Category Archives: PowerPoint

Merge Pictures for Your PowerPoint Presentation When You Can’t Find that Perfect Image (with video)

When I need photos for my presentations, I will either take my own or grab something free from the Microsoft images Website. I prefer photos, and when I can’t find exactly what I need, I’ll alter. I recently needed someone in bed working on a laptop.

I found a picture of just a bed and another of a woman sitting outside on the grass. I removed her background (easy in PowerPoint 2010), and put the woman on the bed. Perfect.

Here’s a quick video to show you how I did this. You can contact me anytime for software training.

If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment to let us know how you would have handled or how you’ve used a similar technique.

Note: Here is Microsoft® says about using their images, videos, etc.

“3. Media Elements. Microsoft grants you a license to copy, distribute, perform and display media elements (images, clip art, animations, sounds, music, video clips, templates and other forms of content) included with the software in projects and documents, except that you may not: (i) sell, license or distribute copies of any media elements by themselves or as a product if the primary value of the product is the media elements; (ii) grant your customers rights to further license or distribute the media elements; (iii) license or distribute for commercial purposes media elements that include the representation of identifiable individuals, governments, logos, trademarks, or emblems or use these types of images in ways that could imply an endorsement or association with your product, entity or activity; or (iv) create obscene or scandalous works using the media elements. Other media elements, which are accessible on Office.com or on other websites through features of the software, are governed by the terms on those websites.”

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Design Anything in PowerPoint. It’s Not Just for Slides Anymore (with video).

I’m a PowerPoint fanatic, and I’ve put together some ideas for you to explore that go way beyond just slides. You’re a click away from creating anything you need…print or digital. Use this software you already have to create anything from a postcard to a YouTube channel banner. Click inside for some ideas. Some how-to videos are included at the end.

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Need Diversity in ClipArt? Create Your Own in PowerPoint (with video)

I know, I know, it’s hard to find just the right image for your presentation or art project. Sometimes you have to resort to ClipArt. And then when you do, it’s hard to find diversity. Here’s a how-to video I recorded to show you how to recolor PowerPoint ClipArt. I’m using the 2010 version in this video, but older versions work as well.

So get creative and do your own. Let me know in a comment what you think.

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Use PowerPoint as Your Design Tool When You Don’t Know Adobe

Anytime I need a graphic for print, online, or video, I turn to PowerPoint. Starting with shapes, I add color, 3D effects and formatting, etc., and create postcards, video thumbnails, business cards, training flyers, and more. PowerPoint is not just for slides and its flexibility makes it the perfect tool to use…plus you probably already have it.

I’m developing a series of classes on this topic. Join my email list here so you’ll find out first.

Combine PowerPoint Animations, Transitions, and Video to Create an Ad

After speaking engagements, I like to walk around with my iPhone and iRig microphone to capture testimonials. This video is from a recent conference, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, SGMP.org. I created portions of this video in PowerPoint with animations and slide transitions (in PowerPoint 2010, you can render directly to video).
I pulled the PowerPoint video into my editing software (Camtasia) and added music and the testimonial videos from my iPhone (I’d added all that to PowerPoint, but it kept crashing). I’ll send this to attendees and my conference host.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
 
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Add a Video Call to Action to YouTube Videos Using Animated PowerPoint Slides (video example)

I recently fascinated a group of meeting professionals on how to design graphics using advanced PowerPoint techniques. These are three testimonials from this recent national education conference of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, SGMP.org.

I used PowerPoint 2010 animations and transitions and saved the file as a video. I pulled that video into my editing software (Camtasia) and added music and the testimonial videos (I’d added all that to PowerPoint, but it kept crashing). I captured the testimonials right after my sessions using my iPhone and iRig microphone.

Adjust your speakers.

Please SHARE and SUBSCRIBE. Tell some people.

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How to Create a New Channel Banner for YouTube Using PowerPoint 2010 (with video)

YouTube has made more design changes, eliminating the background and replacing it with a banner. Now, no matter which device someone views your channel on, they’ll see a consistent design that works. I used my favorite software, PowerPoint, to create the new banner.

YouTube has a requirement that your artwork has to be 2120 pixels wide and 1192 pixels tall. You’ll receive an error if it’s too small. PowerPoint doesn’t size in pixels, so I had to convert these measurements to inches (AuctionRepair.com/pixels.html is the site I used). The pixels converted to 22.08 inches wide and 12.42 inches in height, using the 96 flat panel display option. This ended up being a perfect fit.

Here’s a how-to video I just recorded to show you how to use PowerPoint to create your new banner and how to upload it to your YouTube channel.

Let me know how yours turns out. Leave a link in comments.

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Example of Using Video to Promote an Event (with video)

On October 26, 2012, I’m presenting my first workshop on video basics, advanced PowerPoint for video graphics, basic editing, and building and optimizing a YouTube channel. Here’s a video I produced to showcase what attendees will learn. For details and registration, visit http://VideosYouMake.eventbrite.com/

This video was created using PowerPoint 2010 for graphics. I used my Logitech C920 Webcam with Camtasia 8 to record the on-camera piece. I added the other videos inside and the music using Camtasia. Then I put the finishing touches using Sony Vegas 12.

Turn Your PowerPoint 2010 Slides Into Videos, Upload to YouTube, and Make Interactive with Annotations (with video example)

You can create videos from your PowerPoint slides. Below is a very basic example of a slide I’m going to start adding to the end of my how-to YouTube videos. I’m hoping it’ll remind more viewers to subscribe to my channel and click to share my tips with their social media network (that’s a hint).

I formatted the PowerPoint slide for widescreen. Then I added graphic elements and animated some of them. From there, I rendered the slide as a video (Windows Media Video). All this was done in PowerPoint.
Once I uploaded the video to YouTube, I created an annotation to link directly to the subscription page of my YouTube channel.

Sample PowerPoint slide rendered as a Windows Media Video.

LEARN HOW TO DO THIS

If you’d like to learn how to do all this and more, stay tuned for my upcoming video training event (August 10, 2012, Atlanta GA USA) where I’ll combine getting started with video (equipment, software, recording, and editing), creating PowerPoint graphics, building a YouTube channel, and learning DIY SEO (search engine optimization).

To be notified of conference details, Join my private email list.

Have you created a video using PowerPoint? Give us some ideas and leave a comment.

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