Producer is a nifty tool that’s worth experimenting with by anyone who has to do PowerPoint presentations on a regular basis. In essence, Producer lets you capture audio and video while you do a PowerPoint presentation, allowing you to replay the session at a later date.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
You can download Producer at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/technologies/producer.aspx. And you can get additional resources at http://www.microsoft.com/office/powerpoint/producer/prodinfo/default.mspx.
However, Neil Crose, a Microsoft MVP with the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />
If you want to get really fancy, such as insert a test midway through a Producer session, you should consider add-on products. For example, http://www.estreamingmedia.com/Technology.asp offers a piece of software that will actually pause the Producer playback while a student is taking a test or critique and e-mail the instructor the result. They also have a nice piece of software that you can use to monitor how long a user watched a presentation.
Another great product that I use in a similar way is Camtasia from TechSmith. I personally use the Camtasia Studio (at http://www.techsmith.com/products/studio/) and have found it enormously useful and quite easy to work with. I also love their SnagIT screen capture program. It’s a wonderful thing!
I hope this is useful to you,