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  And you can get additional resources at  


However, Neil Crose, a Microsoft MVP with the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />University of Information Technology at Ft. Gordon, Georgia has some other great advice.  Neil recommends that the best place to get tips and information is at  There you will find a great forum with an awesome FAQ, a very good How To thread, and great templates. Another decent place is  The latter site has not been updated in a long time, but the information is still pretty good to help you get started.


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, 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 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,