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Turn your slide shows into fun movies

india Updated: Apr 28, 2008 22:25 IST

This step-by-step guide illustrates how to convert a PowerPoint slide-show into video. You can upload these PowerPoint video files to YouTube or transfer them to your iPod and watch them on the move. Or you can burn the video on to a DVD and watch the presentations on a large TV screen.

The possibilities are endless. PowerPoint files converted to video using this technique also preserve all the voice narrations: all at no cost. To get started, all you need is a copy of Microsoft PowerPoint, the PPT file, a webcam or microphone (if you want to record audio) and Internet access.

Step 1

Open your PPT presentation file inside PowerPoint and switch to Slide Show menu to setup the exact time duration for each slide. You have two choices:

a) Use Record Narration if you want to include audio. Record your voice as you move through the slides and say yes when you are prompted to save the changes.

b) Use Rehearse Timings for silent PowerPoint videos. This option lets you define how long a slide should be displayed before the presentation moves to the next slide.

Step 2

Now go to www.authorstream.com /Register/SignIn/Upload-presentation and upload the PPT file you saved in Step 1. Author Stream will convert the PowerPoint file into a MPEG4 video that can be directly uploaded to YouTube or viewed on an iPod.

This process may take some time but you’ll get an email notification as soon as your PowerPoint video is ready for download from the web. To convert this video into other formats like the more popular AVI or WMV, use the free SUPER video converter.

There’s more — AuthorStream can also create a video podcast version of your presentation that can be directly imported into iTunes. This could be a good opportunity for educators who have piles of PPT files on their computer waiting to be shared with the world.

Amit writes a technology blog at www.labnol.org