Converting PowerPoint to video or flash (again)
November 14, 2009 7:04 PM   Subscribe

Converting PowerPoint to video or flash (again) I know this question was just asked, and two years ago but none of the answers suit my needs.

I have a PowerPoint presentation with animation that I need to convert into really good, smooth video or flash with all animation in-tact. Camtasia was choppy. Camstudio went kinda crazy when anything moved. Slideshare kills all the animation and blacks out some images. iSpring keeps the animation but seems to briefly show through layered graphics, which ruins the more complex effects I've created, plus it distorts graphs and some bullets. SlideBoom has the same layered graphics problem as iSpring.

To give you an idea of the quality I need, this is a portfolio of my PowerPoint design work that I want to embed on my website and/or send to potential clients in hopes that it will make them want to hire me.

Any ideas?
posted by The Dutchman to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
You can make the high quality recording you need with Camtasia.
It's an incidental, case-by-case process not easily explained in a single AskMe comment.
MeMail me and I can walk you through it.
posted by at the crossroads at 8:12 PM on November 14, 2009

Huh! I did this for a funeral on Wednesday just gone.
I narrowed it down to these:

Which were all about $100 for the full version, and I paid for #3 without testing first. Big mistake. It did not work very well at all. I lost animation, transitions were irregular, and it refused to burn to DVD. Also to note that a bunch of them let you test, but put their logo over the top, or the "powerpointname is a trial", which when the name is your dead friend, it doesn't work well.

But in the end, I had success with #1 Wonderware but only when I used Nero to burn rather than the build in burner. The animations (animated GIF + powerpoint animations + transitions) all worked perfectly. Do be aware it takes about as twice as long as the powerpoint is to convert, so don't leave it to the last minute.
posted by b33j at 8:26 PM on November 14, 2009

Here's the fastest way:

In Camtasia, make a full-screen recording of the ppt slideshow.
Import the .camrec and drop it into the timeline. Make sure to set Project Settings> Recording Dimensions. Render as whatever you want it to be--- .avi, .swf, .mov.
posted by at the crossroads at 9:05 PM on November 14, 2009

I recently did this same thing with Apple's Keynote (there is an export-to-video option). I had thought Powerpoint had something similar.

If you don't have access to Keynote, you can send me the file and I'll export for you. MeMail me.

Since I'm always trying to solve similar issues, please update this askme when you have it solved.
posted by prophetsearcher at 7:50 AM on November 24, 2009

Response by poster: Wanted to give an update. First of all, thank you to at the crossroads for his very generous offer. In the end, I didn't have to take him up on it because of the video export feature of PowerPoint 2010 beta. I had to do a bit of tweaking on the presentation, but ultimately it converted beautifully. Believe it or not, Microsoft got something right.
posted by The Dutchman at 2:59 PM on December 7, 2009

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