If you’re a teacher or professor, chances are that you’re already sitting on a wealth of lesson materials that could easily be transformed into valuable educational videos.

Video resources are a great way to create revision materials, homework assignments and to support a flipped classroom methodology. They can also save you time explaining difficult concepts multiple times and offers students the chance to work at their own pace.

Update (30th June 2014): We recently published an in–depth guide explaining how to create high–quality, engaging screencasts

There’s a number of ways to create video resources from your existing presentations, but today we’ll take a look at one of the easiest - transforming existing PowerPoint and Keynote presentations into video resources.

Powerpoint + keynote
Powerpoint + keynote

Creating Video Resources using PowerPoint

All you need to do is open an existing presentation and follow the appropriate guidelines below. If you’re going to be recording a voiceover narration of yourself talking through your presentation just remember to make sure that you are in a quiet location and your microphone is set up and working.

Using PowerPoint 2011 on a Mac

To record a voiceover narration just click Slide Show > Record Slide Show to start your presentation and begin recording. When you’re done, PowerPoint will prompt you to save the timings of your recordings, click Yes. Now, each slide will contain voiceover narration, and your presentation is ready to be saved as a video.

Click File > Save as Movie, choose where you’d like to save your file and click Save to create a QuickTime movie file of your presentation.

Using PowerPoint 2010 or Later on a PC

With PowerPoint for Windows you can choose to record your voiceover narration for slides before you present a slide show, or during the presentation. Check out Microsoft’s guide for a detailed walkthrough of the process.

When you’re ready to save your video, just click File > Save & Send, then Create a video. Choose where to save your video and that’s it - you’ve created a WMV video file of your presentation.

If you’re using Office 2007 there’s a few more steps involved - learn more at Microsoft’s Office in Education blog.

Creating Video Resources using Keynote on a Mac

It’s also possible to record voiceover narration using Keynote, just click File > Record Slideshow to begin recording your presentation. Read Apple’s guide to recording slideshow narration for more information.

When you’re ready to save your presentation as a video, click File > Export > Quicktime...

  • If you’ve recorded voiceover narration for your slides, make sure to select ‘Playback Uses: Recorded Timing’. This ensures that your slides will remain on-screen for the duration of their corresponding voiceover.
  • A higher quality video = a larger file size, but providing that you have a fast broadband connection you’ll want to select ‘Formats: Full Quality, Large’ to make sure you get the best quality video from your slides.

As long as you have a fast broadband connection you’ll want to select ‘Formats: Full Quality, Large’ to make sure you get the best quality video from your slides. A higher quality video = a larger file size, so if you think this could be an issue you can select a smaller file size.

Sharing your video with your students

You may already have a site or blog where students can watch your videos but it’s also really easy to do this using MediaCore, and it’s safe. Simply upload the file from the Add Media screen - MediaCore supports every video file type produced by PowerPoint and Keynote.

If you don’t have a MediaCore account request a free demo today. 

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Aidan is a designer and filmmaker. He likes tea, technology and travelling, and is passionate about how video can transform teaching and learning.

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