We often receive the question, what is the best way to deliver my animated presentation to someone on another computer who doesn’t have PowerPoint or Keynote?
While there are several options available for converting a PowerPoint presentation into a format that can be watched anywhere. Probably the best option when dealing with a presentation containing animation, video or sound is to convert the entire presentation to a video file.
PowerPoint 2010 makes this easy with a Save As Windows Media Video function directly as an option when you save the presentation. Many of the videos on our website were originally saved as .WMV files from PowerPoint 2010. Keynote 09 also has an Export feature that allows you to save your presentation as a easily watched Quicktime video.
Here is a sample video from PowerPoint 2010:
After you have the final video, you could easily use a service like YouTube to display your final presentation video.
If you are using a different version of PowerPoint, you can still save your final presentation as a video by using a screen capture program. I use Microsoft Expression Encoder 4’s Screen Capture program to record my video tutorials. If your presentations are less than 10 minutes long, you can get by with the free version of Microsoft Encoder 4.
For Mac users not using Keynote 09, TechSmith, the makers of Camtasia, has a nice screen recorder called Jing. You can record up to 5 minutes with the free version.
Here is more on creating a video of your presentation from Microsoft Office’s blog.