Microsoft PowerPoint is perhaps a better-known software for making presentations. From meeting rooms to classrooms, individuals share content with the public using PowerPoint slides. With growing popularity and richer multimedia experience demands, even PowerPoint packs essential features to stay in time.
An example of a relevant feature in Microsoft PowerPoint is the ability to record videos. Users can choose to record their presentations and make the recordings available to interested parties. If you want to record a video using Microsoft PowerPoint, try one of the methods below:
Record a video in PowerPoint using the screen recording feature
Microsoft PowerPoint has a screen recording feature that can be used to record video. Video can be recorded with or without audio depending on your preference. This feature is useful if you need to add a demo to your presentation.
See below for the steps required to save your presentation using this method:
To note: Before you start, make sure your PC’s speakers and microphone are working properly. You also need the speakers or headphones to listen to your recording.
Step 1: launch Microsoft PowerPoint.
2nd step: In the Ribbon interface at the top, click the Insert tab.
Step 3: In the media group, select Screen recording. This action launches a pop-up window.
To note: Once you have selected the screen recording two of the options you will see in the dialog box include recorder pointer and audio options, Microsoft PowerPoint activates them automatically. However, you can turn off these options by clicking on them to turn them off.
Step 4: Click Select Area in the pop-up window to select the part of your screen that you want to record.
To note: Your cursor changes to + when you choose Select an area.
Step 5: After identifying the area you want to record, drag your cursor from top left to bottom right. You will notice a dotted rectangle outlining the area you selected for recording. This means PowerPoint will save whatever is in the selected area.
Step 6: To start recording, just click on the Record button. The button is in the pop-up window and it has a red circle.
To note: There is always a three second countdown before recording starts. You can also use Windows + Shift + R keys to start recording.
Step 7: When you’re done recording your presentation, use Windows + Shift + Q to stop recording.
Step 8: The recording appears as a new object in your current PowerPoint slide. To save the recording, right click on the object, select Save Media from the context menu.
Step 9: Navigate to the location where you plan to save the recording in the next dialog box. Enter a name for the file, then click Save.
To note: The default file type for each recorded video is MP4.
With the above steps, you should now have your Microsoft PowerPoint recording and you can manipulate it as you like.
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Record a video in PowerPoint using slideshow recording
While the screen recording feature on PowerPoint allows users to record anything on their PC, the slideshow recording feature only records the presentation. This feature is useful when you need to include narrations for your presentation. This is how it works:
Step 1: Launch Microsoft PowerPoint.
2nd step: In the ribbon at the top, click the Slideshow tab.
Step 3: In the Configure group, select the Save slide show option.
To note: You can choose to record from your current slide or record from the start of the presentation.
Step 4: A new dialog should open with your presentation and other menu options. Select Save in the upper left corner to start recording your presentation.
You can access the microphone settings option in the upper right corner.
Add fun effects to your PowerPoint with animations
By recording a demo or including narration in your PowerPoint, users are in a better position to understand any information you are trying to convey. Another way to make sure your audience is following your PowerPoint presentation closely is to add some fun effects such as animations.
Last updated on August 31, 2021
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