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Converting Presentations into Videos in PowerPoint 2013

Converting PowerPoint presentations into videos is a great way to give your speech extra engaging power. Since most people are wired to watching videos, turning your deck into another multimedia format can make your audience completely consume your content.

One of the greatest perks of exporting a presentation as a movie is that you can play videos on both mobile phones and PCs. Presentation files, on the other hand, require Microsoft PowerPoint when viewing or editing a file.

Here’s a quick tutorial on exporting your presentation into a video with PowerPoint 2013:

1. Open the PowerPoint presentation that you want to turn into a video.

PowerPoint 2013 Video: 2. In the upper-left corner of the screen, click on File.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: Open File3. In the File menu, click on Export.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: click Export4. Choose Create a Video.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: Click Create Video5. The Create a Video dialog box will appear, showing two drop-down lists and a time length box.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: Create video6. The first drop-down menu, labeled Presentation Quality, gives you three different quality options for your exported video.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: Presentation qualityThe three Presentation Quality options are:

a. Presentation Quality

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: presentation qualityThis has the largest file size, resulting in the highest quality. If you want an HD-quality video with high-end animation, we recommend choosing this one. Your video will be exported at a resolution of 1920px x 1080px.

b. Internet Quality

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: internet qualityThis will result in a medium-sized video, with a moderate quality. Your video will be exported at a resolution of 1280px x 720px.

c. Low Quality

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: low qualityThis will give you the smallest file size, but also the lowest quality. Your video will be exported at a resolution of 852px by 480px.

The second drop-down box allows you to record timings and narrations for each slide. You can even record your own voice for your presentation’s narration.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: ExportIt contains the following options:

a. Don’t Use Recorded Timings and Narrations

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: Con't use recorded timings and narrationChoose this if you want each slide to stay onscreen for the same amount of time. The default time is 5 seconds.

If you want to change how long each slide will appear, you can adjust the number of seconds in the option labeled Seconds spent on each slide.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: Click on the up arrow to increase it per second or click on the down arrow to decrease it. Otherwise, just click inside the text box and type how many seconds you want each slide to stay onscreen.

Take note that this option will remove any and all narrations you’ve recorded for this deck.

b. Use Recorded Timings and Narrations

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: use recorded timings and narrationsChoose Record Timings and Narrations if you’d like to record narrations or set each slide to stay onscreen for different amounts of time.

7. Once you’re done with these settings, click the Create Video.

PowerPoint will start converting your presentation into a video file.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: convert8. When it’s done, the Save As window will appear.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: save as9. In the File name text box, type the name of your converted video.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: file name10. When you’re done, click Save.

PowerPoint 2013 Video Tutorial: save

That’s it! Enjoy your PowerPoint video file!

Uploading your PowerPoint file as a video ensures an audience by allowing you and other people to share and watch the video in an instant. Try this video conversion trick to make your work – and your life – easier!


“How to Save or Convert a PowerPoint Presentation to a Video.” How-To-Geek. n.d.

The Case for Videos in Presentations

How important are videos in presentations? In an age where 19% of online traffic comes from YouTube, it can definitely help.


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The biggest hurdle you have to face as a presenter is engaging your audience. People are a fickle bunch, and you can never tell how your audience will react. It’s up to you make sure you’ve prepared as much as you can to keep them focused and attentive. Otherwise, your presentation will likely fall on deaf ears.

This is where videos in presentations can make a huge difference. Videos are a great format that engage both sight and hearing. Because of that, there’s plenty of opportunity to share a huge chunk of information in just a short amount of time. Think about it this way: In a novel, an author will probably spend a full chapter to introduce the setting of a story.

For a movie adaptation, this can be cut to just a few scenes. Instead of vivid and lengthy descriptions, you get to see the real thing. Considering that the average attention span lasts for only a couple of minutes, videos are an effective way to get your point across.

The Catch

Despite this advantage, videos in presentations can also prove to be harmful. As Christian Heilmann puts it, videos are very engaging. So engaging that they can become distractions. If you’re not careful, the information you’re sharing could fall to the background. In order to avoid this scenario, you have to learn how to strike a balance.

These are a few things to keep in mind about videos in presentations:

What videos to include

Keep your audience focused on your presentation by showing them videos that contribute to your discussion. In other words, videos in presentations should always drive a point and serve a purpose. You can go ahead and add funny clips in your slides, just as long as it’s connected to your overall message.

If you’re pitching a product or service, adding a video demonstration is a must. Another thing you can include are videos from your ad campaigns or content marketing strategy.

Video length

In order to stop your audience from getting too distracted by videos in presentations, use clips that are just a few minutes long. If the video you want to share is runs for more than five minutes, trim out some parts that aren’t too important to the main message.

You can use a video-editing software to cut your clips shorter. Here are a few user-friendly options for beginners:

Placement in presentation

You should also know where to place videos in presentations. It needs to come out at a strategic time so you can make the most out of it. According to brand communications expert, Carmine Gallo, videos can serve as a soft break for your presentations. Most people tend to tune out every 10 minutes or so. To reel them back in, trying placing videos after an in-depth discussion. For example, you can show a video demonstration after you explain the features of the new app you’re launching.

Videos can also serve as a good starting point. To immediately catch the attention of your audience, start with a short clip. Make sure the clip you choose has great impact, and can elicit shock or curiosity.

Engaging your audience can be a difficult task. Adding videos to your presentations can make that task easier.

To learn how you can add videos to your PowerPoint deck, read our previous tutorials: 


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