Adding Sound to Your Prezi Classic Presentation

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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. Since this feature was created with voiceovers in mind, it is ideal for prezis that are displayed online without a presenter. Check out our video to learn about the two ways to add sound to your prezi.

There are two ways to add sound to a prezi: as a background track and to specific path steps.

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

Adding a background track

A background track will continuously play whenever your prezi is viewed.

Watch this tutorial to learn more on adding a background track, or follow the instructions below.


To add a background track to a prezi:

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

Locate 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. You can stop the upload before it has completed using the Cancel button.

Once the file has uploaded, you can click the triangle to play the track or click Done to continue editing your prezi. To remove the track from your prezi, click the trashcan icon.

Your background track will now play continuously once you enter “Present” Mode.

Note: If you have a video in your path, the background track will stop playing to allow the audio from your video to play uninterrupted. Once your video is over and you move to the next path step, the background track will resume playing from the beginning.

Adding sound to a path step

You can add sound to specific path steps that will play only when you reach the chosen path step. They will stop playing when you move to the next path step.

Watch this video tutorial will show you how to add a voiceover to a path step.

To add sound to a specific path step

On the left sidebar, click the thumbnail for the path step you want to add sound. Then select Add Voice-Over to Path Step from the “Insert” menu.

You can also right-click on the path step's thumbnail and select Add Voice-Over to Path Step.

Locate the file you want to upload. Once you select your sound file, you will see it start to upload. You can stop the upload before it has completed using the Cancel button.

When it is complete, you can click the triangle to play the track, or click Done to continue editing your prezi. To remove sound from a path step, select the path step thumbnail from the left sidebar and click on the sound's filename. Then select the trashcan icon.

The sound will play every time you reach the path step when in “Present” Mode.

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 Voice-over on Path Step.

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.

Once you add sound to a path step, you’ll see a play button and mute control appear as part of the playback interface.

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.

Deleting sound

To delete a background track, go to the top of the path. Then select the trashcan icon. To delete sound from a particular path step, click that path step on the left sidebar. Then select the sound's filename and click the trashcan icon.

Third Party Software Applications for Creating Sound

Please note that Prezi Classic 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)

For iPhone

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

For Android

Windows Phone

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