Video Sharing: From Powerpoint to Canvas

Filed in Announcements by on April 8, 2019

Since narrating Powerpoint files is a common way to create videos for courses, this blog post will illustrate two workflows for how to do this and then share with your students.

The Production Stage: Powerpoint

The first step is to create your slide presentation in Powerpoint.

Then, when you’re ready to record, click on “slide show” and then “record slide show”. If you are creating the video for the first time, select the option to record from the beginning.

Powerpoint will give you a three second countdown and then you may begin narrating your presentation. On the top left you’ll see the recording controls, and at the bottom you’ll see tools like the pen and highlighter. Your markings will be recorded.

You’ll see I underlined the word “video” – which was the best I could do since my circles are rather squiggly.

One you’re done, click on the stop button.

If you need to re-record over a certain slide but don’t want to re-record the entire presentation, you can choose to record from the current slide. This will replace the audio that currently is stored there with new audio.

Now that you’ve recorded your slide show presentation, save it.  Next, we’ll prep it for sharing by exporting it as a video.

The Sharing Stage

To create a video file from your recorded narration, go to the file menu and choose Export. Then choose “Create a Video”.

This creates a video file. Now, you have three choices. You can upload the video file to Echo360, to Canvas Studio, or to Ensemble.  From any one of these video platforms, your video can be connected to Canvas.

I’m going to go through the steps for sharing the video via Echo360 and then also for Canvas Studio. Why choose one over the other? Well, you might choose to use Echo360 as your video liaison if you use WPI’s lecture capturing service, or if you already are an Echo360 user. Or, you might choose Canvas Studio if you want a system that integrates easily with Canvas and allows for comments and questions.

Sharing with Echo360

Here are the steps for sharing your file with students using Echo360. Remember, these are for videos that you’ve produced through Powerpoint or some other production system.

First, login to Canvas. Navigate to your course. Now, click on Echo360 on the left menu.

From here, click on the Echo360 logo on the top left.

This brings you to your Echo360 “home” page. From here, you can upload the video.


But wait – there’s more! This uploads the video to your Echo360 library. That’s great – but it doesn’t mean that the students can see it. To enable the students to see it, you must remember your rules of kindergarten and SHARE it with them.

Once the video has finished processing in Echo360, click on All Content on the left side menu. This will show you thumbnails of all the videos of which you are the owner. Hover over the video you want to share and then click the blue box on the bottom right of the thumbnail.

This releases a drop-down menu. Choose share. When you click on share, you’ll see options to share to an individual, generate links or share with a class.



To create a link that you can post as an External URL content item in a module in Canvas, choose links.


And that, in a nutshell, is the Powerpoint to Canvas pipeline via Echo360.

Sharing with Canvas Studio

To share your video through Canvas Studio, first click on the Canvas Studio button on your Canvas site.



This brings you into your repository for all the videos you have already created or added to Canvas Studio, which is a video content management/creation system embedded in Canvas. Here, you’ll see the ability to add a  video.


Once the video is uploaded to your Studio repository, you can insert it into a module by following these steps.

In the modules section, add an External Tool item into a module. You’ll see the option to add an Studio item.

Click Add Item. A window opens showing you your Studio video collection. From here, select the video you want. Decide if you want students to be able to leave comments at specific points in the video. And then click Embed.


And that is how you move video from Powerpoint to Canvas via Arc!

I hope this blog post has been helpful in teaching you how to create a video from your Powerpoint slide presentation, convert it into a video, and share it with your students.

If you have any questions, or ideas for a future blog post, please email




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Sophie Jagannathan is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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