Recording a Video Presentation with Power Point

Although Power Point is not the easiest way to do it, most participants are probably familiar with it. Moreover, the preparation of a Power Point presentation is a typical task for any conference participant, so that recording it as a video is just an additional step in the workflow.

There are several ways to prepare your video presentation using Power Point:

Option 1. Inserting Audio in each slide and saving the file as mp4. 

  1. First, prepare your slides as usual

  2. Once, you are satisfied with the presentation go to the first slide and the go to Insert (Main Ribbon) / Media / Audio / Record Sound. A pop up window will show up to record the speech that accompanies the first slide

  3. Press the Record button (red circle) and start speaking, press stop when finished

  4. A “sound” icon will appear in the first slide, move it to a corner

  5. You can repeat the same workflow for each slide. If a slide has no audio you can still assign a duration as usual

  6. When all slides have been configured with their audio or duration, go to File and then Save As and select MPEG-4 *.mp4 as output file format.

  7. To see an video tutorial of this method go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sldzf2jMrVM

 

Option 2. Even simpler, recording the whole presentation in one go

  1. First, prepare your slides as usual

  2. Go to Slide Show / Record Slide Show / Record from beginning . You may untick Use Timings if you want to manually pass the slides.

  3. You will see the first slide in a presentation format, start talking and continue through the end of the presentation (remember the maximum of 7 minutes).

  4. Once finished, stop the recording or press escape and go to File and then Save As and select MPEG-4 *.mp4 as output file format.

  5. To see an video tutorial of this method go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5dgwwa5XRA

 

If you have Power Point 365 you’ll even have the option to display the speaker in a small inset. See for example here: https://youtu.be/orZEc1J6h7o?t=161

This option is not available in previous versions, but there is a way round it:

Option 3. Inserting speakers' video inset with audio and image in each slide for previous versions (other than 365)

  1. First, prepare your slides as usual

  2. Open your web cam default app, make sure you can see your image

  3. Go to the first slide and the go to Insert (Main Ribbon) / Media / Screen recording. A menu will show up, click on “select area” and select exactly the webcam view

  4. Press the Record button (red circle) and start speaking, press stop when finished the explanation for the first slide.

  5. A “video” window will appear on the first slide, move it to the bottom right corner and scale it as you see fit.

  6. You can repeat the same workflow for each slide.

  7. When all slides have been configured with their inset video, go to File and then Save As and select MPEG-4 *.mp4 as output file format.

  8. For an example of screen recording see this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssuQG9GqThA&list=PLXPr7gfUMmKw9OHjIS_KT79X9pZT6Obls&index=5&t=0s

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