I ordered the program mentioned and finally got it to record the ppt file but the quality is unacceptable. I can’t find a place to adjust resolution so I guess what I see is what I get. Hat to spend $50.00 for NOTHING! Does anyone have any suggestions?
Unless you really can’t, just get whoever wants to see the powerpoint presentation to download the powerpoint viewer. go to microsoft.com and type powerpoint viewer in the search box at the upper right. (The download is 1.86 MB, barely 7 minutes on dial-up)
If you still want to convert it to a movie file anyway,
“Sometimes the simplest way to capture all the animations and sounds in a presentation is to make a movie of it, then distribute the movie rather than the PowerPoint presentation itself.
Programs like Camtasia and Hypercam can capture screen activity and save it to one or more movie formats.
Camtasia from TechSmith is a flexible screen recorder and video production tool that can record anything on the Windows desktop and produce AVI, Flash and other file formats. A fully functional evaluation version of Camtasia is available here. Camtasia Studio allows you to edit, annotate and add sound effects to your recorded files. PowerPoint MVP TAJ Simmons' PowerPoint to Video Tutorial describes the fine points of capturing movies from PowerPoint presentations using Camtasia.
There’s a tutorial at InDezine.
And from Jim Gordon, Mac Office MVP:
“The Mac utility I think works best is SnapZPro”"
Note: Camtasia has a free trial period and HyperCam puts a stamp on your video when unregistered.
A few pointers if you’re going to use hypercam or camtasia:
- This will take quite a bit of processing power, to both play the presentation and record it to an avi at the same time. A weak CPU will likely drop frames or play audio out of sync. You will also need generous amounts of memory.
A tutorial is here
Both programs produce avi by default, so if you want to convert to mpeg later, use tmpgenc.
Let me share my expirience with you.
After converting many PowerPoint presentations, I have yet to find an application that combines all the features I want into a package that’s priced in a budget that makes sense for most projects. The plug-in solutions generally copy most parts of a PowerPoint slideshow while failing to capture some transitions and completely bypassing any imbedded video, which is what makes screen recording an attractive alternative. For the best in class for the plug-in solutions, the Presentations to Video Converter app does the best job I’ve seen for a fairly pricey $199. One advantage to this app is the ability to convert PPT slideshows with or without PowerPoint installed on the converting PC.
And also there is feature to burn PowerPoint presentation to DVD, which is fery useful now for everyone.
Presentation To Video Converter
i use presentation to video converter. it has everything i need:
1. easy to use and intuitive interface
2. ppt/pps 2 avi/asf/wmv/mpeg conversion
3. option “burn cd/dvd” (it’s also a cd-dvd-burner, wow!)
4. no audio and video quality loss (i’ve read that many similar programs have problems with audio)
5. options “auto click” (very useful!!!) and width-height changing
well.. as you see it’s worth of money it costs isn’t it? by the way you can use a FREE version as long as you want. it just adds a little logo in the lower right hand corner. this program looks very promising. advise you to try it.
I used the geovid stuff, not impressed. Bad quality conversion, poor interface, crashed many times :(
The geovid people have been banned from videohelp.com and many other forums because they keep posting pretending they’re customers that think the software is great. Which says a lot about this compnay and how it operates.
Ask real users what they think .. GEOVID STINK
well I heard lots of good comments about geovid from a professionals. I dont think It STINK...
probably you got really stressed, Mr. Andy Robertson, dont you? haha
or maybe you are developer of anything?
so far the geovid software is the best on the market for converting ppt to video or flash (yeah, and it costs!) and it is not an issue of bad quality convertion.
the only thing that can cause a problem is setting a right video codec. If you dont know how to use it - ask someone who know it, their tech support for instance...
you dont know how to use it - that is the problem.
Hi , I just found a program called Wondershare PPT2DVD,
It can convert my powerpoint presentation to Mpeg.
Suppoer Mpeg-1 and Mpeg-2
what’s more , ppt2dvd can burn my powerpoint presentation to dvd directly.
I just bought it , maybe this tool is useful to you to.
You can find it here:
[Does anyone know how to convert a powerpoint presentation to a file that can be viewed as a video -- mpeg, avi, etc.?]
ANSWER: Would be really easy of you have an Apple.:).
With an Apple, in PowerPoint you would simply go to “File” - “Make Movie” Thats it!
Once in.mov format you can burn it using burning software eg Roxio Toast.
Even if you then find that u need to edit it further, movie editing apps such as Adobe Premiere, or even Premiere Elements will handle mov file fine. However, if you only have access to entry level movie editing software eg Windows MovieMaker, you will need to to convert the mov file to avi - use something like Mpeg Streamclip to do this quickly and free.
Hope this makes sense.
My experience with trying to find software to convert PPT to MPEG has been pretty awful. I tried Geovid and it kept crashing my PC, I binned it very quickly. One I found that was excellent quality and a good price was PPTExpert but when I tried to convert presentations with embedded narration, they then admitted that this was not working. Poor show!!! I looked at Camtasia and it looks good, is pricey but is very complex! I just want a good quality tool that I can load some presentations to Youtube. Anyone got any ideas?