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Video from Power Point

 9:16 am on Mar 3, 2008 (gmt 0)


I want to make video from power point presentation.
I have the power point document, but I can't import them in movie maker.
How can I do this?

Thank you in advance.



 6:47 pm on Mar 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Why not play the presentation full-screen, and use a screen-capture program?

There are plenty of apps that will capture your screen to make a movie. It's a common need in instructional videos, etc.


 8:29 pm on Mar 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have always considered PowerPoint to be something of a joke, but in the interests of education I scoured my drives and eventually found one solitary .ppt file and booted up the program.

Lo and behold, under the File menu there was a Make Movie option (this was on a Mac version offering QuickTime export) so I tried it... and the program crashed. Three times in a row.

Hopefully someone else will be able to help you, but I see little point in making a video file of what is presumably a simple slideshow that could be done in Flash or JavaScript with a vastly smaller file size and no real worries about plugins and players.

If there are any PowerPoint fans out there I would be happy to be corrected.


 11:41 pm on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Camstudio is free opensource desktop capture utility program you can use for that. Make sure to capture to lightly compressed format then convert it afterwards to a compressed format like mpeg, wmv or whatever fits your needs.


 9:40 pm on May 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Good discussion. I'm about the try the same thing. I'll report back on by ppt > video experience. Meanwhile, any other suggestions.


 9:00 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

My report so far--something is screwy. I think. I made a .mov with Powerpoint, but I can't edit it in iMovie. Not that I know what I'm doing.


 8:11 pm on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

OK, you need some software to edit the audio and video at all; you can edit within Powerpoint, of course, but it's not easy. A very rough video can be done. I used Powerpoint to put together a rough visual sample to turn over to a pro.


 11:00 pm on May 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

OK, here's my brief report on using the "make a video" on PowerPoint.

First, I'm on a Mac. But, this may be useful to all.

The video that PowerPoint makes is a .mov. That is, it's Quicktime. Sounds good, right? Well, if you want to record a very, very, very rough video using the clicker to time the slides, this will work. But, it will stink. You need to edit.

My advice is to purchase Quicktime Pro ($30--which is available for Windows, BTW.) Convert the PowerPoint into individual slides, import the slides in order into Quicktime Pro, turning that into a movie (it's fast and easy, read the directions) and then edit that movie in either Quicktime Pro (more powerful than it first looks--check out the options) or, if you have it, iMovie. At the end, you can put your audio on it.

This advice even applies if you have a Mac and iMovie. For reasons that probably having to do with PowerPoint being MS and iMovie being Apple, I couldn't edit the .mov made by PowerPoint in iMovie. But, I could use iMovie after pushing it through QT pro as I outlined above.

Making a movie via PowerPoint may sound wacky to some but not to me. If you're a whiz with PowerPoint or you have a lot of PowerPoints you want to put onto YouTube, this might get you there.


 12:48 pm on May 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

Adobe Captivate can import a Power Point and export to a Shockwave. Not cheap though..

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