Making a movie version of your PowerPoint presentation allows you to easily distribute non-editable copies of the presentation. This allows you to more conveniently show the file by transferring video copies in mobile phones, iPods, portable media players, and other gadgets. It can also serve as a backup file or a DVD video, in case there is a problem with the PowerPoint file or the availability of the PowerPoint software, especially during an uncontrollable situation in a meeting or convention.
You may prefer to upload the movie copy online, through video sites such as Youtube, Vimeo, Myspace, Multiply, or Facebook.
A PowerPoint file can also be utilized as a means to create a photo slideshow and multimedia content complete with graphics, animation, and videos, while also utilizing texts and combining all elements on the screen.
How to Convert a PowerPoint Presentation to a Movie Using a Mac Computer:
1. Confirm that the PowerPoint presentation is complete. Since a movie works best with audio, make sure the file content has sufficient audio components. If you need to make a voiceover, you can do so using many native Mac programs. One user-friendly application you can use is GarageBand.
Another way that you can do, though it is considerably much more tedious, is to convert the presentation into a movie without audio yet, then use the converted movie to add audio using GarageBand or any sound editing software. You may even use a video editing software for it so you can maximize editing the sound, or even the visuals. However, if you only have a simple presentation, it is more practical and recommendable to already create all the audio components while setting up the original PowerPoint file for movie conversion.
2. Go to the PowerPoint’s “File” menu and click “Make Movie” to create a PowerPoint movie file. At the window that appears, type in your preferred file name for the movie. Make the movie viewable to users of Windows-based computers by checking the “Append file extension” option.
3. Select where you want to save the output file, whether in the computer’s internal hard drive or any external hard drive or flash drive connected to the computer.
4. Go to the “Movie Options” button and configure the settings for your PowerPoint movie file. From the dialog box that appears, confirm your preferences for the following: “Size and quality,” “Media settings” and Save information.”
5. Click the “Size and quality” option to configure the “Movie dimensions” you want for your movie file. Select your “Optimization” preference from among the following choices: “Automatic” (Normal), “Size,” “Smooth playback” or “Quality.” Add your preferred “Media settings” for the “Slide transitions” and the optional “Background soundtrack” (if you have any). This allows you to select an audio file (usually music) from any connected hard drive in your computer so it can be used in your movie.
Mark or unmark the “Loop movie” and “Show movie player controls,” as you prefer. For the “Save options,” mark or unmark the “Include original presentation data” (increases file size) box. From here, choose either “Apply these settings to all new presentations” or “Apply these settings to the current presentation.”
6. Select “OK,” then go back to the main window where you placed your preferred file name and the output destination drive option.
7. Select “Save” to start the conversion and wait for the process to finish. Conversion time depends on the file size of your PowerPoint presentation, your media content, and your configured settings.
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