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How to create a video in the Prezi Video desktop app

You already have a killer Prezi Present presentation or a PPT deck, but you want to make it even more engaging? Turn it into a Prezi Video so your audience can see your content with you on-screen for a seamless, more natural experience.

In addition, when you are using the Prezi Video app, there’s no limitation for the length of your video, you can create crisp and clear videos in full HD (check this article if you want to use an external camera for the best image quality) and you can live stream your video to present real-time.

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Note: For more information on the system requirements for the Prezi Video desktop application, please check this article and go here to learn more about downloading and installing the app.

When you open the desktop application, there are three different ways you can create your video. You are then taken to the Prezi Video editor where you can create, edit and preview your content before recording your video. Your camera is enabled so you can see yourself and your content on the screen. The camera is automatically mirrored to make recording easier, however, you can also disable mirroring by going to Camera in the top toolbar and unticking Mirror Camera in Prezi Video in the dropdown menu. 
 
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Having trouble enabling your camera? Please check this article for some troubleshooting tips.

Create new

First, you'd need to download the Prezi Video desktop app and log into your account. Then, choose Create New Video. Once the video window loads, go to the Templates tab on the right and find the best layout and design for your video.

Prezi team users also have access to a variety of branded templates set up by the team admin via the brand kit. Select Branded from the dropdown menu to choose one of the customized templates and go back to Default to browse the template collection available for all users. Once it's done, go back to the Content tab in the sidebar. 

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It’s time to add your content. You can add text and one visual per slide by either drag and dropping or uploading it from your computer from Choose, selecting a PPT slide from the PowerPoint button, adding slides from a Google Slides presentation from the Google Slides button or selecting a visual  from our image, icon, GIF or sticker libraries. Once you are done, you can add further slides by clicking on the + icon in the left sidebar or remove a slide by clicking the x on the thumbnail. You can also switch up the order of the slides by simply dragging and moving them. 

Did you know? You can also upload your own mp4 files to Prezi Video and play them while recording a video or sharing your content in a video conference. To learn more, please check our article on adding and playing a video in Prezi Video.

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You should know: There is a limitation of adding one picture (JPEG, PNG, GIF, mp4 format or converted from Google Slides or PowerPoint slides) and 100 characters of text per slide in a video.

Add your presenter notes at the top as reminders to your video before recording or going live to highlight key information and to help you practice and prepare for the final take.

Once the video reached its final shape and form, it’s showtime! Open your video conferencing tool if you are live streaming your video and click Record if you want to share your video later.

While recording, use the three icons at the bottom left to switch between different views (only you on the screen, you and your content on the screen, only your content on the screen) and the arrows on the right to move to the next/previous slide. You can also share your desktop screen or a specific window while recording. If necessary, you can pause your recording by clicking the red button under the video window and resume by clicking the same button again. When you're finished, click the Done recording button and your video will start processing. 

Once you’re done with recording and the video is processed, you can watch it in its entirety. Don’t worry if you’re not happy with the first (or sixth) take, you can close the video window and record again to give it another try as many times as you’d like. 

If you have a version you are happy with, you can remove any unwanted footage from the beginning or the end by clicking on the Trim icon. Click Save & Share when the masterpiece is finalized. 

You can download your video as an .mp4 file or upload it to your Prezi account. For more detailed information on saving your video, check this article and go here to learn about sharing your video. 

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Did you know? You can also reuse the content of a video you recorded online in the Prezi Video desktop app. Go to your Prezi Video dashboard and open the video in the desktop app by clicking Video conferencing in the dropdown under the thumbnail. Then, instead of streaming, record your video with the content already added.

Import PowerPoint presentation 

First, you'd need to download the Prezi Video desktop app and log into your account. Then, choose Import PowerPoint. Select a .ppt or .pptx file from your computer. Once your PowerPoint presentation is converted, you can select the slides you want to include in your video (Ctrl/Cmd+click) or import all the slides in the presentation. Once you import the selected slides, they each become a separate slide in your video. 

Go to the Templates tab on the right and find the best layout and design for your video. Prezi team users also have access to a variety of branded templates set up by the team admin via the brand kit. Select Branded from the dropdown menu to choose one of the customized templates and go back to Default to browse the template collection available for all users. Once it's done, go back to the Content tab in the sidebar. 

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You can then add text or replace the PPT slide with a different visual inserted from your computer (from Choose) or from our image and icon library. First, click Remove in the sidebar so you can add your visual. Once you are done, you can add further slides by clicking on the + icon in the left sidebar.

You should know: There is a limitation of adding one picture (JPEG, PNG, GIF, mp4 format or converted from PowerPoint slides) and 100 characters of text per slide in a video. This means that you can only add text to the slides that already have a converted PPT slide added to them or replace the slide with an image.

Add your presenter notes at the top as reminders to your video before recording or going live to highlight key information and to help you practice and prepare for the final take.

Once the video reached its final shape and form, it’s showtime! Open your video conferencing tool if you are live streaming your video and click Record if you want to share your video later.

While recording, use the three icons at the bottom left to switch between different views (only you on the screen, you and your content on the screen, only your content on the screen) and the arrows on the right to move to the next/previous slide. You can also share your desktop screen or a specific window while recording. If necessary, you can pause your recording by clicking the red button under the video window and resume by clicking the same button again. When you're finished, click the Done recording button and your video will start processing. 

Once you’re done with recording and the video is processed, you can watch it in its entirety. Don’t worry if you’re not happy with the first (or sixth) take, you can close the video window and record again to give it another try as many times as you’d like. 

If you have a version you are happy with, you can remove any unwanted footage from the beginning or the end by clicking on the Trim icon. Click Save & Share when the masterpiece is finalized. 

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You can download your video as an .mp4 file or upload it to your Prezi account. For more detailed information on saving your video, check this article and go here to learn about sharing your video. 

Import Prezi presentation

First, you'd need to download the Prezi Video desktop app and log into your account. Then, choose Import from Prezi. Select one of your presentations you would like to convert and click Import selected. This will import all the content in your presentation and remove the background image so you can be seen in the background. Make sure to arrange your content beforehand in the Prezi Present editor in a way that your face can be seen. 

Pro Tip: You can also import presentations including locally uploaded videos and play them while recording. Check this article to learn how!

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Add your presenter notes at the top as reminders to your video before recording or going live to highlight key information and to help you practice and prepare for the final take.

Then, it’s showtime! Open your video conferencing tool if you are live streaming your video and click Record if you want to share your video later.

While recording, use the three icons at the bottom left to switch between different views (only you on the screen, you and your content on the screen, only your content on the screen) and the arrows on the right to move to the next/previous slide. You can also share your desktop screen or a specific window while recording. If necessary, you can pause your recording by clicking the red button under the video window and resume by clicking the same button again. When you're finished, click the Done recording button and your video will start processing. 

If you have a version you are happy with, you can remove any unwanted footage from the beginning or the end by clicking on the Trim icon. Click Save & Share when the masterpiece is finalized. 

You can download your video as an .mp4 file or upload it to your Prezi account. For more detailed information on saving your video, check this article and go here to learn about sharing your video. 

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