(Last Updated: September 5, 2019)

Video presentation is one of the four most common types of instructional videos. It is once again the priority in introducing new business scenes, product launch, medical or educational presentation. It consists of concise content slides with intuitive images and animations. And all these elements played together give the feel and look of a video. Have you ever wondered how a video presentation is made? If that’s what you concern, read on to find out the way to create a video presentation with ActivePresenter.

Using PowerPoint Slides

We all know that PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation tools thanks to its professional templates, themes, backgrounds and ease of use. However, it’s not enough if you want to create a more sophisticated video presentation. For example, a video with interactive elements, voice over, zoom-n-pan effect and so on. Knowing this, ActivePresenter allows importing Powerpoint slides so that you can edit them with more effects as you see fit.

Using PowerPoint presentation

Another way to take advantage of PowerPoint slides is recording PowerPoint presentation with ActivePresenter. This way, you need to make a presentation with PowerPoint then record it with the tool. The recorded video will then be transferred to a new slide in the app where you can apply a wide range of video and audio editing effects.

Creating Slides Right in the App

Other than the ways of using PowerPoint slides is creating a new presentation with built-in slides right in ActivePresenter. With user-friendly interface, you can easily create presentations from scratch.

Create slides in ActivePresenter to make a video presentation

If you are new to the app, please see our tutorial: Creating New Blank Projects for more information. 

Editing Video/ Slides 

No matter which way you choose, whether to create new slides, to import slides from PowerPoint or to record PowerPoint presentation, it’s now the main stage of making a video presentation: Editing

#1: Video Editing

If you choose to record a PowerPoint presentation, keep reading. If you prefer the ways of importing slides or creating new slides, please skip to the #2 part.

The editing phase comes with ease as the software supports all the necessary editing video features such as:

Basic video editing: Cut, copy, crop, delete, split and join videos. 

Freeze a frame makes the video stop, so you will have more time to explain a concept.

Change playback speed: This option will help you speed up or slow down actions in video. 

Apart from the animations created in PowerPoint, you can add more shapes, spotlights, and zoom-n-pan effects to your video.

Blur video object: To blur a moving object or sensitive information in your presentation.

Adding background music, adjust it volume and fade in/out the music are easy as pie. 

Besides, you can also add interactive elements to your video, customize them with events-actions to make your presentation unique.

Timeline pane in ActivePresenter

See our articles if you want to know how to edit the recorded video and video editing tips for beginners

#2: Slides Editing

Working with slides in Activepresenter is not much different from working with those in PowerPoint. However, the app has many more features to offer such as spotlight, highlight, zoom-n-pan, and interactive objects aside from basic features like adding shapes, images, audio, videos, transitions and animations.

Editing slides to make a video presentation

Tips: Determine templates, themes, and edit slide masters before adding contents to the slides. This way, your presentation will have a consistent feel and look. Because all the slides you add to your presentation are based on your custom layouts. So, if you edit the slide master after creating slides, you’ll have to reapply the changed layouts to the existing slides in your presentation in Normal view. 

The Auto Advance option, which is enabled by default, makes the presentation automatically jump to the next slide. But you can disable this option and use actions such as Continue Presentation, and Go Forward to advance slides instead.

#3. Recording Narration or Converting Text to Speech

While several sorts of video presentation are made of simple elements like closed captions and background music, others may contain voice-over, too. For both video and slides, it’s your choice to record narration or to convert text to speech

Recording Narration

ActivePresenter offers you two ways to record narration, which are recording from the Timeline pane and creating new audio from the Annotations tab. It’s easy to edit the recorded narration as you can change its volume, and reduce noise with just a few simple steps.

Record narration to make a video presentation

Tips: When recording, if you make a mistake, just repeat the sentence and continue recording. If you pause the recording and start it again, the volume and tone of the whole presentation may be affected. 

Reducing noise for the whole recorded audio before splitting it into smaller ranges will save you a lot of time. This also maintains volume as well as tone of the presentation.

Using Text to Speech

If you have trouble with your voice and cannot record narration, text to speech is very useful for you. You can convert the closed captions or text to speech with just simple steps.

Convert text to speech

Tips: A sentence should be converted to speech at one time to keep the voice consistent. Don’t break a long sentence in lines because it will create a pause between them.

Exporting to Video Presentation

After editing the video or slides, you will move to the final stage of making a video presentation: exporting the presentation to video. ActivePresenter offers exporting projects to normal videos and interactive videos. For example, normal videos with many formats such as MP4, MKV, WMV, FLV, AVI, and WebM or interactive videos with HTML5 format. You can choose the format that meets your needs to export then publish the video to wherever you want.

Exporting formats in ActivePresenter 

Tips: Before exporting the presentation to the format you want, shrink project to reduce the file size by going to to the ActivePresenter button > Project > Shrink.


So, I have walked you through the general steps of making a video presentation with ActivePresenter. As it covers all the possible ways and tips that you can use to make your video presentation, you should choose the way that best suits your needs!


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