From PowerPoint to Video in a Few Easy Steps

Learn How to Make PowerPoint Videos from Your Business Presentations

PowerPoint to video

Wait, PowerPoint creates presentation slides, not animated videos, right?! Well, that’s half true.

Microsoft PowerPoint can be a powerful video-making tool, and you don’t need a special PowerPoint video converter to make it happen either.

Today, we’re going to walk you through how to make videos in PowerPoint (using the Microsoft Office 365 version).

Why? It’s a fun way to keep your audience entertained and engaged while you communicate important information — whether you’re pitching your business to investors or coaching other professionals in your industry.

Keep in mind, this is going to be a no-nonsense “how-to” tutorial.

We’re not going to dig deep into how to create a PowerPoint slide show in this blog. If that’s something you’re interested in, reach out here.

Ready, let’s go!

How to convert PowerPoint to video

  1. Create your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Click the “Slide Show” tab on the ribbon at the top of PowerPoint.
  3. Click “Record Slide Show.”
  4. Choose to record from the current slide or from the beginning of the presentation.
  5. In the bottom right corner, you will see the microphone and video icons. You can toggle these on and off depending on whether you want to be seen or heard in your final video. (For video capabilities, you’ll need to use a computer with a webcam or attach an external webcam to your computer.)
  6. Additionally, you can use the highlighter tools as pointers while you’re speaking.
  7. Once you’re finished presenting, click “File,” “Export,” then “Create a Video” to save your presentation as a video.
  8. Choose the quality you’d like to export in. (We recommend Full HD for most videos, including in-person presentations and YouTube uploads, which you can embed on your website for additional SEO value.)
  9. Lastly, choose to include or exclude recording timings and narrations before you save.

How to use PowerPoint video presentations

There are many ways you can use videos make in the PowerPoint application. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

In-person presentations

If you’re looking for a discrete way to keep yourself on track when presenting with a strict time limit, turning your PowerPoint slides into a timed video could be your secret to success.

Keep track of how much time you want to spend on each slide and record with no narration. This will allow you to set a pace, use the video presentation to practice your speech, and keep you on track the day of the presentation.

YouTube videos

YouTube videos are a great way to increase traffic to your site through the power of SEO (search engine optimization).

When you consider YouTube a search engine in and of itself and the fact that it’s owned by search engine giant Google, it’s a no-brainer.

You will want to cater your narration (and possibly your slides) to a YouTube-specific audience, but the opportunity for SEO growth is there for the taking.

Social media long-form video

Tired of low-quality Instagram Lives turned IGTVs? Use PowerPoint to record your content for Instagram instead — or Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you’ll want to cater your video format (horizontal vs vertical) to the platform. Instagram for example favors vertical video with no regard to videographers’ professional opinion on the subject. (If you don’t know, videographers HATE this trend toward vertical. Like, deeply and passionately.)

Short video

Yes, PowerPoint can even be used to record text-based or animated Reels, Snippets, and TikTok videos!

Again, you’ll want to pay special attention to the format ratio for each platform. Reels, TikToks, and YouTube Shorts are designed to be viewed on your phone and require a 9:16 ratio (1080 x 1920).

Now that you’re ready to convert your PowerPoint to video and have a few ideas about where and how to use these videos, let us know what you’ll do with this knowledge first!

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