How to turn a PowerPoint into a video

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

There are two options to convert PowerPoint presentations into videos – the first is an Export option and the other is a Save As option.

This article explores both options to help you turn your personal or professional 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 File menu

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

2. Click Create a video option

After you select the Export option, you will see multiple options to export your presentation on the right. Click on the Make a video option.

3. Select the quality of your video

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

It is good to go for HD quality, as most devices with internet nowadays have HD screens.

5. Set the time for slides

This tab allows you to set how much time is spent on each slide in your video. Each slide plays for the same amount of time you select. After you set the time for slides, click the Make Video button.

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

5. Add recorded times and narration

If you want a few slides of long text to be displayed for a longer duration, you need to set the recorded timing and narration.

Select Don’t use recorded timings and narration and click Record a video.

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

PowerPoint records the timing as you record your voice. The time you spend on each slide before moving on to the next slide is the timing for that slide. And the newly created video uses recorded timings.

Once you’re done recording timings and narration, 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 options available and offers ultra-high quality resolution (3840 × 2160).

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

Full HD (1080hp)

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

HD (720P)

If you choose the HD video quality option, it has a medium file size and offers a medium quality (1280 x 720). You can use this quality for smaller web videos.

Now most PCs come with HD displays. So it’s better to aim for a higher resolution than this.

Standard (480p)

The standard quality (852 x 480) results in the smallest file size and provides the lowest quality. Since most internet devices have HD screens, there is no point in using this video quality option.

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

Save a PowerPoint as a video file

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

1. Find location to save video

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

2- Choose video format

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

Save a PowerPoint presentation as MP4

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

Use in business

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

1. Easy Accessibility of Content

Your audience can watch videos on any Internet-enabled device without PowerPoint installed. So by turning your presentation into a video, you improve the accessibility of your content.

2. Improved content reach

When you convert your PowerPoint presentation to a video format, you get tons of options to share 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 email subscribers. You can also easily share videos on social media to reach more people.

3. Improved Understanding

Videos are easy to understand with minimal effort. So knowing how to convert PowerPoint to video file format can help 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 content types. So if you use presentations to sell your products/services, video conversion of those presentation slides can help you sell more.


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

After turning your presentation into a video, read this guide to help video marketing succeed.

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