If you’ve wondered how to create PowerPoint video, which you can easily share with anyone online and which you can proudly showcase as your best sales video, then this guide is for you.
After you go through this guide and learn using the tricks only professionals know, you’ll make good earnings creating videos for others.
For many video professionals, PowerPoint is an immensely helpful tool, and quite a few among them use it as a video editor to produce eye-catching videos.
With several years’ experience, I guess I’ve some knowledge on how to create PowerPoint video that your viewers will love to watch.
Have a look at the promo video below built entirely in PowerPoint for a bootcamp on, what else but, making an irresistible typography video with PowerPoint.
The ‘introduction’ part in the above video is shot with a webcam, which is then split into 2 halves. Between the 2 halves comes the kinetic typography video with PowerPoint.
This means that you too can master the skills if you decide to learn how to create PowerPoint video. Watch another promo sales video below, again done entirely inside PowerPoint, but without webcam video.
4 main advantages
There are 4 main advantages for creating PowerPoint video, the first of course is that any first-timer can start doing it with just a little bit of knowledge about PowerPoint.
This is unique, and unlike any other video making tool, PowerPoint offers a range of features which the other run-of-the-mill tools simply do not have.
The other 3 advantages are –
- Render kinetic motion to any element – text, image, graphics, clip arts, etc. – with the help of animation and/or transition.
- Use PowerPoint as a video editor to trim and mix external video and audio as necessary without a timeline.
- Produce super-quality video, e.g. HD (720p), 1280x720 pixels or Full HD (1080p), 1920x1080 pixels, and even Ultra HD (4K), 3840x2160 pixels.
For many content creators like me, PowerPoint remains the go-to tool for graphic designing to creating e-book to video making, and a lot more in between.
Before I dive into the meat of this post, here is a quick look at what I hope you can expect to learn on how to create PowerPoint video.
- Record an introduction video with a webcam.
- Record voice narration and embed voice clips in the PowerPoint slides.
- Split webcam video into two and merge them with the kinetic typography video inside PowerPoint.
- Do all video editing in PowerPoint and produce final video as spic and span as one with the best video editor.
One more point.
While it’s true that video editing and producing will happen in PowerPoint, we are going to use at least 2 other tools in this exercise.
Both are free, and easy to use. So, no worry!
Let’s learn the untold tricks on how to create PowerPoint video to make it awesome.
Record introduction video with a webcam
You can record a whole sales video on a webcam, or you can do that with only PowerPoint slides.
This is the situation I faced while making the sales video for an online bootcamp.
I decided to break the sales video in 3 parts.
- Part 1 – Webcam video in which I say about the bootcamp.
- Part 2 – A video with automated PowerPoint slides that shows exactly what the students will learn.
- Part 3 – Finally, in this part, there is another piece of webcam video with final call to action.
Putting the plan to action, I recorded the webcam video in one go, which is both Part 1 and 3. Later I’d use PowerPoint to edit this video by breaking it into 2 parts and use them as mentioned above.
Getting the right webcam & a voice recorder
We’re not aiming for any sophisticated tools, but we need something that do not cost much, yet efficient.
I put my faith on Logitech c920 HD Pro webcam, costs $80, and can record in full HD 1080p or in fluid HD 720p. If you have a good integrated webcam, you may not need c920.
As for audio recording, c920 does have its own built-in dual stereo mics which it says helps with automatic noise reduction.
In my experience, it’s a good idea to have a separate recording set, I use Plantronics Audio 628 headset, costs $40, and works well for me.
Both c920 and Audio 628 are plug-n-play tools, meaning you don’t need to install any software, though they both have them to download online and use.
A word of caution here.
By the way, if you haven’t used an external webcam (or have used sparingly in the past), there is an apt guide here to get started.
Shooting introduction video with webcam
Once you plug in the webcam and the voice recorder to your computer, you are ready to record the video.
Well, your webcam and voice recorder are not ‘alive’ unless you have some kind of software asking them to. If you do not have the c920 software installed, you need some other tool to serve the purpose.