Knovio FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions about Knovio

This FAQ page covers general questions about Knovio.  For more specific questions, please consult our KnowledgeBase.


What is Knovio ?

Knovio® is an innovative tool for turning PowerPoint® slides, PDF files, photos and images into rich on-demand video presentations with just a web browser and webcam or with a mobile app on the Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. With Knovio, you can take static images and PowerPoint slides to a new level with video and audio presentations that can be accessed anytime from just about any device and shared with others through email and social media. Knovio was developed by KnowledgeVision, the leader in online presentation technology and tools.

What can I do with Knovio ?

With Knovio you can take either your existing PowerPoint slides or a PDF file or a folder of images and quickly and easily add your own video or audio narration to synchronize with the slide content.  You can then share this new presentation out to your intended audience by email or social media, export it to a high-definition video file, and even post it directly into YouTube.  This can be extremely powerful in sales presentations to prospects, internal communications to your team members or business partners, explanations of complex topics, or any other time you find yourself wanting to communicate with more than presentation slides.

What does Knovio cost ?

Knovio Pro, which offers unlimited presentations and many advanced features, is $15 per month, with discounts for quarterly or annual sign-ups.

A more advanced version of Knovio, called Knovio Gold, offers advanced learning features such as embedded multi-part quizzes and assessments (what we call “KnowledgeChecks”), SCORM-compatibility, guestbook viewer tracking, completion certificates, and more. Knovio Gold is $25 per month or $250 per year.

A limited free version of Knovio is available to any individual who wants to create and share video presentations with others.  The free version of Knovio is limited to five active presentations of up to 7 minutes each, and doesn’t have any of the advanced features of Knovio Pro, but it’s a great way to get your feet wet!

How do I upgrade a free Knovio account to Knovio Pro ?

Here’s a link for upgrading your free Knovio account to Knovio Pro: UPGRADE NOW

Upgrading will give you unlimited presentations and all the advanced features of Knovio Pro or Knovio Gold.

Can I use Knovio to create quizzes so I can use my Knovio for training and compliance ?

Yes, you can!  A special version of Knovio, called Knovio Gold, allows you to create and embed multi-part quizzes right into the flow of your Knovio content, score those quizzes, and issue completion certificates when your viewer passes the quiz.  You can also ask viewers to sign in to your content, password-protect it, and download detailed, viewer-by-viewer tracking reports.  And when KnowledgeChecks are enabled for your Knovio account, you can also create content for SCORM-compatible learning management systems.  GET IT NOW

How do I learn to use Knovio ?

A complete set of tutorials (produced in Knovio, of course) is available in the Knovio Learning Center at

In addition to these tutorials, there is a detailed documentation on how to use the Pro and KnowledgeChecks features of Knovio, also in the Knovio Learning Center.

What technology does Knovio use ?

Knovio’s is built on the technology platform of KnowledgeVision, the leader in online presentation technology and tools. While Knovio is a simple, personal tool, it employs the same robust technologies under-the-hood as KnowledgeVision’s more sophisticated tools for professional content creators such as KVStudio.
In other words, don’t let Knovio’s simplicity deceive you — behind that simple interface is the most advanced online presentation technology available!

Creating Knovio Presentations

On what hardware can I create Knovio presentations ?

Knovio is currently available for creating presentations on two types of platforms: a.) on a Flash-equipped desktop computer (both Windows and Mac); or b.) on the Apple iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, running IOS 7 or higher.

Knovio presentations can be viewed on any desktop or mobile device.

What kinds of presentations work with Knovio ?

Knovio can be used with any Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt or pptx) presentation file.  The desktop version can also work with a collection of JPEG or PNG images or PDF files, and the mobile version can import images from built-in Photo storage, such as the IOS Camera Roll, PhotoStream, or Shared Photos, or from cloud storage.

Most presentation programs other than Microsoft PowerPoint (for example, Apple Keynote) offer a function to export your presentation slides to either PowerPoint or a series of still images, which may then be used with Knovio Web.

Knovio supports animated slides for Knovio Pro users, as well as KnowledgeVision Professional, Corporate, and Enterprise users.

How do I get presentations into Knovio ?

On the desktop, simply click the “Upload Slides” button on the first Knovio screen.  Then you can either select a PowerPoint file or PDF slide deck from your hard disk, or choose a series of JPEG or PNG images.

On Knovio Mobile, it works a bit differently because of limitations of the IOS file system on iPads, iPhone, and iPods.  Since these IOS devices do not themselves have a file storage system, you can’t simply open a file from a directory like you might expect on a desktop app. However, it’s easy to use your Mail app or various cloud storage apps like Box and Dropbox to open a PowerPoint file in Knovio.
Detailed instructions are provided for each of the most popular cloud storage apps. Just click the “+” button in your Library screen, and you’ll see these instructions.

Can I use Microsoft’s PowerPoint for iPad app to create presentations for Knovio ?

Yes, you can! Microsoft does not, however, provide a way to directly store PowerPoint files in a way that apps like Knovio can easily access them.
The easiest way to get a PowerPoint for IOS presentation into Knovio is to click the “Share” icon in the PowerPoint app, email the presentation to yourself, and then go into the Mail app to open the presentation file in Knovio. We expect to work with Microsoft to make a more direct path to Knovio in the near future!

Do I have to use the camera ?

Not at all.  If you prefer to simply narrate your presentations using just your microphone, you may do so by switching the camera off.  The camera on/off switch is located right under the video preview window on the Record screen.

Does Knovio support animations in presentations ?

Yes, Knovio Pro and Knovio Gold support just about every kind of standard PowerPoint animation for viewing on desktop devices.  On mobile devices, animations show up as still slides representing the “end state” of each animation step.

PowerPoint animations are not available for free Knovio users; to upgrade to the version that supports animations, go to the Knovio Pro page.

Sharing Knovio Presentations

How can I get a link to my finished Knovio ?

In the Library screen on Knovio, select a presentation, and then click on the Share link (next to each presentation on Knovio Web, and near the top-right corner of the app on Knovio Mobile). Click Copy, and the link will be on your clipboard, ready to paste anywhere you’d like. Share also gives you other options send your presentation via email and to post your presentation to LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

On what devices can people view Knovio presentations ?

Presentations created with Knovio can be viewed in any browser, desktop or mobile. iPhone viewers will see a special composite video version of the presentation, since the iPhone’s operating system is incapable of showing mixed video and browser text content at the same time.

Can I share and manage my Knovio presentations from a desktop or mobile device other than an iPad or iPhone ?

Your Knovio presentation library can be browsed and worked with on a web application called KVCentral.  You may log in to KVCentral at

Once you’ve logged in, you may view and share your Knovio presentations, and even check statistics about how many times they’ve been viewed.

More Info about Knovio

Will there always be a free version of Knovio?

While a Knovio Pro or Knovio Gold subscription is required to unlock the full power and unlimited capacity of Knovio, we expect to offer a free version of Knovio indefinitely, so that individuals can experience the power of video presentations.

What if I run out of presentations or run over the time limit for my presentation ?

If you run out of presentation “slots”, you may delete presentations to make room for new ones or upgrade to Knovio Pro to get unlimited presentation slots.

If you hit one of the limits while recording or publishing a presentation, don’t worry – your presentation is automatically saved into a DRAFT folder until you make room for it or upgrade your account.

On Knovio Mobile, you can upgrade to include more presentation slots via in-app purchases.

KnowledgeVision Standard, Corporate, and Enterprise accounts are not limited in the number of presentations they can create in Knovio.

What’s the relationship between Knovio and KnowledgeVision ?

Knovio is a simple tool for creating online presentations that is powered by KnowledgeVision, the leader in online presentation technology and tools.  Knovio is a complement to KVStudio, KnowledgeVision’s advanced online presentation creation product that is used by some of the largest organizations in the world to create, share, and track video content.

When you sign up for Knovio, you get access to the KnowledgeVision Library, so you can view and share your presentations on any desktop or mobile device.