So the free version almost did the trick, but I decided to invest in the unlimited plan which is $49 per person per year. BUT wait, the education discount is only $29 with more editing features. What a deal!
My video recording was swimming along just fine until I hit a little roadblock. When I tried to use my live webcam with Google Slides, the webcam video would disappear. Very frustrating! I tried everything to make my webcam video appear in the corner of my slide deck, but it was simply not happening. So armed with my educator attitude, I knew I could come up with something. My hack was to leave Slides in edit mode, move the filmstrip view clear to the left side of my screen. Then the webcam picture would hang off the slide deck and onto my desktop. Not the prettiest and most professional, but it worked.
Help Arrives from Screencastify
But after a while, I decided to reach out to Screencastify support for help. Viola! I heard back within a day. And, of course, it came with the answer in the form of a video from Screencastify. It is a solution where you hit your forehead and exclaim, “Why didn’t I think of that!” Caution: This trick does not work for PowerPoint or Keynote.
Here is the YouTube video link Screencastify provided me. Or you can check out this handy-dandy graphic I made showing the magic remedy to embed your webcam with Google Slides in four easy steps:
The Top Three Tips for Video Recording
- Follow the rule of thirds – keep your face and body in the middle of the screen.
- Lightning is SO important.
- Keep your video length to three to six minutes.
Become a Pro
So, You want to add Music to Google Slides?
Great, it’s super easy to record your narration and add audio to Google Slides Now!
The problem is many people want to add audio to Google Slides but there really is no simple way to do it. Some people recommend a screen recording tool like Camtasia or recording audio in powerpoint. The challenge is that these tools are not simple to use and the process can become very frustrating.
Check out this video below for step by step instructions.
I had a project where I needed to record audio on my presentation. I found Vidcredible and it made it super easy to crank it out! I’d recommend this to anyone looking for fast results.
Vidcredible is great to use when you want to do a voiceover with your google slides. It works well with adding music and everything!
Step 1 Create your Google Slides Presentation (You can access Google slides from inside your Google Drive Learn more about Google Slides
Now select your Google Slides Theme and make your presentation.
Step 2 Now that you have your completed Google Slides you need to create an account at Vidcredible Sign up here.
S tep 3 Authenticate Google/Blogger/Youtube, this is inside of Vidcredible under the networks section, you can’t miss it.
Step 4 In the ‘Creation section’ of Vidcredible click add new project and access the Google Slides Presentation you want to add your audio to, or background music, or voice over, narration etc.
Step 5 Record Your Audio onto the Google Slides. That’s it! You just added your audio to Google Slides.
Vidcredible will allow you to reorganize the order of your Google slides in any order you want or desire and it will retain the audio this means if you decide later that it would make more sense to move a certain slide into a different position it is easy to do.