(Last Updated: October 14, 2017)

Want to convert PowerPoint into video? Now you can use ActivePresenter to do that. This is a powerful 3-in-1 desktop application, which allows you to easily create screencasts, edit videos, and design eLearning courses. Today, I will show you two ways to convert PowerPoint slides into video with ActivePresenter.  

Before going into details, let’s talk about why it’s a great idea to convert your presentations into engaging videos.

  1. Here is the truth: the way people consume information online has changed. In the Internet age, most of them often go online to search for knowledge. They prefer video and tend to look for videos rather than other types of contents. According to Forbes, a third of all the time people spend on going online is to watch videos. Cisco also predicts that video will account for over 80% of all web traffic by 2019.
  2. Video helps attract so many more shares than PowerPoint slides. That is, a great video can evoke customers’ emotions and better tell them your brand story. Once they feel connected with you, they will be ready to spread your video story. What’s more, Invodo also estimates that 92% of mobile video viewers share videos with other people.
  3. PowerPoint isn’t accessible to everyone, especially mobile users. They often have to install PowerPoint or a PowerPoint viewer to watch a presentation. Meanwhile, having a smartphone (or a cell phone) means that you have a full access to videos all the time.

Now, it’s time to find out the best ways to convert PowerPoint into video with ActivePresenter.

How to Use ActivePresenter to Convert PowerPoint into Video

You may know that some recent versions of Microsoft PowerPoint have a facility to save presentations as videos. Despite this, the function still comes with its limitations. For example, you can’t change audio speed and closed caption. There are only two supported video formats (WMV and MP4) as well.

With this in mind, it is clear that you should find a third-party tool to serve all your needs. In my experience, I recommend you to take a look at ActivePresenter. This amazing app is an ideal choice to convert both PPT and PPTX files into videos. Then, you can edit and export them to many video output formats.

As mentioned earlier, there are two ways to convert a PowerPoint into a video with ActivePresenter. First, you can import a presentation into the app, and it will create a new project for you to edit the way you want. The second way is like create a screencast. In other words, you can use ActivePresenter to record your presentation. Let’s dive deep into each of them now.

1. Creating a Video Project from a PowerPoint Presentation

This way is a good choice when you want to directly edit objects in your PowerPoint before turning it into a video. 

Follow these steps to do that:

Step 1: Launch ActivePresenter and on the Welcome Screen, click New Project (1). Then, the New Project dialog box appears on the screen.

 convert Powerpoint into video with ActivePresenter

Step 2: In the New Project dialog box, click Import PowerPoint. Then, do the following:

  • Enter the project’s name in the Name box (2).
  • Click Browse (3) to select a folder where you want to save your project.
  • Click Select (4) to choose your desired PowerPoint file.
  • When finished, click OK to show the Import PowerPoint Presentation window.

Step 3: In the Import PowerPoint Presentation window, there are no selected slides by default. You need to specify your desired slides to import into ActivePresenter.

 convert Powerpoint into video with ActivePresenter

This window offers the following two options:

  • Import Slides as Backgrounds: Turn each slide into a background image for a corresponding slide in ActivePresenter project. The app also flattens all separate objects in the presentation into one image. This means that you can no longer edit those objects, but can add new ones to make each slide more impressive.
  • Process Objects in Slides: Import all objects in each PowerPoint slide into the corresponding ActivePresenter slide. You can still edit these objects and/or insert new ones the way you want. This option is worth your consideration since the app offers a lot of great editing tools.

Once everything satisfies you, click OK to move to the next step.

Step 4: As you can see, the Slide pane contains all your selected PowerPoint slides. From here, you can start editing slides with a wide array of available tools.

convert Powerpoint into video with ActivePresenter

To give you a great experience, we’ve created many detailed tutorials. You can access each of them to learn and practice.

Working with Slides:

Working with Objects:

Editing Audio/Video:

Step 5: The last step is to export your project to video. There are six types of video output formats, including MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, WebM, and MKV. Also, the app allows you to change video size, frame rate, and many other useful options. For more information, see Export to Videos.

 convert Powerpoint into video with ActivePresenter


  • You can also insert slides from a PowerPoint into an existing ActivePresenter project. For more information about this, see Inserting and Removing Slides.
  • Additionally, ActivePresenter has an ability to export a project to a PowerPoint. Hence, you can use the app to create a presentation, and then save it as a video. You now have no need of Microsoft PowerPoint and other PowerPoint makers.

2. Recording a PowerPoint Presentation

This is equal to launching a new capture project. Specifically, you can record a PowerPoint as a video demo or a software simulation. For more details, see Creating a Software Simulation, Creating a Video Demo, and Starting and Stopping Recording.

convert Powerpoint into video with ActivePresenter

If you’ve had a project and want to add some PowerPoint slides by recording, you can use the Capture Slides button. This feature allows you to insert the recorded slides into the current project, instead of opening up a new one. See Inserting and Removing Slides for more details.

After finishing the capturing phase, ActivePresenter will transfer you to the edit screen. Once done, you can export your project to video and upload it to video sharing platforms as usual.    


You can record PowerPoint in the Full Motion Recording or Smart Capture mode. In the former, the result you receive is a slide containing a video, whereas you will get a slide-based project if you go with the Smart Capture mode.

All things considered, it is easy to convert PowerPoint into video with ActivePresenter. Now it’s your turn. Download the app today, and try to make something your own. Feel free to contact us if you need any help.

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