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Turn PowerPoint Presentations Into Polished Videos With PPT2DVD Pro

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At a Glance
  • Wondershare Software Co. PPT2DVD Pro

If you'd like to free your PowerPoint presentations from the confines of Microsoft PowerPoint, say hello to Wondershare's PPT2DVD Pro. This application greatly simplifies the task of converting your PowerPoint content into a video file that you can burn to DVD, share on the Web, or view on numerous portable devices.

Using PPT2DVD Pro to convert your presentation to video is much less complicated than creating the presentation in PowerPoint itself. You choose whether you want to create a DVD or a video file, add the presentations you'd like to include (up to 12), set the correct settings for the DVD or video file, and click to create the final result. If you like, you can add a DVD menu by using one of the basic but perfectly professional templates that Wondershare includes. You also can add background music and set the transition time between slides, if you haven't already done so in PowerPoint.

And that's it. It takes almost no time to create a slick, polished video that retains all of the transitions, sounds, animations, and video clips that you included in your original presentation. If you have an older version of PowerPoint and need to create presentations that you can play back worry-free, PPT2DVD Pro is an indispensible tool. In PowerPoint 2010, however, Microsoft includes an option for saving a presentation as a Windows Media Movie (.wmv) file. Microsoft's tool doesn't include as many options as Wondershare's product does, and it lacks the ability to fine-tune the video for viewing on a specific device. Nevertheless, moving to PowerPoint 2010, which is included even in the $150 Home and Student version of Microsoft's Office suite, could be a more cost-effective option.

--Liane Cassavoy

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At a Glance
  • This business-friendly software converts your PowerPoint presentations into slick videos that can be viewed on a range of devices.


    • Expensive
    • Very fast
    • Easy to use
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