Improve your Presentations!

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Presentations are key in many fields nowadays.

In school, you have to present certain topics to the class, in university you are asked to present your research findings, and in your company, sales numbers and marketing strategies have to be presented to your boss or coworkers. Talks, speeches, workshops… Even when showing off your vacation photos to your family and friends, all thee things involve presentation skills.

But not everyone is skilled in presenting themselves, their findings, or their current work. Following, we listed some tips how you can improve your presentation skills on a personal as well as on a technical level.

The part of Speech

The most important part of a presentation is of course the oral one. Presentations can be handed out as notes or books or in PDF format, but what you have to say about the facts presented, side information and explanations, those information come from you personally and are given to your audience via speech.

For most people, that’s the most tricky part. Excitement, uncertainty, stage fright; all these things can come in between your and your successful presentation. There is no magical solution to make stage fright disappear, but there are methods you can use to feel less nervous and more confident while presenting.

1. Practice

And by practice we do not exclusively mean that you should practice to go through your presentation beforehand. This is a crucial part to show you how much time you need, and a small audience can already point out where you need to explain a few things more in depth. But practicing presentations in general is just as important. The more often you speak in front of people, the more self-secure and confident you become. Present interesting newspaper articles or something that happened to you during the day to your friends, or volunteer to give a little thank you speech in your local sports club or some other club you may be in.

2. Speak freely

Holding on to cards or scrips may add some security to your speech flow, but you are more likely to avoid eye contact with your audience that way, your eyes being glued on the paper. Learn to present your contents freely. This way, you are more open to clues from your listeners as well, noticing very fast when they get stuck and you have to do some more explaining.

Are you fearing that you could get stuck? Use your presentation slides as keywords and clues what to say. They can function just as well as notes, make no extra work, and won’t distract you from presenting your findings instead of simply reading them out loud.

3. You’re the Expert

Whether you are presenting a topic in school or university, or your current work in your business, keep one thing in mind: You are the expert! You read several articles and books about your topic, and you’ve been working in your field and with your method for years. In most cases , that means that you know far more about the topic than your audience does. Don’t fear questions, rather take them as interesting clues or to spark a discussion (if allowed/appropriate). Reminding yourself that you are the expert in whatever you present is an extra confidence boost as well.

The Visuals

Getting better at the speech part of a presentation requires training. Improving the visual aids is, in this term, a lot easier. Tools like Microsoft’s PowerPoint made it easier to present visual data like graphs, images, and short text compared to scrolling through a very text-heavy  Word document. However, soon, PowerPoint became a synonym for boring. But it doesn’t have to be like that!

1. Avoid common Mistakes

There are many lists throughout the net that explain what and what not to do when creating a PowerPoint presentation. Avoiding bullets and a confusing background design are just a few to name. Yet, the best judge are you yourself. How many bad presentations did you have to sit through in school or business meetings? Instead of taking notes of the content only, take notes of what you didn’t like about the presentation style as well – and avoid such “mistakes”. It is more than likely that things you don’t find appealing in a slideshow are boring or annoying to sit through for others as well.

2. Save your Time

Sure, a slideshow can be nice to look at, but instead of spending hours tweaking your design, it’s the content that should matter. Don’t waste valuable time with wrecking your head about the presentation when there are tools that can help you. Creating slides in your preferred word processing software may come a lot more natural than working with slideshow programs. Use the program you are most familiar with! Because converting your document into PPT or PPTX is done very quickly afterwards.

3. Avoid technical Issues

That’s something everyone knows. You want to hold a presentation and your laptop is not compatible with the projector, or the PPT presentation you sent looks crooked and weird because the operating system handling it uses OpenOffice or some Apple native program. It’s annoying, takes time to fix, and can destroy the whole presentation’s flow. We say: Rather be safe than sorry! Saving your presentation in different formats limits the risk of the target computer messing things up. Want to be on the safest side? Convert your presentation to PDF as well, since PDF documents are readable on any computer with any operating system. Besides, having your presentation saved in this format makes it easier for printers to keep the set formatting in case you want to hand out the slides or publish your presentation online.

4. Be different

If your struggling to get your audience’s attention, maybe it’s time to do something entirely different. Be brave, be experimental. How about a presentation without any text, only with graphs and infographics that underline your words? A slide with one essential keyword may help you get the attention you wanted a lot better than showing a long and boring list of features or do’s and don’ts. Or have you ever thought about converting your presentation to video? You can even add music, sound effects or additional audio comments to publish it online, upload it to YouTube, or simply impress and stick out on a conference.

How to Convert Video to Wii

The days of relying on your Wii gaming system just to play games are over. Clearly, the Wii is really great at video games and that makes sense since it was primarily designed to allow a great gaming experience.

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Then we learned the Wii could help you get healthy and get in shape with things like Wii fitness. But then we learned that Wii could actually play movies, and it opened up a whole new world. However, there is a little caveat to that. You need to learn how to convert video to Wii formats before you can actually play those movies.

Clearly, the Wii makers had their eye on the bigger picture when they developed the system because of the number of non-gaming activities it can handle. However, it’s also clear that a system designed for gaming might have a few challenges to work through before you can use the system for those other activities, like watching a movie.

The issue is that the Wii system does not recognize the standard formats used for videos. However, this is an easy problem to solve. You just need to learn to convert video to Wii formats to make this happen, and it is very easy.

It may seem odd that you can do things like stream movies from Netflix on your Wii, but you can’t play videos that you already own. That is because when you stream a movie from Netflix, it knows what kind of video format they need to send to your system to allow it to be seen. When you’re trying to play your own movies or videos, you only have the video format that you have.

Knowing how to convert video to Wii comes in very handy if you have your own videos that you want to show on your television. This could be a video you made of your favorite television shows, video from your son’s last birthday party or video you took of your daughter’s last basketball game. You have to convert video to Wii before those can be viewed on the television through your Wii.

How to Convert Video to Wii Formats

The first step to convert video to Wii is to find a great online video converter. Then you simply need to tell the converter tool which file you want to convert. This is typically done by simply using the option on the video converter to browse your computer files.

The next step to convert video to Wii is to tell the converter that you want the file converted to one of the Wii formats. This is usually done through a drop down box showing you the possible video format options.

The converter tool will provide you with a link to download your converted file. If you convert video to Wii, you will need to take one more step OUTSIDE of the converter tool.

You need to copy the converted file to an SD card. Your Wii should have a slot for the SD card and you just select the “Photo Channel” option. Your newly converted video should appear as an option and you should be ready to go.

Note: If you need to convert movies, you should be aware that the Wii is more likely to have glitches if the files are very large. If you convert video to the Wii format, you should break up the converted file into smaller chunks that are shorter than 20 minutes when you put it on the SD card.

Editing Videos using a Video Converter

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The basic usage of an online video file converter is – as the name most probably told you already – converting different types of video file formats. From MOV to MKV, from AVI to MP4, or any other possible combination. But there are several other features a video converter can offer!

In earlier blog entries we have looked at how to extract a still image from a movie, or how to rip music from a video clip very easily. But that’s not all you can do by using an online video converter!

This article will give you an overview over what is possible using the Online-Convert.com video converter in the means of editing video clips or movies.

Changing the Screen Size

Some videos are recorded with a very big screen size to make it appealing to watch it on a big or wide screen. Yet, if the screen size is too high, there may be problems when watching the clip on a smaller laptop screen or on a phone. It may stop, stutter, or even be unable to play at all.

Changing the screen size is an easy way how to avoid such problems. On our website, you have the option to enter the desired screen size in pixel for the converted video. Simply add a smaller number than the original screen size in the form width x height and the converted video will have the inserted dimension in terms of screen size.

Change the File Size

Another problem occurring when transferring a video from a computer to a phone, or even more evidently when sending a video clip over the internet, is the file size of the video file in question. Large files can’t be attached to an email because they exceed the sending limit of your email provider. Equally, videos that are too large in file size take up too much space on a phone or can possibly even exceed the space available on the SD card or the internal memory.

Our service provides a few options on how to reduce the file size of the target video.

Bitrate

By changing the average video bitrate by using the optional parameter available when converting a video, you automatically reduce the file size of your video. Sure, by lowering the bit rate, the quality of the video will be lessened as well, yet when watching it on a smaller screen (like on a phone), it doesn’t fall into account that much.

Audio Quality

Likewise, the quality of the audio data of the original video can be altered to have a resulting file with a lower file size. This parameter gives you a variety of options, ranging from 8 to 320 kbps. The resulting and converted video will have the audio quality chosen.

Change File Size directly

Another way to decrease the file size of a movie or video clip is to enter an approximate value in MB. During the conversion, our service will try to reduce the file size to the set parameter as closely as possible without applying great changes to screen size and bitrate.

Change the Frame Rate

There are several reasons why you may want to change the frame rate of your video. Cameras record videos in different frame rates, depending on the setting. When editing videos and merging two videos that have been recorded in a different frame rate, this could become a problem. Furthermore, there exists a difference across digital television broadcast standards. The American standard ACTS supports an approximate frame rate between 24 and 60 pictures per second, while the standard DBV-T which is used especially in Eruope, or DTMB which is common in China, use different frame rates.

To change the frame rate in general or to get the same frame rate for several videos, all that has to be done is to fill in the desired number of pictures or frames per second for the conversion of the video.

Cutting

A very easy and fast way to cut your video or to only select a certain part of a longer video is converting it while using the according parameter. Filling in the start and the end time of the target video in the form 00:00:00 will result in the converted video only containing the content of the section you selected in this way.

Rotating, Mirroring, and Flipping

Especially with the new phones, it can happen that videos are recorded vertically even though they shouldn’t. Or sometimes, videos come out upside down because of the preferences of the camera. Instead of having to install some editing software just to rotate or flip a video, toggling the preferences with our online video converter can do the trick.

For rotation, you have the options of rotating the video to 90°, 180°, or 270°.
Or you can flip your video horizontally or vertically.

Cross-Conversion – What is possible?

The basic and general features of a file converter, whether it’s a software tool you have to install on your computer or whether it’s an online service, are mostly the same: You upload a file and convert it into another format, either because you can’t open the initial file, because you want to reduce the file size to send it over the internet, or because you want to send it to people that may not be able to open the original file format.

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These conversions mostly happen inside a certain category or type of file formats, e.g. from one image file format to the other, or from one document to a different type of document. Yet, there is something else our online converter service can do for you, and it all falls under the term Cross-Converting.

Cross Converting entails that you can not only convert your audio file into another audio file, but that you can actually convert across file types. Converting a movie file into music, or an image into PDF are only a few possibilities. This article will show you many different options of cross converting your files, creating many new possibilities for you!

Extract audio from a video

Sometimes, it’s hard to get your hands on certain movie background music, or the tracks on the OST or Score do not really convey the feel they had when heard in the movie because certain background sounds have been missing. Or maybe there is an interesting part of a speech or monologue from a recorded lecture or speech you want to extract.

The Solution: If you are just interested in the audio data from a video, you can easily extract it by converting the movie file into MP3, WAV, or some other audio file like Apple iTune’s AAC.

Create audio from a document

There are different ways to learn, and next to reading and repeating, listening is a big part of the remembering process. Furthermore, at times it’s difficult to find the time to read your lecture notes, online articles, or even longer correspondence that include a lot of information – especially when you’re on the road a lot.

The Solution: Convert your PDF or Microsoft Word documents into an audio file format, preferably MP3 because it’s supported by most audio playing devices and mobile phones. This way, you can listen to your notes and writings, rewind, repeat, and memorize the information even better.

Extract text from a picture

Another very popular way of taking notes is taking a quick photo of blackboard notes or presentation slides. But what if you want to use the text to alter or insert somewhere? There is an easier way than copying the text from the picture by writing it down yourself.

The Solution: Depending on the quality of the photo you have taken, it can be converted into a TXT or DOC file which gives you the text of whatever has been on the picture.

The easy way to make a presentation

Holding a presentation is so much easier when you have just one file with all the information on it instead of having to switch in between pictures, texts, audio, screenshots, and video.

The Solution: If you have your notes already prepared in a text document or even saved as PDF, you are only one click away from converting your document into a PowerPoint presentation.

Also: It works the other way round as well though. By converting PPT or PPTX files into PDF, you can get not only a printer friendly version, but you can also ensure that most people are able to open and vie your presentation.

Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are one trend on the internet that will never completely die out, being revived again and again. Yet, not everybody is skilled in the art of creating such animated pictures, and not everybody has the programs necessary to make them.

The Solution: A very easy way of creating an animated GIF is to convert your MP4 or other video file. If you upload a larger movie file, only the beginning will be converted into an animated GIF, so the most convenient way is to cut the video into the portions you want to be “giffed” and upload them individually, creating an receiving the animated pictures you wanted.

From document to eBook

Another great way of memorizing your notes and rereading them is a very paper saving one as well. Most people take notes in lectures, talks, or meetings on their laptop nowadays, but it can be annoying and impractical to carry it with you whenever you want to re-read on what has been talked about. Printing all the notes isn’t a very convenient option either.

The Solution: Convert Microsoft Word or OpenOffice documents into an eBook format. The purpose of eReaders is to store books and other papers in a space and paper saving way. Furthermore, they re very light and easy to take with you, with a library option to quickly find the notes you need.

Present your Design projects

Creating a design project for your customers is linked to quite some struggles. One is faced when you want to present your progress or suggestions to your customers. It is very likely, that they can not open your vector graphic or EPS, PSD, or DWG file.

The Solution: Converting your special image files into JPG or even PDF makes it easy and convenient for your customers to look at the design you made for them. Furthermore, the conversion will leave your original file untouched!

And there’s more…

These are only the most common and most popular Cross Conversion features online conversion tools can offer. If there are any more features you would like to see implemented concerning Cross Conversion, feel free to contact our support team. We are constantly striving to better our service for you, and suggestions made are always welcome.

Common Questions About Video Converters

If you suddenly run up against the need to use video converters, it can be daunting. If you’re already familiar with terms like codecs, containers, formats, MP4 and FLV, you’re all set. However when most people see the message on their screen indicating their computer can’t open a video file, they panic.

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You don’t need to panic. Finding and using video converters to change your video file into a different type of file is quick and easy, once you learn how.

Here are some of the common questions that arise when people are faced with the challenge of using a video converter.

FAQ’s for Video Converters

Why Do You Need a Video File Converter?

The need to look for video converters usually comes from two different places.

  1. You want to submit a video file online somewhere, but the site you’re using only accepts certain types of video files.
  2. You want to open a file on your computer, but you’re getting a message that says your computer is unable to open the file.

In either case, your best option is to review the available video converters to simply convert the video to a different type of video file format.

What Does the Converter Do?

Using video converters simply changes the file extension for the video from one video extension to another. This changes the makeup of the file, but the actual video remains unchanged from a user or viewer perspective.

How Do You Do It?

Using video converters is typically very easy, when you find the right one to meet your needs. If you are using software, you likely have to install the software and learn how to use it. However, there are so many video converters online, that it’s usually much easier to use one of those.

When you use online video converters, you typically just have to choose the type of file you need to convert your file to, browse on your computer to select the file and then tell the website where to send the converted file.

What Are Codecs and Containers?

Every video you see is actually a group of several different files that are combined, and that sometimes causes confusion.

A container is what actually holds all of those different files. Some of the common container extensions are FLV, MOV, AVI and MP4.

A codec is one of the files within the container. The codec file contains software to manage the video file, specifically the size of the file. Most videos must be compressed in order to be useable and the software within the codec determines how this compression is handled.

How Do You Find Good Video Converters?

It is very easy to find good video converters. The first thing you should do is do an online search to find the available options. Then you need to know what kind of features are “must have’s” for your project, and make sure the converter you choose has those features. It’s also important to make sure the video converters you are considering have the ability to convert your file to the specific file type you need.

Native Apple (Mac) Files

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Users of Apple devices like Mac desktop computers, MacBooks, iPhones, or iPads are already familiar with them: the native Apple Inc. file formats. Users of other platforms and operating systems like Windows and Linux however can face difficulties with those formats because they, sometimes, have never heard of them.

This could become a problem for Apple users as well when they try to send assignments, essays or other documents, videos, or audio files from their device to someone working with a Windows computer or an Android phone.

Knowing about this problem is the first step to the solution. Either users of Apple devices or the recipients of those Apple native files can convert their files into a format supported by the operating system and device in question. Yet, before you can attempt a conversion, you will have to know which file formats are exclusive or native for Apple devices.

Thus, we listed some of the most common native Apple file formats for you.

Document Files

KEY

Keynote Presentation File – Files with the KEY extension are created with Apple’s Keynote Presentation program. Keynote can create playback presentations containing images, slide animations, set time frames, videos, etc. KEY files can be compared to Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation files.

PAGES

Pages Document File – When using Apple’s word processing program Pages, your files – including pictures, formatting, layout and the like – will be saved with a PAGES extension. They work like Microsoft Word files like DOC or OpenOffice Writer text files.

Audio Files

AIF/AIFF

Audio Interchage File Format – AIF or AIFF files are lossless and uncompressed audio files developed by Apple. These files are popular among professional musicians since they can store their music with very high quality using these file types. Converting your files to AIFF can thus be important if you wish to work with your audio files on a more professional level. The compressed versions of the AIF/AIFF files feature an AIFC extension.

CAF

Apple Core Audio Format – One advantage of CAF files is that these containers can hold several types of audio and additional metadata. With these new features, it quickly replaced the AIF format since it doesn’t have the same limitations. It can also hold audio data that exceeds the size of 4 GB.

M4A

MPEG-4 Audio File – M4A is the common file format used on Apple iTunes. In addition to audio track, M4A files also store additional data like images. What sets these files apart from other audio files is that lossless compression is available for M4A files as well. There’s also the possibility to convert your audio files to M4A.

M4P

MPEG-4 iTunes Music Store Audio File – Similar to M4A files, M4P files can be found on Apple iTunes. In addition to the features of the M4A files, M4P files are protected using Apple’s DRM copy protection.

M4R

MPEG-4 iPhone Ringtone File – M4R audio files are part of Apple iTunes as well. They are not meant to be “real” music tracks though, but serve the purpose of being ringtones for the iPhone. They have undergone lossy compression.

Video Files

M4V

MPEG-4 iTunes Video File – M4V files are very similar to the well known MP4 format. When downloading a video from iTunes, it usually comes in the M4V format and can – but doesn’t necessarily have to – be protected with Apple’s DRM copy protection.

MOV

QuickTime Movie File – Nowadays, MOV files are not exclusively usable on Apple devises anymore, but can be opened on Windows operating systems as well. It’s a video file format originally developed for the Apple QuickTime Player, and converting your videos to MOV can be a useful feature.

Other Files

DMG

MAC OS X Disk Image File – DMG files usually serve the purpose of installing programs on a Mac computer, contain encrypted and compressed data. Mac computers treat DMG files like hard copy disks.

IPA

iOS Application File – Files with an IPA extension are essential for anything downloaded from iTunes, may it be games, programs, or utilities. They contain information necessary for the iOS device to open and/or run the programs they are linked to.

PICT

Apple QuickDraw Picture File – PICT files are created when using the Apple QuickDraw program. They can contain vector graphics as well as bitmap images with a big variety of colors. Yet, PICT images are raster images, which means that they are not scalable without loss in quality.

Popular Video File Extensions

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The world of online media exploded with the widespread use of video files. However, all of those additional options also made life more confusing for non-professionals who often use video files. There are many different types of video file extensions out there, and it’s important to know what type of file you need before you convert any of your old files.

Being better educated about video file types can also help you make better decisions when you buy new videos online and have to select the type of file you want to receive.

Some of these video file extensions may sound familiar because they can also be used for an audio file, but the features are different when video is involved.

Video File Extensions

Flash Video – FLV

The FLV video file format has become very popular lately because of its cross-platform usage. Almost all website platforms and browsers support flash videos. Flash can support streaming downloads as well as progressive downloads and these files are also very compact to take up less space.

AVI Format – AVI

The Audio Video Interleave file is still popular among many users and this is likely because it was originally developed by Microsoft. That means the video file type is well supported and you shouldn’t have many issues with trying to play these types of files. Of course, if you do have problems, you can easily convert the videos to a different type of video file and it should then work for you.

The AVI video file extension works with multiple types of codec’s and the file contains both audio and video files. However, the M-JPEG or DivX codecs are the ones most often used.

Quicktime – MOV

The MOV file is another video format and this one was originally developed by Apple, however it can also be played on Windows computers. It is most frequently used to store video files or movies for online use. The format typically includes tracks that store the audio, video or accompanying text snippets that go along with the video.

MP4 Format – MP4

Contrary to what some people believe, an MP4 file is NOT just a bigger, better version of an MP3 file. The MP4 video format is typically used to store visual (or audio) streams online, most frequently for those files that are defined by MPEG. Video file extensions like the MP4s are best played on Apple QuickTime Player devices.

MPG

The MPG file format (Moving Picture Expert Groups) usually use either MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 to compress the video files. These types of video file extensions are frequently used when you are creating movies that yiou want to be able to download (or allow others to download). MPG files can be played on either Windows devices or on Apple QuickTime Player.

WMV

The Windows Media Video file extensions came from Microsoft and they can only be played on Window devices, unless you install extra components on your device to help with this. If there is not a conversion utility available for your device, you will need to convert the WMV file to a different video file type to be able to view it. The WMV file was originally created for online streaming, but has now become a focus for more specialized online content.

Video Codecs and Containers – What Are They?

codecs and containersFiguring out the differences between some of the most popular image formats is relatively easy. All you have to do is look at the file extension and you know most of what you need to know. However, video formats are much more complicated. When you’re working with video files, the terms codecs and containers get used a lot, but most people don’t know what that means.

We’re going to break down the contents of a video file to make it easier to understand.

Think of the difference between a still image and a video. A picture is simply an image. However, there is movement and sound on a video and many videos also contain information about the content on the video file. All of that makes it difficult to know what kind of a video file you have, or what kind of file you need to convert to if necessary.

This article will outline some of the more common components of a video file.

There are many different types of video formats, but each type consists of the same 3 pieces.

  • Video and audio signal
  • Container
  • Codec

The video signal is the easiest to understand because these files simply contain information about the video. This includes the frame size, aspect ratio, frame rate and bitrate.

Codecs and Containers

The confusion for most people comes when you start talking about codecs and containers.

Container

A single video is actually comprised of several different types of files. The “container” for a video file is what it sounds like. It is a container that holds all of those different files for each video. Some of the most popular container extension types are MP4, AVI, MOV and FLV.

Codec

There is a codec file inside each container for a video. The codec is the software that is used to create the video and audio data. One of the big things a codec does is compress the video file. A typical video file is much too large for the average user to store on their computer, especially if you want to store several of them. The video must be compressed in order for it to be usable for most people. The specific codec that is used to handle this compression will have an impact on what computers and devices can play the video.

Codecs can be a problem because they are frequently proprietary and there are dozens available. Your computer likely has the ability to handle several codecs, but not all of them.

One of the most popular video codecs is H.264, also called MPEG-4 Part 10 because of its ability to work with most of the popular container types. MPEG-2 is another popular video codec.

Now we’ve covered some of the items that confuse many people when they first start looking at the world of video files, codecs and containers. Later articles will talk about the most popular video file formats. The next time your computer has a problem with a video file, you will know more about the nature of the problem, and how you need to convert your video to a format that is more usable for your computer.

How to Choose an Online Video Converter

There are dozens of reasons that might make it necessary to convert video files to a different type of video file. Knowing that you need to convert your video is the easy part. It becomes a little more difficult when you start trying to determine HOW you will make that important conversion.

The good news is that there are hundreds of options when searching for an online video converter. Unfortunately, that is the bad news as well. There are so many options to choose from and it quickly becomes very confusing.

We’re going to help you with that. Here are some of the factors you should consider when searching for a tool to convert your video to a different file type.

Type of File Being Converted

The first thing you should do is make sure the online tool you are considering can handle the type of file you need to convert. This should be simple if you have a basic file type of WMV, MOV or AVI. However, if you have a more unique file type, you should make sure the tool you are considering has the ability to convert it.

Type of Output File

Along the same lines as the input file, you should also consider the type of file you need at the end of the conversion process. If you need to convert a video file, there is a reason you need to convert it. It’s important that the online video converter tool you use has the ability to provide you with the type of video file that solves your problem.

Features & Price

You should also consider the other features available from the video converter you are considering. If you just need a simple conversion, this may not be an issue for you, but if you want to receive encrypted downloads, convert very large files, etc, you should make sure the video conversion tool you are looking at has that ability.

As is often the case, you can probably find a free video conversion tool that handles most of the basic video conversions. However, if you have more complex needs, you may need to consider a more advanced tool, which is likely to cost money.

Of course, the best case is to find something that can be used for free while your needs are simple, but has the ability to also provide more advanced features if you determine they are needed.

Simplicity

You will discover a wide range of options when you start looking for an online video converter. However, an important consideration is how simple they are to use. This is where the online versions really stand apart from the options that require you to download something to your desktop.

The simplest way to convert your video file is to simply go to a good video conversion site, browse to the file you need converted, select the type of output file you need, press a button, and get your converted video file. If there are many more steps involved in with the tool you are considering, they are probably making the process much more difficult than it needs to be.

Future Use

Another consideration is to determine what other options are available on the site you decide upon. Chances are that at some point in the future, you will need to convert another video, PowerPoint, PDF or Word document into a different type of file.

It makes sense to find an online video converter that can also handle those other types of functions. That way, when it comes time for you to convert a different type of file, you will already know how the process works instead of starting from scratch with a different conversion site.


Now you know the key pieces of information that should be considered before choosing an online video converter. It’s time to pick the best one and start converting!

Convert Your PowerPoint to Video For Greater Flexibility

For many people, creating a Microsoft Power Point file is the best possible way to create and view a presentation. The templates available within PowerPoint make it easy to create slides and the nature of the presentation allow a speaker to switch to the next slide with a simple touch of a button, while maintaining eye contact with their audience.

However, the reality is that there are many circumstances when your carefully prepared PPT file is no longer the best solution.

Here are a few of the very common real-world scenarios when it would be helpful to have an online PowerPoint to video conversion tool.

Mobile Devices

Yes, the world has gone mobile. That means more people than ever before are accessing their email and important documents via a mobile device. If you have a presentation that people may want to watch while they are out and about, they may not be able to do it on their smartphone. Maybe they will watch it when they get back to their computer, but maybe they won’t.

If you convert your PPT to a video before you send it, people will be much more likely to view your wonderful work because they can do it wherever, and whenever they want.

Universally Accepted Format

Another common problem with PPT files is that you may have big plans for your presentation, but then discover the site you want to download it to doesn’t accept a .ppt file. If you want to add your presentation to most of the popular video sharing sites, you will need to convert the PowerPoint to a traditional video format.

This is the same reason some of our other online conversion tools have become popular. You can’t just create a great presentation; you have to convert it to the specific format accepted by the site you want to use for posting.

No PowerPoint

You may also run into problems with your PPT files if you send them to someone who doesn’t have PowerPoint on their computer. Most people who have PPT make the assumption that “everyone” has it, but that isn’t the case. Because of this, if you convert your PowerPoint to a video before you distribute it, the people you send it to will be much more likely to actually to view it.

Wider Distribution

If you have a presentation that you would like to “go viral”, chances are a PPT will cause problems. People are more familiar with videos and they will be much more likely to share your presentation if it is in video format.

How to Convert a PowerPoint to a Video File

Regardless of your reason for needing to convert your file, we have the solution. Use our online PPT to video converter to turn your presentation to a video so you can avoid many of the potential problems we’ve discussed.