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Turning Your Presentation into a Video
Turning Your Presentation into a Video
Earlier in this chapter, we explained how to use the broadcast feature to share a
presentation with other users. (For details, see “Broadcasting a Presentation” on page 649.) But that
doesn’t work if your audience isn’t available at the time you want to give the presentation,
and it doesn’t provide them with a copy of the presentation that they can keep to view
You can overcome those restrictions by saving your presentation as a video, complete with
recorded narration. You can save any type of presentation this way, whether it’s a sales
presentation you want to send to key prospects or a vacation photo album for your fellow
travelers. The resulting video is saved in Windows Media Video (.wmv) format and plays
with Windows Media Player (which is included with Windows) or most third-party media
player programs. You can burn the resulting file to a DVD, upload it to YouTube or another
video-sharing site, or send it via e-mail.
Unlike the broadcast feature, a video incorporates all recorded timings, narrations,
annotations, and laser-pointer movements. All transitions play normally, as do embedded audio
and video. Because it’s a movie, however, you lose any interactive capabilities, such as
jumping directly to a particular slide, displaying hidden slides on request, and so on.
To create a video, click File to open Backstage view. On the Save & Send tab, under File
Types, click Create A Video. As shown in Figure 20-18, your options are few.
INSIDE OUT Burn your video to a DVD
If you copy the video file you create to a DVD, the result is a data DVD. A DVD created
this way can be played by most computers and by some standard DVD players (such as
one you’d connect to a television). To be sure that your video can be played on the
widest variety of devices, including standard DVD players, you should make a video DVD.
To do that, you need Windows DVD Maker, a program that’s included in most editions
of Windows 7 and Windows Vista, or a comparable program from another source. To
create a video DVD with Windows DVD Maker, open the program and click Add Items.
Browse to the location of the presentation video you created with PowerPoint, select
it, and then click Add. Click Next, and then customize the DVD menu if you want to
before clicking Burn.
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