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How to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint

Updated May 24, 2024
Written by Darren Buser

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Creating an engaging and professional video presentation requires more than just delivering information—it's about connecting with your audience. Whether you're crafting a presentation for a business, sales, school, or onboarding, adding a video of yourself can transform your PowerPoint slides into a dynamic (and personal!) storytelling tool.

This guide covers two ways to video record yourself into a PowerPoint: recording your presentation directly in PowerPoint and using the free online video editor, Clipchamp, to elevate your videos. Learn how to elevate your video presentations in this step-by-step guide.

Method 1: How to record your webcam in PowerPoint

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

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

Hình ảnh người dùng đang mở tab ghi trong PowerPoint.

Step 2. Select the cameo option to enable your webcam

Click the cameo button on the record toolbar.

Hình ảnh người dùng bấm vào cameo.

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.

Hình ảnh người dùng bấm vào chỗ dành sẵn.

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 presentation slides, 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 it.

Hình ảnh người dùng bấm vào nút dừng ghi.

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.

Hình ảnh người dùng đang lưu video PowerPoint.

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

Now that you've mastered the basics, so let's move on to another workflow that will make your PowerPoint presentations even more compelling.

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

To level up your presentation, we'll explore how to video record yourself presenting a PowerPoint with Microsoft Clipchampand edit your video with beginner-friendly features. Using the screen and camera recorder, you can record your webcam and PowerPoint presentation 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 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.

Hình ảnh người dùng đang điều chỉnh PowerPoint trong 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, such as YouTube or Stream, it might require different aspect ratios for video posts. Instead of creating a new video for each platform, just resize your PowerPoint video using the aspect ratio presets.

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

  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.

Hình ảnh người dùng đang thay đổi kích thước của video.

Tips to setup your video presentation recordings

In order to produce high-quality recordings, it's important to pay attention to a few key factors: a stable internet connection, a quiet recording environment, and good lighting. Once these are sorted, consider setting up your technical tools correctly.

Here's how to configure your recording setup when using PowerPoint or Clipchamp.

How to setup PowerPoint’s recording features

As mentioned above, PowerPoint allows you to record your slides as well as your camera. Take a look at some considerations to record without errors.

  • Video source setup: Navigate to the recording tab in PowerPoint. Here, you can select your video source—usually your computer’s built-in webcam or an external camera connected to your computer. Ensure the camera is correctly selected and positioned.

  • Audio source setup: Select your audio input source in the same recording tab. This could be your laptop’s internal microphone, an external microphone, or another connected audio device. Choose the best-quality microphone available and record audio to check for clarity and volume. Adjust the microphone settings to reduce background noise and ensure your voice is clear and audible.

  • Preview and testing: Before starting the actual recording, do a test run to see and hear how you appear and sound in the recording. This test will help you adjust the camera position, audio settings, and move to another location if the lighting or background noise are distracting.

How to setup screen and webcam recording in Clipchamp

Configure your recording settings in Clipchamp to optimize video and audio quality.

  • Choose a presentation size: A standard 16:9 aspect ratio is suitable for most presentations.

  • Set up your screen and camera recording permissions: Go to the record & create tab on the toolbar. Next, click on the screen tool or screen and camera tool. A popup window will appear requesting permissions. Allow Clipchamp access to your camera and microphone if you haven't used our webcam recorder before. Click allow when ready to proceed.

  • Choose screen source: Either record your browser tab, window, or entire screen through the popup window.

  • Choose webcam and audio source: Select your microphone source, camera source and select speaker coach if desired through the popup window.

Editing tips to make your video presentations better

Trim away mistakes

Use the intuitive trimming tool in Clipchamp to remove unnecessary segments of your screen recording, webcam video or audio voiceover in a few clicks. This helps maintain the engagement in your presentation. Learn how in this tutorial video.

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.

Add text animations for clarity

This can help reinforce your messages and ensure they resonate with your audience. 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.

Adjust your webcam footage

Make your webcam videos appear more vibrant and professional-looking with the color correction tools. These tools allow you to adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation simply.

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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