How to Do More With Content Creation Tools – PowerPoint (Part 2)

We recently explored how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to create video files. Many believe they need expensive video editing software to create and share video presentations, but PowerPoint provides an easy way to create video files using voiceover slides.

For video creation, PowerPoint exports a .WMV file, a file format that is incompatible with iPads and iPhones. Uploading your .WMV files into The KZO Video Suite automatically formats these files so presentations can be viewed on any device.


Below are a few additional tips for using PowerPoint to create, edit, and distribute your videos:

1. Easily change your audio. One helpful aspect of creating videos with PowerPoint is you don’t have to re-record an entire voiceover to make changes. Voiceover narrations are recorded on a per-slide basis. If at any time you want to change one sentence in your video, all you have to do is locate that slide narration, re-record for that slide, re-export the video out of PowerPoint (using Save As), and you’re set.

2. Import files for added quality. PowerPoint’s very basic audio creation abilities are enough for some users, but others want to improve the quality of their audio. PowerPoint allows you to import audio files recorded from other software programs. If you have a quality microphone or the ability to use different software to record high quality audio, you can do so and easily bring it into PowerPoint. All you have to do is import the file into PowerPoint and add it to a slide.

3. Embed video files. If you’d rather not record a voiceover, PowerPoint allows you to import a video file directly onto a slide. That embedded video will stay in your presentation when you export as a video file, which allows for mixing and matching. For example, slide one could include a graphic with a voiceover, slide two could feature an imported video, and slide three could be a different graphic with a voiceover. When that presentation is exported as a .WMV video file, the video will be a compilation of all of those graphics, voiceovers, and videos in order.

4. Share your presentation. .WMV’s are difficult to work with as a video format on platforms that aren’t Windows-based. Not only do you need special software to play these files, but they’re also large. The good news is that KZO supports .WMV files and will easily convert the video to the universal .MP4 format. Distributing these videos is as easy as sending a hyperlink.

By leveraging the tips in this series, you can get started creating powerful video presentations with the PowerPoint program you already have.

What other tips do you have for people looking to get more out of PowerPoint?

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