How to create a video using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 Tutorial

Today I’m going to show you how to create a video using PowerPoint.

Obviously, PowerPoint 2016 is the latest version of the very useful tool used by most of us for different presentations. If you don’t own it yet, it can be purchased from Microsoft here.

I came across this by looking for a way to create a video quiz and I found the whole process way too easy not to share it with you guys. Please keep in mind that I’m using OS X as the operating system so the program might look a little bit different on your side if you are using Windows but the whole process is very much the same.

Create a video : Step 1 – start a new presentation

powerpoint video quiz

The first thing you will have to do when opening PowerPoint – choose the presentation template. Obviously, there are plenty more to choose from by using the Search option from the right-hand side of the program. I have to admit, there are some really nice templates in there which will definitely give your presentation a nice personal touch. Search from the thousands available to make sure your video will look exactly as you wish.

After you’ve decided on template ( you can leave it blank and personalise each slide just the way you want ), we can then go to the second step:

Step 2: create the slide presentation

On the ‘Home’ button, you can choose the number of slides you want by clicking on the ‘New slide’ option.

Now, there are endless solutions to make the video look exactly the way you want it. You can add images, charts and all sort of shapes and texts by going to the ‘Insert’ tab. Very important: don’t forget to add an Audio track. It is really simple, all you have to do is to upload one from your computer. What’s the point in creating a video if there’s no background audio on it? Choose a song to fit your video or targeted audience needs. Keep in mind that your favourite song might not necessarily do that 🙂


Once you added the text, images or anything else, you can add different animations to it by going to the
‘Animations’ tab:

fun video quiz

Another interactive way to customise your slides is by going to the ‘Transitions’ tab:


You can even choose the duration of the transition by changing the number of seconds from the right-hand side.

Set your slides timings

On the ‘Slide Show’ tab, you have the option to ‘Record Slide Show’ which allows you to set your desired amount of time the video will spend on each of your slides before changing it to the next one. If you want the same amount of time spent on all of your slides, there is a simple method which I will share it with you at the end of this tutorial.


Don’t forget to save your work every couple of minutes just to avoid any hassle. The last thing you want to do is to start everything from scratch because of an unexpected error. It happened to me, I’ve learned the saying ‘better to be safe than sorry’ the hard way:)

3rd Step : Export the presentation as a video

After you finished editing your presentation, all you have to do is to go to the ‘File’ tab and click on ‘Export’ .


For Windows users : please remember that I use OS X. That makes my PowerPoint options look a bit different than yours. Your ‘File’ tab is the first tab on the left-hand side of the PowerPoint.

After you have clicked on Export, you now need to change the File format.


Choose between MP4 or MOV. If you haven’t selected any timings between slides, now is the time to do it.
You have the option to set a number of seconds for each slide, by choosing a number in the ‘Seconds spent on each slide without a set timing’ box.

4th Step – Wait, I said it’s going to be only 3, haven’t I?

That’s true. This is not really a step in creating a video, it’s just an end to this tutorial.
Congratulations, you’ve just exported your PowerPoint presentation as a video. Now you can start uploading it on Youtube or many other video sharing websites or use it as a presentation which, in my opinion, presenting it in a video format makes it much more interactive and captivating than the simple/old school slides.
You can check the general knowledge quiz I’ve created for youtube at this link .
Do you know any other simple methods / programs of creating a video?

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