How to Turn a Google Slides Presentation Into a Video

Video presentations are becoming increasingly popular as an effective way to communicate ideas and engage audiences. Compared to traditional slide presentations, video allows you to incorporate multimedia elements, custom animations, voiceovers and more to create a more dynamic and memorable viewing experience.

The problem is that Google Slides does not have built-in support for exporting presentations as videos. But with a few simple workarounds, you can easily convert your existing Google Slides presentations into professional video presentations to share online or present in-person.

In this comprehensive guide, you’ll learn several methods for turning a Google Slides deck into a polished video using either PowerPoint or third-party apps and browser extensions.

Benefits of Creating Video Presentations

Before we dive into the step-by-step instructions, let’s look at some of the key reasons why you should consider converting your slide presentations into video format:

  • More engaging and dynamic – Video presentations incorporate audio, motion graphics, animations and visuals for enhanced viewer engagement.
  • Accessible and shareable – Video can be easily shared online and accessed on any device by viewers across the globe.
  • Customizable – You can customize video presentations by adding voiceovers, background music, logos and more.
  • Memorable – Viewers retain more information from videos compared to static slides.
  • Trackable – You can track video analytics to see number of views, average percentage viewed, etc.

Method 1: Export Google Slides to PowerPoint

The easiest way to convert Google Slides to video is by first exporting your presentation to PowerPoint, which lets you save the file as an .mp4 video. Here is the step-by-step process:

  1. Open your Google Slides presentation and go to File > Download > Microsoft PowerPoint (.pptx).
  2. Save the PowerPoint file on your computer and open it.
  3. On the ribbon at the top, go to File > Export > Create a Video.
  4. Customize options like video quality, resolution and duration between slides.
  5. Select a location to save your exported video file.

The major benefit of using PowerPoint is it gives you additional options for customizing and enhancing your video presentation, like adding transitions between slides, embedding external videos, inserting animations, narrating slides and more.

Method 2: Use Third-Party Apps and Browser Extensions

If you don’t have access to PowerPoint, don’t worry — you can use free third-party apps and Chrome extensions to easily convert Google Slides to video:

A. Screencastify

Screencastify is a popular Chrome extension used by over 10 million users to record screen videos. Here is how to use it:

  1. Install Screencastify from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Open your Google Slides presentation.
  3. Click on the Screencastify extension icon to launch the video recorder.
  4. Customize options like camera, microphone and screen area to record.
  5. Click on Record to start capturing your presentation. Make sure to speak through each slide as you present.
  6. Stop the recording when finished. The video will now be available in your Screencastify dashboard.

Screencastify also features a basic video editor to trim clips, arrange slides and text overlays before exporting your final presentation video.

B. Creator Studio

Creator Studio is a Google Slides add-on that lets you quickly export presentations as videos or GIFs without ever leaving your file. To use it:

  1. Install the Creator Studio extension from the Google Workspace Marketplace.
  2. Open your presentation and click Extensions > Creator Studio > Create Video.
  3. Choose options like slide duration, resolution and export format.
  4. Click on Go to convert the Google Slides into a video based on your settings.

The resulting video can then be downloaded to your computer or shared via Google Drive.

Tips for Creating Compelling Video Presentations

Once you’ve converted your Google Slides into a video, make sure to incorporate these best practices for creating polished and professional video presentations:

  • Keep it short and impactful. Videos under 10 minutes have higher completion rates.
  • Use concise text and bullet points instead of lengthy paragraphs.
  • Add background music to set the tone and engage viewers.
  • Use custom animations and transitions between slides.
  • Include relevant b-roll video clips where appropriate.
  • Narrate your presentation with crisp, clear audio.
  • End with a strong call to action.

Share Your New Video Presentation

The final step is to share your freshly converted Google Slides video presentation with your intended target audience. You can easily distribute the video via:

  • Video hosting platforms like YouTube and Vimeo
  • Social media networks
  • Email and messaging apps
  • Corporate intranets and training portals
  • In-person meetings and conferences

With the right conversion methods and optimization best practices, you can create memorable video presentations that captivate audiences and effectively communicate your ideas.

So give your static slides a fresh new life by converting them into engaging videos with the techniques covered in this guide. Let us know if you have any other tips or questions in the comments below!