How to Convert PowerPoint to Video

Let your presentation speak for itself

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PowerPoint decks are great tools for showcasing and presenting a message or a product. And, your viewers are more likely to digest your content when it's in video format. Plus, saving PowerPoint files as videos makes them easier to distribute because the recipient doesn't need Microsoft Office in order to view them.

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Office 365, and PowerPoint for Mac.

How to Save PowerPoint As Video on Windows

After you've created your presentation, take your slides and convert them into attention-grabbing videos. The steps below detail how to turn PowerPoint files into video, the end result being a file that incorporates any animation, narration or other custom content that was included in your original PPT or PPTX file.

Follow these instructions to make a video from a PPT or PPTX file in PowerPoint on Windows operating systems:

  1. Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation file you want to turn into a video. If that file is already open, ensure that the latest version is saved by selecting File > Save or by selecting Save on the Quick Access Toolbar.

  2. Go to File.

  3. Select Export. In PowerPoint 2010, select Save & Send.

  4. Select Create a Video.

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  5. Choose the video quality you want to use for your video slideshow. A higher quality screen resolution results in larger file sizes. A lower quality output results in a smaller file.

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  6. Specify whether or not to include recorded timings and narrations in your video. If your presentation doesn't contain timings or narrations, selecting Record Timings and Narrations. These narrations can even include a thumbnail image of yourself, recorded on your webcam.

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  7. To specify the amount of time that each slide displays, enter the time in the Seconds spent on each slide text box.

  8. After you've made your choices, select Create Video.

  9. In the Save As dialog box, choose a location to save your new video file and enter a filename.

  10. Select the Save as type down arrow and choose either MPEG-4 Video (MP4) or Windows Media Video (WMV). Select Save to start the video creation process.

  11. The progress of your video creation displays in the status bar. This can take just a couple of minutes up to several hours to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the video being created.

How to Save PowerPoint As Video on macOS

Follow these instructions to make a video from a PPT or PPTX file in PowerPoint on macOS.

This feature is available to Office 365 subscribers running the latest desktop version of PowerPoint.

  1. Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation file that you want to turn into a video. If that file is already open, ensure that the latest version is saved by selecting File > Save or by selecting Save from the Quick Access Toolbar.

  2. Go to File.

  3. Select Export.

  4. A pop-out window appears that contains multiple options. In the File Format drop-down menu, select either MP4 or MOV.

  5. Choose a video quality option. Those with the highest quality and screen resolutions (i.e., Presentation Quality) result in larger file sizes, while a lower quality output coincides with a smaller file. This quality selection also dictates the video's width and height, shown directly below the Quality menu.

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  6. Choose whether or not to include recorded timings and narrations in your video. If available, place a check next to Use Recorded Timings and Narrations to enable this feature in your video.

  7. To increase or decrease the timing for the slides, select an up or down arrow next to Seconds spent on each slide without a set timing. By default, a PowerPoint video spends five seconds on a slide before transitioning to the next.

  8. When you're finished, select Export.

  9. The progress of your video creation displays in the status bar. This can take just a couple of minutes or several hours to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the video being created.