Converting Powerpoint presentations to Video

I discovered this cool feature on Powerpoint 2010 this week. Part of a project I’m working on includes developing a presentation that will be posted online. However, not everyone who may want to access it will have Powerpoint installed on their computer. So I thought it would be better if the presentation could be shown in a video format – that way it could be posted on YouTube, on the website and even on Facebook, and it would be much more universally accessible. A quick Google search later, and I found that Powerpoint 2010 does in fact let you do this, without having to install other conversion software. (Unfortunately, I didn’t have the 2010 version on my computer, but someone else in my office did, so they did it for me.)

If you have the 2010 version, it’s really easy:

Once your presentation is ready, click on File.

Then click on Save & Send.

Under the File Types section, choose Create a Video.

From here, there are a few options for your video:

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  • choose between High Quality, Medium Quality or Low Quality.
  • Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narrations lets you control audio options by enabling or disabling the recorded timing and narrations.
  • Second to spend on each slide lets you select how long each slide will display during the video.

Then click Create Video, and you’ll be prompted to choose a location to save your video.

If you create a video this way, it’s only viewable in .wmv compatible video players. AVI And Mp4 formats aren’t supported, but .wmv format videos can be uploaded to YouTube. If you need the video in another format, try Free Studio – a free download that lets you convert and edit several different kinds of audio and video files.

If you have an earlier version of Powerpoint, you can still convert your slides to video, but you’ll need to download a conversion program. Acoolsoft offers a free version that lets you convert your slides to video in formats such as WMV, ASF, MOV, MKV. The paid version of the software lets you do lots more, like other video formats and adding cool features.

The most important thing to remember when getting your message out is remembering who your audience is and what the best way to reach them is. Don’t forget their needs, and that means the technical needs as well!

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