Save slide show presentations as video files.
PPT is the default file extension for Microsoft’s PowerPoint slide-show presentation software. While using this program, you may want to save your presentation as a video file. Although you may save it as a MOV file, PowerPoint does not allow you to directly save your work as an MPEG video file. In order to perform this conversion you can use the built-in video editing software on your computer (either Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Movie Maker, depending on the operating system version) for most versions of PowerPoint. For pre-2003 versions of PowerPoint, you will need to download conversion software.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 to 2010
1. Launch Microsoft PowerPoint. Once the program has finished loading click “File,” then “Open” and then choose the PPT file you want to convert. Wait for the slide sload completely onto the screen.
2. Choose “File,” “Save As Movie,” then select a location to save the video to. Click “OK” and the PPT file will be saved as a MOV file. Note the location where the file is saved.
3. Close Microsoft PowerPoint and launch Windows Movie Maker (or Windows Live Movie Maker).
4. Select “File,” “Import” and navigate to the MOV file you just created. Select it and wait for the video to appear in the library of your video editor.
5. Click-and-drag the MOV file from the library into the timeline at the bottom of the page, then click “File,” and then “Save As.” Give the file a title, then choose a location to save the file to and select “MPEG” from the format pull-down menu. Click “OK” and the former PowerPoint file saves as an MPEG video file.
Older PowerPoint versions
6. Download a PowerPoint-to-video converter such as PowerPoint to DVD, PowerPoint to MPEG or PowerPoint to Video Converter (see links provided in “Resources”).
7. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the installation prompts to complete the program installation.
8. Launch the newly installed software and click “Add.” Choose the PowerPoint file you want to convert and wait for it to load onto the screen. Select the output format options and choose “MPEG,” then choose a location to save the file to.
9. Click “Convert” and the PowerPoint file converts to the MPEG format.