Microsoft Office Mix

Enhance your Powerpoint presentations using MS Office Mix

Doug Emmerich, Instructional Technology Manager, ID&T

Overview

Microsoft Office Mix, the newest member of the Microsoft Office Suite, is an add-in for turning PowerPoint Presentations into interactive media by adding audio, video, navigation, transcriptions, quizzing, and polling. Once installed, Office Mix becomes a tab on the PowerPoint menu bar.

Benefits

  • Easy to use;
  • Plays on all platforms, including iPhones and iPads, without additional software;
  • Outputs as mp4 video (compressed format without noticeable loss of quality) or HTML5 (video plays from within web page without additional plug-ins);
  • Part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Regis faculty have full access.

Example

This example of a narrated PowerPoint was created by Joshua Kreimeyer, DCFT, and Nicole Marcisz, ID&T using Office Mix.

Installing

Office Mix integrates with PowerPoint when running Microsoft Office 2013 (available for free to all Regis faculty and staff).

  1. To update to Microsoft Office 2013 (if necessary)
    1. Click the MS Button in lower right hand corner of your monitor
    2. Select All Programs
    3. Locate and open the file Microsoft System Center 2012
    4. Select Configuration Manager then Software Center
    5. Locate and check the box for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013
    6. Click install
  2. To install Office Mix
    1. Close PowerPoint;
    2. Go to the MS Office Mix website and click Get Office Mix (you may need to log in to Office 365 by using your RegisNET credentials.
    3. Follow the prompts to install;
    4. Office Mix will now appear as a tab in the top menu bar of PowerPoint.

Publishing and uploading to my mix

  1. Save your PPT.
  2. On the mix toolbar, choose, Upload to Office Mix

  3. NEXT
  4. Sign in with work or school account
  5. Check the box for “Create video so viewers can watch this mix offline and on mobile devices”
  6. NEXT (it may take a little bit to process)


  7. Once it is finished go to “my mixes” area, and then select “details” under the presentation.

  8. Under details you can fill in a description, tags etc
  9. IMPORTANT: adjust the permission and sharing slider to “Unlisted: anyone with link can view”

Comparison of Mix and Presenter

Office Mix, Adobe Presenter, and Articulate Presenter are similar software applications for adding audio, video, navigation, transcriptions, quizzing, and polling to PowerPoint presentations. The following is a comparison of the three.

Attribute

Office Mix

Presenter

Cost

Microsoft Office site license paid for by Regis University

$750 per 5 pack of licenses

Supports PowerPoint interactions

Yes

Yes

Record video directly to a slide

Yes

Yes

Insert video from other source

Yes

Yes

Record audio directly to a slide

Yes

Yes

Insert audio from another source

Yes

Yes

Polling questions

Yes

Yes

Quiz questions

Yes

Yes

Quiz Analytics

Yes

Sort of

Transcription

Yes, including slide notes

Yes, including slide notes

Close Captioning

Yes

No

Restrict view access

Yes

No

HTML5 output

Yes

No

MP4 output

Yes

No

Plays on iOS devices (iPad, iPhone)

Yes

No

Advantages

Recent updates to the Flash player associated with Presenter files have created playback problems for some users. These updates have tended to ignore content created with older versions of Presenter and exacerbated the player compatibility issue.

Secondly, and perhaps of greater concern, is the industry move away from Flash-based content which is not compatible with iOS devices, in favor of the universally compatible HTML5 format, the output format used by Office Mix.

Additional resources

More information

For more information on getting started with MS Office Mix, contact ITS at its@regis.edu or by calling 303-964-4050.