How to Create a Simple Video Using PowerPoint

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Create Video with PowerPoint

Do you like videos? Do you like to learn new processes through video rather than text explanations?

Your answer is probably yes. Most people learn better from visual explanations. With video, you can see each and every step you need to take, and that makes it so much easier than trying to imagine what the writer is describing. And if you don’t have video on your website yet, you’re behind the times.

No matter what your website or blog focuses on, you need to stay up to date or your visitors will spend more time at the sites of your competitors.

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You’re probably saying that creating a video is too expensive and difficult. You may even feel  overwhelmed if you think about the process of making a video.

Not any longer. Using PowerPoint to make a video is easier than you ever thought possible.

Step 1:

Create your PowerPoint presentation and save it. You can use animations on the slides or not – it’s up to you.

But you should take advantage of the transitions available in PowerPoint. They smooth movement from one slide to the next.

PowerPoint Transitions

Step 2a:

Most videos have either narration or music – sometimes both. Let’s take a look at adding narration first.

You can record the narration right inside PowerPoint. Print your script or have it ready on your tablet.
  1. Open PowerPoint and the slide presentation you want to narrate.
  2. Choose the Slide Show tab on top, and click the small black arrow in the Record Slide Show
  3. Click Start Recording from Beginning.
  4. Make sure that the small boxes to the right are checked so that the resulting video will play with correct timing.
  5. Click the button Start Recording.
  6. Narrate the presentation for the slide that is showing.
  7. Click the arrow to the right of the slide to advance to the next slide.
  8. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you come to the end.
  9. Click on the last slide to end recording.

PowerPoint Slide Show

Step 2b:

Here’s the process if you use music.
  1. Open PowerPoint and the slide presentation you want to narrate.
  2. Choose the Insert tab on top, and click the small black arrow in the Audio
  3. Click Audio on my PC/from File.
  4. A new window will appear so you can choose the audio you want to use.

PowerPoint Audio

Then:

  1. Drag the sound icon off to the right side.
  2. Choose the Animations tab on top and click Animation Pane.
  3. Drag the sound file to the top, click the small arrow to the right of the sound file, and choose Start with Previous.

PowerPoint Animation

Step 3:

To finalize –
  1. Click File in the upper left corner.
  2. Choose Export then Create a Video
  3. If you can't find it, click Save As then Windows Media Video.
  4. Wait until it’s finished and check that it plays smoothly.

PowerPoint Export and Save As

Now you can publish the video on your website.

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