How to Make a Video Using PowerPoint

by Josienita Borlongan

You can create a slide show or video with PowerPoint to make your presentation more dramatic and enhance its visual and sound impact on your audience. You also can use PowerPoint to create a slide show or video for personal use, such as a video of your latest family vacation.


Save your photos, video clips, music or audio in a separate file folder on your computer or by saving them on CDs or DVDs.


Launch the PowerPoint application by going to "Start," followed by "Programs," "Microsoft Office" and "PowerPoint."


Open a new slide. Choose the slide design or layout by clicking on the samples to the right.


Type the title of your video or slide show, and click on the text layout for more options. You can choose the font style, size and color.


Add the background effect or design via the options on the right of the PowerPoint screen.


Open another slide, which you can use to load photos or videos.


Load your photos by clicking on "Insert" and then "Picture." Then choose from "Pictures from File," "Scanner" or "Camera."


Select the photos and upload them one by one.


Add your audio or music by clicking "Insert," followed by "Movies" and "Sounds." Choose from "Sound from File" or "Play Audio CD." You also can record sounds using this feature by choosing "Record Sounds" from the menu.


Insert the CD if your music files are on a CD.


Click "Play" on the lower right side of the PowerPoint screen or click the "Sound" or "Volume" icon. Choose either "Automatic" or "When Clicking on the Slide."


Upload movie clips by clicking on "Insert," followed by "Movies and Sounds" and "Movie from Clip Organizer" or "Movie from File."


Choose the movie clip from your selections.


Create transitions by choosing from the selection on the right side of the PowerPoint screen. Click on "Animation Schemes," and then choose each animation type for each slide.


Save your finished PowerPoint by clicking "File" then "Save As" and naming the file.


Play your PowerPoint video on your computer or connect your computer to a projector so you can show it on a big screen.


  • For better presentation, edit the sound and transition to coordinate with each other for proper timing.
  • Movie-making software is easier to use than PowerPoint.

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Josienita Borlongan is a full-time lead web systems engineer and a writer. She writes for Business.com, OnTarget.com and various other websites. She is a Microsoft-certified systems engineer and a Cisco-certified network associate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Saint Louis University, Philippines.

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