Imagine being able to record the execution of some complicated business process with full-screen resolution and audio then place that recording in a slideshow or save it as a video file for posting on a company website or social media site.
Without any additional software, you can have PowerPoint do all these things.
(Imagine recording a PowerPoint video on how to record a PowerPoint video? This may accidentally open a rift to the 4th Dimension. Let me know what you discover there.)
To record a video, click Insert (tab) -> Media (group) -> Screen Recording.
This will launch the control dock.
The default is to record the entire screen, but you can click the “Select Area” button and then draw a bounding box around the area of interest. The red, dotted line indicated the part of the screen that will be recorded. If you wish to return to a full-screen selection, press WindowsKey-Shift-F.
You can also toggle whether to record system audio and microphone audio along with recording the mouse pointer and its movements around the screen.
Once ready, click the “Record” button. This provides a 3-second countdown timer.
Perform the necessary steps. When completed, press the WindowsKey-Shift-Q key combination.
Correcting the Video
To adjust the video, select the recorded video and click Video Format (tab) -> Adjust (group) -> Corrections -> Video Correction Options.
Here you can make adjustments to the video, such as brightness, contrast, cropping, recoloring, etc.
Cropping the Video
If you recorded more area than you wish, you can easily crop out unwanted areas by selecting Video Format (tab) -> Size (group) -> Crop.
Using the crop handles, reduce the visible areas as needed.
Editing the Video
If you had a bit of a rocky start or end to the video, you could edit those portions out of the result.
To do this, select the video and click Playback (tab) -> Editing (group) -> Trim Video.
In the Trim Video dialog box, you can adjust the sliders to cut out the leading or trailing parts of the video.
Keep in mind, this is a VERY basic video editor. You cannot cut out middle portions of the video, only beginning and end portions. You also can’t rearrange portions of the video to create an order that differs from the recorded order.
For more complex editing, you would need to export the recording as a video file and edit it with a more robust video editing application.
Export the Video to a Video File
To save the video as a separate video file, suitable for uploading to a corporate website or a social media site, click File (tab) -> Export -> Create a Video.
You can select from several export options such as video quality and how much time you spend on each slide if no built-in timings are present.