Did you know that you could convert your PowerPoint presentations into movie files? Many faculty request our assistance with this conversion, noting it’s much easier to add movie files into Canvas (which students can watch directly) rather than asking students to download a presentation for full effect (e.g., slide transitions, narration, etc.). Similarly, students often ask for our help in converting their presentations into movies, which are then uploaded into YouTube. This blog post will take you through the process of saving your PowerPoint presentations as a movie, on both a Mac and a PC.
PowerPoint on a Mac:
- Select “File”, then “Save as Movie…”, from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
- The “Save as” dialogue box will open and prompt you to identify a title and save-to location. You’ll also have the ability to define “Movie Options…”; click the “Movie Options…” button.
- A new dialogue box will open and it is here that you can define specific characteristics (i.e., size, quality, and media settings; create credits) for your movie file. Click “OK” after making the desired adjustments.
- In Office (for Mac) 2011, it is not currently possible to retain sounds or animated transitions when saving a presentation as a movie. As an alternative, you can follow the steps below to save your presentation as a movie on a PC. You may also want to consider a screen capture program (e.g., Screencast-o-matic).
- You will be returned to the “Save as” dialogue box; click “Save”.
- You will see a progress bar appear as your movie file processes.
PowerPoint on a PC:
- Select “File”, then “Save & Send”, from the menu bar at the top of your screen.
- Under the “File Types” section, select “Create a video”.
- A new dialogue box will appear and here is where you can define the video’s size, whether or not you want to use recorded timings and narrations, and how much time the video will spend on each slide.
- Once you click “Create a Video”, a progress bar will appear at the bottom of your presentation.
If you have any difficulty replicating the steps detailed in this blog post, or have questions that weren’t answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.