Website managers and bloggers are always looking for new ways to engage their audiences with compelling content. In today’s day and age of digital everything, we can lose someone’s attention — *snap* — like that. To stand out with your online community, try adding video content to your site or blog. With some creative content and a little extra time, you can create a professional, appealing video slideshow using Microsoft PowerPoint.
Step One: Create Your Slides
For this example, I’ve created a picture slideshow using Sample Pictures from Microsoft. I chose a custom themed background and added images individually to each slide.
Step Two: Add Transitions Between Slides
Open the “Transitions” tab and choose a transition for each slide. I’ve chosen “Fade” for all slides in this presentation. You can also customize the speed of the transition in the advanced menu, shown in Step Three.
Step Three: Set the Timing
In the “Transition” tab, you can adjust the “Duration,” which is how long it takes for the slide to transition, and customize how quickly the slides will advance. The default setting is “On Mouse Click,” so uncheck that box and check “After” and add the number of seconds for the duration of the slide. Do this for each slide.
Step Four: Adding a Loop
Since we will be saving this presentation as a video, we need to manually create a “loop” for the slideshow so that it loops through the photos several times. To do this, use your mouse to highlight all of the slides in the slide panel on the left side of the screen.
To copy the slides, press CTRL and “C.”
Step Five: Optional — Insert Audio
If you have audio you’d like to include in your video, find the “Insert” tab and then, on the far right, press “Audio.” It will pull up a mini menu with options to add audio from online, a saved audio file, or by recording audio, such as narration.
Step 6: Save as a .WMV File
When you’ve added all of the final touches to your presentation and viewed the slideshow within PowerPoint, you are ready to save it as a video! In the “Save As” menu, choose “Save As Type: Windows Media Video (*wmv).”