Using PowerPoint to Create a Video Presentation

With PowerPoint 2013, you can narrate your presentation one slide at a time, and save the file as an MP4 video. It will save your animations, transitions and embedded media. Let's step through the process.

Record your slide show

  1. With your presentation open, on the Slide Show tab, click the Record Slide Show down arrow.
  2. Select one:
    • Start Recording from Beginning
    • Start recording from Current Slide
    • Clear
    Note: Clear is grayed out unless you have previously recorded some slides. Selecting Clear will permanently delete all of your existing narrations or timings.

  3. In the Record Slide Show box, check or uncheck the options for your recording, and click Start Recording.

    • Slide and animation timings:PowerPoint will record the time you spend on each slide, including animation and triggers on each slide. 
    • Narrations, ink, and laser pointer: Record your voice as you go through your presentation. If you use the pen, highlighter, eraser, or laser pointer, PowerPoint will record those also. 
  4. At the top left corner of the slide, use the Recording toolbar to advance to the next slide, pause or re-record

    • Click Pause to take a break during your recording. Click Resume Recording to start again
    • If you re-record, PowerPoint will erase your previously recorded narration (including audio, ink, and laser pointer) before you start recording again on the same slide.
  5. To use ink, eraser, or the laser pointer in your recording, right-click anywhere on the slide, click Pointer options, and pick your tool (laser pointer, pen, highlighter, eraser)
  6. To end your recording, right-click the final slide, and click End Show
On the Slide Show tab, click From Beginning


  1. Go to the slide you want to re-record 
  2. On the Slide Show tab, click Record Slide Show down arrow 
  3. Click Start Recording from Current Slide…
  4. Record your narration
  5. Right-click to End Show

Save your presentation as a Video

  1. Save your PowerPoint presentation File > Save
  2. Click File > Export > Create a Video
  3. Under Create a Video
    • Select Presentation Quality > Largest file size and highest quality (if you plan to upload to YouTube)
    • Select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations
  4. Click Create Video
  5. Enter a filename for the video
  6. In the Save As type box, select MPEG-4, and then click Save
    • You can track the progress of the video creation by looking at the status bar at the bottom of your screen
    • The video creation process can take up to several hours depending on the length of the video and the complexity of the presentation
    • For longer videos, you can set it up so that they create overnight
  7. Your video is ready to upload to YouTube. Or to play your newly-created video, go to the designated folder location, and then double-click the file.


  1. Love this! Quick and easy instructions for a tool with many uses. Keep up the fab work, Karen!

  2. Love this! Quick and easy instructions for a tool with many uses. Keep up the fab work, Karen!