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In Office 2007, we significantly improved the rendering quality of static content. Users could quickly and easily enhance shapes, pictures, and other content with effects such as bevels, soft edges, and reflections. For Office 2010, we switched our focus to enhancing dynamic content - animations, transitions and video. To accomplish this, we rebuilt the core rendering engine using DirectX 9.0.
As a result, you’ll notice that PowerPoint 2010 is improved in four major ways:
Improved Slide Show Performance Leveraging your graphics hardware allows us to greatly enhance the performance of presentations in slide show. This means that your presentations will look and feel smoother when running in PowerPoint 2010. In the video below there is a comparison of the same presentation running on the same hardware in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010.
Revamped Animation and Transition Effects We’ve taken advantage of DirectX to improve the look of existing animations and transitions. Animations and transitions that involve a wipe effect now feature a soft edge instead of a hard edge. Effects involving a fade now feature a silkier looking transformation. Take a look at the difference:
New Transition Effects In addition to revamping the existing transitions, we've added a host of new transition effects to PowerPoint 2010. In a future post we’ll describe the effects and talk about the new Dynamic Content transitions.
Improved Video Playback Finally, we've overhauled the way that we handle video playback. Previously, all video playback was achieved by launching external components (such as Windows Media Player) during slide show. Now, video playback is handled seamlessly inside PowerPoint. You’ll hear more about this in following posts.
In terms of system requirements, hardware rendering requires a DirectX 9.0 compatible video card, which is common on most machines capable of running Office 2010. In instances where this kind of graphics card is not available (e.g., terminal server, older machines…) we have a built-in mechanism to switch to software rendering.
-Shailesh Saini Program Manager, Office Graphics
Glad that you're enjoying the Beta and I apologize for the challenges you're facing. We definitely expect the transitions/animations to be included in the video, so it's worrisome to us that you're losing them. Is this happening on all videos or just some that you're exporting? Also, is your computer "awake" and unlocked during the full export? Could you look under "Set Up Slide Show" on the "Slide Show" ribbon tab to see if the "Show without animation" checkbox is checked? Let me know or send me an email at allhuan AT microsoft DOT com, and we can see if we can address this problem. Thanks,
Hi everyone. Great comments, I share Mark Normand's issue regarding the looping of audio till the end of the presentation! To get around it, I had to time the audio and insert it again (3 times - sheesh!) once it finishes before saving it to (.wmv). Can I suggest adding 2 features? 1. overlapping pics just like photoshop (fading). 2. Wrapping text around objects ala MSword. Simple stuff but can go a long way in making PPT a true presentation killer. Thanks for your effort PPT team!! Oh, don't forget to watch our vid done entirely in PPT'10 on youtube - just type in peakmanagement
Hi my 10 yr old is working on a school project and in 07 you have the option of choosing an animation of 'random effects'. This appears to be missing from the beta, and we are wondering if it will get included, or is hiding somewhere we can't find.
I have been beta testing Office 2010 and have a big issue with powerpoint when I use it with our standard corp theme. Whenever this theme is active, the text redraw speed slows to a crawl. While I am typing in the body of the slide the text does not display on screen, only blank space with dark vertical lines that represent the past locations of where the text insert cursor was last time it blinked. When I stop typing, the lines disapear and the text I typed shows up after 2-3 seconds. This does not happen if I use any of the standard templates/themes, only when I use our corporate theme. Any ideas on what I can do to change or update the theme so it does not cause this issue in 2010? Also, this will be an adoption issue for our org, as all ppt decks that have been created over the last 3+ years use this theme.
Update - Don't know if it helps at all, but when I am typing in PPT and I am having the screen redraw issues, one of the cores in my dual core system is running at 95% CPU utilization. Core 2 Duo, P8600 @2.4Ghz, 4 GB Ram
32bit Windows 7
how do i upgrade my graphics so they'll work on powerpoint 2010?
PowerPoint 2010 looks to be a great release! Working as a professional AV-technician I've seen more and more presenters moving away from PowerPoint and towards KeyNote on the Mac platform for the sole reason that everything is smoother and the beauty of hardware acceleration, so this is a big thing for PowerPoint I think. While playing around with the beta for a while now, I've noticed that I can't play some videos, specifically MPEG2 videos, which I find odd. I do have MPEG 2 directshow codecs on the machine. (Running a 32bit PowerPoint on a 64bit Windows7). I can play MPEG2 videos in Windows Media Player with no problem (both the 32bit version of WMP and the 64bit version of WMP). So I'm wondering, is PowerPoint instead using the MediaFramework for playback and not DirectShow? Cheers!
I meant "Windows Media Foundation" not "Media Framework", in my previous post. :)
Hi Justin, Thanks for the compliments! We're excited about the work we've done for 2010 and it's good to see people take advantage of it. To answer your question, we're using DirectShow for our media playback, but actually Windows Media Player on Windows 7 uses Media Foundation. We're aware of the MPEG-2 playback issues, and it's something we're going to continue working on. In the meantime, you mention you had the MPEG-2 DirectShow codecs. Did you download a 3rd-party codec package (i.e. FFDShow)? If you have the codecs, the MPEG-2 files should work. Let me know if that's the case, otherwise, I'd suggest looking for a 3rd-party codec to play MPEG-2. Sorry for the inconvenience of that, this is something we'll be continuing to work on.
Hi, We've tried with both the ffdshow codecs, and also Elecard's MPEG-2 codec. PowerPoint 2010 refuses to play MPEG-2 files. If we try rendering a graph in "graphedit" from the Windows SDK, just to verify that we have directshow codecs installed, the videofiles render & play just fine.
Glad to hear that it "should" work with proper codecs installed though. Will try again with a fresh install of windows 7 + MPEG2 codec. :) Thanks. Cheers,
"While I am typing in the body of the slide the text does not display on screen, only blank space with dark vertical lines that represent the past locations of where the text insert cursor was last time it blinked. When I stop typing, the lines disapear and the text I typed shows up after 2-3 seconds."
I do have the same problem, and indeed I am not using a standard template, but a corporate template. Any fix?
Hi Dirk, There can be several reasons why you're seeing issues with typing, and one of them is the contents or background graphics of your corporate template. If you can share the template, please send an e-mail to sandy AT microsoft DOT com and we can take a look. Thanks,
I also am having difficulties with inserting mpeg2 videos. Have windows 7. No problem with wmv files, avi, and such, but no way with mpg. Why not just enable vob files so that we don't have to convert them into formats that will work? What are the odds that you'll get this mpeg2 issue solved?
Just as a follow up note to others, regarding the MPEG2 issue I mentioned a comment or two up. When doing a full re-install of Windows 7 and then PowerPoint 2010, followed by installation of ffdshow filters seemed to work. I still don't know why it didn't work before but on a fresh install it does work. MPEG2 files play fine in PowerPoint 2010 after that. Cheers!
Tried it, no luck. The interesting thing is that I can open the mpg for trimming, but when I try to play it, PPT freezes and crashes.