Recording your PowerPoint Presentation on Windows PC

Tye Pennington
Tye Pennington
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This article will walk you through the steps needed to record your PowerPoint presentation, with audio narration and a PiP (Picture in Picture) video of yourself presenting.

With Microsoft PowerPoint, you will not need video editing software for this process, just the PowerPoint application itself. 



  • A complete PowerPoint presentation that you don't plan on making any further changes to. 
  • A Windows PC with an in-built microphone/headset/microphone, and a built-in camera/webcam. 



As stated above, please ensure your presentation is as close to finished as possible to avoid having to redo steps of your presentation. 


  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation.
  2. Navigate to the "Slide Show" tab. This will display all available actions for Slide Shows in PowerPoint. 
    You will see a button labelled "Record". Click directly under that button on the down arrow, and choose "From Beginning...".
    This will bring up a look that is very similar to presenter view. 


  3. At the top-left of the window, you will see all available recording options. 

    Clicking "Record" will begin your recording. 

    Clicking "Stop" will stop recording.

    Click "Replay" and you can watch back your recording for your current selected slide.


  4. It is important to ensure you have the correct microphone selected, especially if you are using an external microphone or a headset. 
    Click on the "Settings" icon (in the top-right corner) to see a dropdown list of available microphone and camera sources. 


  5. When you are ready to begin, click the large RED recording button. 
    A countdown timer of 3 seconds will appear on the screen, and when it disappears you will be live to your recording. 


  6. You can progress your presentation forward through slides using the left and right arrow keys (< >) on your keyboard.

    It is important to note: please record your presentation one slide at a time. There is no need to STOP the recording between slides, just do not talk over slide transitions. This will make it easier for you to redo a slides' video and audio later on if you wish. 


  7. When you reach the end of your presentation, you will see a black screen that says "End of slide show, click to exit". 

    You may now click, and your recording will end. 

    You will be taken back to the PowerPoint slide editor. 


  8. When you are ready to export your presentation as a video, navigate to File and click "Export..."


  9. Click "Create a Video" within the export screen. 

    We suggest to export your presentation as "Full HD (1080p)". 

    The option for "Use Recorded Timings and Narrations" is used if you have slides that have no recorded audio or video on them. You can choose the length at which the slide will play, before moving to the next. 

  10. Finally, click the "Create Video" button when ready and you will be taken to a destination window, where you will need to tell your computer where to save the presentation. You may need to wait a while for the video to complete exporting, especially if it is a long presentation. 





You have now successfully recorded your presentation, and exported it in the file format required for the Joyn platform.



  • Avoid having any text/images/relevant information underneath your video window.
    While it is possible to move the presentation video window around, we suggest altering your slides to accommodate the video. 
    Try resizing images and text boxes so that everything fits nicely on screen. 

  • Keep text concise, use appropriate fonts and font sizes, and do not clutter the slides. 
    We understand sometimes this is not possible, especially if your presentation requires a lot of text, but bear in mind that some people may be watching your presentation on a phone/small device. 
    It should always be legible. 



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