Friday, February 26, 2010

How to Convert PowerPoint to DVD with Camtasia and Nero

This tutorial guides you through how to convert your PowerPoint presentations to play on a home dvd player.
It's great for:

a tutorial all about converting powerpoint to dvd
  • Showing presentations without the need for a computer
  • Distributing your slideshows to friends and colleagues
  • Unattended exhibition presentations, that automatically repeat/rewind
  • Giving your presentations more of a TV feel
  • And generally making you look more professional
  • FREE Downloadable files available at the end of the tutorial
  • This is THE original powerpoint to dvd tutorial - often imitated but never bettered
  • Download the printable pdf of this ppt to dvd tutorialpdf file of this powerpoint tutorial


DVD from the technology set

You would think that you could just write your powerpoint file to a DVD and it would just work. We're sorry to report that's not the case. But we're pleased to report that it's not that difficult. This tutorial will show you how to put your powerpoint presentations on to a dvd in 3 easy steps.

Step One - Capture

Most powerpoint slideshows have movement and animation. We want to preserve this animation on the dvd. For this we used a product called Camtasia to grab the slideshow and save it to a video file. You can read more about all the software we have used at the end of this tutorial.

Step Two - Conversion

Without getting too technical, your PC runs at a certain resolution (or quality), DVD's run at another resolution. Therefore we need to convert the captured video file to DVD quality. For this we will use a product called Nero Vision Express. We will create a nice DVD menu at the same time.
DVD player from Entertainment backgrounds

Step Three - Writing the DVD

We've capture the slideshow, converted it to DVD resolution, created a nice DVD menu, now all that is left is to write (burn) the DVD disc.

Please Note:

We do not make, sell or support, the Camtasia or Nero software, we just wrote this tutorial to help powerpoint users.

Optimizing your computer before you start:

To get the best results from Camtasia while grabbing your slideshow, keep these points in mind:

  • Turn off any software you have running in the background. e.g. Virus checkers. Pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del will show you what is running.
  • Run Scandisk and Defrag (Programs > Accessories > System Tools)
  • Turn off something called "graphics hardware acceleration". Click here for details
  • Make sure your graphics card "drivers" are the most up-to-date
  • Read the camtasia FAQ pages
  • For specific questions regarding camtasia studio please use the companies support forum
  • Do the capturing on your quickest PC

Step by Step Powerpoint to DVD Tutorial:

Step 1: Capture

As mentioned in step 2 above, dvd has a resolution of 720x480. So we need to capture our slideshow at a similar resolution. In our case 800x600 is a close match to capture at, as we cannot set our PC to 720x480. Also 800x600 will scale down better than 640x480 will scale up.
1 Change the desktop resolution to 800x600 by right clicking a blank area of your desktop, choose "Properties".
desktop properties
2 Click the "Settings" tab, then move the "Screen Area" slider to 800x600 pixels.
desktop resolution
3 Change the "Colors" to your highest setting. Ideally set it to (True Color) 32bit, 24bit will also work. Click "OK". Then follow your particular on-screen instructions to finish changing the desktop resolution
4 Start Powerpoint.
Open your slideshow. We recommend having a totally blank first and last slide, or a slide that follows your template but with no content.
5 Select the "Insert" menu and choose "New Slide", select the "Blank" Layout from the "slide layout" on the right of your screen.
Then go to your current last slide by holding down the "CTRL" key then press "End".

Then repeat step 5 to add a new last slide.
6 Go back to your first slide (CTRL-Home), and select the "slideshow" menu, and choose "Slide Transition", make sure that "On mouse click" is ticked.
tick on mouse click
This will make the first slide pause before we start capturing our slideshow.

Then save your presentation. "File" > "Save"
7 To give your PC less to do while capturing your slideshow save your presentation as a "presentation show"...

Select the "File" menu, choose "Save As...."

Change the "Save as type" to "powerpoint show (.pps)". Click "Save"
save as powerpoint show

Quit out of powerpoint.
8 Now we are ready to capture the slide show. Start Camtasia Recorder. Check that it is set to record the "screen" by selecting the "Capture" menu, choose "Input" and select "Screen".
camtasia recorder - input set to screen
9 This step is optional, but we found it gave much better results with our particular presentation.
In Camtasia Recorder, click "Tools", then "Options", click the "AVI" tab along the top. On this page turn off "Auto Configure". Set the frames/sec to 10.0

Click "Video Setup". Untick "Key Frame Every 80 frames". Click OK.

Click the "Program" tab, Then tick "Boost priority during capture". Click OK.
10 Navigate to your powerpoint show (the .pps file from step 7) using windows explorer or "my computer".

Double click your file e.g. mypres.pps
11 The 1st slide will be displayed until you press a key to move on to the next slide.
Tip: We got better results if we went through the presentation once, before doing the actual capture. This allowed the PC to cache the presentation in its memory.
12 When you press F9 Camtasia Recorder will start recording everything that happens on the screen. When you are ready, press F9, then press the space bar to start your presentation proper.
13 If your presentation is set to wait for a mouse click to move through each slide, remember to give the audience time to read each slide, before pressing the space bar to move to the next slide. One way of doing this is to read the slide out aloud.
14 When you reach your last blank slide, Press F10 to tell Camtasia Recorder to stop recording. You will be prompted to save the captured slideshow, so choose a directory and enter a filename.
choose the Title Only layout

Click "Save". Camtasia will save your capture as an .AVI file.
15 That's it for Step One. We told you it was easy!
16 View what we grabbed from powerpoint. How did we do that? We used Camtasia Producer to save our captured video file to a flash (swf) file. Trust us, when we say this powerpoint to flash is a very powerful feature of Camtasia.

Step 2: Conversion

1 Start Nero Vision Express 2
2 Click "Make DVD" and choose "DVD-Video"
dvd video
3 Click "Make New Movie
make new movie
4 Click the "Browse for media" button. Navigate to where you saved the original camtasia captured video file. Select the File and click "Open". Nero will display an icon to represent your video clip.
browse to add video
5 Right click the newly added video clip icon and choose "Add to Project"
add to project
6 Nero will add your video to it's storyboard
video storyboard
You can add transitions before and after each video clip using nero if you want to. We didn't.
7 If you want to add any kind of soundtrack or music to your video clip, this is the time to do it. Click the "Show Timeline" button
dvd timeline
Then simply browse to your existing audio clip, then drag it from the media list to the "timeline" area marked "Audio 1".
8 Click the "Next" button.

If you want to add any more powerpoint slideshows, then repeat steps 3 through 6. Obviously you will also have to capture each presentation using camtasia by following Step 1: Capture.
9 Click the "More>>" button
Click the "Video Options" button
video options
10 Change the "Video mode" to NTSC for the United States, or scroll down the list to your country for other modes (e.g. Select PAL for the UK).
ntsc or pal
Click the "Next" button.
11 The "Create Menu" page is where you design the 1st screen people will see when they view your DVD.
design a menu
You can add backgrounds, change colors, fonts, etc. It's all fairly self explanatory.
dvd menu options
For our DVD creation we choose "Layout 2", a still background image, and added a title of "Select a video show".

Click Next
12 The "Preview" screen allows you to view and test your dvd. Clicking the Menu button on the remote control will always bring you back to this 1st screen.
test your dvd
Click "Back" if you would like to change how your DVD will look or Click "N

As what you've read, it is very troublesome to burn PowerPoint onto DVD with the capture software Camtasia and the burner Nero, and you may need to spend hundreds of dollars to buy the two applications. Is there a easy and cheap way?The answer is "Yes". Moyea PPT to DVD Burner is such a tool to burn your PowerPoint file onto DVD disc directly within 3 steps: Insert,Output Options Setting and "Start". But don't worry about it is price, you can get it now at less than 100 dolloars.

To buy it or not, that's your choice!

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