Presenter Video

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Quickly becoming one of our customers’ new favorite features of Articulate Presenter 5 is the ability to add a presenter video to your e-learning course or presentation. So it seems fitting that the first Articulate Presenter 5 new feature tutorial should be this one.


First, a basic overview: The insert presenter video feature is a function of Insert Flash Movie, so it behaves the same way as does a Flash movie you insert into any slide, albeit with one added bonus. Specifically, the following rules apply:

  • 1 video per slide (presenter panel, slide area, or new window)
  • Video must be in .SWF or .FLV format (.FLV is the added bonus)
  • If you want the Player seekbar to correspond to the presenter video, you must set the slide’s duration to match

(If your video is in a format other than .SWF or .FLV, I’d recommend converting it via Sorenson Squeeze in order to leverage this feature.)

So here’s how to do it:

  1. Navigate to the slide on which you’d like your presenter video to appear and go to Articulate -> Insert Flash Movie.
  2. Select the option to Display in presenter panel and click Next.


  3. Click Browse to locate the .SWF file or .FLV movie that you’d like to insert in the presenter panel for this slide.
  4. Complete the Wizard.

Note that after completing the Wizard, you’ll see a placeholder image of the .SWF or a Flash icon of the .FLV on your slide. This is to indicate that you’ve inserted the movie on the slide, and you should not relocate or resize the placeholder.

Your slide duration will be automatically set to match that of your inserted SWF or FLV movie (Articulate Presenter 5.05 or later).

[ See also: Timeline Audio Editor | SWF Import ]

That’s it! You should now have a presenter video on your slide with a slide duration to match. Publish as usual, and your users will enjoy the personal touch you’ve added to your e-learning course.

Do you have an e-learning course or presentation that incorporates a presenter video that you’d like to share? Let me know.

14 responses to “Presenter Video”


How do you pause the presenter (flash) when pausing the presentation?

Bruce // Posted at 11:54 am on May 4th, 2007

Hi Bruce-

If you want Presenter to pause your inserted slide video, just use the default synchronization setting (“Play Flash movie and slide in sync”) when inserting a Flash movie, and the Presenter player controls should also control your inserted video, including pausing it.

For video inserted in the presenter panel, it should also pause via the Presenter player controls, assuming you’ve followed our guidelines for inserting Flash movies.

gabe // Posted at 11:21 am on May 7th, 2007

If you have an eLearning course that has for example 50 PowerPoint slides, each of which has custom animations set in Powerpoint like bullet points that reveal down the page, and added to that you have one long video of a talking head that is covering the slides point-by-point, how can you perfectly synchronize the in-slide animations created in PowerPoint to the talking head video? Will there be a timeline synch tool similar to that in Microsoft Producer 2003 that will allow you to synch the in-slide animations and the transition of one slide to another with the talking head video naration?

Charles Howell // Posted at 4:43 pm on July 28th, 2007

Hi Charles- If you have video that spans across slides, you’d need to splice it up to one video per slide. It’s currently not possible to synch bullet points to anything but recorded or imported audio (other than to estimate based on your video as it plays).

You can also submit a feature request if you’d like.

gabe // Posted at 9:15 am on August 2nd, 2007

Hi Gabe

Thanks for the tips. I found out that my presentation is dull and intended to add in talking head just to start off the contents of each slide.

K Azam // Posted at 12:13 am on August 16th, 2007

Sure thing, K Azam! Glad you like the video feature.

gabe // Posted at 11:28 am on August 16th, 2007

So, I don’t have 50 PPT slides. I have only one that features a two-minute SWF video in a speaker’s panel along with bullets that reveal in the slide area throughout the two-minute video.

The SWF file plays fine when it appears in the presentation; however, the text animation on the slide never begins. For example, this slide is slide #3 in the sequence. So, you launch the presentation, and slide #1 appears automatically, then #2 automatically, the #3 automatically. When #3 launches, the SWF plays, but the text does not. However, if the presentation proceeds to slide #4 or beyond and you click back to slide #3, the video and the text work perfectly – in sync and amazingly professional. I just can’t figure out how to make this play properly from the get-go.

I am using Presenter 5.2.113 Pro with PPT 2003 and Windows XP.


Brian // Posted at 4:13 pm on September 20th, 2007

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I like the video option. I have two questions 1: in one of your reply’s you indicate the video can’t span several slides except “(other than to estimate based on your video as it plays).” Am I to understand from this that you can synch slides to the a single video presenter file within a second or two?

2: Is there a way to vary the size of the presenter video? I would like to make it the same size as the slides occasionally.

Ed // Posted at 6:44 pm on August 17th, 2009

Hi Ed- with Presenter ’09, when you insert the video, your default option is to synchronize slide and movie to play together. You can also adjust the size and placement of the video placeholder, which will be respected when you preview or publish.

gabe // Posted at 11:27 am on August 18th, 2009

Thanks for the info on the video / presenter option, I’m looking to use this on an upcoming project. I have Studio ’09 and I am wondering if there is any sync capability between animations and the video? or do I have to set the animations through manual timing?

Dee Parker // Posted at 4:31 pm on October 26th, 2009

Hi Dee- you can only sync animations to recorded or imported audio, so you could record a dummy track of audio while you play the video in another window and sync your animations while you go.

gabe // Posted at 6:11 pm on October 26th, 2009

I’ve inserted videos into the presenter panel for each slide… when I publish- the video flashes grey when moving to the next slide. Is there a fix to this?


Susan // Posted at 2:40 pm on March 31st, 2010

Hi Susan,

Would you mind uploading your project files to us so that we can take a closer look at the issue?

Please create an Articulate Presenter package, then upload the zip file to our server. You can review how to do this here:

Upload the resulting zip file from your computer to our server using this upload form:

In the case subject, include a link to this blog post.

Brian Batt // Posted at 5:46 pm on March 31st, 2010

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