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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
I have attempted to insert a quicktime video file several times with no luck. OS = Vista.
Intel Duo 2.GHz
4 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
@ Tom Lupi, In order to play a QuickTime file you'll need to have the codec. Have you installed QuickTime on your computer? -Chris
The client is having trouble making 2003 or 2007 smoothly present his slide show: www.ihydrocarbon.com/.../Pre1492 I've tried it on a different machine with Powerpoint 2010 beta, substituting photos with reduced file sizes, disabled antivirus, wireless and firewall, all the various positions of hardware acceleration, driver updates, even reduced file sizes again and stripped embedded ICC files*. I finally tried making a version with just transitions instead of animations. Jumpy, jittery stuttering transitions that should be a piece of cake from 50kb files was the result. Even 25k images exhibit this behavior, albeit with very soft focus. I believed this would be a simple task. Suggestions? * some tips were elsewhere, almost all most were here: www.eggheadcafe.com/.../powerpoint-2007-very-slow.aspx
Update, here's a link that actually works: www.dvdeland.com/.../Pre-1492
Jose, Could you send me a sample PowerPoint file so that we can test it on our machines? Send it to chmalon AT microsoft DOT com. Thanks, -Chris
When I play a PPT 2010 presentation on a Windows 7 machine, the animations just play once and don't keep looping. But when the same presentation is played on a Windows XP machine, the animations keep looping. Is there a patch I can use?
Hella, Would you mind sharing a sample file? You can send it to pptblfr AT microsoft DOT com. Thanks,
This all sounds wonderful, but the videos in my PP 2010 presentation play in a jerking type fashion. I really need a solution.
i've tried the beta and found out that it does not allow for movie/video files to be played across multiple slides... i called ms and they told me that it would be available on the release version. i just bought the 2010 version and it does not provide the capability of playing a video across multiple slides as it once did in 2007... will there be a fix on that or will i need to return my product on false advertisement?
As mentioned by Mark Normand, does the problem of looping audio while saving into Movie still persist in the final retail version ?
Hi! I have the 64 bits Beta version installed on my 64 bits OS. But when I want to load a video, It says that I do not have the right CODEC for 64 bits to load that video. Do I have to installed 32 bits Beta version on my computer? Is there any place I can download the CODEC for 64 bits?
I was hoping for a "book page turn" transition effect.
I need the option to have a hard edge when running a wipe animation. How can I do this in 2010? 2007 was fine, please email me the answer email@example.com
It is amazing how you guys assumed ALL users will be happy to have the hard edge replaced with a soft edge without any option to fallback to the hard edge. answers.microsoft.com/.../16171854-4e6c-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5