From PowerPoint to Video

Video Puppet is a slideshow maker with voice over, and makes it easy to turn presentations into videos.

Getting started

  1. Create slides in a Powerpoint-compatible tool, and type narration text into presenter notes.

  2. For best results, embed fonts into your document before uploading to Video Puppet. This will make sure that the text is displayed in your video exactly as it is on your screen.

  3. Upload the presentation file as PPT, PPTX, PPSX and ODP. (For Google Slides, just use File -> Download -> Microsoft Powerpoint from the application menu to produce a PPTX file).

Quick example

Check out this sample Powerpoint file - and make sure to inspect the speaker notes. Video Puppet created the video below based on that presentation. Tweak the file then create a new video by uploading the modified file to the presentation wizard.

Important limitations

PowerPoint transitions and animations do not work yet.

Video slides are supported, but partial video frames are not (you cannot currently mix images and video in the same slide, and play video in a part of a picture).

Make sure to embed fonts into your document before uploading to Video Puppet, so your slides display correctly.

Common tasks

Here is how to perform some common tasks as you start experimenting with Video Puppet:

Add voice to video

Add the text into speaker notes of your presentation. After you upload the presentation to Video Puppet, you’ll be able to choose one of the many voices or languages, and Video Puppet will automatically add voice over your slideshow.

For information on how to add pauses, intonation and control pronunciation, check out the guide on How to add voice to video.

Set the video voice over language or voice

Video Puppet supports adding voice to video in many languages. To change the language, just change the active voice. After uploading the slides, choose the bottom option option, “Edit settings”.

In the menu, first choose the language:

Next, select one of the voices for that language:

Click the ‘Play’ button next to the voice selection to hear a sample for that voice.

Change the voice for a particular paragraph

You can also use multiple voices or languages in the same video. To do so, add a voice stage direction between the paragraphs in your speaker notes to set the voice for the following text. The instruction should be in brackets, starting by the keyword voice, followed by a colon (:) and the name of the voice you want to use. It’s important to add this into a separate paragraph, so there needs to be a blank line between the instruction and the rest of the text. For example:

First sentence, in the main video voice.

(voice: Brian)

Brian will read this sentence.

Check out the guide on How to add voice to video for more information.

Use your own voice or pre-recorded audio

Automatically generated narration is great for quick experimentation, and for iterating on the content. But having the same voice as everyone else can mean that your videos lose the personal touch. For authors that want to use their own voice for narration, but still make videos from PowerPoint slides, Video Puppet now lets you easily replace the generated narration with your own audio.

To use your own voice, remove the text from speaker notes, and add an audio file to a slide. If a PowerPoint slide has an audio file attached, Video Puppet will play that as the narration for the corresponding scene. Video Puppet supports WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC and M4A files.

What to do if audio does not play or you see audio clips as images?

Make sure to actually include the audio file in the presentation, instead of just linking to a file on your disk. Linked files will not be available to Video Puppet once you upload the presentation. They will most likely show as a small speaker image on the page.

Control pronunciation and add pauses in the narration

Check out the guide on How to add voice to video for more information.

Slow down or speed up the voice over

Check out How to speed up or slow down voice over video.

Keep a slide without any narration

Video Puppet will automatically synchronise picture and sound, so that the slides match the duration of your narration. If you want to keep a slide visible for a period of time without any narration, just add a pause instruction to the speaker notes. For example, to keep a slide for 10 seconds, add the following instruction:

(pause: 10)

Resize slides to fit the video format

Check out Adjusting slide size.

Caption videos easily

Video Puppet lets you add subtitles automatically based on the voice over text. If you use your own audio, or want to change the subtitles to differ from the narration text, just add a paragraph starting with the right angle bracket (>) to your narration.

Video Puppet will read this

> Video Puppet will show this instead

For more information, check out the guide on How to add subtitles to video.

Remove the background music

To make videos more appealing, Video Puppet adds a neutral background music automatically. You can remove the background music completely or change it to something else after uploading the slides. Choose the bottom option option, “Customize video size, voice or music”. In the “Music” drop down, select “No Music”, then click the “Let’s Go” button to build the video.

Add video segments

You can also use screen recordings or pre-edited videos as scenes. To use a video file in one of your scenes, just insert the video into your presentation. You can add MOV, MP4, WMV, AVI and MPEG videos to your slides.

What to do if videos show as images?

Make sure to actually include the video file in the presentation, instead of just linking to a file on your disk. Linked files will not be available to Video Puppet once you upload the presentation. They will only show as a single still frame.

Note: Video slides are supported, but partial video frames are not (you cannot currently mix images and video in the same slide, and play video in a part of a picture).

More information

Check out the Tutorials and guides for more tips and tricks.