Tuesday, December 25, 2012

How to Upload PowerPoint Presentations to YouTube?

Upload PowerPoint presentations to YouTube
There's no doubt that YouTube is one of the most popular and busy websites on the Internet. According to Nielsen's newest statistics, there are average 132 million unique viewers visit YouTube each month in 2012, helps the website rank 1st place on the "U.S. Online Destinations for Video ranking" list.

There are so many, or should I say, too many videos on YouTube. Users upload birthday party footages, animations, music videos, movie trailers, advertisements, etc to the site. I also admire that some people may have a desire to upload pictures or PowerPoint slides to YouTube. Unfortunately, YouTube only supports specific formats for uploading, exclude .ppt format.


Here's the question: How can I easily publish PowerPoint files to YouTube, free preferly? Should I record the slideshows with a camcorder in front of the computer screen? Nope. Since only video formats can be uploaded, the solution is very obvious: convert PowerPoint to video formats. Here I collected 2 methods with different tools to solve the problem.


Method 1 Recording video with ezvid
Ezvid is a free video maker, screen recorder and slideshow maker for Windows. Users can instantly record the screen, desktop, browser, make gaming videos and record virtually anything on computer.

Step 1 Click here to Download and install ezvid
. We'll play the PowerPoint and record it with this screen recorder.

Step 2 Launch ezvid. Then click the capture screen icon. A baby blue color window appears and starts countdown. Now press F5 key to play the slideshow. As soon as the countdown finishes, ezvid begins recording the screen.
Screen recording icon
Countdown
Step 3 Ezvid doesn't support audio recording. You can record your own voice by clicking capture voice icon if necessary.


Step 4 The software can also make computer narration for the video. Make a text slide, click the synthesize speech icon, and ezvid instantly creates computer speech for the video.

Step 5 Click Stop to finish recording. Then fill in the information about the video and click upload to YouTube button to share this video on YouTube.


Disadvantages of ezvid screen recorder:
  • Time limitation: no more than 10 minutes
  • Original audio in PowerPoint file can not be recorded
  • Need to play the PowerPoint from beginning to end
Method 2 Convert PowerPoint to video
Here we'll introduce a better way to change the PowerPoint file into video format. There's a new function in PowerPoint 2010: Save a PowerPoint file as WMV format. Then convert the wmv file to any other YouTube supported formats and upload.

In this way, you may need another software: Video to Flash Converter. This FREE tool is able to convert all the popular video to flash video files (.flv) for video sharing site like YouTube.


Step 1 Save PowerPoint as .wmv format

Open the PowerPoint presentation. Click File button and select Save As Option. Then choose "Windows Movie Video" on the "Save as type" drop-down menu. It takes about 10 minutes to finish conversion of my 23-slide files.

Step 2 Download and install Moyea Video4Web Converter
Download Video to Flash converter and install it on computer. Launch the tool and you'll see its simple User Interface.

Step 3 Input video and set output file
Click File and select Add Video Files option from drop-down menu to import previous WMV file. Now you can preview the video by clicking play button on the right side of software. Set the output file as MP4 format in the Profile drop-down menu. Then click Setting button to enter into further settings.

Step 4 Advanced settings
On the Settings panel, select video codec as “H.264″ and audio codec as “AAC”. Click OK button to confirm.

Step 5 Convert and upload
Check Upload to YouTube box. Then click the big round button in the lower right corner to start process. After conversion, the video can be uploaded to YouTube channel automatically.

OK, the above contents are how I usually publish PowerPoint presentations to YouTube. Besides using free tools, there's actually an one-stop solution: convert PPT to Flash video directly. 

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