(Last Updated: November 5, 2019)

Video presentation is one of the four most common types of instructional videos. It’s a perfect solution for students to make a wonderful presentation as part of their projects, managers to present an idea to their teams or organizations to deliver a webcast presentation.  A video presentation consists of concise content slides with intuitive images, animation effects and sometimes a video of a presenter. Have you ever wondered how it is made?

In this tutorial, I will show you two ways to create a video presentation with ActivePresenter.  The first one is using slides right in the app. The second one is making use of PowerPoint slides. Let’s explore which way you prefer.

Creating with Slides in ActivePresenter

Slide-based project is what you can see from the first time opening a new project in ActivePresenter. So, you can easily create a presentation with built-in slides from scratch.

Create slides in ActivePresenter to make a video presentation

Take a look at this tutorial: Creating New Blank Projects for more information. 

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 spotlights, zoom-n-pans and interactive objects aside from basic features like shapes, images, audio, videos, transitions, and animations.

Editing slides to make a video presentation


  • 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.

Using PowerPoint Slides

We all know that PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation making tools thanks to its professional templates, themes, backgrounds, and ease of use. However, it’s not enough if you want to create a more complex 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 by recording a PowerPoint presentation with ActivePresenter. This way, you need to make a presentation with PowerPoint first, 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.

Video Editing

Video editing is the next stage after you have recorded your PowerPoint presentation. The editing phase comes with ease as the software supports all necessary editing video features such as:

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

Freeze a frame will stop the video, 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 its 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 tutorials if you want to know more about how to edit the recorded video and video editing tips for beginners

More Options for Your Video Presentation

Adding a Video of a Presenter

You want your presentation to look like a live presentation with a speaker presenting? No matter which way above you choose, whether it’s a slide-based project or a video-based project. Adding a video of a presenter to your presentation will be done with a few simple steps. Here’s how.

Step 1: Insert a video of a speaker presenting to the project. In the Annotations tab > Video > From file > choose a video from your computer.

Step 2: Convert the added video to the author video by right-clicking it on the canvas and select Convert to Author Video. Then, you have the video played over all the slides.

Step 3: Adjust the slide/video duration to match the author video.

Step 4: Export the project to HTML5. In the Export tab, click HTML5.

Video presentation


Before exporting the presentation to HTML5, you should open the player settings window to let the video author show up in the output. In the Export tab > Player Settings > General > Parameters > General Parameters > Side Bar > check the Author Video checkbox.

Sometimes, author videos may not show up in the preview window of the player settings. Don’t worry, this is nothing but a process of reducing preparation time for previewing the video. Hence, you need to go back to the canvas, click the Preview button to view it on a web browser. This way the app will get the data of the video to preview it in the preview window of the player settings.

For more information, see Customizing HTML5 Player Settings.

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 that 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 the 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 few 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 the project to reduce the file size by going to the ActivePresenter button > Project > Shrink.


So, I have walked you through 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, choose the way that best suits your needs!


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