I have created a PowerPoint presentation and I want to create a video of me presenting it. I'm looking for a software to make my life easier. The features I'm looking for are:

  1. Can record a 25-minute video for free.
  2. Works on Mac.
  3. Can record the screen and me (audio+video).
  4. Lets me rewind while recording and continue from there, so that if I make a tiny mistake I can just go a few seconds (or one slide) back and continue recording.

This is not a regular opinion-base recommendation question, because I haven't found even one software that answers these needs. PowerPoint for Mac doesn't record video (only audio) and the built-in screenshot program doesn't record it either. I can use zoom and share my screen and record, but feature number 4 isn't supported.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • You need video editing software if it's going to be pre-recorded. OpenShot is good stuff and fits your needs, but allocate time to learn how to use it. No software capable of your requirements is going to be "install and make video in 5 mins" type of thing especially when you put the requirement of "free." – Allan Jul 27 '20 at 18:51
  • What you are looking for is OBS Studio, it's free, can record you and multiple sources such as the screen, a window, etc. You would still have to edit so instead of rewinding you just start over and redo the portion you made the mistake on. Then OBS saves a video such as an MP4. You then edit that with another tool. Apple iMovie is easy to use and free. Just cut out the bad parts and stitch it back together. Add transitions. Practice, practice, practice. – James Brickley Jul 27 '20 at 19:40
  • @JamesBrickley, thank you, to record without rewinding I guess I can just use zoom, share my screen and record. – Ella Sharakanski Jul 27 '20 at 20:10
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    You record your screen with whatever utility you use. If you make a mistake, you stop, and redo it. You use OpenShot to edit out the mistake. If you make 5 different recordings from your screen to a camera on you, you use OpenShot to bring them all together. – Allan Jul 27 '20 at 21:39
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    Since schools are going online, this question is relevant now & outlines the demands of the teachers. The requirements are clear in the post and there are some suggestions in comments too that can be made answers. – anki Jul 28 '20 at 6:29

The fourth point about rewinding video and re-recording is unheard of. Let's say you made a minor mistake while speaking, best you can do is one or more of the following:

  • Open the video editor, add a text box that shows the correct thing to say, make it visible in the video as an overlapping window for 3-4 seconds. This is a common method to fix mistakes in post-shoot editing.

  • When you realise that you've made a mistake, immediately repeat the last sentence with the correct word and let the recording go on. While editing it later on, trim the portion where you misspoke and delete that part. There will be an slightly abrupt cut but not a big deal in lectures.

All this is possible in iMovie for macOS. It's free and easy to use. Also use help centre: https://help.apple.com/imovie/mac/10.1/#/mov5ec96da08

For screen recording, Quicktime is a good option. If you want to appear speaking in the video, use Photo Booth and put it in a corner such that it appears on the screen.

Other way is to use a camera and use clips from both the camera and the screen in the final video.

  • Thank you, these are good and helpful ideas. However, I would really like to know if there exists a program that does have the fourth requirement. That would really make my life easier and save me a lot of editing time. Even something that integrates with PowerPoint and lets me re-record a specific slide would be nice. – Ella Sharakanski Jul 28 '20 at 11:59
  • I am not aware of any such app unfortunately – anki Jul 28 '20 at 20:15
  • Have you looked into Keynote as a replacement for PowerPoint? I don't know if it does all you want but playing and recording are nice. – Natsfan Dec 21 '20 at 16:57
  • @jmh best to post an answer.. I have no experience with keynote – anki Dec 22 '20 at 8:11

For freeware with no time limit, OBS Studio is recommended by many. However, since it's too complicated to learn, I'm now using RecMaster for easier presentation video creation.

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