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Creating a YouTube Video From PowerPoint 2010

A guide to using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 to create a quality, engaging video for use on YouTube or other video services.

The first thing to keep in mind when creating a video from PowerPoint 2010 is a popular saying in media and information technology circles, "Garbage in. Garbage out." That means the quality of your finished video depends largely on the quality of the pieces it is built from. If you start with a bad PowerPoint presentation, you will end up with a bad video. If your narration is poorly planned or poorly delivered, you will end up with a bad video. Remember, "Garbage in. Garbage out."

Start with a quality presentation.

An easy way to make your presentation better from the very start is to use a PowerPoint template. There are a number of templates you can download and use that include the NDSU, NDSU Agricultural Experiment Station or NDSU Extension Service logo.

Starting with one of these templates will help your presentation look more professional and save you from having to find and insert logos on your own.

The next step in creating a quality presentation is to review the Top 10 Design Tips for PowerPoint (PDF) and PowerPoint Pizzazz (PDF). They include some simple things you can do to create an effective presentation.

Plan Your Narration

Once you have your presentation ready, you can add your narration. Narration is a critical element in a video created from PowerPoint. Your narration needs to be concise, thoughtful and engaging.

The best way to achieve this is to plan. Some people like to write out everything they are going to say. If you choose this method, be sure to include the transitions to the next slide in your script, so you will know when to advance the slides. Writing out your script can be effective, but be sure not to read directly from that script when recording your narration. You would never read directly from a script when presenting in person, so don't do it when recording your narration. Reading from a script makes your narration sound unnatural and monotone.

You can achieve a more natural sounding narration by reading and rehearsing your script, but relying on an outline of your script when recording. Take the highlights from each section of your script and put them in an outline as a visual reminder to keep you on track without reading directly from your script.

Recording Your Narration

When recording your narration, close your office door and put up a sign to avoid interruptions. Be sure to forward incoming calls directly to voicemail and turn off your mobile phone. There is nothing more frustrating than having to start a recording over because of an interruption.

Use a headset microphone, not the built-in microphone on your computer or webcam. USB headset microphones  tend to give you a better sound, but they are more expensive than microphones that connect through your computer's microphone jack.

  1. When you record a narration, you run through the presentation and record each slide. You can pause and resume recording any time.
  2. Ensure your microphone is set up and in working order prior to recording your slide show.
  3. On the Slide Show tab, in the Set Up group, click Record Slide Show.
  4. Select one of the following:

  • Start Recording from Beginning
  • Start Recording from Current Slide

  1. In the Record Slide Show dialog box, select the Narrations and laser pointer check box, and if appropriate, select or deselect the Slide and animation timings check box.
  2. Click Start Recording.

 Tip   To pause the narration, in the Recording shortcut menu , click Pause. And to resume your narration, click Resume Recording.

  1. To end your slide show recording, right click the slide, and then click End Show.
  2. The recorded slide show timings are automatically saved and the slide show appears in Slide Sorter view with timings beneath each slide.

Create a Video

Once you have your narration recorded, you can save your presentation as a video.

  1. Save the presentation.
  2. On the File menu, click Save & Send.
  3. Under Save & Send, click Create a video.
  4. To display all video quality and size options, under Create a video, click the Computer & HD Displays down arrow.
  5. Click Computer & HD Displays
  6. Click the Don't Use Recorded Timings and Narrations down arrow and click Use Recorded Timings and Narrations.
  1. Click Create Video.
  2. In the File name box, enter a file name for the video, browse for folder that will contain this file, and then click Save. You can track the progress of the video creation by looking at the status bar at the bottom of your screen. The video creation process can take up to several hours depending on the length of the video and the complexity of the presentation.

 Tip   For longer videos, you can set it up so that they create overnight. That way, they’ll be ready for you the following morning.

  1. To play your newly-created video, go to the designated folder location, and then double-click the file.

Upload to YouTube

Once the video is saved to your computer, you can upload it to YouTube.

NDSU Extension Service has a YouTube channel for Extension videos. Videos uploaded to the NDSU Extension channel are not limited to 15 minutes as they are for many YouTube channels. The NDSU Extension channel also has many subscribers who will be alerted when your video is uploaded to the channel.

If you want to upload your video to the NDSU Extension YouTube channel, contact Bob Bertsch, Scott Swanson or Bruce Sundeen in NDSU Agriculture Communication.

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