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  1. Meagan P - Sunshine and Sippy Cups
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    This is an awesome idea that I hadn’t even thought of! I’m just getting ready to launch myself into video – product reviews, funny parenting and household tips, and video tutorials. This is a great tool to have now – thanks for the help!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      You’re very welcome, Meagan! I’m glad this can be helpful for you. I’ll definitely enjoy watching any videos you produce. I think there are a lot of different video options out there, even for those who don’t have a lot of technical expertise.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Meagan. I appreciate it!

      Rebecca

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  2. Eric T. Benoit (
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    Wonderful info, I will be sure to pass it along to a few friends of mine who I know have been struggling with some PP issues. I, myself, don’t use windows though so no PP presentations in my near future lol.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Eric,

      Thanks for stopping by. My guess is that there is a similar way to do it using a Mac, perhaps with Keynote. At any rate, I think we all have many ways to produce various types of content with the tools we already have, so I’m learning to use them, rather than longing for what I don’t have.

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  3. Lana Bandoim
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    This is great advice. PowerPoint can be used in so many ways.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Lana, you are so right. I think a lot of times people don’t realize the many things that can be done, and I’m sure there are a lot of PowerPoint options that I’m not yet familiar with. Taking a PowerPoint presentation and making it into a video is a great way to repurpose it, which I think is a great thing to do, particularly since a lot of great presentations are only used once, otherwise.

      Thanks as always for stopping by, Lana. Hope you have a great weekend!

      Rebecca

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  4. Chuck
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    If you didn’t admit you are new to video making, I’d never know it. You did an awesome job. You have a real gift for simplifying what many would consider a complicated task.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Thanks so much for your kind words, Chuck! I will admit that I really do love making things simple. One of the things I love best, in fact, is encouraging people to do things they think they can’t do. (I’m encouraging myself in the same way!)

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  5. Caroline
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    Hey Rebecca,

    Great tips. Did you create this video with Powerpoint? I had never really consider recording a video with my slides before. Great idea!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Hi Caroline,

      I used a couple of different things for this video. I first of all, used Snagit, to do the screen capture. It is inexpensive (about $50), and is great for screencasts. It’s put out by TechSmith, the same company that makes Jing. Parts of the video were the PowerPoint that I made into a video. And I also used Windows Movie Maker. All I did with Movie Maker was add in the sound, and put in the parts at the beginning and the end (e.g. my logo, the title, and the credits). I could have done the sound in PowerPoint, but since part of the video used PowerPoint, and parts were made with Snagit, it was easiest for me to record my talking while making the screencast. I hope that makes sense. I will have to create another video doing some of the other parts.

      Though Snagit cost money, the other things are free, or else things people commonly have. I’m trying to focus much of my content creation efforts using things that people (including myself) already have, or can get free or inexpensively, because I think sometimes people get hung up with feeling like they can’t afford to do things.

      Thanks as always for stopping by!

      Rebecca

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  6. Lisa
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    I’ve done some videos using my Flipshare camera but not using powerpoint. I love the idea so look forward to giving it a try.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Lisa,

      Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to see some of the videos you’ve made, and would look forward to seeing any you make using PowerPoint.

      Rebecca

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  7. Theresa Torres
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    Hi Rebecca,
    This is for me. I’m one of those who have no idea that I can create videos using Powerpoint. So that’s one new thing I learned today. Thanks!
    I’ll be glad to give this a try using my old presentations. It looks easy enough to do based on your video tutorial and I also agree with what you said about using the tools that we already have instead of learning some other complicated program, saves time and money.
    Thanks again for sharing!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Theresa,

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I do hope you’ll give it a try! We put so much time into our PowerPoint presentations that we may as well make good use of them by turning them into videos!

      I hope you’ll come by again soon. It’s great having you!

      Rebecca

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  8. Ileane
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    Hi Rebecca, I really enjoyed your video and the presentation as well. I wish more people would think outside the box and use creative features like this to record YouTube videos. I’ve been making screencast tutorials for about 3 years using Screencast-o-matic. I have the pro version which is only $12 and it includes transitions and several other editing tools.
    Have you ever tried using SlideRocket? That’s another presentation software that I’ve been meaning to check out and they have some really cool transitions too.
    Thanks for the video Rebecca! Very inspiring.

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Ileane,

      Thanks a lot for stopping by and for your kind words. I also appreciate your recommendation of Screencast-o-matic. That is a very reasonable price, for sure. I see that you have written a blog post about it, and I will be sure to check that out. I haven’t heard of SlideRocket,but will look into that as well.

      I think a lot of times people don’t realize how inexpensive it can be to produce various types of content, so I appreciate all tips that help people to move forward in content creation.

      Thanks a million for your support, and for your tips. Both are appreciated!

      Rebecca

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  9. Sharon O'Day
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    I had no idea it was all integrated, in PowerPoint 2010, Rebecca. (Guess I have no more excuses for not doing video.) This was a godsend, thanks!

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Sharon,

      You are absolutely right — no more excuses! Particularly if you already have PowerPoint 2010, why not use this feature? You have such an excellent teaching style, I would think that PowerPoint would be a natural fit for you as another option for getting your message out there.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your support!

      Rebecca

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  10. Andy
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    Lol I used the exact same background song for my first PowerPoint to video creation on YouTube ever 🙂

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      That is funny, Andy! When you consider the amount of music out there, that must mean that we picked THE song to use on a PowerPoint to video video.

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  11. Nikki
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    I like the thought of recording a video using Powerpoint and not shooting myself. I hate being on camera, but I have a nice speaking voice. So this works out perfectly for me.

    Jing is a great software program for recording your computer screen. So is Camtasia, but it’s a lot more expensive. Either make video making easier.

    With a great presentation – either created by you or predesigned – and the right recording software, you can use your presentation to get the word out about anything that’s important to you.

    Thanks for sharing this. Great article.

    Best,
    Nikki

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    • Rebecca Livermore
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      Nikki,

      I’m with you on not shooting myself. (Sounds funny, written that way, but I so agree!) I’m not a big fan of being on camera myself, but fortunately there are a lot of other ways to create video, as you said.

      I do like Jing and use it for a lot of quick little screencast videos that I share with teammates. But can you save the videos you make and upload them places like YouTube? You are right that Camtasia is expensive, but good. An alternative that is between Jing and Camtasia is Snagit. I use that for both screencast videos and images that I want to add text, etc. to. If you haven’t tried it, you might want to. It’s around $50 and well worth it. I’ve also heard great things about Screencast-O-Matic, so you might want to check that out. There is a free version and a paid one that is about $15 a year, so very affordable.

      Have a great day, Nikki!

      Rebecca

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  12. Gaurav
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    Thank you so much Rebecca. This was exactly what I was looking for.

    – Your newest subscriber. 🙂

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