Record PowerPoint Presentations using an iPad or iPhone

Using PowerPoint for iPad or iPhone, it is possible to make a recording of your slide show. You can include voiceover/narration, and point to and draw things on the screen.

Recordings can be published to a Canvas course using Kaltura in one of the following ways:

In this article:

Preparing to Record

  • Set your iPad or iPhone screen to be in landscape mode.
    • On an iPad, you can lock the screen to be in landscape mode.
    • If using an iPhone, be careful not to rotate your phone and thus rotate the screen into portrait mode.
  • For voiceover/narration, use an external microphone. Apple headphones or Airpods are sufficient.
  • Everything that appears on your screen will be recorded, including notifications.
    • Enable Do Not Disturb on your device to prevent unexpected notifications.
  • Consider dividing your slide show into topics that are not longer than 10 minutes or so. You can group recordings together later.

Adding Screen Recording to Control Center

To record your slideshow you will need to enable and then use the Screen Recording feature built into iPadOS and iOS. If you don't already have screen recording available, complete the following steps:

  1. From your device's home screen, select Settings .
  2. Select Control Center.
  3. Select Customize Controls.
  4. Select Add  next to Screen Recording.

Presenting and Recording Your Slide Show

Use the following steps to set up your iPhone or iPad to record your slideshow.

Background recording: iPad Screen Recording with PowerPoint

  1. In PowerPoint, go to the slide you wish to begin presenting.
  2. Tap the Play button.
  3. From the top right of the screen, slide your finger down. The Control Center appears.
  4. Tap and hold the Record button to show Screen Recording options.
  5. Tap the microphone button to turn on the microphone.
    • The button will turn red, and the text will change to say Microphone On.
  6. Tap Start Recording. There will be a three-second countdown.
  7. Tap the background (outside of the Screen Recording box) to return to Control Center.
  8. Tap the Control Center background to return to your PowerPoint presentation.
    • Note: Each time you start or pause a recording, the Control Center appears.
  9. Navigate through your slides, narrating and describing them as normal.
    • To point things out on your slides: Tap and hold on the screen. A red dot appears that you can drag around. When you lift your finger off the screen, the dot will disappear.
    • To annotate on your slides: Tap towards the top of the screen, then tap the Pencil icon; when this button is highlighted, you can draw on the screen.
    • For more options: To the right of the screen, tap the pen with the gear.
  10. When you are done, from the top right of the screen, slide your finger down. The Control Center appears. 
  11. Tap the flashing Record button. Your recording will save to the Photos app.

Cropping Your Screen Recording

When recording a slideshow from your iPad/iOS device's screen using the method described in this article, the resulting recording will be surrounded by black bars. You may want to crop out those black bars before uploading the video from your device.

Background recording: How to Crop a Screen Recording in iOS.

Review the following screen recordings to understand cropping rationale:

Note: Cropping screen recordings appears to result in reduced image quality that is noticeable but not severe.

Uploading Your Recording to Kaltura in Canvas

Background recording: Adding Video to Canvas Media Gallery on iPad

We recommend splitting a longer presentation (such as a 50-minute lecture) into multiple shorter recordings/topics. 

To group recordings together, such as having four parts of one lecture for a specific date, you can use Media Gallery Playlists in Canvas. Playlists appear in the Canvas Media Gallery, or can be embedded on a Canvas page using the Rich Content Editor

Note: It appears that when in Safari on iPad and iPhone, users cannot access the Settings button in Media Galleries to set up playlists. We have a ticket open with the vendor requesting such functions for iPad.