Microsoft has rolled out a new feature for its popular PowerPoint presentation software that greatly simplifies the use of video recording integration within slides for Microsoft 365 Insiders. Users can now automate the addition of Cameo video features, enhancing consistency and efficiency when designing slide decks. Cameo, a feature that was notably hard to on a slide-by-slide basis, allows presenters to incorporate live video recordings from camera sources such as PC webcams into their PowerPoint presentations.
Cameo first made its debut on PowerPoint Live for Microsoft Teams last July before landing on the full PowerPoint experience later on. It is integrated into the Recording Studio tool on Microsoft's presentation app. Microsoft enhanced the feature in August this year, making it easier to integrate the camera feed.
Automating the Cameo Experience
In utilizing the enhanced feature, PowerPoint users can set up Cameo placeholders within their slide templates, which in turn facilitates a standardized look across a presentation. The process begins when users select the ‘View' menu followed by ‘Slide Master'. The subsequent actions involve choosing ‘Insert Placeholder,' and then ‘Cameo'. Subsequently, presenters are offered customization options such as shape alteration, outline color modification, and an additional shadow effect to cater to their preferences or brand requirements.
Availability and Compatibility
The recent update, which streamlines Cameo integration, is now accessible to Microsoft 365 Insiders using PowerPoint for Windows version 2309 (Build 16827.20278) or later, as well as the Mac version 16.77 (Build 23082700) or later. Moreover, once the Cameo layout is established, even PowerPoint users on web platforms can apply the template to newly created slides within their presentations, allowing for a cohesive and interactive viewer experience across different devices. While this facility currently favors Insiders, Microsoft's Novelty enhances the overall capability and interactivity of presentations, signaling ongoing improvements to their office suite.