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Adding sound to your prezi

David Hooker
posted this on December 13, 2012, 04:02

Just a moment...

Adding sound to a prezi is a great way to enhance the presentation of your ideas. Sound can be particularly useful for a prezi that you intend to embed on a website or play on a continuous loop.

This feature was created with voiceovers in mind and is therefore primarily intended to create a better presentation experience for prezis that are displayed online without a presenter.

There are two kinds of sounds you can add to a prezi.

The first is a background track that will continuously play whenever your prezi is viewed.

Alternatively, you can add sounds to specific path steps. These will begin to play only when you reach the chosen path step. They will stop playing when you move to the next path step. 

Important Note: Currently, prezi supports the following audio file formats: MP3, M4A, FLAC, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC, MP4, 3GP. For more information on which software applications you can use to create these kinds of files, click here

 Check out this video to learn how you can add sound to a prezi:

To add a background track to a prezi:

  • In Edit Mode, select 'Insert' from the top menu. 
  • Click on 'Add Background Music'.

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  • Browse to the location of the file you want to use and upload it into your prezi. 
  • Once you have selected your background track, you will see it start to upload into your prezi.

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  • Once the process is completed, you can click the triangle to play the track, or click 'Done' to continue editing your prezi.
  • You can stop the upload before it has completed using the 'Cancel' button.

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  •  Your background track will now start playing when you enter Present Mode. It will continuously play as long as the prezi is open in Present Mode. 
  • To remove the track from your prezi, select the track where it appears in the Left Sidebar, and then click on the trashcan icon. 
Watch this tutorial to learn how you can add a background track:
 

To add a sound to a path step. 

  • From the Left Sidebar, click on the thumbnail for the path step you want to add sound to. 
  • Then select 'Add voice-over to Path Step' from the 'Insert' menu. 

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  • Alternatively you can right-click on the path step's thumbnail and select 'Add Voice-over to Path Step'. 

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  • Browse to the location of the file you want to upload. 
  • Once you have selected your sound file, you will see it start to upload into your prezi.

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  • Once the process is completed, you can click the triangle to play the track, or click 'Done' to continue editing you prezi.
  • You can stop the upload before it has completed using the 'Cancel' button.

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  • The sound will play every time you reach the path step when in Present Mode. 
  • Adding sound to path steps or as a backing track will cause a play button and mute control to appear as part of the playback interface. 

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  • You can use these to play your prezi and mute the sounds you have inserted. These will also appear when a prezi is embedded into a website.
  • To remove a sound from a path step, select the path step thumbnail from the Left Sidebar, click on the sound's filename at the top of the thumbnail, and then select the trashcan icon. 
  • If you want to see the full name of the sound file that you have attached to a path step, hover over the name of the track as it appears at the top of the thumbnail in the Left Sidebar. 
  • If you want to replace the sound file you have assigned to a path step with a different file, right-click on the thumbnail and select 'Replace Sound on Path Step'.
     

This video tutorial will show you how to add sound to a path step:

Third Party Software Applications for Creating Sound

Please note that Prezi is not responsible for the quality of sound files created by any of these applications. 

For Mac: 

  • QuickTime (built in) records M4A. Click here to read an article on how to use this software.
  • Audacity (free) 
  • Audio Hijack (free version)

For Windows: 

  • SoundRecorder (built in). Click here for more information.  
  • Audacity (free) 
  • Kristal (free) 

For iPhone

  • Voice memos (built in). For more information, click here

For Android

Windows Phone

 
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