How to Save a PowerPoint as a Video? (Step-by-Step Guide for All PPT Versions and Mac)

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Jul 18, 2018 | 4 min read
Ways to Save a PowerPoint as a Video

PowerPoints are powerful tools that can influence your audience, so it is important that you can share the presentation in as many media as possible. Luckily, PowerPoint has an option to save the presentation as a video so that you can change it from a static, boardroom delivery to a more dynamic, shareable production.

Use Cases

Saving a PowerPoint as a video offers you incredible opportunities when it comes to sharing information on your product, service, or for training. You only have a few seconds to get the attention of your audience, and video is one of the best ways to do that. The following are just a few of the many use cases for saving a PowerPoint as a video:

  • Uploading to YouTube to reach a broader audience
  • Sharing on your website as a marketing tool
  • Sending via email to employees who missed the seminar
  • Posting on social media to increase page subscriptions
  • Creating training videos packed with pertinent information

Great Examples of Presentation Videos



  • Click on the File tab.

File tab menu

  • Click Export.

Select Export

  • Click Create a Video.

Select Create a Video

  • Select the video quality you want from the first dropdown menu. Note: Higher quality videos will result in larger file sizes. The following is a revised table from Microsoft Office that shows the quality options.

The video qualities

Select desired quality video

  • Choose whether you will use narration and recorded timings under the second dropdown menu.

Use narration and recorded timings options

  • The default timing is 5 seconds per slide. Click the up or down arrow in the Seconds Spent on Each Slide box to adjust this.

Set the up or down arrow in the Seconds Spent on Each Slide box to adjust timings

  • Click Create Video.
  • In pop-up, create a file name.
  • In the Save as type menu, select MPEG-4 Video or Windows Media Video.
  • Click Save.


  • Click on the File menu.
  • Click Export.

Click File menu and select Export

  • Under the File Format dropdown menu, select MP4 or MOV.

Select MP4 or MOV

  • Select your video quality and timing. Note: There are limitations on Mac for saving your presentation as a video. You will lose saved recorded timings, narrations and animations.

Select your video quality and timing

  • Click Export.
  • It may take a moment for your export to complete.

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Add Narration and Save as Video

To record narration on Windows, follow these steps:

  • Select “Record Timings and Narration in the second dropdown menu.

Select Record Timings and Narration

Select options

  • A new window will appear with several options.

New windows appear

  • Use the Record, Stop, and Play options in the top left corner to managing the recording process.

Menu records buttons

  • Click the middle button to see your speaker’s notes.

Speaker's note

  • In the bottom righthand corner there is a camera option, so you can record yourself while giving the presentation.

Preview when recording the slides

  • At the bottom of the page are drawing options that will add a level of interaction to the video.

Preview when recording

Drawing options
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