Google Slides has become a strong competitor to PowerPoint. It is easy to use, supports seamless collaboration, and provides a variety of templates, plug-ins, and extensions.
Although Google Slides is a reliable application for all types of people, it lacks one basic thing: a voice recorder.
Sometimes you want to make a recorded presentation instead of a live presentation. For this, you need to be able to add audio to Google Slides.
In addition, adding voice-overs to presentations is a great way to create videos for online training or seminars.
So we created this step-by-step guide to show you how to add speech to Google Slides. Here we will introduce two different methods, and you can choose the method that is the most convenient for you.
Finally, we will also share some pro tips on how to improve dubbing and make video presentations more engaging.
Let’s get started.
Option 1: Add Narration and Voiceover to Google Slides
Adding audio recordings to Google Slides is easy. It involves using an external audio recorder to record and insert audio files from Google Drive into the slide show.
Note: The first option is ideal for those who want to create a presentation with a voiceover, but if you want to create a video using Google Slides, you can go directly to option # 2.
Now if you have the audio ready, has won half. Otherwise, you must use a third-party recording application to record the voiceover.
Just follow the steps below and it should be up and running soon.
Record your voice
If you want to add narration to a slide, first write a script for each slide in the slide show.
There is no question that the quality of your audio can determine the success or failure of your presentation, so be sure to record in a quiet location and use a high-quality microphone.
has many recording applications at its disposal, including sophisticated options like Audacity, which have a longer learning curve.
has simpler tools for this purpose such as voice recorder on Windows and voice memo on Mac.
After finding the most suitable application and microphone for you, record your voice and make sure the audio format is MP3 or WAV when exporting to make it compatible with Google Slides.
Upload the audio file to Google Drive
After preparing the audio file, open Google Drive, select “New” from the “Tools” menu, find the “File upload” option, and then select the audio file you want to upload.
After loading, right-click on the file name and select the sharing option.
removes any restrictions on its use by allowing access to everyone using the link. This will ensure that anyone who receives the presentation can also listen to the audio file.
Insert audio into Google Slides
First, open the Google Slides presentation where you want to add a voice-over, and then select the slide where you want to insert the audio file.
In the “Insert” menu, select “Audio” and select an audio file from Google Drive.
After clicking the “Select” button, a small speaker icon will appear on the slide.
Clicking this icon will play the audio file and you can change its position by dragging it to a different position on the slide.
When working on a slide show, you can preview the audio you just inserted from the unit by clicking this speaker icon and then the play button.
Configure your audio settings
After adding audio files, you can make some basic audio adjustments to control how audio plays during your presentation.
Click “Format Options” on the toolbar while holding the audio icon on the slide selected. A window opens with the default settings and adjustment options.
You can adjust the audio playback volume and whether the audio file plays automatically or requires a single click to start playing.
If you choose to click to play the audio, the audience can choose to listen to the audio during the presentation and it will not play automatically.
If you set the audio to start playing automatically, you can hide the icon for the mini player that you no longer need.
If you want the audio to repeat continuously, you can select a loop option. To play audio for a single slide, select the option to stop playback when the slide changes. If you don’t select this option, your audio will continue to play on the next slide.
You can now repeat these steps for each slide and test your presentation to make sure everything goes as expected.
Option 2: Use a screen capture tool to record a video presentation
The second option for adding voice to Google Slides is to use a screen recording solution. Using this method, you can record everything on the screen, including presentations and microphone input.
If you want to make a standalone video for any purpose, not just add audio files in Google Slides, you should use this method, which is very useful for most people because:
Making screencasts is very easy .
If required, you can record a webcam.
With certain tools, you can choose to edit and enhance the video.
Although there are many screencasts on the market, you can use any method you like, but we will introduce two solutions in this guide: Zoom and Camtasia.
Zoom is an online meeting application that allows you to record your meetings, while Camtasia is a dedicated screen recording and editing software.