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I read an earlier post on this but I did not understand.  My question is can powerpoint 97 presentations be converted to avi?  If so how.  Top Presenter, a listing presentation program that I use, allows to import of avi files.  I'd like to be able to create material inpowerpoint and the convert it to avi.
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You need to have installed Microsoft Camcorder (which comes on the office CD, I have included the quote on this below)

Now do View/SlideShow in Power Point, and start recording in Camcorder.  When done, stop Camcorder and save, Camcorder captures all event on your screen, and allows you to save as an AVI.


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1. Start PowerPoint, open your presentation.
2. Start Microsoft Camcorder (Start Menu, Programs, Microsoft Camcorder by default)
3. In Microsoft Camcorder, set the preferences (Movie menu, Preferences, make sure "Always On Top" and "Hide Stop Button" while recording are checked, also select a stop key combination not used in your presentation (it's Esc by default, change it to "A" with no Shift or control), press OK
4. Flip back to power point, and Select View/Slide Show (the Camcorder window should still appear on top)
5. Select Movie/Recorder from the Camcorder menu, Camcorder should now disappear
6. Walk thru your Power Point presentation, using the Mouse to proceed through the pages
7. When you reach the last slide (I suggest you add a blank slide at the end for a "clean ending" and stop there, press the "A" (or other key you've chosen).
8. Flip back to Powerpoint and press Esc to stop the presentation.
9. Flip back to Microsoft Camcorder, and select File/SaveAs, you can then save as an AVI.
10. Close Powerpoint, close Camcorder.

To check your AVI you can reload it into Microsoft Camcorder (using File Open, and select Movie/Play)


INSTALLING CAMCORDER

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If you installed Office from a CD-ROM, you can install and use Microsoft Camcorder to record actions, procedures, and sounds you perform on your computer. You can save the recording as a movie you can then play in Camcorder, or you can save the movie as a standalone program you can send to others to play ¾ even if they don't have Camcorder. For example, you can use Camcorder to create a computer tutorial you can then send to others to use. You can set preferences for movies you record, such as the keys to use to stop recording, the quality of the sound you record, and whether to show Camcorder in front of open programs.

Although you can't run Camcorder on Windows NT Workstation, you can play a movie that has been recorded in Camcorder as a standalone program.
For information about how to use Camcorder, see Microsoft Camcorder Help.

Note   If you haven't already installed Camcorder, insert the Office CD-ROM in your CD-ROM drive, and then run Microsoft Camcorder Setup. To do this, double-click the Office 97 ValuPack folder on the CD-ROM, double-click the MSCam folder, and then double-click Camcordr.exe. To start Camcorder, click the Windows Start button, point to Programs, and then click Microsoft Camcorder.

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Step #7 (you may have to hold down "A" for a second or two, as it's sometimes slow to respond, tapping the key is usually not enough)
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Outstanding answer, thanks for the post.
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A follow up if I could...After following the above instructions, when I attempt to view the avi file the screen is blank.  In trouble shooting I have noted that the recording is visible when viewed through the preview tab after selecting properties.  (I know a recording have been made but it's not viewable?  Any thoughts??
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