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Grow Your Business Technology

How to Upload PowerPoint Presentations to YouTube

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By uploading PowerPoint presentations to YouTube, you can increase your reach to co-workers, clients or friends. It also allows your audience to view presentations on their own time without missing any important information. Microsoft even does what it can to simplify this process, but you still have to follow a few important steps.

To upload a presentation, the PowerPoint must first be converted into a video. That includes all of the media – narration, animation, pointer movements and slide transitions – that go with it. So once the presentation is up on YouTube, viewers will be able to watch the presentation as if they're viewing it in real time.

The first step is recording your PowerPoint so that once it's uploaded, viewers will be able to hear and see the entire presentation. Individual recordings can be added per slides using the Insert menu.

Click Insert > Media > Audio > Record Audio.

 

 

However, to record the entire slideshow, select the Record Slide Show option in the Slide Show tab and choose whether to record from the beginning or from the current slide. This option will include all narration, animations and slide transitions in the PowerPoint video.

Click Slide Show > Record Slide Show > Start Recording.

 

 

Once your presentation is fully recorded, it's ready to be converted to video and uploaded to YouTube.

There are two main ways to convert a PowerPoint presentation into a video: saving the file in a video format or saving the presentation as a PowerPoint Show. The advantage to PowerPoint Show is that your presentation will automatically jump to full screen when someone opens it. This is ideal for business owners who are looking to send their video presentation to individuals instead of uploading it to YouTube.

Video presentations will save as a Windows Media Video (WMV) file, while PowerPoint Show presentations will save in its own specific PowerPoint Show format (PPSX).

To save the presentation as a video, select the Export option under File.

Click File > Export > Create a Video > Select Video Quality > select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations> Click Create Video.

 

 

To save the presentation as a PowerPoint Show, simply save the file under a new format.

Click File > Save As > Browse > Save as Type > Select PowerPoint Show > Click Save.

After converting the presentation into video format, sign in to your YouTube account and click Upload at the top of the page. Select the presentation video you want to upload, then adjust the video privacy settings.

Once uploaded, click Publish. The video will only be viewable by others once Publish is clicked.

Once the video is uploaded, it can be shared and viewed by anyone, depending on the video privacy settings. Uploading presentations to YouTube is a great way for colleagues and customers to learn about a business on their own time. It also can be a great way to advertise changes or updates to a business.

Matt D'Angelo

Matt D'Angelo is a B2B Tech Staff Writer based in New York City. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism, Matt gained experience as a copy editor and writer for newspapers and various online publications. Matt joined the Purch team in 2017 and covers technology for Business.com and Business News Daily. Follow him on Twitter.