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Welcome to the 21st century. Computers are omnipresent. The extent of your audience is no longer constrained to a single conference room or the space just over your left shoulder. Whether you are sharing the videos from your recent trip with your family hundreds of miles away or presenting a media-rich business plan to potential customers on the other side of the globe, your slides need to work on computers other than the one right in front of you.
It’s simple, right? Just attach the presentation to an email and click send. If you’ve ever tried this with video in PowerPoint 2007, you’ve probably realized that talk is cheap. In the past, you needed to attach all the video files separately, and you needed to ensure that those files would reach a location on the recipient’s computer that would preserve the links from the presentation.
You send the presentation to your friend, and they tell you, "there was an error. Those videos don’t play on my computer." It's very likely that you downloaded a special media decoder at some point, either on purpose or by accident, in order to play that media on your computer. You could ask your friend to install the same decoder, but that's asking a lot (especially if you aren't sure which one is required). This is why we've created the Optimize Media Compatibility feature. Clicking this button in the Backstage will help to ensure that your files playback on other computers:
Now your media is embedded, and you are confident that it will play on any computer. Time to send this in an email. You’ve got a list of recipients, a subject, a message, and you've even remembered to attach the file. You click send. Three minutes later, you receive an email saying that your attachment is too large to send…
Don't worry. Just return to the Backstage and click on the new Compress Media button. This will drastically reduce the size of your media files:
PowerPoint will discard your trimmed regions so that you don't waste space showing a short clip from a long movie. The media are then processed with some very intelligent algorithms which selectively remove data while minimizing the impact to the overall quality of the video and audio.
Your worries about linking, compatibility, and filesize have all been rolled into two simple buttons. All you have to do is click, and we’ll take care of the rest.
There are, of course, other ways to share you brilliant work that don’t involve sending a presentation at all. If you want to learn more, check back soon!
August 12, 2009
Working with an advertising agency, our presentations are usually media-rich. A large number of support calls is about multimedia problems. So I'm sure the features you just described will be those our employees (and I) will love most. Thank you!
Computers are omnipresent. 21st century is Multi-media era! And more powerpoint 2010 is becoming more and more powerful. PowerPoint 2010 area:
Alas! Can we do away with unnecessary links to video and sound files? This is great.
Great news, PowerPoint really needed improved media functions. Now if only you can overhaul PowerPoint 2010 and add a "create a Poster mode", yeah I know that we should use Adobe Indesign for Posters. ..but the majority of Scientists I know create Posters in PowerPoint, and well PowerPoint has many quirks that make it difficult to make a good Poster using it. I.e. you have to make sure Page Dimesions are correct, not to big or to small, that the resolution/quality of embedded graphics arent reduced when saved, and that special characters arent lost when converting to other file formats.
The addition of Save to PDF in PowerPoint 2007 was a great feature that made it much easier to get better results, however any improvement in this area would be greatly appreciated.
So if I am updating from PP 2003 to 2010 and I have a presentation (with a “linked” narration that plays across all slides) from 2003 version that I want export/convert to a video file, my steps would be: *separate the linked narration (break the link) *update convert the presentation to 2010 version *now add the narration to the updated presentation? ? ? I’m asking because I am having problems with my PP coming out as I created it in 2003. My presentation is large (so say some would be helpers)—117 slides with many slides made up of several pictures/objects with animation. The whole presentation is 14:48 long. I have looked at many of the PP 2010 demos and I don’t think my problems are because my presentation is too long or complex, as others trying to help have said. I have always loved PP and all the things it can do and 2010 will be the coolest if I can get all those things to be incorporated into MY presentations including converting to video and burning it to a DVD!!
Dottie R, Good news for you - upgrading your file from 2003 to 2010 format should be very easy: 1. Click the "File" button
2. Click the "Info" tab on the left
3. Click the "Convert" button This will upgrade all your media and other objects like charts and diagrams. -Chris
I am trying to make a video from a PowerPoint 2010 presentation that has a looping sound file - .wav format. When I play the video, the sound stops midway through the second slide. I've tried .mid sound files, but they don't play at all in the video. Any suggestions would be really appreciated:)
This is the most important feature I have seen yet. I am a physician and give multiple presentations with a ton of video. Basically I cannot give these presenations in any workable fashion to someone else without giving them the whole folder. I have been using a product pfcpro to make the videos play normal speed (I had been converting medical images to mpeg or avi and they would play terribly slow or clip or just not play). I assume that this won't be an issue either any longer. Finally, I would just like to say that I complained on live.com on the beta preview of the powerpoint webapp. I uploaded a 2007 presentation with video links and they obviously didn't play. I complained before I knew this would be a feature in 2010 and I am even happier that I can convert a file to 2010 embedded format without recreating it. This is what I am talking about. Can't wait for release.
OMG! Finally an answer to my problem! I was having exactly these issues only with sound. The music would not embed. Thankyou, thankyou thankyou!!!!