PowerPoint to Video - HELP!!

Hi!

I know someone here will have the brainpower to help me I have a 163 slide PowerPoint complete with animations and embedded videos.  The total length of the timed slideshow is about 15 minutes.  I need to convert it to a video and have had months worth of problems.  By the end of the month, I need to be able to upload it to Blackboard.  

I have limited access to software so I started with Screencastomatic pro version - it was working great, until I tried to capture the videos - there was a distracting delay that resulted.  Then, I tried converting it into a WMV file directly from PowerPoint - well, the embedded videos didn't show up in the final project.

Does anyone have suggestions for how I can do this?  I really appreciate any suggestions! Please remember, I have limited time and access to software.  

Thanks,

Jen

7 Replies
Earl Ignacio

Hello Jen,

Don't know if this will help... but found this set of instructions to convert PPT file to WMV: http://www.ehow.com/how_6852290_convert-ppt-wmv.html. Caveat is that you must have PowerPoint 2010 or above to make this work.

Try this in regards to WMV files in PowerPoint... Place the video in the same folder as the PowerPoint Presentation work file and PowerPoint Show. Please do not relocate, or place the video to a different folder, after embedding into PowerPoint. When moving the PPT/PPS files, be sure to include the WMV file.

Dave Neuweiler

Here's what I'd try.

Publish your PowerPoint in Presenter, setting all of the screens to auto-advance. Then, as you play the presentation, record it using Screenr, SnagIt, or something similar. The output will be an MP4 video file.

It's hard to guess what the final quality (resolution) might be, especially for the embedded videos.

Good luck!

Bob S

Hi Jen,

I know you said you have limited access to software. With that in mind... Dave's suggestion above of doing a screencapture with whatever tools you might have is a good one.

If however you can reach out for other tools, my first two thoughts are Adobe Presenter and SlideShark (from BrainShark).  Both of those will allow you to publish PPT with embedded videos as a cohesive video file.

Finally, I have to ask.... if you are uploading to BlackBoard, and you are here on the Articulate forum asking this question, is it reasonable to assume you might have Articulate Presenter?  If so, the best solution is probably letting the Articulate tools do what they do best and build an animated version of your PPT with videos as a self-running course you then publish to BlackBoard.

Hope this helps,

Bob

Dave Neuweiler

Out of curiosity, I recorded a couple of published courses using SnagIt 11. The quality was quite good, even for a video that was embedded in a Media Tour Engage interaction.

The file sizes for the MP4 video were reasonable as well. An 8 1/2 minute module (without embedded video) came in at 22 MB, or about 2.5 MB per minute. That sample included music in playlists and narration. A sample of a module with embedded video came in at 3.5MB per minute.

I did learn a few things in setting up in Presenter for the recording:

1. The slide view should be the same for all screens. This will keep the images that you're recording in the same place in the capture window you've defined in SnagIt. The Starting View, of course, must match whatever screen view you've chosen.

2. Since I set up each screen to auto advance, the transition happens as soon as the narration is complete. Because of that, the transitions between screens seems hurried (but easily fixed by adding a bit of silence ot the end of the narration).

3. I didn't think of it at the time, but it became obvious that any on-screen hyperlinking in PPT will not translate to the video, so these should be avoided.

4. Getting the timing down for the beginning of the recording can be tricky, matching the SnagIt countdown to when the first screen begins to play. Adding a simple solid black screen at slide 1 eliminates that problem.

I also tried capturing video from PPT by putting the PPT in Presentation Mode. I used the quarter-screen option by holding down the control key while clicking on the Presentation Mode icon in PPT. This worked okay too. The one thing I noted was that either the cursor had to be eliminated from the recording, or the page up-down keys should be used when triggering animations or advancing screens.

Jen W.

Earl Ignacio said:

Hello Jen,

Don't know if this will help... but found this set of instructions to convert PPT file to WMV: http://www.ehow.com/how_6852290_convert-ppt-wmv.html. Caveat is that you must have PowerPoint 2010 or above to make this work.

Try this in regards to WMV files in PowerPoint... Place the video in the same folder as the PowerPoint Presentation work file and PowerPoint Show. Please do not relocate, or place the video to a different folder, after embedding into PowerPoint. When moving the PPT/PPS files, be sure to include the WMV file.


Hi Earl,

Thanks for your suggestion...I will try it again but make sure to have the videos in the same folder. 

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