Creating Exciting Videos Using PowerPoint Slides

A guide to taking a PowerPoint slide deck and recorded audio and pulling it all together into a polished video.
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

In this course, you will learn how to take PowerPoint slides and turn them into exciting videos, complete with narration.

The course starts by discussing the hardware and software you need. Then, it covers everything you need to know to create PowerPoint slides that work well for video. Then, it covers how to record and edit your narration in a free software package called Audacity. Finally, it shows you how to pull it together into a video using Camtasia.

In the advanced section, you learn how to...

  • Add transitions between slides
  • Add a musical background to your narration
  • Create an exciting title sequence
  • Make your bullet and numbered lists appear one-at-a-time
  • Add moving pointers to your videos
  • Show one video inside another video
  • Add closed captioning

The course is a series of about 30 short videos, all created using the techniques in this course. Completing the full course will take about 2.5 hours.

What are the requirements?

  • PowerPoint
  • Audacity (free, open-source software)
  • Camtasia
  • Good quality directional microphone

What am I going to get from this course?

  • How to use PowerPoint to create JPEG files
  • How to record and edit narration in Audacity
  • How to combine the JPEG files and narration to create a video
  • How to enhance the video with slide transitions
  • How to add music to your narration
  • How to add a title sequence to your video
  • How to make your bullet points appear one-at-a-time
  • How to add moving pointers to your videos
  • How to play one video inside another video
  • How to add closed captioning to your videos

Who is the target audience?

  • Teachers wanting to create videos for online courses
  • Professors wanting to create videos for online courses
  • Politicians wanting to create videos to engage their voters
  • Corporate employees who need to create training videos
  • Anyone else needing a quick-and-easy way to create narrated videos

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction

This video provides a brief overview of the Introduction section. The Introduction section describes the approach to creating PowerPoint videos as well as the hardware and software that are required.


The video describes three approaches to creating videos from PowerPoint slide decks along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. As part of this presentation, the video explains which of these three approaches will be used in this course.


This video describes the software you will need to create videos from a PowerPoint deck. Since some of this software is free, open-source software, the video also points out safe locations to download the software.


This video describes the non-microphone hardware you will need to create videos from PowerPoint presentations. Microphones are covered in the next video.


In this video, we will look at a number of different microphones. We will see the advantages and disadvantages of these microphones. Finally, we will have a recommendation for the type of microphone that is best for recording narration.

3 questions

This is a brief quiz over the content covered in the introduction.

Section 2: Creating Videos

This is a brief introduction to the Creating Videos section. This section is the "meat" of the course.


PowerPoint slides are the basis of the visuals in your video. Not every PowerPoint presentation is a suitable foundation for a video. This tutorial tells you what you need to know about PowerPoint presentations in order to end up with great visuals in your video.


In this brief software tutorial, I will show you how to save a PowerPoint presentation as a series of JPEG files, one per slide. It is these JPEG files that we use as the video content to build our videos.


This lecture will get you ready to record your narration.


This lecture will show you how to use Audacity to record your narration.


Once you have recorded your narration, this lecture will get you ready to start editing it.


In this video, you will see how to use Audacity to edit your recorded narration and how to export the resulting edited narration to a Wave file (or MP3) to import into Camtasia.


We build the video in Camtasia by pulling together the JPG files from PowerPoint and the audio file from Audacity. This brief tutorial introduces the process.


The tutorial provides a tour of Camtasia, the tool we will be using for the final assemble of our videos.


You have seen how to use PowerPoint to create JPG versions of your slides. You have seen how to use Audacity to create excellent quality narration. You have also had a tour of the features of Camtasia. Now, we will see how to pull it all together into a finished video using Camtasia.

Once you have finished this tutorial, you will know everything you need to know to build powerful, polished videos. However, stay tuned. Later tutorials will show you how to make those videos look even better.


A brief conclusion to the Creating Videos section.

3 questions

A brief quiz of the Creating Videos section.

Section 3: Advanced Editing

In the Creating Videos section introduction, I told you that was the "meat" of the course. If that was the meat, then this Advanced Section is the gravy. We will see how to add a number of enhancements to your videos. This short video introduces those enhancements.


A transition is what the video does when moving from one slide to the next slide. This tutorial will show you how to set up transitions for your presentation in Camtasia.


In this video, students will see how multiple pieces of audio can be combined in Audacity. We will see how to have the tracks overlap and how to fade in and fade out the tracks.

Using Multiple Tracks in Camtasia

Each of these tutorials starts off with a nine second introduction. There are two tutorials on how to create these introductions. However, we begin with an introduction.


In this tutorial, you will see how to create an opening title sequence using two PowerPoint slides, some music, and Camtasia transitions.

In this tutorial, you will see how to create a moving opening title sequence using nothing more than the features and media content built into Camtasia.
In this extremely useful tutorial, you will see how to build bullet lists (and numbered lists) that appear one-at-a-time. This allows you to discuss the first bullet point, then have the second bullet point appear, discuss it, have the third appear, and so on. It might sound complicated but it really is extremely easy.
In this tutorial, you will see two ways to use pointers on the screen to draw attention to certain aspects of the screen. For example, you might use a pointer to point out various aspects of a diagram as you discuss them. These pointers can be added using either PowerPoint or Camtasia.
Camtasia allows you to play one video inside another video with complete control over its size and placement. This is similar to picture-in-picture that some televisions offer. While it sounds complex, setting it up is actually extremely easy. This tutorial will show you how.

In a much earlier tutorial, we learned how to clean up audio narration
for use in making our videos. You might recall that we used Audacity for
this. You can, of course, use the same approach to edit audio for a
podcast. This audio podcast will introduce this topic. Podcasts are not
the focus of this course so I do not cover them in detail but this
tutorial will give you enough information to quickly start producing
podcasts if that is something you need to do.


This tutorial will show you how to use these techniques to produce software tutorials.


This video is a brief demonstration of what a video looks like when closed captions are added. This is the same video that was shown as part of the Adding Closed Captioning to Your Videos tutorial.


This tutorial will show you how to add closed captions to your videos.

In this final video of the course, we wrap up the course, summarize what you have learned, and say goodbye.

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Instructor Biography

Ronny Richardson, Professor of Operations Management

I have a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Georgia State University. I teach Operations Management at both the graduate and undergraduate level at Kennesaw State University. I have been teaching Operations Management for 25 years, both in a classroom and online.

I have published one Operations Management textbook and I have worked with textbook publishers at McGraw-Hill and Wiley to produce support material for various other Operations Management textbooks.

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