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Sunday, May 13, 2012

How to Convert Powerpoint to DVD Video, Flash and PDF

I’ve been asked how to convert a Powerpoint to DVD, Flash, and PDF so many times by my co-workers that I am finally going to just write a tutorial on how to do it! Powerpoint presentations are great, but they are a lot more useful sometimes when you don’t have to use Powerpoint at all!

Converting a Powerpoint presentation to DVD is great because it is much easier to distribute to others. Also it’s playable on any DVD player in the world, whether it be a laptop, desktop, stand-alone DVD player. Converting Powerpoint to PDF is good for those who want to send the presentation slides electronically, but don’t want people to be able to edit or modify the slides. Finally, converting Powerpoint to Flash is useful for those who want to embed the presentation on a web site.

Converting a Powerpoint presentation to video is also a nice because you can then upload those videos to YouTube or MySpace for sharing. Converting to MP4 format will allow you to enjoy Powerpoint presentations on your iPod or other mobile device! So let’s get into it.
Convert PowerPoint to DVD for Free

If you’re looking for a free way to convert Powerpoint to DVD, you have two options. The first method involves uploading to a Powerpoint hosting site that automatically converts your presentation into MP4 format, which you can then download and burn to DVD using free DVD burning software. The other way involves recording your screen into video format while playing a Powerpoint presentation and then burning it to DVD.

The first method involves taking a completed presentation and uploading it to a site called AuthorStream. You have to sign up to use the service, but it’s free and definitely worth it. It’s not as popular as Slideshare, but it’s still good. AuthorStream will also keep any audio recordings that you may have in the presentation. You can record audio by going to the Slide Show tab and clicking on Record Narration.

record audio

Once you have it uploaded, you will see links to download the file as a video in MP4 format. Along with that, you can directly upload the Powerpoint video to YouTube or download a video podcast version of your presentation into iTunes so that it can be synced to your iPod!


Image Source: DigitalInspiration

This is a very simple and easy way to get your presentation into a video format. The second method involves using a free screen recording program to capture the entire presentation in AVI video format. After that, you can use another program to convert the AVI to a DVD ISO image and then burn the image to DVD.

Firstly, check out this tutorial on how to use Camtasia to record the Powerpoint presentation to AVI format. Don’t worry about Step 2 or Step 3 because that software is no longer available.


Once you have captured your presentation and saved it to AVI format, you can Avi2DVD to convert it and then use DVD Decrypter to burn the final DVD!


AfterDawn has an excellent tutorial on the exact steps you need to take to convert your AVI to DVD and then burn it.
Convert Powerpoint to Flash

If the conversion steps for DVD seemed a bit much, you’ll be happy about converting to Flash. Most of the time people convert to Flash so that they can embed their presentations into a web page. Luckily, there are already many sites that convert Powerpoint presentations to Flash and even give you the embed code, so you don’t have to host the presentation off your servers.

You can check out Slideshare, SplashCast, AuthorStream, Scribd, Zoho Show, and SlideAware for getting flash versions of your Powerpoint presentation. Digital Inspiration wrote up a post with all of the Powerpoint media players from each of the above sites. See which one you like the best and then use it to create your own Powerpoint media player. You can then embed it into your blog or web site.

If you want to convert the Powerpoint presentation to Flash and have it saved on your local computer, you need to use a desktop application instead of the web sites above.

authorPoint Lite is a free desktop software that provides fast, accurate and high quality conversions of PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps, .pptx and .ppsx) to Flash (.swf). Once converted, your Flash presentation has the same impact as your PowerPoint presentation retaining its effects, sound, animation, and rehearsed timings etc; plus you have all the benefits of a Flash file like reduced size, secure content, and easy distribution on the Web.

Convert Powerpoint to PDF

The only way I could figure out to convert a Powerpoint presentation into PDF for free was to use CutePDF Writer software and print out all of the slides. CutePDF Writer allows you to create PDFs for anything that you can print.

You’ll notice two links on the left side, one for free download and one for free converter, you need to download both and install them. Now go to PowerPoint, open your presentation, choose Print, and choose CutePDF Writer from the drop down menu.

cutepdf write

That’s it! Hopefully, using the guides above you have been able to convert your Powerpoint presentation into the desired format! If not, post a comment and we’ll try to help you convert it! Enjoy!

You can also read up on other conversion posts, such as how to convert PDF to Word.

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