How To Convert A PowerPoint 2010 Presentation Into A Video With One Click

Saikat Basu 27-06-2011

convert powerpoint to videoConverting a PowerPoint slide to a video has lots of uses. It can be used to send a cluster of pictures to someone who does not have PowerPoint or a PowerPoint viewer installed. Videos are in fact, quite an easy way to send someone a PowerPoint presentation. In any case, a video ‘show’ sounds more interesting than a PowerPoint slideshow; you can convert one and watch it on a TV. Another use I can think of straightaway is to create a novel ‘visual resume’ How to Make a Visual Resume with PowerPoint in 3 Steps Read More to stand out from the crowd. Pretty much like the one demonstrated in the said link.


Creating a video from a slideshow isn’t something new. It has been a pretty common activity thanks to the clutch of PPT to video converters Use PowerPoint Video Converter to Convert PowerPoint Presentations to a Video Read More . But thanks to the latest edition of Microsoft Office, you can do away with third party tools…at least for a basic video conversion job.

Microsoft Office 2010 has come in with a slew of user-friendly new features Office 2010 - Is It Any Better Than Office 2007? Read More . One of the new features in PowerPoint 2010 helps you convert Powerpoint presentations to video with just a click.

Here are the steps that start with a normal presentation file.

  1. After creating a presentation, select the File tab from the ribbon.

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  2. Click on Save and SendCreate a Video under File Types.

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  3. A few optional settings help to further tailor your video creation process.As the screenshot below shows, you can record and time voice narration and laser pointer movements in your video effectively creating a screencast. All other animations and transitions are also preserved in the converted format.

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  4. Two dropdowns fine tune your ‘production’ for the media it will be displayed on. It also determines file size. For instance, opting for Portable devices reduces the resolution. I find this quite handy if I have to carry along and watch a presentation on an iPod or a smartphone.

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  5. You can also add the recorded timings and narration to the video. You can also specify the time that will determine the transition from one slide to the next.
  6. Finally click on the large Create Video button and choose a location to save your video as a WMV file.

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As the conversion to .wmv format begins there will be a progress bar displayed in the lower right corner of PowerPoint that indicates the pace. The time taken for the conversion will of course depend on the size of the PowerPoint file. My 15-slide sample presentation took about eight minutes to turn into a movie.

The inbuilt PowerPoint video conversion is a handy aid to have. There are some limitations of course:


PowerPoint 2010 supports only one video format. A few more choices like MP4, FLV etc would have been real handy. For that, you still have to depend on third-party conversion tools. Also, the highest resolution that’s on offer is 960×720. Higher resolutions (and commonly available) like 1,280×720, 1,920×1,080, or 1,920×1,080 are not available.

The limitations notwithstanding, the Create Video feature is a great tool to have. It saves us the bother of looking for a conversion tool and allows us to quickly upload and share videos of any presentations. If you are a PowerPoint super-user, would you agree that Microsoft has plugged a gap.


Related topics: Microsoft PowerPoint, Presentations, Video Editor.

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  1. zahar
    November 29, 2017 at 11:53 am

    thanks for your posting

  2. Stan Rodkin
    January 7, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Hi Thanks for prompt reply
    Sorry- no trimmed audio,all video slides in .wmv format,
    Have resorted to showing my presentation having to carry a flashdrive /laptop combination!!!

  3. Stan Rodkin
    January 5, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi my file size is about has 10 videos and 425 slides= 435 in total.
    Videos converted to .wmv
    When I follow your above instructions I keep getting an error message to the effect that" PowerPoint could not complete the conversion to a video, do I want to try again"
    Have tried over and over again-no luck!!
    Do you have any suggestions??
    Thanks in advance, Stan Rodkin

    • Saikat Basu
      January 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Found a solution in this Microsoft thread . Maybe, it will help.

  4. Anum Shahid
    June 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I have no create a video option.. Its there but it is unclicable

  5. Saikat Basu
    July 1, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Aargh, you are counting. Actually seven if you "count" the click to open PP. It's not meant to be literal count in that sense; just a way to mean that it's easy to create a video now. On second thoughts, I probably should have left out the 'one'. 

  6. Andrew Gould
    June 28, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Uh... I count at least six clicks there.