How to Turn a Presentation into a Video in Powerpoint 2010

You may find that you need to turn a Powerpoint presentation into a video if you are going to be giving that presentation somewhere and won’t have access to Powerpoint, or if you need to display the presentation in a spot where a slideshow would be impractical.

Your first thought might be that you need separate software to convert your slideshow to a video, but you can actually do everything you need to directly from Powerpoint 2010.

Powerpoint slideshows are a great way to convey information to an audience. You can show text and images on each slide, allowing you to convey your ideas in a visually appealing way.

But another great medium for visually showing your information to an audience in a video which can, in many cases, be easier to show to people than a slideshow. But if you do not have a lot of experience making videos, then the process can be a little intimidating.

Fortunately, Powerpoint 2010 has a tool within the program that will allow you to easily convert your slideshow to a video file.

How to Convert a Powerpoint Slideshow to a Video

If you are looking to put information on the Internet for an audience, then one of the best ways is to turn your content into a lot of different types of files. Two types of files that you can easily share across the Internet are Powerpoint slideshows, at sites like, and video files, at places like By using the video creation utility within Powerpoint 2010 you can really simplify this process by creating a video file from your existing Powerpoint slideshow.

Step 1: Double-click your Powerpoint 2010 slideshow to open it.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

Step 3: Click Save & Send in the column at the left side of the window.

powerpoint 2010 save and send

Step 4: Click the Create a Video button under File Types at the center of the window.

powerpoint 2010 create a video

Step 5: Click the Computer & HD Displays drop-down menu at the right side of the window to choose a resolution for your video, then choose whether to use timings and narrations.

Step 6: Click the arrows to the right of Seconds to spend on each slide and select a duration option, then click the Create Video button.

create a video from a powerpoint 2010 slideshow

Step 7: Type a name for the video into the File name field, then click the Save button at the bottom of the window.

Now that you know how to turn a presentation into a video in Powerpoint 2010, you can make it a little easier to generate multiple types of media from a single file.

Summary – How to make a Powerpoint into a video

  1. Open Powerpoint 2010, then click the File tab.
  2. Click the Save & Send button in the left column.
  3. Click the Create a Video button.
  4. Select your video resolution, as well as Timing and Narrations settings.
  5. Choose the number of seconds to spend on each slide.
  6. Click the Create Video button.

If you are going to be sharing this video file with others, it may be too large to send through email. A good way to share large videos is to either upload them to YouTube, or to upload them to an online cloud storage service like Dropbox and share the link to the file from there.

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