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Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a video with the Prezi Video desktop app

You already have a killer PowerPoint deck, but you want to make it even more engaging? Turn it into a video with the Prezi Video desktop application and give your PPT slides a new life. Your audience will be able to see your content with you on-screen, resulting in a more natural and seamless experience.


You should know: Users with a free license can only use the Prezi Video desktop application for live streaming, while recording in the app is a paid feature. Luckily, it’s a breeze to upgrade your subscription and get access to recording in the desktop app in addition to other premium features. To learn more about licensing options in Prezi Video, please check this article.

When 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.

Turning your PPT slides into a video

Open the Prezi Video desktop application and choose the Import Powerpoint option.

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.


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.

Pro Tip: The conversion of PowerPoint slides may take up to a few minutes. In order to reduce waiting time, please follow these best practices when importing a PPT presentation.

Once you import the selected slides, they each become a separate slide in your video, with you in the background.

Having trouble enabling your camera? Please check this article for some troubleshooting tips. 


Then, 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. 

You can then add text or replace the PPT slide with an image inserted from your computer or from our image and icon library. 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 or PNG 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. 


Once it's finished and processed, 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 masterpiece. 


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