How to Make a PowerPoint into a Video

Converting a PowerPoint presentation into a video can be a great way to share your content more widely or create an engaging asynchronous training for your team. With video being such a ubiquitous medium today, transforming your slides into a video file allows the information to be consumed by those who may not have access to or familiarity with PowerPoint.

Fortunately, it’s easy to export a PowerPoint deck into a video format. Here’s how to do it, along with some best practices for creating effective video content from your presentations.

Export PowerPoint to Video

In Windows

  1. Open the PowerPoint file and ensure all slides are as you want them to appear in the video version. Save any recent changes.
  2. Go to File > Export > Create a Video.
  3. Select the video quality you need. Higher quality means larger files.
    • For most uses, Full HD 1080p is recommended.
  4. Check the box for Use Recorded Timings and Narrations if you want any timings or voiceovers to be included.
  5. Set seconds per slide if you want each slide to display for a certain duration.
  6. Click Create Video.
  7. Choose the save location and file name, and pick MP4 as the file type.
  8. Click Save and let PowerPoint convert the presentation.

On a Mac

  1. Open the PowerPoint file and review all slides, saving any changes.
  2. Go to File > Export.
  3. In the drop-down menu, choose the file format, video quality, timings/narrations, seconds per slide.
  4. Click Export.

The presentation will be converted into the selected video file format and saved to the chosen location on your Mac.

Video Creation Tips

Here are some best practices when making a PowerPoint video:

  • Keep it short – Videos should be concise. Remove any unnecessary slides or content that won’t translate well into video format.
  • Add transitions – Include slide transitions to keep the flow moving smoothly in the absence of a live presenter.
  • Mind the builds – If you have complex builds within slides, test to see if they translate properly or adjust the timings as needed.
  • Use high-quality assets – Videos spotlight lesser quality images, so ensure you use only high resolution photos and graphics.
  • Record narration – Consider adding narration via PowerPoint’s record audio feature for an engaging, personalized touch.
  • Reduce text – Too much text doesn’t work well in videos. Simplify and use text sparingly to complement the visuals.
  • Enhance with multimedia – Include relevant videos, gifs, animations, etc. where appropriate to add visual interest.
  • Check transitions and effects – Test out all slide transitions and animations to make sure they display properly when exported.
  • Preview before exporting – Review the full video after export before sharing widely to catch any unwanted surprises.

Video Export Options

When exporting a PowerPoint presentation to video, you have format options to consider:

  • MP4 – This is the most universal format, playable on any modern device. It’s the best choice for sharing online or with others.
  • MOV – Apple’s QuickTime video format. Useful if you need compatibility with Apple products and software.
  • WMV – Windows Media Video format. A good option if you will primarily share within a Windows ecosystem.
  • AVI – An older but compatible video container. It is not compressible like more modern formats.
  • GIF – Exporting as an animated GIF creates a silent video. Useful for short, bite-sized social media content.

In most cases, MP4 will be the best format for converting PowerPoint slides to video. It’s widely compatible across all platforms and offers good compression for sharing.

Share Your PowerPoint Videos

Once exported from PowerPoint, your newly converted video presentations become easy to distribute and consume. Here are some ways to share the video files:

  • Upload to a video hosting platform like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
  • Save to a cloud drive such as Google Drive, Dropbox for easy access.
  • Send via email for a lightweight transfer to individuals.
  • Share via internal communication platforms like Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc.
  • Embed into a website, blog, or LMS courses for on-demand viewing.
  • Post natively on social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn.
  • Play from a USB drive for in-person presentations and meetings.

With a few simple clicks, you can transform your PowerPoint decks into versatile video files to share with colleagues, prospects, students, and beyond.

So give it a try and see how converting presentations to video can help maximize the reach and impact of your hard work!