Google Slides provides you with most of the features available in PowerPoint. However, when it comes to export options, it falls short .
You can download your presentation in the formats shown below. Notable among them is Microsoft PowerPoint and PDF.
Also, you can download a single slide as an image file either in the JPEG or PNG format.
What’s missing – that’s available in PowerPoint – is the ability to download your Google slides to video with audio.
Exporting a slide presentation as a video file is useful, especially if any of the slides come with video and audio.
You can share the video file with your audience to allow them to watch it offline. Or you can upload it to YouTube for the rest of the world to watch.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t export Google Slides to video . You can.
Screen Recorder Option
If you’ve a screen recorder like Camtasia Studio or any other similar program installed in your computer, then converting your slides to video will not be a problem.
What if you don’t already have one or don’t fancy installing one on your computer? Maybe you just want to record one presentation and nothing more.
The good news is you can download your Google slides to video with audio without installing a screen recorder program on your computer. With a workaround, that is.
You would need a browser add-on called Screencastify. It’s available for free.
To use Screencastify you would need to be working on the Google Chrome browser. This is a convenient option as you can remove the add-on after exporting your slides to video without much hassle.
Here are the steps on how to go about exporting a Google Slides presentation to video with audio
Add Screencastify to Google Chrome
There are two ways of adding Screencastify to your Chrome browser. The first is through the Screencastify website at screencastify.com.
Alternatively, you can add it to your browser through the Chrome web store.
Screencastify will then be added to your Chrome browser extensions.
You can then access Screencastify by pressing the ALT + Shift + S keys.
The next step would be to sign in with your Google account.
Allow Screencastify to access your Google Account.
Setting Up Your Screencastify Account
Then proceed with setting up your Screencastify account.
Starting Your Screen Recording
Under the free account, you’re allowed 5 minutes of recording. That would be sufficient for recording most presentations.
Next, go into Presentation mode in Google Slides and start recording by hitting the ALT + Shift + S.
You can set up a microphone and include a narration as you record a presentation.
When you’re done, hit the Record button.
Next choose the share your screen options as shown below.
You’re now ready to start recording.
Stopping, Editing and Saving Your Video Recording
Click on the Screencastify icon on the top right hand of your browser window to stop the recording.
On stopping the recording, you’re given 3 options – edit your recording, share it or export it as an MP4 file.
If you don’t already have a video editing program, then you can use the Screencastify video editor by clicking on the Open in Editor button.
The Screencastify editor will allow you to trim your recording, blur a portion of it or add Text as shown below. You can then export your edited recording to Google Drive or as an MP4 file.
This is just a basic editor.
You can’t remove the audio track of your recording, in case you want to replace it with background music or a narration file.
For that, you would have to export your recording as an MP4 file and work with a dedicated video editor.
The other two options are saving your video to your Google Drive (default) or downloading it as an MP4 file.
If you’ve done a perfect recording, you can share it directly to YouTube or share it as an email attachment file.
Once your file is downloaded or saved to Google Drive you can preview it to see if everything is alright.
You have learned how to record a Google Slides presentation with audio and video.
Screencastify may not be the perfect way to export your Google Slide presentation to video. However, if you don’t have a dedicated screen recording program, then it’s a good, workable option.