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In PowerPoint ® 2010, we now have the ability to generate a Windows Media Video (.wmv) file. These instructions assume you have completed the first 4 steps.

  1. Write your script using Microsoft Word.
  2. Outline your presentation (topics and bullets)
  3. Import into PowerPoint and attach to a Theme
  4. Import graphic elements or create them with SmartArt ®


1.  Animate elements – On the Animations tab, choose the type of animation type, options (will vary by type), and timing characteristics. Consider slowing things down by increasing the Duration field.
2. Record narration.(Insert tab, Media group, Audio button, Record Audio). You may have to do this step several times to get the right pace. Speak slowly and clearly. Although it may seem you are speaking too slowly, you’ll hear how a slower pace really works in the video medium.
3. If you will be adding background music, you will choose Audio from File from the Audio button. On the Playback contextual tab, choose Play across all slides.
4. Set up any additional slide timings and transition animation. (Transition tab). If you will not have audio on some sections, or the audio will be background music, read the slide content out loud at a slow pace to get a comfortable timing for all of your viewers.
5. On the File tab, click Save and Send and select Create a Video.

Using PowerPoint 2007? While you can’t create videos in 2007, there are some other great features. Tune in to my webinar Advanced PowerPoint on  June 7, 2011 at 1PM Eastern.

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