There are many times when you want to convert PowerPoint presentations to video clips. This could be because you want to upload these video clips to YouTube and other video sharing sites, or maybe you want to create a DVD from a PowerPoint presentation. Whatever our motive, it's never an uncomplicated task to convert PowerPoint slides to a video format.
Acoolsoft PPT2Video Converter claims to make this task simple and easy, and in this review, we will explore how it fares.
About Acoolsoft PPT2Video Converter
Acoolsoft PPT2Video Converter is from Acoolsoft, a Shenzhen, China based company that created other PowerPoint conversion programs like PPT2DVD, PPT2YouTube, PPT to Flash etc. You can learn more about PPT2Video Converter from their site.
Acoolsoft PPT2Video Converter converts PowerPoint presentations to popular videos formats such as AVI, WMV, MPEG, MP4, MOV, FLV and 3GP. It claims it will retain the original animation, video/audio clips and other content. If this works, you can convert and share your favorite PowerPoint presentations on YouTube, iPod, PDA, and even mobile phones like the iPhone without any programming knowledge. The product supports import of up to 12 presentations at a time, and displays the conversion process with a task list manager. The Auto PC shut-down option turns off your system off after converting all those PowerPoint presentations to video clips.
My contact at Acoolsoft for this review was Joan Andrew. Thank you, Joan.
Using Acoolsoft PPT2Video Converter
Download the installer, run the setup routine and follow the instructions. When installed, follow these steps to use PPT2Video Converter:
- Launch PPT2Video Converter. Figure 1, below, shows the PPT2Video Converter interface with the Getting Started screen.
Figure 1: PPT2Video Converter interface
- Click the Import button, placed on the top left corner of the interface, as shown in Figure 2, below. Doing so opens a new dialog box from where you can select the PPT or PPTX file(s) for conversion.
Figure 2: Import PPT and PPTX
- Browse and select the PPT and PPTX files you want to convert. Then, you'll see them in a list, as shown in Figure 3, below.
Figure 3: Listed PPT
- Now click the drop-down list next to Output option to get the list of output formats, as shown in Figure 4, below. Choose as required.
Figure 4: Output option
- The Profile option is available right below the Output dropdown list. This shows the output video profile, such as format, TV standard, aspect ratio and so on.
- Also, next to Profile option there is a Settings button. Click this button to change video properties. This action opens the Settings window, as shown in Figure 5, below.
Figure 5: Settings
- The setting window has a list of all the video formats and their properties. There are four tabs in the setting window:
- Properties: Here you can set the TV and Video standards, set aspect ratio and set the display size.
- Timing: Here you can add delay at the end of each slide. If the transition time is set in PowerPoint, the time you set in PPT2Video Converter will not work as the application retains the transition time of the original file.
- Sound Setup: This feature requires Acoolsoft Sound Recorder, which helps you retain all sounds in your presentations no matter what formats they are, with synchronization. You are prompted to install the Acoolsoft Sound Recorder when you install the PPT2Video program.
- Layout: Here you can set the display settings of the output video, set your videos to full-screen displays, etc. You can also set the margin area for a CRT monitor. Finally, apply a solid fill, picture or choose from inbuilt templates for a margin fill.
- When done with changes, click OK button to apply.
Pricing and Support
PPT2Video Converter is available in two licenses: commercial and personal. While the former license costs $99.95, the latter license is cheaper at $49.95. Multi-user licenses are also available.
Support options includes online tutorials, FAQs, and e-mail support via an online form.
Acoolsoft's PPT2Video Converter is a capable product, and it has a nice product to performance ratio.