Convert PowerPoint to Video: How to Choose a Video Format

For a long time, you have been acknowledged that if you want to view PowerPoint on portable devices, upload PowerPoint to YouTube or watch PowerPoint without Microsoft Office installed, convert PowerPoint to video is always one of the best choices. One professional PPT to video converter could support save PowerPoint presentations as numerous video formats such as MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, VOB, MOV, 3GP, 3G2, F4V, TS, etc. So which video format should you choose when converting PowerPoint to movie?

The best format to choose depends on the end purpose and audience of your output movie. So below we will show you a quick guide to choose a suitable video format.

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  • If it needs to include “interactive” objects like buttons and “click to continue” textboxes, then you can choose to export PowerPoint as Flash (SWF) format.
  • If it will be embedded on a webpage, you need to export to QuickTime movie (MOV), WMV or Flash formats.
  • If it needs to play back on portable devices, like iPad or iPhone, MPEG-4 format is the best choice.
  • If it has lots of motion in your movie and to keep the file small in size, you can choose QuickTime movie or WMV format.

Flash Format:

Flash is an extremely popular format for playing animated video, particularly over the internet. The Flash player plugin is installed in virtually all internet browsers and the movie begins to play in the webpage while the remainder downloads.

There are two types of Flash movie format: Flash Video (FLV) and SWF.

FLV files cannot contain interactive objects, but have no limit on length and should be smaller if the movie contains motion or moving video. FLV format is available for converting PowerPoint to video.

SWF files can contain ‘interactive’ objects like buttons and ‘click to continue’ textboxes. However, they have a limit on the number of frames they can contain. If you want to save PowerPoint as SWF format, you will need the picture to SWF maker.

Flash Advantages:

  • High quality.
  • Can contain ‘interactive’ objects.
  • Good file sizes.
  • The majority of PC and Macs have the Flash plug-in required to play Flash files.
  • Very suitable for the internet.
  • Supports online streaming.

Flash Drawbacks:

  • SWF files are limited to 16,000 frames (ten minutes at the default frame rate).

MPEG-4 Format

MPEG-4 format is the best choice if you need the movie to be played on mobile devices like iPhone, iPad and Android phones. It is also the most popular and widely used video formats till now.

MPEG-4 Advantages:

  • Only format widely compatible with Apple and Android mobile devices.
  • Also widely compatible with PCs and Macs.
  • Decent compression.

MPEG-4 Disadvantages:

  • Does not support interactivity.

QuickTime (H264) Format (MOV)

QuickTime H264 format is often used for movies that will be embedded in webpages, requiring them to be streamed across the internet. H264 is capable of good video quality and small file sizes when encoding moving video.

QuickTime movies are usually played on mac and can also play back on Windows PC if QuickTime player is installed.

QuickTime advantages:

  • Capable of excellent compression and quality
  • Compatible with all Macs and many PCs.

QuickTime disadvantages:

  • Cannot contain ‘interactive’ objects like buttons and ‘click to continue’ textboxes.
  • QuickTime player is not installed on all PCs.

AVI Format

AVI is a popular video file format. Each AVI file is encoded with a “codec” (such as DivX or Cinepak) that compresses the video data on export and decompresses it for viewing in movie playing software.

When you export to AVI format, you will pick a codec to encode with, from the list of those installed on your PC. Different codecs produce very different results in terms of file size, quality and export times.

AVI Advantages:

  • Choice of codecs means you can achieve a high rate compression if you experiment.
  • Plays in mainstream media players such as Windows Media Player.
  • Can be used as a starting point to create playable DVDs.

AVI Drawbacks:

  • The codec used to create your movie is usually required to be installed in order to view it.
  • The quality and compression achieved by codec varies considerably, so experimentation is needed.
  • AVI format does not support user interactivity.

Windows Media Video (WMV) Format

Windows Media Video (WMV) format is commonly used for movie playback on Windows PCs. Windows Media Player is preinstall on all computers to play WMV videos and many Microsoft produced software export video as WMV format like Windows Live Movie Maker.

WMV Advantages:

  • Good compression and quality.
  • Wide compatibility with Windows PCs.
  • None of the codec compatibility problems associated with AVI format.

WMV Drawbacks:

  • Not widely compatible with Mac and Linux.
  • WMV format does not support user interactivity.

Related posts:

  1. Embed a flash video into PowerPoint & convert PPT presentation to FLV format
  2. How to Convert PowerPoint to Flash SWF Format
  3. 7 Best Ways To Convert PowerPoint Presentations to Video
  4. How to Insert 6 Common Types of Video to PowerPoint
  5. Can You Add a QuickTime Movie to PowerPoint Presentation?

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