How to Create Videos in PowerPoint

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One of my favorite features in PowerPoint is saving the PowerPoint slideshow as a video. That means anything you put on the PowerPoint slides (from animations to slide transitions) is output as video. With some creativity, you can pull together some pretty slick explainer-type presentations with a tool most of us already have.

Today, I want to show something simple that may give you some ideas for your own training videos.

Create Videos in PowerPoint: Examples

Before we get started, here’s a cool example from Duarte that Microsoft included in the PowerPoint 2010 template pack. The Duarte team created a great presentation that showed off what could be done with the new features back in PowerPoint 2010. And as you can see below, their presentation translates to video, as well.

Create Videos in PowerPoint: Slide or Slideshow?

While the example above was an entire slideshow that included some cool animations and effective transitions, you don’t need to create whole presentations. You can publish single slides, too.

And the slide doesn’t need to be normal slide content. It could be a single video. And that video can be formatted using the PowerPoint features.

That means you can insert video into a PowerPoint slide, make some simple edits, and then output that slide as a video. Pretty slick when you think about the possibilities.

And that’s the trick I want to share.

Customize Framed Videos in PowerPoint

Why do videos need to be rectangular? Why can’t they have frames or display as shapes? That’s all possible in PowerPoint.

Here are the basic steps to create framed videos in PowerPoint.

  • Insert a video on the slide.
  • Add whatever effect you want for the video.
  • Size the video to fit the slide.
  • Save the video as MP4.

Here’s a demo of some of the videos in a Rise.

Click here to view Rise demo.

As you can see, there are some neat things you can do, especially considering that you are doing all of this in PowerPoint and not required to use a more sophisticated video application.

Now it’s your turn.


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Use PowerPoint to Create Custom Videos

custom video in PowerPoint

PowerPoint’s one of my favorite multimedia applications. It’s easy to use, almost everyone has a copy so it’s easy to share what’s created, and it does more than create presentations. In fact, I regularly use PowerPoint to create the graphics and custom assets for my e-learning courses. Here are a few examples:

As you can see, PowerPoint is great for all sorts of multimedia production especially when combined with great e-learning software.

Create a Shaped Video

Recently someone in the community asked how to create a circle-shaped video for an e-learning interaction in Storyline.

circle video in PowerPoint

A real easy solution is to create an image with a circle hole in it and then place the video underneath only allowing the video to show through the circle hole. That’s fast and doesn’t require any editing of the video.

PowerPoint circle hole over video

However, if you want a circle-shaped video, you can create one in a video editing application. This requires having a video-editing application that allows you to do that and also having the expertise to use the video editor.

And this is where PowerPoint comes in handy. It’s a tool most of use have, and it can do exactly what you need with minimal effort.

Here’s a video tutorial that quickly walks through the steps outlined below.

  • Customize slide size. A circle has a 1:1 aspect ratio. Change the custom slide size to 1:1 (something like 10″ wide and 10″ high). That should give you a video that’s almost 1000×1000 pixels.
  • Insert a video. Choose your favorite video.
  • Crop video to 1:1. Most likely the video is 16:9 or 4:3. You’ll need to crop it to 1:1 to get a perfect circle.
  • Scale the video to fill the slide. You want the video to be as big as possible inside the slide.
  • Save the file as video. Select .mp4. If you have older version of PowerPoint you may have to save as .WMV. That’s OK, you can still use it in Storyline and Rise. You won’t get a circle video. The video is still going to be rectangular. But inside the rectangle will be the custom-shaped video.

Bonus tips:

  • Play around with some of the video formatting options in PowerPoint. There are lots of neat things you can do.
  • Same thing with animations and transitions. Anything you create in your PowerPoint slides can be save as video.
  • The corners are not going to be transparent. You’ll want the video background to match the course background to get a seamless experience.

Hope that helps and is something you can use in an upcoming e-learning course.


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Creating a PowerPoint from your Adobe Captivate slides

Originally I uploaded a PowerPoint presentation into Captivate and started the process of tweaking for the video I was creating. After finishing, I was asked to send a PPT with the video then I found out exporting back out to PowerPoint was a problem. I researched and ran across a limited amount of options…none easy. However, I discovered if you use the “Edit your whole presentation in PPT” feature, you can then copy all of the slides once in the edit mode in PPT and then paste them into a new file. You can’t pull across the Notes connected to each slide, but at least all the images and slides are done super easy. Thought I’d share!

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Awesome little PowerPoint tip

If you’re a regular/power user of PowerPoint you’ll have learned a number of shortcuts and tips to help you get the most out of it. Standard keyboard shortcuts work across all operating system applications, such as Ctrl-C (copy), Ctrl-A (select all), Ctrl-I (italics) etc. 

Hint: If you don’t use keyboard shortcuts it saves a lot of mouse action (and, for me, RSI in my wrist from relying on the mouse too much). Use these links to learn (more) about them – Windows or Mac. The difficulty comes when, like me, you have to switch from one OS to another on a daily basis .. your fingers get used to the action and position on one keyboard then have to almost re-learn them later that day for the other OS. How annoying!

Anyway, back to the PowerPoint tip … If, like me, you have to work with other people’s PowerPoint files, the great thing about them is that the author can record or embed audio narration on the slide. That’s great, until you need to ID (a term I’m learning, which  means to ‘perform instructional design work on the resource’) the slide from a static experience of watching or listening to the presentation to an engaging learning experience.

Here’s a tip I’ve learned about stripping the audio out of the PPT file … from here:

  • Save the PowerPoint file as a PPTX file.
  • In Windows explorer change the file suffix from ‘.pptx’ to ‘.zip’.
  • Extract the files from the ZIP file.
  • Open the extracted files. You should find a folder called ‘media’ in the folder called ‘ppt’.
  • Et voilà … a list of audio M4A files from all the slides that had audio recorded on them.

This isn’t the end of the story here though, as the file names for the audio files are just simple ‘media1.m4a’ and ‘media2.m4a’. You will still need to revisit the slidedeck and change the filenames so they either reflect the slide they have been extracted from, or another meaningful naming convention that you use. You may also find it useful to work on the audio files to either clean them up and/or change the files to MP3 format … I use Audacity for that kind of stuff.

Image source: Frédéric BISSON (CC BY-2.0)

“Parsing PowerPoint Project” error message when importing PPT

Hi,

When try to import a PPT I am getting the pop-up message “Parsing PowerPoint Project” which is then followed by a pop-up message “Unable to import Microsoft PowerPoint presentation the file maybe damaged”

I get the same message with different PPTs and also new PPTs

I have tried uninstalling Captivate and installing again.

Any ideas?

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Create a 3-D Style Hex Tile Picture In PowerPoint

In this video, I thought I would share something that I always enjoy playing around with… Filling shapes with images and playing around with the 3-D elements to create some fun graphics. I think that graphics like these can be used in Captivate to create some really neat visual appeal.

I am using PowerPoint with an Office 365 subscription here and a picture of a sunflower that I took at my in-laws place. I hope you enjoy the technique.

Have fun with different shape combinations and arrangements and please share some of the ideas you come up with.

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Deck of Cards Graphics

Not long before this post I made a corny joke about doing a magic trick and it inspired me to create some card graphics for use in some projects.

I am a huge PowerPoint user when it comes to creating my own graphics and so that is what I am offering here.
This is a PowerPoint .pptx file that is around 100k in size and contains 13 slides with all four suits Ace thru King, a Captivate Joker, and two standard looking card backs.
It was created using an Office 365 subscription on Windows. The graphics are currently a bunch of grouped objects that can be saved as images and imported into Captivate and are also fully editable if you so choose.

cardSuits

I would love to hear any ideas that you have for using something like this in your projects.

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ADOBE PRESENTER: Sidebar Video

by Kevin Siegel, COTP

Inserting and editing video in Adobe Presenter is as easy as accessing the Adobe Presenter tab on the Ribbon and then clicking the Video tool. Once videos have been added to a PowerPoint slide, they can be manipulated just like any other PowerPoint object.

I received an email recently from a new Presenter developer. He wanted to insert a video, but instead of adding the video to the slide, he wanted it to appear to the left of the slide, above the Table of Contents. He had heard such a thing was possible but had been unable to find the feature.

The feature he was looking for is called Sidebar video and it’s shown in the image below. Adding Sidebar video to a project is simple and I was able to talk him through it with a quick email. If you’d like to learn how, follow these steps.

To begin, select a PowerPoint slide and then, on the Adobe Presenter tab, Insert group, click the Video tool and choose Import. (This will open the Adobe Presenter – Import Video dialog box.)

Select the video you’d like to use in the Sidebar and, from the lower right of the dialog box, select Sidebar video.

By default, the Sidebar video will appear at the left of the Presenter playback window (as shown in the first image above). You can hide the Sidebar or change its location by clicking the Theme tool and deselecting Show Sidebar (to hide it) or selecting Right or Left from the Location drop-down menu.

If you’d like to see the Sidebar video feature in action, check out this sample Adobe Presenter eLearning project. And if you’d like to learn how to use Adobe Presenter, check out our skills and drills workbook.

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Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic. Following a career in Public Affairs with the U.S. Coast Guard and in private industry, Kevin has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, public speaker, and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.

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Here’s How I Built This 3D Pop-Out in PowerPoint

PowerPoint graphics

In a recent post, I showed how I use PowerPoint to build the graphics for my Rise courses. I had a few questions on how to create the person sticking out of the circle image (apparently that is popular).  So today’s post shows how to do this. It’s pretty easy.

How to Create a 3D Pop-Out Graphic in PowerPoint

PowerPoint graphics Content Library

  • Insert a character and crop it until it is square.
  • Insert a circle.
  • The circle and image should be a similar size.
  • Crop the image to a circle shape.
  • Position the character over the circle.
  • Scale it up to suit your need for the overhanging image.
  • Duplicate the character.
  • Crop the first image to fit in the circle.
  • Crop the second image and place on top of the first image to cover.
  • Group together so you don’t accidentally nudge them out of place.

PowerPoint graphic steps

As you can see, it’s relatively simple to do. Then whatever you build in PowerPoint can be saved as an image. Either right-click it and save as .PNG or save the slide itself as .PNG.

Watch the tutorial below to get more of the specific detail. And here’s a bonus tutorial on how I created the 3D pop-out header image above.

Click here to view the YouTube tutorial.


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A Simple Way to Build PowerPoint Graphics for Mobile Learning

PowerPoint graphics

In a previous post, I shared how I built an interactive scenario in Rise. I’ve gotten lots of emails asking how I built the graphics like the headers and the flashcard interactions for the interactive scenario. So in today’s post, I’m going to show you a simple way to build graphics for your Rise e-learning courses.

PowerPoint graphics headers for Rise blocks

PowerPoint graphics flashcard interaction

Understanding the Image Blocks in Rise

Rise offers a number of blocks that support inserted images (such as image, gallery, and some of the interactions). Most them work perfectly in one of two aspect ratios:

  • 1:1 (square)
  • 16:9 (rectangle)

There are a few blocks that have text overlay where the image is scaled. Those are mostly decorative images so we won’t worry about them.

Understanding PowerPoint Slides

PowerPoint is easy-to-use screen and with some practice, you can build almost any type of visual. Because of this, I build my simple graphics in PowerPoint and save the slides as images.

In PowerPoint, we need to do two things: set slide size and then whatever we build we export as an image.

  • Go to Design>Slide Size and modify the slide size.
  • To save the slide as an image, go to Save As and choose an image format. You can save a single slide or all slides. I usually save in PNG format.

Create PowerPoint Graphics to Use in Rise

Since there are two aspect ratios, I create two PowerPoint files for my Rise graphics. One is 1:1 and the other is 16:9. You can see the PowerPoint files I created for the scenario demo.

PowerPoint graphics example of file

PowerPoint is a freeform slide. I can build virtually anything I need quickly. In the interactive scenario, I created 1:1 images for the flashcards. One side of the flashcard has the question text and the other has the feedback.

I used the various image editing features in PowerPoint to colorize the graphics. I also used the emjoi features to create some simple feedback graphics. While it’s easy enough to build these graphics with other tools I just find PowerPoint to be easy and fast. However you’re not confined to PowerPoint, you can use the tool of your choice.

PowerPoint graphics flashcard questions

PowerPoint graphics flashcard answers

The images above are relatively simple. The images below required a bit more work. I had to build it so the character extends out of the frame. You can see that I created a couple of versions. I opted for the lighter version because it made the Rise screen seem more open with more white space.

PowerPoint graphics header image

When you’re all done building your slides, save the slides as images rather than a .pptx file. Then you’ll have a folder of images that work with your Rise courses.

Bonus PowerPoint Graphics Tip

With Articulate 360, you get Studio 360 that includes Presenter and works with PowerPoint. That means you have access to all of the Content Library characters and templates. So if you want the same Content Library characters in Rise, use PowerPoint slides to build the graphics like I did above.

Here’s another example I mocked up for the blog post using the same techniques.

PowerPoint graphics interactive scenario 2

So there you have it. In the first, post we looked at how to build the interactive scenario in Rise. And in this one, we reviewed how to use PowerPoint to quickly build the graphics you need.


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