ppt2013You’ve added narration to your PowerPoint presentation. Now it’s time to share your creation with others. But wait, the file is so large that it exceeds the file size limitation of the DeSales email system. What to do? The answer – convert the presentation to an MP4 video. The videos can then be added to the DeSales media server (see http://deit.desales.edu/deit/public/assets/StreamCopyWaiverv8.pdf for the streaming server request form) or uploaded to YouTube. Even better, Office 2013 makes the process easy.

To convert a PowerPoint presentation to an MP4 file using PowerPoint 2013, follow these steps:

  • From within PowerPoint, click on File…Export
  • On the Export screen, choose Create a Video
  • Change the initial drop-down option to Internet & DVD
  • For the second drop-down option, choose Use Recorded Timings and Narration
  • Click on the Create Video button

That’s all there is to it. In a few minutes you should have an MP4 file that can be sent to DEIT, along with the media server request form, or uploaded to YouTube and shared with the world. While DEIT still recommends the use of Panopto to capture lectures and narrate PowerPoint presentations, if you’ve already added your narration, converting the presentation to an MP4 video is a great option for sharing your content.