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…were created entirely in PowerPoint 2010. Many of you have been wondering how this is possible; it must be some kind of joke. Does PowerPoint make video? Allow me to formally introduce our new “Create a Video” feature. With just a couple clicks, anyone can make a video of his or her presentation which is easy to distribute, share, or archive. Check out this “marketing” video that some of our engineers created and uploaded to YouTube:
Whether for marketing your product, teaching a lecture, or creating a highlight reel from your last vacation, our aim is to take all the things you already do in PowerPoint and re-create them in video. Your video will include everything you already put in your slide shows: text, animations, transitions, narrations and media.
Video is such a dynamic, engaging way to present content, but it’s always been difficult for most people to create video content beyond shooting a clip with a digital camera. I’m excited about this feature because it puts video content at your fingertips instead of forcing you to use complicated video editing software. If you can imagine it in PowerPoint, you can create a video of it. And with a video, you can distribute it to anyone with a computer or DVD player, post it to YouTube, burn it to DVD, put it on SharePoint, or upload it to Facebook. If you’ve downloaded the publicly-available PowerPoint 2010 Beta, you can create a video by going to the File tab, and looking for the Create a Video button under the Share tab.
Thanks for taking a read! Please comment if you have any questions or feedback.
Allen Huang PowerPoint PM
Awesome! Running the public Beta and the ability to animate over the top of a video and trigger off of bookmarks is killer. I've been pretty jealous of some of those cool Keynote features... until now. Thanks.
Couple of issues that I noticed with the "Create Video" feature.. 1) I am trying to make a video of a photo album which has 130 slides and there is a decent use of the transitions between the slides. When I try to create the Video, the progress bar doesn't show the "progress". After the "embedding fonts" step, the progress bar doesn't progress until the video creation is done. Depending on the resolution that I choose, the video creation is anywhere between 10 minutes to close to 2 hours. 2) Some of the transitions doesn't make into the Video. The one that I noticed is the "Ferris Wheel" transition. 2) For the same album, I added an audio file and I set it to repeat itself for a few slides. This setting is not picked up when I create the video. It just runs one time. I ended up taking the audio out and used the Windows Movie Maker to overlay the audio on the Video. Thanks,
@RK - Thanks for your feedback. It's good to see people using the feature (and apologies about the problems you're running into.). 1) We've fixed this insofar as updating the progress, and you'll see that in the released version. The process will still take a long time, however, and the higher the quality, the longer it'll take. 2) I'm not too sure what's happening here, although there's some quirkiness around really short-duration transitions. How long are your transition durations? If you increase the duration, do the transitions show up? 3) This is good feedback on something we weren't able to get working for this release. Your feedback is valuable here in helping us set our priorities in the future. The workaround I can suggest is to re-insert the audio on the slide where the previous audio ends. Otherwise, as you did, Windows Movie Maker is able to overlay the audio repetitively. Thanks again for responding and letting us know about what sorts of issues you're running into. Allen Huang
When I set a transition duration on the Power Point 10 beta between slides, save the file and exit the program, then open the program again and go to that transition the duration I set has not been preserved, but has been reset to 1 sec. Is there a way to preserve the transition duration time?
I just tested this feature; it's very interesting and avoids the use of other applications
But just two points It takes time, approximately one hour on a XP machine with 1 Go of RAM for publishing just 04 slides without transitions and without narration.
Maybe this feature has to be more developed to offer the possibility to disable the narrations and/or the transition and/or the animations.
This is just my opinion and I confirm that this is a useful and funny feature Regards
@MehdiH - Thanks for giving this a try and giving us some feedback. I'm glad you find the feature useful and funny. :) In general, encoding video in any software takes a while, but we recognize that it's an area where we can continue to do better.
I have a beta version... all in the office are jealous beacuse of the presentations I've been doing. Once my boss said to a coleague "give it to Arles... he can fix it, and teach you how to do it right" and I was just using the Powerpoint 2010. Greetings from Colombia
I am not an early adopter and still love 2003 over 2007. But this feature is making me think otherwise. Now if this gets uploaded to YouTube then it has great implications. Is there any option of saving this as an .exe or independent file and use in auto-run CDs? There are a lot of plug in that convert powerpoint to flash and save them as .exe. It will be good to see if the option is present in powerpoint itself to save as .exe instead of a pps or any other format.
@Aravind: Thanks for the feedback. While we don't take the step to upload your video directly to YouTube, you will be able to take the output video and go to youtube.com to upload it yourself. Same goes for your scenario of using in an auto-run case. You'll need to use 3rd party software that creates CDs and include the video to do so. Another area that might be interesting to you is "Package for CD". This is something that's existed in 2003/2007 where you can save a presentation or several presentations to a CD, and have the CD launch a simple directory of the contents during autorun. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!
I have a presentation created with PPT 2010 beta. It is currently 22 slides and incorporates animation, about 50 jpgs, and a music track which starts with the first slide and is timed to the transitions, and runs the full lenght of the presenetation. (approx. 5 minutes total length, 63 Meg) I want to use this as a movie (WMV), and so have followed the directions to create it throught the share menu. My problem is the audio. I have tried creating it using both MP3 and WMF formats embeded into the first slide, however the sound track is always laid down a separate, that is after the movie is created and I play it the first 5 minutes are ALL audio, and the second 5 minutes are the visual prentation sans audio. Any ideas?
Sorry to hear you're running into this problem. There are a couple ideas I have as to what might be happening. If you can send me your file to allhuan AT microsoft DOT com, I can certainly take a look. Alternatively, my best guess is that the audio is not set to play across slides? Also, when you're exporting the video, are you using the "Use recorded timings and narrations" option? Let me know if those help or if you can send me your presentation. Thanks!
Thanks Allen. The file is 62.7 meg which is too large as an email attachment. Suggestions?
Created a Power Point presentation using 2010 beta then tried creating video using "Share" . Video was created and slide annimations, etc. are fine except that a video clip that was included in one of the slides has NO sound in the video.
Hi Am I right in thinking that wmv is the only video format you can export to? There don't seem to be any options available to change this. Thanks
I'm not sure if anyone is reading this anymore, but I do have a question re: PPT 2010. Will we ever get a clickable video format like Keynote has? By clickable, I mean clicking on the screen and moving through each transition at the viewer's own pace, without preset timings. This would be a killer feature that would move PowerPoint beyond a mere presentation tool into the realm of an easy and intuitive online media creation tool. The business and online education market is screaming for a simple tool like this, and a PPT interactive video would be just the trick.