How to Convert PowerPoint to Video

Contents
  1. Let your presentation speak for itself
  2. Save PowerPoint as video in Windows
  3. Save PowerPoint as Video on MacOS

Let your presentation speak for itself

While PowerPoint decks can be great tools for showcasing and presenting a particular message or product, research has shown that viewers are much more likely to process your content if it’s in video format. Besides this reason, saving PowerPoint files as videos also makes them much easier to distribute as the recipient does not need Microsoft Office to view them.

Fortunately, you can turn your carefully crafted slides into breathtaking videos with little effort. The steps below describe how to turn PowerPoint files into videos, and the result is an animation, narration, or other custom content file that was included in the original PPT or PPTX file.

Remark † The instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, PowerPoint 365/Online, and PowerPoint for Mac.

Save PowerPoint as video in Windows

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

  1. Start PowerPoint and open the presentation file that you want to make a video from. If this file is already open, make sure you have the latest version on your hard drive. To do this, select File > Save or click the icon Save which is represented by a disk and is located at the top of the PowerPoint interface.

  2. Click File is located in PowerPoint’s main menu bar.

  3. Choose an option Export is located in the left menu bar. Instead, PowerPoint 2010 users should choose: Save and send

  4. The interface should now appear. Export , which contains a number of different parameters. Click on the link labeled Make video

  5. Several options will now appear on the right side of the screen regarding your new video. The first is a drop-down menu of video quality options, which may vary depending on the version of PowerPoint you’re using. The ones with a high quality and screen resolution will result in a larger file size, while a lower quality will result in a smaller file size. Choose the option that best suits your needs.

  6. In the drop-down menu directly below these video quality options, you can choose whether to include recorded times and comments in your video. If you have not yet recorded times or comments in your presentation, you can also do so from this menu by selecting the option Recording time and notes † These narrations can even include a thumbnail of themselves, recorded on a webcam, if you like.

  7. The next and last custom setting under the two drop-down menus is labeled as seconds spent on each slide † By default, a PowerPoint video spends five seconds per slide before moving on to the next. To increase or decrease this delay, click the up or down arrow on this option.

  8. After completing the above settings, click the button Make video

  9. Now a window will appear Save as , which overrides PowerPoint’s main interface. First select a location to save the new video file and then enter a file name in the corresponding field.

  10. You can create a video in one of two file formats from the drop-down menu Save as type : MPEG-4 Video (MP4) or Windows Media Video (WMV). Press the button Save to start the video creation process.

  11. You will now be returned to the main PowerPoint interface and the progress of your video creation will be displayed on the status bar at the bottom of the window. This can take from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the video being created.

Save PowerPoint as Video on MacOS

Follow these steps to create a video from a PPT or PPTX file in PowerPoint on macOS. This feature is only available to Office 365 subscribers using the latest version of PowerPoint for desktop (non-browser based).

  1. Start PowerPoint and open the presentation file that you want to make a video from. If this file is already open, make sure the latest version is stored on your hard drive by selecting File > Save or by clicking the icon Save – in the form of a disk and located at the top of the PowerPoint interface.

  2. Click File is located in PowerPoint’s main menu bar.

  3. Select an option when the drop-down menu appears Export

  4. A pop-up window should now appear with several options. drop down menu File format select MP4 or MOV.

  5. At the bottom of the window there should now be a few options related to your new video. The first is a drop-down menu with video quality options. The ones with the highest quality and screen resolution (ie Presentation quality ) has a larger file size and a lower quality corresponds to a smaller file size. This quality choice also determines the width and height of the videos that appear directly below the menu Quality † Choose the option that best suits your needs.

  6. An option below these video quality options, accompanied by a checkbox, allows you to specify whether you want to include recorded times and comments in your video. If available, check the box next to the option Use recorded moments and comments to enable this feature in your video.

  7. The next and last configurable setting is marked as seconds spent on each slide with no set time † By default, a PowerPoint video spends five seconds per slide before moving on to the next. To increase or decrease this delay, click the up or down arrow on this option.

  8. Once your choice is fulfilled, click on the button Export

  9. You will now be returned to the main PowerPoint interface and the progress of your video creation will be displayed on the status bar at the bottom of the window. This can take from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the video being created.

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