How To Easily Create ELearning Videos from Microsoft PowerPoint

Everyday we are asked questions relating to the supported media in LearnDash as people look to make robust online training content.

And often we are asked about ways to use PowerPoint for elearning course content.

Now, there are many ways you can integrate PowerPoint into any elearning program.

It can be a simple PDF that someone interacts with, or you could use a program like Articulate Presenter to transform that presentation into an interactive, online asset.

But what if you just need something “in between”? You don’t have the resources to invest in a program like Articulate, but you want more from your presentation than a rather static PDF.

Well, one possible option is to record yourself giving the presentation. Using a free tool like Screencast-o-Matic allows you to record your screen and then instantly save the video locally or upload to a platform like YouTube.

But this isn’t always ideal either.

Easy PowerPoint to Video Option

I must admit that despite keeping pretty close tabs on all that is happening in the elearning industry, this particular tool wasn’t on my radar.

I actually stumbled upon it as I was doing some research on content authoring tools. Specifically, I was on the iSpring site when I came across one of their offerings called SlideAlloy.

Strange name, but the functionality is pretty neat.

This product is an add-on for PowerPoint. As you can see in the image above, it adds an extra tab to your options.

Without getting into the various technical components, the functionality is pretty straight-forward: SlideAlloy will publish your presentation (saving all animations and/or sounds) and put it onto YouTube as a video, which in turn you can use as an asset in your online training programs.

One license is priced at $97 so it’s not going to break the bank by any means.

The potential time this could save might be worth the price alone. For more information on SlideAllow, head on over to the iSpring site where you can watch a demonstration video.

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Justin Ferriman is the co-founder and CEO of LearnDash, the WordPress LMS trusted by the world's leading organizations, such as the University of Michigan, Digital Marketer, WPEngine, and Infusionsoft. Justin has made a career as an elearning consultant where he has implemented large-scale training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Twitter | LinkedIn

6 Comments
  1. Wilco

    Hi Justin,

    Can be done with Powerpoint 2010, but little more difficult and only into mwv-file. You will need to click on “Export,” then click on “Create a video.”

    Powerpoint 2013 makes it easier and makes mp4-files. Just “Save as” and choose MPEG-4 Video (*.MP4).

    This year I’ve seen a lot of people selling video-animations made with Powerpoint 2013. Iff you open them in Powerpoint 2010 not all the layers and functions will work.

    I didn’t investigate SlideAlloy, so I don’t know iff it offers more then Powerpoint already has.

  2. PowerPoint 2013 has a FREE Microsoft add-in called Office Mix.
    You can use Windows 7/8/8.1 and PowerPoint 2013 (or Office 365) to create a video using your PowerPoint, or you can create a special type of file from your PowerPoint that you can link to, that you can add quiz questions, annotations, polls, etc and get student responses/analytic’s.

    Here’s the Office Mix web site, where you can download the add-in: https://mix.office.com/.
    Here’s a blog post I wrote about it for our faculty/students, with a handout and more Office Mix resource links: http://durhamtechsakai.blogspot.com/2015/11/favorite-fall-interactive-tool-office.html

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