How to Size PowerPoint for Capture

I often get asked what the best process is to capture PowerPoint presentations using Camtasia at the optimum resolution – 1280×720. In this video, I walk through the process that I use that produces the best results for me.

In case you’re wondering why I don’t simply use the PowerPoint “Export to Video” function, I find that it makes editing difficult and ends up costing me more time.ย  Camtasia is my preferred method for now, and this is how I do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

About The Author

John

John is a Senior Solutions Engineer for a U.S. IT company, specialising in Software Defined IT Infrastructure. He has an extensive background in IT and spends way too much time sitting at his PC's, making videos for himself and other Internet marketers and dreaming of spending more time boating. He's also passionate about Jesus.

22 Comments

  • Rich Farina

    18th March, 2011

    John, Great Video! It certainly filled-in the BIG gap between using the two software programs – Camtasia Studio 7 and PowerPoint 2010.

    Your help with this is very much appreciated.

    Rich Farina

  • John

    18th March, 2011

    You’re welcome, Rich. To be honest, this is one of the most common questions that I get asked about producing videos, so it was about time I made a video to answer it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,
    -John.

  • John Landells

    26th April, 2011

    – The intro is done with Adobe After Effects, based on a template that I purchased.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    26th April, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @austinuo – The intro is done with Adobe After Effects, based on a template that I purchased.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    26th April, 2011

    [..YouTube..] – The intro is done with Adobe After Effects, based on a template that I purchased.

  • smichelsen

    13th July, 2011

    I tried the exact process you use here, using the same resolution, with a pretty high-end laptop and 2GB video card – my results were nowhere near as nice. Although I set camtasia to 30fps, I got maybe 5-10. where might I be going wrong?

  • smichelsen

    14th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] I tried the exact process you use here, using the same resolution, with a pretty high-end laptop and 2GB video card – my results were nowhere near as nice. Although I set camtasia to 30fps, I got maybe 5-10. where might I be going wrong?

  • John Landells

    14th July, 2011

    Are you using the latest version of PowerPoint? I found a HUGE improvement in quality when I upgraded from 2007 to 2010! Also, we careful of the size of any images that you import into PowerPoint as these can massively slow down the playback. I find that I get the best results by scaling my images in Photoshop prior to inserting them into PowerPoint to keep the sizes down.

  • John Landells

    14th July, 2011

    A couple of other things to check:- Are you running anything else in the background? I shut down anything that’s not 100% necessary before capturing with Camtasia- How fast is your hard drive? Often this is a bottleneck – I use 7200rpm drives and STILL want them to be faster!- How much system RAM do you have? – Make sure you capture to the camrec format.Hope this helps! :)Kind regards,-John.

  • smichelsen

    14th July, 2011

    I just discovered from another youtube poster that powerpoint 2010 can convert a presentation including all of the transitions to 720p video, all on it’s own! The resulting videos are flawless! So I can set Camtasia and the rest aside!File -> Save and Send -> Create a Video

  • JohnsTechBlog

    14th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @smichelsen Are you using the latest version of PowerPoint? I found a HUGE improvement in quality when I upgraded from 2007 to 2010! Also, we careful of the size of any images that you import into PowerPoint as these can massively slow down the playback. I find that I get the best results by scaling my images in Photoshop prior to inserting them into PowerPoint to keep the sizes down.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    14th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Are you using the latest version of PowerPoint? I found a HUGE improvement in quality when I upgraded from 2007 to 2010! Also, we careful of the size of any images that you import into PowerPoint as these can massively slow down the playback. I find that I get the best results by scaling my images in Photoshop prior to inserting them into PowerPoint to keep the sizes down.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    14th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @smichelsen A couple of other things to check:

    – Are you running anything else in the background? I shut down anything that’s not 100% necessary before capturing with Camtasia
    – How fast is your hard drive? Often this is a bottleneck – I use 7200rpm drives and STILL want them to be faster!
    – How much system RAM do you have?
    – Make sure you capture to the camrec format.

    Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kind regards,
    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    14th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] A couple of other things to check:

    – Are you running anything else in the background? I shut down anything that’s not 100% necessary before capturing with Camtasia
    – How fast is your hard drive? Often this is a bottleneck – I use 7200rpm drives and STILL want them to be faster!
    – How much system RAM do you have?
    – Make sure you capture to the camrec format.

    Hope this helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kind regards,
    -John.

  • smichelsen

    14th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] I just discovered from another youtube poster that powerpoint 2010 can convert a presentation including all of the transitions to 720p video, all on it’s own! The resulting videos are flawless! So I can set Camtasia and the rest aside!

    File -> Save and Send -> Create a Video

  • John Landells

    15th July, 2011

    You can do that, but if you want to embed audio into it then make a change, you’ll make a whole lot of extra work for yourself. I spent some time testing this when I went to 2010, but found it a less efficient way to work.-John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    15th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @smichelsen You can do that, but if you want to embed audio into it then make a change, you’ll make a whole lot of extra work for yourself. I spent some time testing this when I went to 2010, but found it a less efficient way to work.

    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    15th July, 2011

    [..YouTube..] You can do that, but if you want to embed audio into it then make a change, you’ll make a whole lot of extra work for yourself. I spent some time testing this when I went to 2010, but found it a less efficient way to work.

    -John.

  • DrYahtzeeFish

    15th June, 2012

    super dope!

  • DrYahtzeeFish

    16th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] super dope!

  • John Landells

    16th June, 2012

    Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JohnsTechBlog

    16th June, 2012

    [..YouTube..] Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚