How to Upload PowerPoint to YouTube

By Nick Peers

Learn how you can save your PowerPoint Presentation as a video file and then upload it to YouTube and share it with the world.

Although you can upload videos, webcam captures and photo slideshows to YouTube, you can't upload PowerPoint presentations when saved in their designated PPT file format. To overcome this problem, export your presentation as a video file from Microsoft PowerPoint. The software can export WMV or MP4 videos; YouTube supports both formats.


The picture quality of MP4 videos is often better than that of WMV videos. However, WMV videos are usually smaller in size and can be uploaded to YouTube faster.

Exporting Video From PowerPoint

Step 1

Open the presentation in PowerPoint and then record your slideshow, if you haven't already recorded it. PowerPoint creates animation timings and uses them in the final video when you record the slideshow.


If you don't record the slideshow or manually set the animation timing, you can select the number of seconds to spend on each slide when you export the video.

Step 2

Open the presentation in PowerPoint, click File, select Export and then click the Create a Video button to view all settings related to exporting to a video file.

Step 3

Selecting the video resolution from the first drop-down box.

Select the video resolution from the first drop-down box. The maximum and minimum resolutions are 1280x720 pixels and 424x240 pixels, respectively.


  • Higher resolutions result in larger files. However, smaller resolutions can make the text on the slides difficult to read.
  • The medium format — 852x480 pixels — is preferred for video and Web.Uploading high-resolution videos to YouTube results in slower uploadingspeeds and may cause errors.

Step 4

Selecting an option from the second drop-down box.

Select Use Recorded Timings and Narrations from the second drop-down box to use the recorded animation timings. You can select Don't Use Recorded Timings and Narrations if you want to use the default duration and if you don't need to include any recorded narration.


The Don't Use Recorded Timings and Narrations option is grayed out if you didn't record the slideshow or manually set the animation timings.

Step 5

Selecting the default duration and clicking Create Video.

Type the default duration into the Seconds Spent On Each Slide field and then click the Create Video button. The default duration is used for slides that don't have animation timings, or for all slides if the Don't Use Recorded Timings and Narrations option is selected.

Step 6

Typing a name for the video and selecting the video format.

Type a name for the video into the File Name field and select the video format — WMV or MP4 — from the Save As Type box. Select the destination folder and click Save to create the video file.


Creating the video file may take up to 10 minutes, depending on the number of slides and their complexity.

Uploading to YouTube

Step 1

Clicking the Upload button on YouTube.

Open YouTube, log in to your account and click the Upload button to open the YouTube Upload page.

Step 2

Selecting the audience and clicking the Upload button.

Select the audience — Public, Private or Unlisted — from the Audience Selector box. Click the Upload button — it looks like a white arrow on a gray background — to display the File Upload dialog.

Step 3

Uploading the PowerPoint video to YouTube.

Select the video you exported from PowerPoint and click the Open button to upload the video to YouTube.


  • YouTube has strict terms that prohibit you from using copyrighted material without permission from the copyright owner.
  • You may be able to use copyrighted content without seeking permission from the copyright owner if the content falls under the fair use legal doctrine.

Step 4

Publishing the video on YouTube.

Edit the information in the Basic Info tab and, if desired, change any advanced settings from the Advanced Settings tab. Click the Publish button to publish the video on YouTube.