How to Convert PowerPoint to Video

Let your presentation speak for itself

PowerPoint decks are great tools for showcasing and presenting a message, product, or data visualization. Viewers are more likely to digest content when it's in video format. Plus, saving a PowerPoint file as a video makes a slideshow easier to distribute because the recipient does not need Microsoft Office to view it. Here's how to turn a PowerPoint into a video.

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

How to Save PowerPoint as Video on Windows

After you create a presentation, convert your slides into attention-grabbing videos. The steps below show how to turn a PowerPoint file into a video. The result is a file that incorporates animation, narration, and other custom content included in the 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 open, ensure that the latest version is saved by selecting File > Save or by selecting Save on the Quick Access Toolbar.

  2. Select File > Export.

    If you use PowerPoint 2010, select Save & Send.

    The Export heading in PowerPoint
  3. Select Create a Video.

    The Create a Video command in PowerPoint
  4. Choose the video quality you want to use for your video slideshow. A high-quality screen resolution results in a larger file size. A low-quality output results in a smaller file.

    Video quality settings in PowerPoint
  5. Specify whether or not to include recorded timings and narrations in the video. If the presentation contains timings or narrations, select Record Timings and Narrations. These narrations can include a thumbnail image of yourself, recorded on your webcam.

    Recorded Timings and Narrations settings
  6. To specify the amount of time that each slide displays, enter the time in the Seconds spent on each slide text box.

    The Seconds spent on each slide option
  7. After you make your choices, select Create Video.

    The Create Video button
  8. In the Save As dialog box, choose a location to save your new video file and enter a filename.

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

  10. The progress of your video creation displays in the status bar. This may take a few minutes or 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 for macOS.

This feature is available to Microsoft 365 subscribers who have 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 open, ensure that the latest version is saved by selecting File > Save or by selecting Save from the Quick Access Toolbar.

  2. Select File > Export.

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

    The File Format menu
  4. Choose a video quality option. Those with the highest quality and screen resolutions (for example, Presentation Quality) result in larger file sizes. A low-quality output creates a smaller file. This quality selection also dictates the video's width and height, shown below the Quality menu.

    The Quality menu
  5. Choose whether or not to include recorded timings and narrations in the video. If available, select the Use Recorded Timings and Narrations check box to enable this content in your video.

    The Timings and Narrations option
  6. To increase or decrease the timing for the slides, select the 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 slide.

    The Seconds on each slide menu
  7. Select Export.

    The Export button
  8. The progress of your video creation displays in the status bar. This may take a few minutes or up to several hours to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the video being created.