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Microsoft Producer

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Microsoft Producer



Microsoft Producer is a free add-in provided by Microsoft that allows users to integrate webpages, video, audio files, Power Point, and images into one screen for a presentation. A Producer file combines these all into a webpage for viewing where the audience can select the timing and show for themselves using a web-based table of contents you create to allow them to navigate through the presentation.

An example I created is available on


You can click through the Table of Contents  to move through slides and the audio commentary is paired to each slide.


In Producer, you use templates to select  a combination of media, like video and ppt slides, or video and a website. 


To download Producer for your computer, go to http://www.microsoft.com/office/powerpoint/prodinfo/default.mspx


When you first open Producer, I suggest you select the New Project Wizard to walk you through using it the first time.

Step 1: Select your Template: this is the look of the outcome of the production. Select one that showcases your work as best as it can be displayed. Click Next.


Step 2: Select your Presentation Scheme: This is where you select the font and colors for the presentation.


Step 3: Type the information that you want to appear on the first screen that shows for your presentation. This is where you want to type what your presentation is about. You will want to include a brief summary of what the presentation entails as well as information about yourself or your team.


Step 4: In the Import Slides and Still Images dialogue box, select Browse and locate your folder where you have stored your PowerPoint presentation or images and then click Next.


Step 5: In the Import or Capture Audio and Video dialogue box, select Browse and locate your video clip. Continue to select Browse to add further video and audio clips. The Capture option allows you to transfer video footage straight from your video camera into Producer. Click Next

You will be asked if you would like to Synchronise your video with your slides. This is a useful tool if you want your video to play continuously throughout the presentation as it allows you to watch the video and click the slides at the exact moment you want them to play so the video and slides are synchronised.

Adjust the length, sequence and timing of your presentation by clicking on individual files on the timeline and dragging the starting or ending position of the file to suit. See Producer Help for more information on how to adjust the length and time of individual files.


Step 6: Select Finish. The wizard will now import all your selected files onto the timeline. The wizard will then take you to Preview Presentation so you can run your presentation as it currently is.


Step 7: Select File, Save Project - this will allow you to save the project as a work in progress where you can continue editing at a later date.


Step 8: When you are content with your project, select File, Publish Presentation. The Publishing wizard will take you step by step through the process of publishing your presentation for viewing.  It creates a folder with all the files needed for that presentation, and shows the presentation as an html document. (it will have the "e" icon for internet explorer).


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