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Sync Audio and Animation Timings in Adobe Presenter

Learn how to sync the audio and animation timings within Adobe Presenter.


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After recording narrations within Adobe Presenter, or even after importing audio files for your slides, you do not hit a road block. There's so much more that you can do with your narrations, and Adobe Presenter lets you edit the timing of PowerPoint animations to synchronize better with audio files. For instance, let us imagine that you are working on a slide with bulleted text that has entrance animations. You can use the Sync option to adjust animation timings so that the narrative matches the text being animated.

Note: The Sync Audio option synchronizes PowerPoint's On Click animations only, and does not work with With Previous and After Previous animations. Learn more in our Animation Events tutorials. Also animations can only be synchronized with audio files, and not with video files.

To use the Sync option, make sure you have a presentation that has narration added within Adobe Presenter. Thereafter, follow these steps:

  1. Within PowerPoint, access the Adobe Presenter tab of the Ribbon, and click the Sync button (highlighted in red within Figure 1).

    Sync button within the Audio group
    Figure 1: Sync button within the Audio group
  2. This opens the presentation in a new window. Notice the large Sync button, highlighted in red within Figure 2, below. Click the Sync button to start playing and synchronizing the audio with animations on the slide.

    Sync button
    Figure 2: Sync button
  3. Do note that as soon as you press the Sync button, it changes to the Pause button as shown highlighted in orange in Figure 3, below. This button is useful if you want to pause your synchronizing for a while and come back later. When you come back later, press the Pause button again to start from where you left off.

    Synchronizing animation with audio
    Figure 3: Synchronizing animation with audio
  4. As the audio plays, click the Next Animation button (highlighted in red within Figure 3) to synchronize the starting point of the animation with the word or sentence being played at that point. If you have more than one animation on the slide, the number of animations to be synchronized yet is displayed within the Sync Audio dialog box, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3. Click the Next Animation button again to synchronize the timing. Repeat this step for all animations on the slide.
  5. Once done with the first slide, move on with the same procedure to sync animations on the rest of the slides. When all slides are done, click the Stop button, as shown highlighted in green within Figure 3, above. As soon as the Stop button is clicked, you are presented with the Save option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.

    Save the synchronizing
    Figure 4: Save the synchronizing

    Play your presentation by clicking the Preview button within the Adobe Presenter tab. To learn more, refer to our Preview Options in Adobe Presenter tutorial.
  6. Save your presentation often.

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