How to Turn a Slide Show Into a Video


If you have a winning slideshow and want to turn it into a video, how do you do it? Unfortunately, PowerPoint doesn’t inherently have an “export to video” feature. However, using PowerPoint’s built in slideshow construction features and third party software, you can easily turn your slideshow into a video work of art.

Before we get into the technical aspects of converting a slideshow into a video, here are a few tips to make sure your slides come out stellar once they’re converted to vide.

Tips for a Slideshow Video That Shines

  1. Have a consistent design throughout the slides and video. It can be very jarring on the eyes if you’re constantly switching backgrounds, focal points and overall design scheme.

    This is even truer in a video presentation than a slideshow presentation. With a slideshow presentation, usually you’re the focal point and the slideshow is just an aid. When the slideshow video itself is the focal point, you need to put a lot more attention into making sure that the design is seamless from slide to slide.

  2. If you’re narrating the slides, narrate slowly and enunciate each and every point. Don’t assume that people can follow you if you’re speaking quickly.

    Remember that speaking for a virtual audience who’re looking at slides and speaking in front of a real live audience are completely different. In person audiences can infer your meaning from your body language and other visual cues.

    Online, all they have is your voice. Make sure your voice is coming through crystal clear.

  3. Start by presenting your hypothesis, main point or overall lesson. Make sure that users know what you’re about to cover before jumping straight into your slideshow.
  4. Consider adding a couple animations. Having an opening animation can help draw attention and make your video look more professional. Having animations inside your actual slideshow can help mix things up and give your viewer more of a sense of variety.

    That said, it’s possible to go overboard on the animations. Animations should be used to accentuate your main points, not overpower the overall presentation.

  5. Use 2 or 3 shocking or well documented statistics. For example, if you’re doing a slideshow on preventing cancer, you might want to include some statistics from the World Health Organization or the Center for Disease Control.

    Statistics should either serve to reinforce your point, or serve to strike an emotional cord.

  6. Try to add something lighthearted or humorous. Just like animations, these should be used in moderation. That said, having just a pinch of humor can change the whole vibe of the presentation.
  7. Close with power. Research shows that people tend to remember the beginning and the end of a presentation more than any other part of the presentation. If you end your presentation with a strong closing statement, people are much more likely to think highly of the presentation you created.

Now that we’ve covered how to create a good slideshow presentation, let’s look into how to turn that into an actual video.

Step 1: Set the Transition Lengths


Let PowerPoint know how quickly you want to cycle through the slides. You can set different lengths for different slides.

Start by switching to the “Animation” tab.

Then set the transition time for the slide you’re on by clicking and changing the “Automatically After” field.

Step 2: Record Your Narration


If you plan on narrating your video, first go to the “Slideshow” tab.

Click the “Record Narration” button. The narration box will popup.

Using the record narration feature, you can record separate narrations for each slide in your presentation.

Step 3: Save as PPT


By default, later versions of PowerPoint save files as .pptx. Using .ppt instead of .pptx ensures higher compatibility and lowers the chances of errors happening during conversion.

Save your new slideshow as a PPT file.

Step 4: Create an AuthorStream Account


There are several different services you can use to convert your PPT file to a video. Most of them are downloadable software; and by and large you have to pay for them.

AuthorStream on the other hand is an online service that allows you to convert files up to 500 MBs in size for free. Beyond that, converting up to 100 minutes of video costs $3.

Start by going to to create a free account.

Step 5: Upload Your Video

Click “Upload” then “Upload from Desktop” to start the upload process.

Click “Upload” then choose the file you want to upload.


Step 6: Enter Video Details


Enter a title and description for your newly uploaded video. You can also tag and set privacy settings.

Step 7: Convert to Video


Now that your slideshow is uploaded, the final step is to convert the slideshow to video.

Click “My Presentations” under “My Stuff.”

Then click “Convert to Video” under “Video.”

Step 8: Download or YouTube the Video


Once your video is converted, you’ll be able to download it by going to “My Presentations” under “My Stuff.”

You can either download it to your hard drive, or send it straight to YouTube.

You’ve now learned how to create a video-ready slideshow and convert it to video. Using video slideshows is one of the easiest and fastest ways to create an informative, persuasive or entertaining video.

Michael Rockwell