Why Should You Create a DVD from PowerPoint?

Created: Thursday, August 2, 2007, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:49 pm

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Yes, it’s the next big thing, and hordes of people want to do create a DVD from their PowerPoint slides. And since we live in a world where people want to do the in-thing, everyone else wants to burn a DVD of their PowerPoint slides. But why? Ask them about the advantages of doing so, and many are confused. They might answer that there must be advantages using this approach since so many others want to create DVDs from their PowerPoint slides! And of course, we will look at these advantages of this approach.

We will also look at some disadvantages. So are we asking you to abandon the very idea of creating a shining DVD disc from your PowerPoint presentation that you can play on your TV via the DVD player? Not really. So why are we putting up a layer of skepticism right at the beginning of this article? Well, actually this is not skepticism for the idea, it’s more related to not being aware of how to do it, and of learning, if better solutions exist for you.

We’ll certainly go into the finer details of this issue, but for now let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of this approach:

Advantages of Creating a DVD from PowerPoint

Since we don’t want you feeling gloomy, let’s first list the advantages of creating these DVDs:

  1. DVDs are easily played by anyone — even by great grandmothers who don’t know how they can use a computer. Did you notice we did not say, grandmothers? That’s because today’s grandmothers are technologically savvy!
  2. DVDs containing PowerPoint presentations don’t contain the actual presentation, just a movie of the presentation. This means that no one can copy your slides and pass them as their own, or even edit them to change a spelling (even if you made a typo).
  3. Creating your own DVD sounds much more impressive than creating a mere PowerPoint presentation.

Disadvantages of Creating a DVD from PowerPoint

Now let us explore the cons of this idea:

  1. Not too easy a task, and you need the right software and hardware (and that’s not always cheap).
  2. Not easy to email a DVD! It’s so much simpler to send a PowerPoint presentation by email, or even a video clip exported from within PowerPoint.
  3. Editing DVDs can be time-consuming and expensive.

That’s for now. In other posts, we will discuss more PowerPoint-DVD nuances.

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