How to record your 3MT

In this page we go over two ways to record your 3 Minute Thesis video: either via PowerPoint alone, or Camtasia.

Microphones

Make sure you have a microphone connected (if you’re on a laptop, you probably have one built-in). Check to make sure it’s recording well and clear, otherwise consider using audio from your phone and combining it with your video via our Camtasia tutorial. 

Recording your 3MT can be daunting at first, but following this guide will make it quick and easy to record your 3 Minute Thesis. We recommend first recording via PowerPoint. If PowerPoint doesn’t work, then moving on to Camtasia (or any other screen-capture program).

Powerpoint

Recording via PowerPoint can vary between version of PowerPoint and whether you’re on Windows or Mac. The latest version of PowerPoint on Windows has the easiest-to-follow recording view in PowerPoint, but if you’re on Mac (and are lost), consider using Camtasia.

1. Finish your 3 Minute Thesis script and your PowerPoint slide.

2. Open up the “Slide Show” tab from the ribbon bar in PowerPoint. Press “Record Slideshow” to open up the recording screen.

3. This next screen is where you can begin recording! Take a few deep breaths to collect yourself while you get ready to record.

For some versions of PowerPoint, it may have already started recording: simply pause/restart when you’re ready.

On PowerPoint for Mac, the timer in the top left of the screen was counting up: showing that it was recording! Press the little “refresh” icon to enter a neutral state.

For Windows users, your screen probably looks like this. It won’t record until you press the “Record” button. 

PowerPoint may default to recording from your webcam as well: in the bottom right hand of the screen there is an icon of a microphone and camcorder. Make sure the camcorder is toggled off (i.e. a line through it), while the microphone remains on.

4. Start recording by pressing the record button! Once you’re happy with your recording, press pause (on Mac), or stop (on Windows).

There’s no obvious way to re-play your recording on Mac, but when you exit out of the screen, you’ll be prompted to save your new slide timings: click yes! 

 

Once you’re back to the normal PowerPoint view, the bottom right corner of the slide will have a speaker icon. Hovering over it will let you re-play your recording!

For Windows users, once you press record, you’re ready to begin. There’s a replay button to play back your recording once you’re finished. If it all looks good, exit out of the recording screen and you’ll see a speaker icon in the bottom right corner of the slide, which will let you play back your recording. 

5. Export your 3 Minute Thesis as an MP4 video! (and don’t forget to save the PowerPoint so you can use it later)

Go to File > Export, and select MP4 as the exporting file format. Make sure to keep the box that says “Use Recorded Timings and Narrations” ticked.

Click File, then select “Export” from the new screen, and choose video. Ensure your export includes narrations and you are good to go!

6. You’re now ready to upload to YouTube! Go to YouTube, and while logged in to your Google account (i.e. gmail, youtube channel…), click on the camera icon in the top right of the screen to open the upload menu. Click upload.

Follow YouTube’s prompts, and select unlisted or public for your video. (If you make it private, our judging team won’t be able to view it!)

Copy the URL of your video and submit it with the application. You may unknowingly copy the URL for the video uploading page, so make sure to test the URL in a new tab that it brings you to your YouTube video.

Camtasia (Screen capture software)

These instructions are for how to use a screen capture software, Camtasia, to record your 3 Minute Thesis oration and PowerPoint. Camtasia is a professional but easy to use software available for free for UBC staff and students, which is why we chose it for this guide. (But any screen capture software will work)

1. Finish your 3 Minute Thesis script and your PowerPoint slide.

3 a. Record your 3 Minute Thesis via Camtasia recorder. (See Camtasia’s tutorial

In the recorder settings, make sure to choose “Whole Screen” as your capture region, and to record audio. In PowerPoint, press “Play Slideshow” to open up your slideshow in full screen view. Then, follow the Camtasia tutorial for recording.

   b. If you’re having difficulties with your microphone…

… record your 3 Minute Thesis oration using your phone. Most smartphones have an app for audio recording (i.e. Voice Memos (iOS), Voice Recorder (Samsung)). Use that app to record your voice for your 3MT.

Once you’re happy with the recording, export/share the recording with yourself – making it available on your computer. Drag the recording into your Camtasia media library of the project that has your PowerPoint recorded. Then, line up the audio with your PowerPoint recording, and mute any original PowerPoint audio.

4. Export your Camtasia video. Click Export > local file.

Then, in the export window choose “MP4 only (up to 1080p)” and then follow the menu options to save your Mp4 file. 

5. You’re now ready to upload to YouTube! Go to YouTube, and while logged in to your Google account (i.e. gmail, youtube channel…), click on the camera icon in the top right of the screen to open the upload menu. Click upload.

Follow YouTube’s prompts, and select unlisted or public for your video. (If you make it private, our judging team won’t be able to view it!)

Copy the URL of your video and submit it with the application. You may unknowingly copy the URL for the video uploading page, so make sure to test the URL in a new tab that it brings you to your YouTube video.