How to Turn A PowerPoint into a Video with Audio/Animations

author Carrie Murray
date Monday, March 01, 2021

PPT is not always the best format to show your presentation. Sometimes it is a better idea to save PowerPoint as a video before presenting it to your audiences. Here are why:

  • Your audiences may not have Microsoft PowerPoint to open a PPT but almost everyone can easily open a video with a phone or computer.
  • If you cannot present a slide show personally, it is better to turn the PPT into a video with narration. In this way, audiences can watch the presentation like you are presenting it.
  • You can turn a PowerPoint into a YouTube video or insert your PPT on a website or blog once the PPT is turned into a video.

If you are sure about turning your PowerPoint to video, follow this guide to learn how to convert PowerPoint to video on Windows PC and Mac. You convert PowerPoint to video on all versions of Microsoft PowerPoint, including:

Windows versions: PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019/2016/2013/2010/2007/2003;

Mac versions: PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019/2016/2010 for Mac.

Convert PowerPoint to Video

Or you can choose to record it as video directly with a screen recorder like FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window). It can work as a PowerPoint to video converter on PC and Mac and has versatile functions like:

  • Record not only the slides but also the audio narration of your PPT file;
  • Let you draw circles, write words, and paint color on the slides during the narration;
  • Record embed videos with their audio so that the embed videos will be included after the PPT is turned into the video;
  • Enable webcam if you would like to record yourself speaking in a PowerPoint;
  • The recording time is much shorter than the time it takes to create a video with PowerPoint;

Record Powerpoint to Video

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Convert PowerPoint to Video on Windows PC

Turn PowerPoint into Video (Office 365, 2019, 2016, 2013)

Here is how to turn a PPT into a video on PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016.

Step 1 Open the PPT that you want to convert to a video.

Step 2 Click File > Export > "Create a video", which lets PowerPoint create a video with the current presentation.

Create A Video on PowerPoint

Step 3 Select the quality of the presentation video from one of the 4 options: Ultra HD (4K), Full HD (1080p), HD (720p), Standard (480p).

Note: on PowerPoint 2013, only 1080p, 720p, 480p are available.

Select Video Quality on PowerPoint

Step 4 Choose whether to include narration and timings in the upcoming presentation video. If you want to include audio in the PPT video, record your narration beforehand.

Save Presentation Video with Narration

Step 5 Set up the time to present each slide in the video.

Step 6 Click "Create a video" and save the video to the desired folder. The process to create a video on PowerPoint could be hours depending on the size of your slide shows. Wait until the video is made.

Save PowerPoint to Video

What can be converted to video on a PowerPoint?

On Office 365, PowerPoint 2019/2016, nearly all elements, narration, transitions, animation, pointer movements, timings, inserted videos, etc. of a PPT can be converted to video, except for inserted media files from previous versions of PowerPoint, QuickTime video, Macros, OLE/ActiveX controls.

What video format can you convert PowerPoint into?

PowerPoint presentations can be turned into MP4 or WMV video files.

Which quality should you choose to save PowerPoint video?

It depends on which devices will be used to play the PowerPoint video. Ultra HD(4K), the highest quality, is suitable to make PowerPoint videos on a large monitor. For the computer screen, 1080p video is perfect. Most websites and video platforms support HD 720p video. So if you need to upload the PowerPoint video to YouTube, Facebook, etc., choose HD quality. 480p videos work great on smartphones.

Save PowerPoint as Video (2010)

The steps to save PowerPoint into the video on PowerPoint 2010 are similar to those on previous versions of PowerPoint.

Step 1 Open the PPT file you want to convert to video.

Step 2 Click File > Save & Send > Create a video.

Step 3 Click Computer & HD Displays and select the quality of the output PowerPoint video. You have three options: Computer & HD Displays, Internet & DVD, Portable Devices, which are 1080p, 720p, 480p respectively.

Turn PowerPoint 2010 into Video

Step 4 To get a PowerPoint video with narration, select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations.

Step 5 Set up the seconds to spend on each slide in the video.

Step 6 Click Create a video and save the video. The video will take longer to be saved if the presentation contains lots of media, animations, narrations.

What video format can you convert PowerPoint 2010 into?

PowerPoint 2010 presentation can only be saved to video in MP4 format.

Make A PowerPoint into A Video (2009, 2003)

If you are using the older version of PowerPoint, PowerPoint 2009 or 2003, unfortunately, there is no default option to convert a PowerPoint to a video. For PowerPoint 2009, 2003, you have to use a PowerPoint to video converter or a screen recorder to record the PowerPoint to video with sound, animations, and more.

Can't Convert PowerPoint to Video? Record PowerPoint As Video

Although PowerPoint 2010/2013/2016/2019 allows us to save PowerPoint as video, somehow there are problems that make us fail to turn PowerPoint into a video. When those problems come up, you can use a simpler method: record a PPT as video. As mentioned above, it has

Step 1 Install and run FonePaw Screen Recorder on your computer.

Step 2 Choose Video Recorder. Open the presentation you are going to record.

Record PowerPoint To Video

Step 3 Click Advanced Recorder > Lock and record window, which allows you to record only the PowerPoint window without including the screen actions on your other applications. Adjust the recording area (the blue dash line rectangle) to fit your presentation.

Advanced Recording Mode

Step 4 Turn on System sound if you need to record audio in the PowerPoint and switch on Microphone if you want to record narration for the presentation. Also, enable a webcam if you need to include your face in the video.

Step 5 When you are ready, click the REC button to begin recording the presentation. You can use the annotation tools to highlight any part of your PPT.

Recording PowerPoint Slides

Step 6 When the presentation is over, click the REC button again to stop. Then you can preview the PowerPoint video and click Save.

Watch Recorded PowerPoint Video


  • The PowerPoint can be saved as MP4, MOV, TS, FVI, AVI, WMV on the FonePaw recorder. Go to Output Settings to select the video format and quality before recording.
  • Except for recording the Microsoft PowerPoint as a video, FonePaw Screen Recorder can turn your Google Slides into a video (opens new window) as well.

Save A PowerPoint as A Video on Mac

Turn PowerPoint into Video (Office 365, 2019, 2016)

The export to video feature can only work on PowerPoint for Office 365, PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016 on Mac. Here is how to do it.

Step 1 On the presentation you want to export to video. Click File > Export.

Save A PowerPoint As A Video on Mac

Step 2 On the File Format menu, choose to save the PowerPoint in MP4 or MOV.

Step 3 Select the video quality of the PowerPoint video: Presentation Quality (1080p), Internet Quality (720p), or Low Quality(480p).

Step 4 If you have recorded narration, select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations to make a PowerPoint video with audio. Set up the time for each slide.

Step 5 Click Export to save the presentation as a video.

Note: When you export a presentation as a video on Mac, embedded media files cannot play. If you want to include the embedded media files in the PowerPoint video, you can use FonePaw Screen Recorder (opens new window) to record PowerPoint with embedded media to videos.

Convert PowerPoint into Video (2010)

PowerPoint 2010 on Mac doesn't have the option to convert a presentation to video. To save a PowerPoint 2010 into a video on Mac, use FonePaw Screen Recorder to record the presentation with narration, animations, timing, mouse cursor actions.

In conclusion, with FonePaw Screen Recorder, you are able to save PowerPoint as video on Windows PC and Mac easily.

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