Saving a PowerPoint for Mac Presentation as a QuickTime Movie - dummies

Saving a PowerPoint for Mac Presentation as a QuickTime Movie

By Bob LeVitus

Sometimes, you can’t be there to present a PowerPoint 2008 for Mac slide show, but you want to share it, anyway. The answer is to export the presentation as a QuickTime movie.

1Choose File→Save as Movie.

The Save As sheet appears.

2Click the Movie Options button near the bottom of the Save As sheet.

The Movie Options dialog appears.

3In the Movie Settings tab, choose an optimization from the pop-up menu.

Your options are as follows: Size, Smooth Playback, Quality, and Automatic (Normal). You can’t go wrong sticking with Automatic.

4Change the movie size, if you wish.

If you make it much smaller than the default (640 x 480), it may not be legible.

5In the Slide Transitions pop-up menu, choose either Follow Slide Show Settings to use the transitions you applied or None to eliminate all transitions.

If you didn’t specify a number of seconds until the slide advances automatically in the Transition Options dialog, you might want to do so now. If you don’t, PowerPoint will arbitrarily decide how long each slide should appear, which is usually not long enough.

6If you want to add music or narration to your movie, choose Select Soundtrack from the Background Soundtrack pop-up menu and then choose an audio file to serve as your movie’s soundtrack.

Click the Loop Movie check box if you want the movie to play over and over again.

7Click the Show Movie Player Controls check box if you want the recipient to be able to start, stop, and pause the movie. Click the Credits tab and type in credits for this presentation, if you wish.

The Credits tab is odd. You’d expect it to add credits on-screen at the end of your movie, but it doesn’t. All it does is place the information you type in QuickTime Player’s Movie Inspector window, which appears only if the recipient chooses Window→Show Movie Inspector in QuickTime Player.

8Click the OK button to dismiss the Movie Options dialog.

Animation Effects do not appear in your QuickTime movie, nor do sounds associated with animation effects. If you can’t stand the thought of not having Animation Effects and sounds in your movie, check out Snapz Pro X from Ambrosia Software, which can record your slide show as you present it on-screen, with all its Animation Effects and sounds, and then save the recording as a QuickTime movie.