How to Utilize PowerPoint to Create Video Tutorials

Updated on January 14, 2020
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Joshua has work experience in manufacturing, distribution, and aerospace. He received his BBA in accounting from Kent State University.

PowerPoint to YouTube

In recent developments with Microsoft PowerPoint you are able to make screen recording that can be either shown in your presentation or even uploaded to YouTube. Many people can avoid using expensive software and create their videos with this method.
In recent developments with Microsoft PowerPoint you are able to make screen recording that can be either shown in your presentation or even uploaded to YouTube. Many people can avoid using expensive software and create their videos with this method.

Here we will look at how you can use the PowerPoint insert video function to create video presentations or tutorials for YouTube. With technology advancements in Microsoft applications, it is now possible to create screen recordings. Yes, now the average Joe can take it upon themselves to record whatever they are doing on their computer screen and make a video out of it. We live in this world now, so don't get left behind and learn the technology.

With technology changing so much, the market for online video tutorials continues to increase in popularity. We must continue to keep as many people up to date as possible with new tech tips. The hype started years ago and to this day, you can agree that you can learn just about anything on YouTube.

Start a Screen Recording

To start a screen recording open PowerPoint and click on the insert tab.

Choose the Insert Tab

The insert tab can be found near the top left corner of your screen in the ribbon.
The insert tab can be found near the top left corner of your screen in the ribbon.

Next, click on "Screen Recording" located in the media section.

Choose Screen Recording

The screen recording option can be found on the right side of the ribbon under the insert tab in the section labeled media. In this same section there is an option that will let you record just audio.
The screen recording option can be found on the right side of the ribbon under the insert tab in the section labeled media. In this same section there is an option that will let you record just audio.

The screen recording options will now appear at the top of your screen. If these options go away, move the cursor up to the top of the screen and it will reappear. Notice also that the background will turn grey. This will remain grey until a recording area is selected. Click on the select area option, then go to the area of your computer screen where you want to record content.

Select Area

If you have multiple monitors, you can select an area from which ever monitor you desire.
If you have multiple monitors, you can select an area from which ever monitor you desire.

Start Recording

You can select the whole screen or a certain area that you want to record by holding on the left mouse button and dragging your cursor to create a square or rectangular recording area. In the case of the illustration below, I want to narrate a PowerPoint presentation while recording. The gray color will disappear where your selected area is. Now is the time to click on the record button.

Create Content

Once you select your area and click on the record button, you will have a three second count down before your recording starts.
Once you select your area and click on the record button, you will have a three second count down before your recording starts.

Stopping the Recording

To end the recording, move your cursor to the top of the screen toward the middle to show the recording controls and click stop. At this point, your video is saved within the PowerPoint presentation. You may view your recording by hovering over it, followed by clicking on the play button.

In order to make a YouTube video, the video must be saved outside of the PowerPoint. To do so, right-click on the video and click save as to find a location in your computer to save the file.

Save the Media to the Computer

Next, log into your YouTube account. Once logged in, click on the create video or post button and upload video button. The steps are numbered in the illustration below.

This screen shot of you tube highlights the selections that need to be made to upload a video.
This screen shot of you tube highlights the selections that need to be made to upload a video.

In this new window you must click on the select file button in the middle of the screen. This will direct you to your computer's directory where you will need to select the media file to be uploaded.

Select a File to Upload

To select a video file, you can click the select file button or click on the icon in the middle of the screen with the arrow pointing up.
To select a video file, you can click the select file button or click on the icon in the middle of the screen with the arrow pointing up.

Next, you need to create a title or confirm that you want the title to be the same as the file name. The description also needs to be created. You want to make sure your description has the correct key words used in it so search engines can find your work. After this is complete, click the Next button.

Indicate whether or not your video is intended for kids or not. Click the next button two more times.

Choose Your General Audience

This audience selection is a new required selection that needs to be made before publishing a video. You must state whether you video is meant for a younger audience or not.
This audience selection is a new required selection that needs to be made before publishing a video. You must state whether you video is meant for a younger audience or not.

The last things you need to do is choose how private you want your video to appear and choose publish. Note that the done button text will change to publish after the privacy setting is made.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Joshua Crowder

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