How To Edit Slides Into Your Video Correctly (For Mac Users)

Have you ever spoke at an event and someone charismatically raised their hand to ask for your keynote slides? Or people surreptitiously were taking pictures or video of your powerpoint slides and all you wanted was for them to — listen?

We get it. You want people to pay attention during the entire presentation without distractions. So, you make a decision to give away the slides at the end of the presentation, just text Slides to 334-44 as an example.

OR BETTER….you are the event host and have access to the video footage from the keynotes plus the slides and decide to sell the entire event recordings for a moderate price of $97-$197.

By making a pleasant announcement before an event or speech, it can help improve concentration and boost recording sales.

“We welcome everyone and we request that everyone be present with the speaker. We just ask if you would kindly consider unplugging at this event for you will have an opportunity to get the slides.”

So, how do you incorporate PowerPoint slides into the videos without looking scaled down and losing quality upon export?

When you follow these 7 steps, it is within your ability to deliver high quality and crisp slides within your video that will IMPRESS your audience. And you do not have to be tech-savvy or a troubleshooter at all. We have done the heavy lifting and solved this problem for you. =-)

You might be asking, “why is this even important?” There is a significant quality difference from just exporting PowerPoint slides as a PDF or JPEG into videos versus converting the whole PowerPoint into movie files. For example, when a viewer is watching the video and expands the screen, the quality looks blurry when PowerPoints have been converted into PDFS or JPEGS and edited into the video. When it is exported into movie files and integrated into the video, it looks crisp and clean even when it’s expanded on a big screen.

“Alright, alright… I get the point so, how do I convert slides to movie files?” Here are the 7 simple steps.

1. Find a hard drive for your video files

Find a hard drive that has at least 500 gigabytes and plug it into  your computer. If you do not have one, order one off of Amazon or visit Best Buy or Costco.  

Below is one of the drives that we use and recommend.

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2. Open File

Mac Users Only: Open your PowerPoint file in Keynote. If you own a Mac, you should have Keynote already installed on your computer. If not, you may need to find it in the app store.


3. Create a Movie

Click File→ Export to→ Quicktime

4. Export Your Presentation

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Note: We use 30-60 seconds between slides to give our editor enough time to cut in between. You should customize the format to fit your needs. We want high quality so, 1920 x 1080 is great. Also, we use Apple ProRes 422 which, is your master file that produces the highest quality before compression.

5. Organize Files

Now, it’s time to hit ‘Next’ and locate your drive that you’d like to put your file on. You can create ‘new folder’ to organize movie files.

6. Export Movie

Next, click export to create Your Movie. Depending on the size, the file can take up to 30 minutes to be produced.


7. Send Files To Editor

Once you have converted your powerpoint files over to movie files, you can send off to your editor to include in the main edited speaker videos.

Now, it’s time to celebrate! High Fives!

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