I get lots of requests for information on how to post a presentation as a video to YouTube.
Here are some options:
- Use PowerPoint 2010 or 2013. Choose File> Save and Send (in 2010) or Export (in 2013)> Create a Video. Then choose from a couple of options, as you see here. You can use existing timings for each slide or assign a timing. This is the absolute easiest method. The video output will include sounds and narration, and even embedded videos! PowerPoint 2010 outputs to WMV format. PowerPoint 2013 outputs to MP4 format.
- Use Techsmith Camtasia Studio. For longer presentations, and when you want editing capabilities, Camtasia is a great tool, with lots of features. I use it a lot. Camtasia is video-recording software, so you run through your presentation and Camtasia creates a video. You can record your voice as you go.
- Techsmith’s SnagIt can also record video, but you won’t get any editing or narration features.
- CamStudio is free, open-source video-recording software. I’ve only tested it once. It doesn’t let you edit your video.
- Authorstream, a presentation-sharing site, lets you convert up to 5 minutes to video and upload it to YouTube. They have paid versions that will let you convert more time.
To get the best results, you’ll need to know about slide timing and perhaps narration. Go to Create a video effect for information on slide timing and go to Secrets for successfully narrating a presentation for information on narration.
When you have your video output, you just upload it to YouTube the same way you would upload any other video.
What tools have you used to put a PowerPoint presentation on YouTube?
Hi Ellen -thanks for posting these! I have tried them all plus screenr http://screenr.com/. Personally, my favorites are Jing, Screenr, and CamStudio (notice these are the free ones!). I am especially fond of CamStudio because of the video annotation option. My Facebook buddy “Grandma Mary” uses this a lot for her tutorials – like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDedkWS3Z2w
Also, I believe I have taken my slideshares and turned them into slidecasts – which are videos.
In the Mac, both PowerPoint (2008 & 2011) and Keynote (09) let you save your presentations as movies. Other nice video capture software is Screenflow (MAC).
After you have your movies then they can be posted in YouTube.
Thanks for this! Pedro, I see that you are also working on a Mac. When I save my PowerPoint presentation as a .mov on my IMac, I lose all of my animations except the slide transitions. I am looking to keep them intact. If you have any suggestions on how to do this I would love to hear about it.
I don’t have a Mac, but which version of PowerPoint for the Mac are you using?
I’m on PowerPoint 2008, version 12.2.7…
I sent a friend who has a Mac your question. I’ll see if I get an answer. I haven’t heard of this as a problem, though.
Thanks! It might be a glitch with our Mac…but it works perfectly fine in our “Virtual PC” environment. It seems that I can do more with PowerPoint in Windows than in a Mac.
Hi, I am the friend that Ellen sent this question to.
Yes, the Mac version of PowerPoint does not do such a great job — but you can use other tools on the Mac too including both of TechSmith’s tools (Camtasia Studio and Jing). In addition, Snapz Pro is also a great video capture program for Mac OS X.
Have a great day.
To Lorelei Mann If you want to keep all your animations you can run your presentation in Keynote and using screenflow capture the presentation and later save it as .mov. Try it it works!!!
mine i use EZVID as it can record the PowerPOint then it does the YOuTUbe sharing instantly without hassle. so I like using it a lot as its also FREE
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Loved this info Ellen – especially the complete overview on all options with some actual opinion on what works best for you. Nice job and keep up the good work!
Hi, I found this thread on google after having the same problem. In fact the transitions were there in the MOV flie after making the movie in powerpoint. However they were lost when I uploaded to Facebook (I’m guesssing youtube would be similar). I reckon these sites probably convert the MOV file to an MPEG or AVI and lose the transitions in the process. I did a similar conversion using MPEG Streamclip and found that also lost them
Hi Ellen, I just created an HD slide presentation in PPT 2013, exported it to an MP4 file and uploaded to YouTube. While playing in YouTube the video goes sometimes, but not every time, out of focus. Seems to be related with whether the download speed keeps up with streaming. Tried exporting it to a WMV file too with the same result. Tried using Handbrake to compress before uploading, same result. Also tried uploading using Windows Movie Maker, same result. It’s driving me nuts. Seems to be less of a problem if transitions are removed from the slides, but I… Read more »
So I’ve already spent several hours making a slideshow just the way I wanted it, and it played perfectly when I presented it from my computer. But I would like to be able to upload it to facebook or youtube so I can share it with my friends. Is there any option that allows me to keep all my animations and the music it’s put to without having to use the “record slide show” feature and manually click everything? When I do that, I can’t keep the timing to the music. I’m using a PC and PowerPoint 2010. Thanks.
File> Save & Send lets you export as a video. In 2013, it’s File> Export. This should maintain your timing.
I’m not sure I understand the type of animations you have. You may need to set the timings so that you don’t have to click. Then the video will work.
In order to share ppt on youtube, you need convert the slides to youtube compatible format like flv, f4v, wmv, h.264, etc. and the following article will show you how to:
I’ve just used your instructions and has created video from PowerPoint (2013) presentation.
Unfortunately, audio portion of my presentation has been NOT reproduced in video. This audio file was not embedded in Presentation, but was only connected to.
Could you please have any idea how to fix this problem?
Can anyone help please? I am trying to upload a powerpoint (Mac, 2011) with sound to youtube, but cannot seem to find a tutorial that works. Any suggestions?
I am so impressed, managed to put one of the children’s powerpoints onto our classroom blog by creating a video then did the usual upload. No problems at all. So easy and excellent instructions. Thank you Thank you.
I’m using video presentations with http://tubetidy.com – I can add my logo and ink as well.
I think the best way to turn your presentation to a video with audio is in quicktime, I did a screen record and played the slide show. It easily uploaded to youtube. My sound quality was not the best at first but after playing with the sound for awhile it turned out alright.
I created a power point presentation with a video embedded in the first slide that plays over all 16 slides. I saved the presentation as a video (.wmv) but when I play it back in windows media player the video does not show up…..Everything including the audio from the video looks great, but no video. I created a pps slideshow and it works perfectly and shows the video….But I need to upload this to you tube so I can e-mail a link and it can viewed by anyone.
I have a large (100 slide, about 17 minutes in length, about 300MB size) presentation with all the bells and whistles (transitions, animation, and about 5 different audio WAV files embedded in course of presentation). Is there ANYTHING that will convert this baby to a video or is it forever stuck as a ppt? Powerpoint 10 won’t do it (I’ve tried compressing audio… no luck, still get error). Tried a free trial of ispring’s Slide Alloy… after 2 or 3 hours of laboring through it, got error message. I’m willing to invest in a program IF it will actually do… Read more »
Cindy, what do you mean by PowerPoint 10? 2010? If that doesn’t work, here 2 things to try.
Break it up into several smaller presentations, export to video and then put the videos together. I think you can even stitch together videos in YouTube.
Get a trial version of Camtasia or even SnagIt, play the presentation and record it on the screen. CamStudio (http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/) is a free option.
pkendal1; I’ve got the same problem Vic mentioned beofre – making a wmv file from a ppt I loose the musical background. I’ve tried all sorts of variations when putting the music and they all have the same result – no music on the wmv file. Can anybody help?
I created a slide show using PPT 2013 (PC) that has 39 slides and 8 music tracks for a tour group to be posted on YouTube. All transitions, including music, work fine in slideshow mode, however when I exported and created a video for the Internet, keeping all transitions, the music starts on time but doesn’t stop on time, creating 18-23 seconds of track overlap. Can you direct me to a fix? Thanks so much.
I have a 36 slides presantation, which on 32 of them there are 25 seconds videos, and the other slides are with audio made bu me..
everytime I wamt to make it a video it writes me, PowerPoint could not finish creating video. do you want to try again?
Can any one educate me on the following:
I have created a video file (converted from PowerPoint 2013 presentation) which is actaully a tribute to my precious dog that I lost a few days back. It has photos and text. I have managed to set a time of 25 seconds between slides so that the text can be read. Was wondering if one could only navigate the slides manually by a mouse click as some readers would read fast and some slow and so a mouse click might be more suitable.
Will be grateful for help. Thanks.
Sorry about your dog. Videos don’t have that capability at least now without some program, like you can do in Adobe Flash.
Just recorded the first video ever. I was so happy when I uploaded that on YouTube. But when I accessed the Video URL to watch it online, I almost cried. The Video is so blurry. I can’t even read the text I used in my video file. Actually I converted one of my PowerPoint slideshows to a 1280×720 video.
Don’t know what to do now… 🙁
Like larry, I am having the same issue. I have about 6 different songs that play through my 10 minute PowerPoint. My Power Point works great but when I tried to convert it to video some of my songs over lap and I will have two songs playing at once. Is there any way to fix this I have tried everything I feel like including Google sesrchrd and no one seems to have an answer for this problem
unfortunately, power point 2013 doesn’t have all these features in windows 8. i couldn’t find save to web options.
Should I have to sign in in order to access all these features?
Did anyone figure out the fix to the problem Larry and others have (which I now have) where the music inserted plays fine when in slideshow mode but when exported to a video doesn’t (I.e. the timings are off and it plays over other tracks). Very disappointing given I have 200 slides and 30 songs I timed. This is in PowerPoint 2013. Thanks, Jill
In additon to the [apparently unanswered] problem described by Larry and Jill, I have another” I have an embedded hyperlink in the presentation (PPT 2010). The link works fine as such in PPT but when it’s converted to video the link is no longer hot. Any ideas?
My professor just informed me that I have to take my ppt speak about it inside the ppt and then convert it and get it onto youtube.
I have nver done anything like this before, any suggestions? I am not a technologist and done even know where to begin.
The best luck I’ve had with PowerPoint 2013 is to save as MP4 video format. Save the mp3 audio files in the same folder with the MP4 video. Use Windows Movie Maker to upload the MP4. Then, I import the MP3 audio files (you can use WAV format too) and adjust the fade in and fade outs for fast, medium, or slow in Movie Maker. To get the high def, I set up the slide show in PowerPoint under the Design tab on the ribbon, click on slide size and select Widescreen (16:9). In Windows Movie Maker, on Home tab,… Read more »
I have a powerpoint presentation completed and saved. How do I get that onto Youtube. I have a MacBook Pro laptop.
Cheryl, I don’t have a Mac, but here are the most recent instructions I see: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Save-a-presentation-as-a-movie-file-or-MP4-4e1ebcc1-f46b-47b6-922a-bac76c4a5691?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
The instructions seem similar to PowerPoint on a PC. Once you have the video file, just upload it to your YouTube account.
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