How to Record PowerPoint as Video in Easy Steps

Recording your PowerPoint presentation as a video is a great way to share your content more widely and engage your audience. Whether you want to post tutorials online, deliver presentations virtually, or just share your slides with colleagues, converting your PowerPoint to video is easy and convenient.

In this simple guide, I’ll walk you through the step-by-step process to record your PowerPoint presentation and save it as a video file on your computer.

What You Need

Before we get started, here are the basic things you’ll need:

  • PowerPoint – You’ll need PowerPoint installed on your computer to record and export your presentation. Any recent version should work.
  • Microphone – To record narrations or voiceovers directly in PowerPoint, you’ll need a microphone. The built-in mic on your laptop works, or you can use headphones with a mic.
  • Webcam (optional) – If you want to include video of yourself in the recording, you’ll need a webcam connected to your computer. The built-in camera on most laptops will suffice.

Once you have PowerPoint set up with a microphone (and optionally a webcam), you’re ready to start recording!

Record Your Slide Show

Here are the step-by-step instructions to record your slideshow in PowerPoint:

  1. Open PowerPoint and your presentation. Make sure you have the final version of the PowerPoint presentation open that you want to record.
  2. Set up your webcam feed (optional). If you want video of yourself included in the recording, turn on your webcam feed by going to the Slide Show tab and checking the box for Webcam Video. Resize and position the video feed on the slides.
  3. Select your recording slide. Go to the slide where you want the recording to begin. This allows you to record narrations or introductions for specific slides rather than starting from the beginning.
  4. Start recording. On the Slide Show tab, click on Record Slide Show. Choose to record from the current slide or from the beginning. Select your recording options.
  5. Record your narrations. Click the round, red Record button and start delivering your narrations, explanations and voiceovers while going through your slide show. PowerPoint will automatically advance slides based on the timings you set.
  6. End recording. When you reach the end, select End Show to finish recording. PowerPoint will save all your narrations, ink gestures, timings and webcam video feed (if enabled).

It’s that easy! Now when you play back your slideshow, it will include all your recorded narrations, annotations, timings and webcam video automatically.

Export and Save as Video

After recording your slide show, the final step is to export it and save the presentation as a video file that you can share or upload online:

  1. Open your presentation. Make sure you have the recorded PowerPoint file open.
  2. Select Export > Create a Video. Go to File > Export and choose Create a Video.
  3. Set video options. Select video quality and output format. For best results, choose Full HD 1080p or Ultra HD 4K.
  4. Export video file. Pick a file location, enter a name, and click Save to export and save your PowerPoint recording as a video file.

The most common video format options to export to are:

  • MP4 – Great for online video. Compact size and works across devices.
  • WMV – Compatible with Windows Media Player. Good choice for sharing on PCs.
  • AVI – Universal format compatible with most media players but results in large files.
  • MOV – Works well with QuickTime and iDevices. Good option for Mac users.

And that’s all it takes to save a PowerPoint recording as a video! Now you can easily share your presentation by uploading it to video platforms or sending to colleagues.

Tips for Better Video Recordings

Here are some tips to take your PowerPoint video recordings to the next level:

Add transitions and animations – Jazz up your slide show with smooth transitions and subtle animations to keep viewers engaged.

Include presenter video – Boost engagement by including a picture-in-picture webcam feed of yourself presenting the slides.

Use high quality audio – Invest in a good microphone and reduce background noise for professional voiceovers.

Rehearse your timings – Practice your slide timings and talking points to sound polished and prepared on camera.

Enhance with graphics – Insert relevant charts, graphs, icons and images to visualize your points and keep the video dynamic.

Export in HD quality – For the best results, export your video in Full HD 1080p quality or higher resolutions like 4K.

Share Your PowerPoint Videos

Once exported and saved as a video, you can easily share your PowerPoint presentations with others:

  • Upload to video sharing sites like YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Share directly via email, messaging apps or cloud storage.
  • Embed videos on blogs, websites and landing pages.
  • Post natively on social media like Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Play videos during virtual meetings, webinars and video conferences.

So go ahead, leverage the power of video and get your PowerPoint presentations in front of more people! Use this guide to easily record and export your slides as engaging videos.