Software and Technology Ramblings

December 9, 2010

How to convert a PowerPoint presentation with linked audio files into a video file with synced audio.

Filed under: Microsoft Challenges — Tags: , — Ryan Dingus @ 10:59 am

A client recently asked us to place a PowerPoint 2010 presentation with linked audio files on a website for delivery / download by visitors.  The request sounded straightforward but actually raised multiple issues such as the need to update mime types on the web server, unreliable behaviors across browsers (Firefox would play audio / IE would not, IE would launch slideshow automatically / FF would not), and the requirement that users have PowerPoint installed.  Thus, we ultimately decided to convert the powerpoint presentation to video format for more universal accessibility on the web.  But this also proved challenging.

After much research and trial and error, we used PPT2Video Pro for conversion from powerpoint to video to both mp4 and wmv file formats.  Learn more or purchase at

Here are the steps needed to convert a raw powerpoint presentation with linked audio files into video.

1) In PowerPoint:  File -> Publish -> Package to CD – this will update all links to audio files and create a new folder with audio files and pptx file.  Delete the unneeded autorun files and DLLs created by Windows.

2) In PowerPoint: File -> Save as -> Powerpoint Slideshow into same folder.  This will create a .ppsx file that will launch a slideshow automatically with linked / synced audio for each slide.

3) Use this .ppsx file for conversion to .wmv video file using PPT2Video Pro.

4) PPT2Video Pro settings in order to capture linked audio in converted video file:   under Advanced Settings -> Other check the “Use Sound Recorder…” checkbox.

Depending on the size of the presentation, video conversion may need to run for an hour or more.  The end result is a video file that plays the powerpoint slideshow with audio synced to each slide.

July 19, 2006

85010014, Over?

Filed under: Microsoft Challenges — Doug Hays @ 11:01 am

At long last, my UTC 6700 is playing nicely with our Exchange Server (SP2).  For the past month, I have been wrangling with everyone’s favorite ActiveSync error, #85010014.  I was able to sync from my PPC to Outlook but that doesn’t really help me as I wanted to be able to get to my email/calendar/contacts from anywhere.

 So, I searched and searched and most of the postings out there have to do with the desktop 85010014 error whereas the error I was receiving was a server 85010014. Finally, I stumbled across this site:

Which led me to a Microsoft KB article:

Following the advice of the KB article did the trick!  For anyone else trying to solve this issue, the Resolution Method #2 was the path that I took (since we have a small environment and I have admin rights on the server).

Now, its on to try the Missing Sync to complete the Exchange->PPC->Mac syncronization loop.

 Happy Syncing.

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