Videos can be helpful for any aspect of your business, from new employee onboarding to corporate communications. What many people don’t realize is that you can create video files with a program you likely already have on your computer—Microsoft PowerPoint.
Many believe that PowerPoint is only useful for creating slides for a presentation. However, it can do much more than that. One of the most beneficial purposes is creating a video file from PowerPoint using voiceover slides. However, this presents a challenge when it comes to video creation. PowerPoint creates a .WMV file, which is incompatible with iPhones and iPads. This can be confusing for users. To avoid this issue, you have the option of exporting your .WMV files to a video platform that will encode the video into the appropriate format.
Check out these steps for creating your video file from PowerPoint using voiceover slides:
1. First, open your completed PowerPoint slide deck. With the first slide selected, click the “Insert” tab at the top and locate the “Media” option on the far right.
2. Here you will see a button for “Audio.” Click this icon and chose “Record Audio” from the drop-down menu.
3. Next, the “Record Sound” dialog box will open. This is where you will record your audio for that slide. Click the red circle button and your recording will begin. Read your script or provide the voiceover audio for that slide. Once finished, click the blue square button.
4. Your audio has been recorded. Click the “OK” button. A speaker icon will now appear on your slide. Depending on how long your audio recording lasted, this icon can take a few minutes to appear. This will eventually show that your audio recording is embedded in that slide. Please note that this icon will appear in your final exported video. If you do not want it to be seen, right click the icon and select “Send to Back.” Then, drag the icon behind either a graphic, text box, or anything on the slide that will “hide” the icon.
5. Continue this process for all of your remaining slides. Once finished, click “File” and “Save As.” In the “Save As Type” drop down menu, select the Windows Media Video option.
6. Your video is now being saved. This process can take a few minutes, depending on how much audio or slides there are in the presentation. At the bottom of the PowerPoint window, there will be a status bar that will show how long until the video is created.
There you have it! A quick and easy way to create a .WMV file using PowerPoint and voiceover slides. There are platforms that will allow you to upload your .WMV file and encode it to a format that is compatible with iOS devices. Next time, we’ll discuss some creative distribution options for Microsoft PowerPoint. Stay tuned!
What do you think? What are some additional benefits for video files in PowerPoint from video slides?
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