How to turn a PowerPoint into a video to upload to YouTube

You can turn your PowerPoint into a video file that you can upload to the cloud (YouTube, Clemson Box, Google Photos, or Google Drive).  We will give instructions for creating the video from PowerPoint, and then uploading to the cloud options.


First, open your PowerPoint.  You have two choices.  You can just have your viewers look at the slides (no audio, but with a timing you select) or you can narrate your slides (record audio on each slide).  To add audio, go to each slide and select Insert, Audio.  Here there are two choices.  You can select Audio on my PC or Record Audio.  If you have already created the narrations using an audio recorder (such as the free program Audacity), you can select Audio on My PC and select the .mp3 files from here. Or you can select Record Audio and speak into your microphone to record it.


When you add audio to a slide, it will leave an icon there.  It is recommended that you "hide" the icon. To do this click on the audio icon in the middle of the slide, then select Audio Tools, Playback and put a checkmark in Hide During Show.

Hide icon

Next, select File, Export, Create a Video.  Select your Presentation Quality (the higher the quality, the larger the file and the more difficult to upload).  If you have added narrations (audio), you can select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations. If  you don't have narrations, you can select Don't User recorded Timings and Narrations and select a number of seconds to leave each slide on the screen.  Click Create Video.  It will take a while depending on how big your file is.

Export Video

Once the file is made, you can upload to the cloud and get a link to share with others.

Note: If you want to use YouTube, you will need your own Google account since Clemson Google accounts do not allow uploading to YouTube.

Other options are to upload to Google Drive, Google Photos, or Clemson Box.  In all cases you can open the video and get a link to share.



If you want to share your video using YouTube, you must first log in to a non-Clemson Google or YouTube account. Clemson Google accounts do not allow uploading to YouTube. Once you have done that, you can go to to upload your video. Once it is uploaded, you will be given a link to your video. Be sure to set the permissions appropriate for sharing.



Upload your video to your video. 


Click on the Share button.


Share button

Click on Share Link to enable shared link.

Share link

Click on Invited people only and change it to People with the link.

People with the link

Click on Copy.

Copy link

Now you may paste this link in an email or on a page where you want to share the video.


Upload your video to  Open your video.

Click on Share button.

Share button

Click on Create Link.

Create Link

Click on Copy.  Now paste this URL into an email or a page you want to share the video with.

Copy Link



Upload your video to Open it. Click on the three dots, then click on Share and click on Done.


Click on Get shareable link and click on Done.

Get link

Click on Copy link and click on Done.

Copy link

Now paste link into email or other page you want to share.


If you have more questions about this, email or call 864-656-3494.

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