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Creating a video from a presentation with Prezi Video

You might have already used Prezi Video and recorded something online or downloaded the Prezi Video desktop application to live stream your video... but did you know that you can also make more complex and in-depth videos by creating a Prezi presentation first and then turning it into a video? Well, you can, and here is how to do it. 


New to Prezi Present? Check out this article to get started. You can also read this article about structuring your presentation or just go to our dedicated Knowledge Base to learn more about the presentation software and its features.


Creating a presentation with "Use Prezi Present"

While the Prezi Video online editor allows you to create and record videos with a simple structure and limited slides, you can also go for the "Use Prezi Present" option on your dashboard to build a Prezi presentation with multiple images and text boxes, a personalized color scheme, and the power of zooming without a slide limit - and then, turn it into a video with only a few clicks. 

Did you know? You can also turn your existing Prezi or PowerPoint presentations into videos with the Prezi Video desktop app. To learn more, check out this article.

From your Prezi Video dashboard, click on Use Prezi Present. You can either select one of your existing presentations and create a video from it or start from scratch and choose Create new to select a presentation template to use. You can choose a template specifically designed for video recording (all the default content in the template is placed in a way that you can be visible on the screen while presenting). Once you find a template, use the left and right arrows to preview its content and style. Click Use this template or close the window to select a different one. 


Editing and adding content to your presentation

After choosing a template, you will be redirected to the Prezi Present editor with the Prezi Video sidebar open. Here, you can immediately allow camera access to see how exactly your video is going to look like while adding your content, but you can also close the sidebar, edit your presentation and return when you’re ready to record your video.

You can use the editor with all its functions exactly the same way you would create a regular Prezi presentation. You can add, delete, edit, rearrange or reorder topics and subtopics, edit the topic and subtopic covers, customize the color scheme or add any kind of content, such as text, images, icons and shapes to your presentation. 

Did you know?  You can also turn your Prezi Design content into a video. Check this article to learn how!


Note: The pre-designed video templates come with a plain background that is removed when you allow camera access, putting you on the screen next to your content.

Recording your video

When you’re done adding and editing your content, click the Create video button in the top toolbar. You will then need to decide whether you want to record a video where you appear on the screen next to your content or you only want to record your voice as you go through your presentation.



Adding voiceover

If you choose the option to add a voiceover without appearing on the screen, you will immediately be taken to the virtual Prezi Video “recording room” where you can navigate through your presentation while narrating it when recording. Your camera will not be enabled and you will see the background you set in your presentation throughout your video.

Appearing on the screen

If you opt for a video with you on the screen next to your content, you will open the Prezi Video sidebar and see yourself appear in the background of the presentation. Hi! You can also freeze or turn off the camera while adding the final touches.

Having camera issues? Check this article for troubleshooting tips and this article to learn how to use an external camera for recording.

Once your presentation is good to go, activate your camera and click through your presentation a few times to practice before going on the air and to make sure that your content is in the right place and nothing covers your face on-screen.


Pro Tip: Check this article for our top presenting tips before recording your video.

It’s showtime! From the Prezi Video sidebar, you can either choose to record your video online or stream it from the desktop app. For more information on recording, trimming and saving your video, click here and go to this article to learn about live streaming in the Prezi Video desktop application.


Note: Even though it was created from your Prezi Video dashboard, your work is saved to your Prezi Present dashboard as it is technically a presentation before you turn it into a video. Once you record and save your video, it will be available via your Prezi Video dashboard.
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