Convert a PowerPoint Presentation into a Video: Step by Step Guide

PowerPoint is by far the most common tool for making presentations, whether for school projects or work-related activities such as staff training or pitching a product idea to investors.

PowerPoint is simple to use, has hundreds of themes, and if you spend some time experimenting with all of the numerous settings inside the application, you can create excellent presentations that will attract your audience. You can also leverage compelling PowerPoint templates offered by SlideUpLift!

The main difficulty with PowerPoint—specifically, presentations in general—is that PPT files are only partially usable. A presentation, for example, cannot be uploaded on YouTube. Technically, you could post it on your website or social media, but a presentation without a presenter is simply a random collection of photographs.

The presentation will not have the intended effect unless the person who prepared it takes the time to weave the story, explain all the ideas, and elaborate on the bullet points the audience sees on the slides.

Does this imply that presentations can only be made in person? Not quite. Presentations can be used in a variety of ways, but they all entail transforming the PPT file into a video.

Creating a Video from PowerPoint

The first thing that most people will think of is a webinar. The webinar is nothing but a glorified presentation. Someone records themself as they go through all of the various slides and explain everything in detail.

A webinar is a very particular kind of material, and putting one together and getting enough people to view it makes it worthwhile, but it requires a lot of time and effort.

Unless you’re an experienced marketer who is serious about selling a product and feels that prattling about it for two hours is the best way to do it, you’re probably seeking a shorter, less time-consuming approach to convert a PowerPoint into a video.

Fortunately, there are many options available. In reality, PowerPoint allows you to transform the presentation into a video. 

In this tutorial, we’ll take you to step by step through the full process of creating a video PPT using all of the various versions of the application.

How to Make a Video from PowerPoint?

Whereas the option exists, keep in mind that it is not as easy as hitting a Convert to video button. You must first record narration and laser point motions (on-screen mouse movement).

The reason for this is straightforward and technical: unless you record narration and timings ahead of time, PowerPoint will default to five seconds for each slide when generating a video.

You can modify this by clicking the upward arrow next to the ‘Timing’ option under ‘Create a Video,’ but bear in mind that you’ll be changing the timing for all slides at the same time. There is no way to change how long each particular slide appears on the screen.

If you wish to utilize various timings for each slide and record narration, go to the ‘Recording’ tab in PowerPoint and create a video.

This is how you enable recording inside PowerPoint:

  1. On the left side of the screen, click ‘File’ and then ‘Options.’
  2. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Customize Ribbon.’
  3. In the pop-up box, choose ‘Recording’ and press ‘OK.’

Under the ‘Recording’ menu, a new option labeled ‘Record Slide Show’ will appear on your screen. By clicking the downward pointing arrow, you can select whether to begin recording the slideshow from the beginning or from the current slide.

You can also record the voiceover as audio or video, and you can use a range of tools, including pens and markers, to emphasize certain aspects of your slides.

The red circle next to the ‘Record Slide Show’ button will blink while you record, indicating that audio or video is being captured. After you’ve gone through all of the slides, you have two options:

  1. Click the ‘Stop’ button in the square.
  2. On your keyboard, press S.

To export the video you just captured, go to the ‘Recording’ tab and then pick ‘Export to Video.’ This will bring up a new menu and urge you to choose the video quality.

Then, either adjust the timings for the slides or choose the ‘Use Recorded Timings’ and ‘Narration’ choices.

Then, click ‘Create a Video,’ name your file, and choose a location to store it.

Finally, pick the ‘Save as Type’ option and one of two possible formats:

  • MPEG-4 Video
  • Windows Media Video

PowerPoint will start automatically converting the presentation into a video. This procedure may take some time depending on the video quality and duration; therefore, we recommend timing it so that you don’t have to use the computer during that period. It’s advisable to leave the application running overnight for bigger, Full HD, or Ultra HD videos.

Why Convert a PowerPoint Presentation to Video?

There are several reasons why a presentation should be converted into a video. Perhaps you want to transmit a presentation to someone, but they don’t have PowerPoint installed. Alternatively, you might publish your presentation to a site that only takes videos.

PowerPoint has a feature for converting presentations to videos. All of your original animations, transitions, and media elements are kept when you execute this conversion.

All recorded timings, narrative, ink strokes, and laser pointer movements are included in the final video (though you can choose not to include these if you want).

Also, if you’ve worked hard to create a great presentation, you probably don’t want anybody to modify anything. You can submit it as a PDF, but you’ll lose all of the animations and transitions you have created.

When you export your presentation as a video, all components remain securely in place. You can then send it to your clients or coworkers without fear of things changing or the timings being screwed up.

Wrapping It Up

That’s how to convert PowerPoint to video. If you use the ‘Record Slide Show’ command to narrate your presentation, the Save As dialog box is the quickest method to convert your presentation to a video.

While PowerPoint has two video file formats to select from, we suggest utilizing the universal MP4 video file format. This is due to the fact that it assures that your video will play on any platform (computer, tablet, or phone) that people may own.