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How to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint

Posted November 29, 2023

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Whether you’re creating a PowerPoint for sales and marketing, onboarding, or for school, add a personal touch and make your presentation easier to follow with a webcam recording.

All you have to do is record with presentation with the Cameo webcam using the PowerPoint app. If you’re looking for more ways to improve your presentation, record and edit your PowerPoint using Clipchamp, an easy online video editor from Microsoft. Level up your presentations using the resizing tools, annotation stickers, autocaptions, and more.

Explore how you can create professional video presentations with PowerPoint and polish your videos for free with Clipchamp.

Method 1: How to record your webcam in PowerPoint

Step 1. Open Microsoft PowerPoint and navigate to the record tab

To start your webcam recording in PowerPoint, head over to the PowerPoint application. Next, click on the record tab to launch recording options.

An image of a user opening the record tab in PowerPoint.

Step 2. Select the cameo option to enable your webcam

Click on the cameo button on the record toolbar.

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A blue placeholder circle will appear to preview the placement of your webcam recording overlay. If desired, you can customize the shape and add a border to your webcam recording. If you haven’t used the cameo feature before, make sure to enable the webcam and microphone permissions and select your mic and camera source.

An image of a user clicking on the placeholder.

Step 3. Record your presentation video

Click on the record button in the top right corner to start recording. Here you will record your PowerPoint, teleprompter, and webcam. A three second countdown will appear. To stop recording, click on the stop recording button. You can preview your video before saving.

An image of a user clicking on the stop record button.

Step 4. Save and share your presentation video

Preview your PowerPoint video before saving. When you’re done recording, click on the export button then click on export video.

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For more help, take a look at the record a presentation help article.

Method 2: How to record your webcam and PowerPoint in Clipchamp

If you’d like an alternative to recording PowerPoint videos, directly record both your screen and camera in Microsoft Clipchamp and further edit your video with beginner-friendly features. Using the screen and camera recorder, you can simultaneously record your webcam and PowerPoint without leaving your browser. Your webcam recording automatically saves as a picture-in-picture overlay, making your video easy to edit and customize to your liking.

Follow the steps below to learn how to record your webcam and video presentation in Microsoft Clipchamp.

  1. Click on the record & create tab on the toolbar.

  2. Click on the screen and camera option.

  3. Select a camera and mic to use.

  4. Click on the record button to select a tab, window, or entire screen with your PowerPoint presentation shown.

  5. Save your recording when you’re finished presenting.

  6. Trim away mistakes or excess footage on the timeline with the trim tool.

  7. Save your video presentation in 1080p video resolution.

An image of a user editing a PowerPoint in Clipchamp.

For more help, check out the screen and camera tutorial. You can also save your PowerPoint presentation as an MP4 or MOV file, then import your video onto the timeline to start editing.

Resize your video presentation for any platform

If you’re sharing your video presentation to multiple different platforms, they might require all different aspect ratios for video posts. Instead of creating a new video for each platform, just resize your PowerPoint video using the resizing presets.

Follow the steps below to quickly resize your presentation video using the presets.

  1. Import and add your video to the timeline.

  2. Click on the 16:9 aspect ratio button.

  3. Hover over each preset to preview the aspect ratio.

  4. Click on a new aspect ratio that suits your platform to resize your video.

  5. Use the fit or fill buttons in the floating toolbar to remove black borders or bars.

  6. Save your video by clicking on the export button and selecting 1080p video resolution.

An image of a user resizing a video.

Ideas to improve your video presentations

Use captions to create accessible videos

Generate real-time captions for your video presentation to make it easier to understand on mute with the autocaptions feature. Just turn on autocaptions to automatically create a video transcript which consists of an index of timestamps to help you navigate your video better.

Add annotation stickers to enhance messages

Draw attention to specific elements within your PowerPoint presentation by overlaying sticker annotations. In the content library tab on the toolbar, search through an endless range of shapes and annotations like arrows, squares, circles, stars, graphics, and more.

Speed up and slow down videos

If your presentation is too slow or too fast, easily edit your video’s speed with the beginner friendly speed selector. Just remember to make your presentation speed easy to understand and not too fast.

Overlay text animations for clarity

Easily add emphasis on important talking points, increase your presentations reach, and provide more context for viewers with text animations. Choose from a wide range of professional titles like multiline, lower third, bouncing, mirror and more. Customize titles to suit your presentation theme with different fonts, colors, sizes, and positions.

Use ASL stickers to enhance videos

Make your PowerPoint videos more accessible for work, school, or social media with the help of popular American Sign Language video stickers. Just place an ASL sticker side by side with your video content or as a standalone clip to convey meaning to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Learn more about recording a presentation video using Windows 10 and explore how to create engaging video presentations.

Edit videos today with Clipchamp for free or download the Clipchamp Windows app.  

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