How to Create a Presentation Video in PowerPoint on Your Mac

By Peter Weverka

One way to distribute a PowerPoint presentation video is to record it in a QuickTime (MOV) file on your Mac and distribute the file by email or post it on the Internet. PowerPoint offers a command for creating a QuickTime version of a presentation. Every aspect of a PowerPoint presentation, including transitions, animations, sound, video itself, and voice narrations, is recorded in the presentation video.

Viewing a QuickTime version of a PowerPoint presentation in QuickTime Player.

Viewing a QuickTime version of a PowerPoint presentation in QuickTime Player.

To determine how long slides remain onscreen in the video, go to the Transi­tions tab and, in the Advance Slide area, enter a seconds measurement in the After text box.

Follow these steps to create a QuickTime version of a PowerPoint ­presentation:

  1. Choose File–>Save As Movie.

    The Save As dialog box opens.

  2. Enter a name for the movie and choose which folder to store it in.

    If you want, you can click the Movie Options button and choose options in the Movie Options dialog box. You’ll find various options there for optimizing and presenting your presentation in movie form.

  3. Click the Save button.

    Creating a video can take several minutes, depending on how large your PowerPoint presentation is and how many fancy gizmos, such as sound and animation, it contains.