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This article describes two methods that you can use to to record a PowerPoint presentation to a videotape. You can use a scan converter to save a presentation to a videotape. You can also use digital video editing software and hardware to record a PowerPoint presentation to a videotape. For detailed information, see the “More information” section of this article.
PowerPoint does not have a built-in feature with which to record a presentation to videotape. However, you can use a number of third-party products to perform this operation.
Before you start, consider the following issues:
Method 1: Use a scan converterA scan converter is a device that gives you the ability to put what appears on a computer screen on a standard National Television System Committee (NTSC) or Phase Alternating Line (PAL) television monitor, or conversely, you can watch television on your computer screen. You can also use a standard videocassette recorder (VCR) to record what appears on your computer monitor.
Some video cards (for example, the ATI All-in-Wonder video card by ATI Technologies) allow you to transfer the video playback from your VCR to your computer video card TV-IN connection and from your computer video card TV-OUT connection to your VCR.
For information about how to contact your video card manufacturer to determine the capabilities of your video card, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Hardware and software vendor contact listMicrosoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
To record a PowerPoint presentation by using a scan converter, follow these steps:
Method 2: Use digital video editing software and hardwareDigital video editing offers a more advanced method for you to record a PowerPoint presentation to a videotape. This method uses an adapter card that either replaces, or works in concert with, the video adapter card in your computer. This card has output jacks for several different types of video signals, and may also have input jacks for several different types of video signals. Some examples of this type of card include the Matrox RT2000 by Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. and the Pinnacle DV500 by Pinnacle Systems, Inc.
To control these cards, you must use a video editing program (for example, Adobe Premiere by Adobe Systems, Inc. or Video Factory by Sonic Factory).
Note You must also have a VCR to connect to the video editing adapter.
With this hardware and software configuration, you can record Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) files, QuickTime movies, or images stored in various formats, and then record them to videotape.
Also note the following: