How to turn a PowerPoint into a video

Small business owners use Microsoft PowerPoint presentations for multiple purposes. Whether it’s a business presentation, an elevator pitch, or a financial presentation, PowerPoint never lets you down. So, learning how to turn a PowerPoint into a video can go a long way because a video has more reach and converts better than most content formats.

There are two options to turn PowerPoint presentations into videos – one is an export option and the other is a Save As option.

This article will explore both options to help you convert your personal or business presentations into videos.

How to turn a PowerPoint into a video

Here is the step-by-step process to export a file as a video:

1. Go to the File menu

Click on the File menu of your presentation and select the Export option.

2. Click Create Video Option

Once you have selected the Export option, you will see several options to export your presentation on the right side. Click on the Create Video option.

3. Select your video quality

When you select Create video option, a dialog about your video quality will appear on the right side. You can choose the quality of your video from the drop-down menu.

It is good to select HD quality because most internet-connected devices have HD screens.

5. Set time spent on slides

In this tab, you can set the time spent on each slide in your video. Each slide will play for the same duration you select. After setting the time spent for the slides, click on the Create Video button.

Once you click Create Video, a new window will open giving you the option to choose a location to save your video and the type of video file you want. You can save your video in MPEG-4 or Windows Media Video format.

5. Add recorded timings and narrations

If you want some slides with long text to display longer, you need to set recorded timings and narrations.

Select Don’t use recorded timings and narrations and click record video.

In addition to adding your narrations, you can also include a box of yourself explaining the slide by selecting the camera option.

PowerPoint records the time while you record your voice. The time you spend on each slide before moving on to the next slide will be that slide’s time. And the newly created video will use the recorded timings.

Once you are done recording timings and narrations, you can export the video. The conversion process will take a few minutes, depending on the size of your project.

Video quality options

When you choose the export option in PowerPoint for the video creation process, you will be presented with the following options to choose the presentation quality in the video:

Ultra-HD (4K)

The 4K video quality option takes the largest file size of all the available options and offers a very high quality resolution (3840×2160).

If you plan to show your PowerPoint videos on a large projector, you can select 4K quality. Your audience will need excellent internet quality to play PowerPoint video in 4K resolution.

Full HD (1080ch)

This video quality option requires a large file size and provides high quality resolution (1920 x 1080). Full HD resolution is well suited for most situations as it is a common screen resolution for smartphones.


If you choose HD video quality option, it will take medium file size and offer medium quality (1280 x 720). You can use this quality for small web videos.

Now, most PCs are equipped with HD screens. It is therefore preferable to aim for a higher resolution than this.

Standard (480p)

Standard quality (852 x 480) gives the smallest file size, offering the lowest quality. With most internet devices with HD screens, there is no need to use this video quality option.

But if your target audience has extremely low internet speed, you can opt for standard quality.

How to Save a PowerPoint as a Video File

If you want to quickly turn your PowerPoint file into a video, you can use Save PowerPoint as Video option. The process is quite simple.

1. Find the location to save the video

Go to the File tab. Click Save As and browse the location to save your video.

2- Choose the video format

Write a file name and select Save as type to scroll down. Set Windows Media Video or MPEG-4 and select the Record button. Your video will be ready in minutes, depending on the size of your project.

How to Record PowerPoint Presentation to MP4

To save PowerPoint presentation in MP4 format, select Save as type and choose MPEG-4 option. And then, click the save button to get your presentation video.

Business uses

Here are the main benefits of converting PowerPoint presentation to video:

1. Easy accessibility of content

Your audience can watch videos on any internet-connected device without having PowerPoint installed. Thus, by converting your presentation to video, you improve the accessibility of your content.

2. Improved Content Reach

When you turn your PowerPoint presentation into a video format, you have myriad options for sharing your content. You can upload the video file to YouTube or other video platforms for consumption.

You can send the link to your presentation video to your subscribers via email. Moreover, you can easily share videos on social media to reach more people.

3. Improved understanding

The videos are easy to understand with minimal effort. So, knowing how to convert PowerPoint to a video file format can help you make your presentation more understandable.

4. More conversions

Videos are a popular form of content in marketing because they offer a better conversion rate than other types of content. So, if you use presentations to sell your products/services, converting these presentation slides to video can help you sell more.


Microsoft PowerPoint is a great tool for implementing presentation ideas. And if you’re not making common PowerPoint mistakes, there’s no reason your presentation shouldn’t shine. To further increase the reach of your content, you can create videos from your presentations.

If you want a quick video, you can save a PowerPoint presentation as a video. The export method will serve you better if you need to customize your video presentation.

Once you’ve turned your presentation into a video, you can read this guide to video marketing for success.

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