How can I add presentations to my course?

There are a lot of different ways that you can create presentations for your Thinkific course. The best option for you will really depend on what you're looking for in terms of student experience.

To help you decide, below we've included an overview of the main options...

1. Presentation lesson type

Thinkific has its own, built-in presentation creator that allows you to upload your Powerpoint and Keynote slides as a PDF file and then record audio over each slide.

In the course player one slide will be displayed to the student at a time with the audio auto-playing, and they can hit 'Next Slide' to navigate through the presentation (example here).

More information on the presentation lesson type can be found here.

2. Screen recording software

You can also create video presentations by recording your screen with the slides on it and your audio at the same time.

The difference with this in terms of student experience is that the student can simply watch your presentation as a video without needing to click through the slides, and any animations, etc. that you've added to your presentation will be in tact as opposed to the static slides of the presentation lesson type.

There are some excellent screen recording softwares out there that allow you to create and edit professional quality videos - e.g. check out Screenflow (Mac only) and Camtasia. There are also some free softwares for this too - e.g. did you know that Quicktime (which comes pre-installed on most Macs) includes screen recording functionality?

3. Interactive content

If you've created an interactive presentation that includes buttons, animations, quizzes, etc. then, provided that you have it hosted somewhere online, it can be included in your course using the multimedia lesson type.

Examples of this kind of content that we have customers on Thinkific using include lessons created on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, iSpring, Prezi, and more!

If you don't already have your content hosted online then we are able to host any content available in HTML5 format as part of the Business plan and above.

Got another kind of presentation content, and you'd like to know how it would work on Thinkific? Simply leave us a comment below :)


Here, for what it's worth, is my process for creating a voice-over ontop of a powerpoint or Keynote presentation that you already have. Best way is to record the audio and video streams separately and then combine them together: Otherwise you'll spend ages and ages getting the two to align:

1) create your ppt or keynote presentation.

2) use your favourite audio programme to record the voice-over as you look at your slides

3) playback the audio as you record the video (both PPT and Keyonte allow you to record a slideshow, just turn the audio off)

4) pull both into a video-editing package such as Camtasia

5) overlay the audio and video. If you did a good job, there'll be little editing to do apart from maybe a fade-in & fade-out to the video

I guess I could do it for you for a fee :))



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Bringing this thread back to life... will there ever be an option for the 1. powerpoint presentation lesson type, with the ability to upload the presentation as Keynote or PPT file, so that animations are not lost, and still giving the student the ability to click through the lessons? Thanks!

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Hi Nic!

Thanks for the feedback. I will pass this on to our product team. Currently, we don't have any immediate plans to make changes to our presentation lesson but we can definitely consider them for future updates. You can take a look at this article on how we develop new features:

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Is it possible to publish documents, PPT or PDF, with more than 20 pages?


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Thanks Catherine for the reply. I'm getting a clearer picture now of what my available options are. Stripe is not available in my part of the world, and it's either I consider an upgrade to be able to use PayPal, or if still on the starter plan, to consider other arrangements outside Thinkific and manually enroll students. The starter plan is feature-rich in itself, except for the Stripe limitation in my country. I also noticed that in the Starter plan, the only option available in the Pricing menu is for a Free course. Is this a limitation also in the Starter plan? If I were able to arrange any other payment scheme, how would Thinkific implement the 10% transaction fee? And finally, will the course be labeled as such (Free) when it is finally published? I ask because I might have a lot of explaning to do if I arrange payment for something posted as free. Thank you for your patience in answering these questions.

Hi Celito,

I'm going to send you an email about this. We'll get the best solution figured out for you.



I uploaded a pptx file and want edit it, add animations and audio clip voice over in Thinkific. I don't see these functions in the free trial version. Will we be able to do this in the Business package?

Hi Mike

With Thinkific Presentation Lesson, you can only add voice over to a presentation file once you import your slides in PDF format.

If you wish to have a slide deck with animations and voice over within the file itself, you would have to do this using Power Point or other software and then upload that as a file to download perhaps. If you provide such a file in HTML5 published format then we could host that file and you could use a Multimedia Lesson type to then present it.

However for you what you describe is not fully possible in Thinkific with the lessons that are available.

Thanks Catherine,

Yes, i can make a video with the audio. Would the student be able to stop the video and go back to review an earlier part if they want to?

I also have another question, is the limit of 20 slides in presentation mode an absolute rule? I sometimes produce a deck with only 4 ot 5 slides that lasts 15 minutes and then one that lasts maybe 6 minutes with 30 slides or more. It is the overall time that should be limited, not the number of slides. More slides can make for a more lively and engaging lesson.

Thanks for your help,


Hi Howard!

Videos uploaded and presented in a Video lesson use Wistia as the video player which allows for skipping through the video as need be.

The 20 slide limit is a technical limitation to the number of slides. Your audio voiceover can be of any length.


I teach the astonishingly useful Latin language, and I want to be able to reveal one line at a time (I'd really rather do one word at a time, but I believe that is not possible at this time). I can set up the PP animation to do this, with me clicking when I want to reveal another line. 

What keeps happening is that when I save the PP as a pdf and then upload it into a Presentation in Thinkific, the animation is not retained, and the whole page loads instead of just the first line. Is there a workaround?

Ideally, what I want to do is to reveal the first word in a sentence, talk about how that word would have come across to a Roman, then reveal the next word in the sentence, talk about how that word would have come across and how it would have started to expand or limit the possibilities of the meaning and use of the previous word, and then reveal the next word, and so on.

I could work around the limitation of having to reveal a whole line at once, if I did something like the following:


Thais habet

Thais habet nigros

Thais habet nigros niveos


but this isn't very elegant.

And I can't even get the program to do this.

Can what I want to do be done? On Thinkific?

Many thanks!

Hi Kay

In this case a Presentation Lesson may not be best as it will not provide the overall functionality you want. Instead you may want to look at using a Multimedia Lesson type that you can reference a URL for a published web page.

The idea being that you would use either Power Point or another platform to create the more design required content and then that would be hosted on a webserver. You would then reference that website or URL within the Multimedia Lesson. 

I am new to online courses so forgive me if this is a basic question. I have created a course made up of 10 twenty minute PPT decks all with audio on each slide. I would like them to run as a slideshow but to allow the students to go back and forth if they want to. How do I go about doing this?

Thanks for your help,


Hi Howard,

Welcome to Thinkific! With our Presentation lesson type, students will be able to easily navigate back and forth between your slides, so I would suggest checking that out!

Happy to help if you have any further questions at all,