How to Convert PowerPoint to Video

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How to convert PowerPoint to video

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Although PowerPoint decks can be great tools for showcasing and presenting a particular message or product, studies have shown that viewers are much more likely to digest your content when it's in video format. In addition to this reason, saving PowerPoint files as videos also makes them much easier to distribute - as the recipient does not need to have Microsoft Office in order to view them.

Thankfully, you can take your carefully-crafted slides and convert them into attention-grabbing videos without a lot of added effort. 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.

How to Save PowerPoint as Video on Windows

Follow these instructions to make a video from a PPT or PPTX file in PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016 or PowerPoint for Office 365 on Windows operating systems.

  1. Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation file that you wish to turn into a video. If that file is already open, ensure that the latest version is stored on your hard drive by selecting File -> Save or by clicking on the Save icon - represented by a disk and located along the top of the PowerPoint interface.
  2. Click File, located in the main PowerPoint menu bar.
  3. Select the Export option, found within the left menu pane. PowerPoint 2010 users should instead select Save & Send.
  4. The Export interface should now be displayed, listing a number of different options. Click on the one labeled Create a Video.
  5. The right-hand side of the screen should now be populated with multiple options related to your new video. The first is a drop-down menu containing video quality options, which may vary based on the version of PowerPoint that you are using. Those with the highest quality and screen resolutions will result in larger file sizes, while a lower quality output will coincide with a smaller file. Select the option that best suits your needs.
  1. The drop-down menu directly below these video quality options allows you to specify whether or not you'd like to include recorded timings and narrations in your video. If you haven't yet recorded any timings or narrations in your presentation, you can do so from within this menu as well by selecting the Record Timings and Narrations option. These narrations can even include a thumbnail image of yourself, recorded on your webcam, if you wish.
  2. The next and final configurable setting, positioned below the two drop-down menus, is labeled Seconds spent on each slide. By default, a PowerPoint video will spend five seconds on a slide before transitioning to the next. If you'd like to increase or decrease that delay, click on the up or down arrow accompanying this option.
  3. Once satisfied with the above settings, click on the Create Video button.
  4. A Save As window will now appear, overlaying the main PowerPoint interface. First choose a location to save your new video file and then enter a filename in the field provided.
  1. You can choose to create your video in one of two file formats via the Save as type drop-down menu, either MPEG-4 Video (MP4) or Windows Media Video (WMV). Click on the Save button to start the video creation process.
  2. You will now be returned to the main PowerPoint interface, and the progress of your video creation will be displayed in the status bar towards the bottom of the window. 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 only available to Office 365 subscribers running the latest desktop (not browser-based) version of PowerPoint.

  1. Launch PowerPoint and open the presentation file that you wish to turn into a video. If that file is already open, ensure that the latest version is stored on your hard drive by selecting File -> Save or by clicking on the Save icon - represented by a disk and located along the top of the PowerPoint interface.
  2. Click File, located in the main PowerPoint menu bar.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Export option.
  4. A pop-out window should now be displayed, containing multiple options. In the File Format drop-down menu, select either MP4 or MOV.
  5. The bottom portion of the window should now be populated with multiple options related to your new video. The first is a drop-down menu containing video quality options. Those with the highest quality and screen resolutions (i.e., Presentation Quality) will result in larger file sizes, while a lower quality output will coincide with a smaller file. This quality selection will also dictate the video's width and height, shown direct below the Quality menu. Select the option that best suits your needs.
  1. The setting located under these video quality options, accompanied by a checkbox, allows you to specify whether or not you'd like to include recorded timings and narrations in your video. If available, click on the checkbox accompanying the Use Recorded Timings and Narrations option to enable this feature in your video.
  2. The next and final configurable setting is labeled Seconds spent on each slide without a set timing. By default, a PowerPoint video will spend five seconds on a slide before transitioning to the next. If you'd like to increase or decrease that delay, click on the up or down arrow accompanying this option.
  3. Once satisfied with your selections, click on the Export button.
  4. You will now be returned to the main PowerPoint interface, and the progress of your video creation will be displayed in the status bar towards the bottom of the window. 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.