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PowerPoint is one of the most effective business tools ever invented, but we all know PowerPoint presentations can go horribly wrong. That's why we created this episode of "The Office Show," to help you use the great design capabilities of PowerPoint, and thus avoid those dreaded presentation sleepfests.
And we know that sometimes you've got no time to produce a professional slide deck, while with other projects you want to spend a lot of time to get it right. The Office Show has some tips for both situations.
Microsoft design guru March Rogers starts the show with the basic principles of design. Good design is absolutely crucial to communicating well with any audience, and thinking about these principles can really help you make your points more effective. Office.com's Doug Thomas, Mr. Office Casual, demonstrates some new PowerPoint features, like background removal and combine shapes - that help put those principles into action. And to inspire you further, we've created a 150-page flipbook animation built entirely in PowerPoint.
And we've got what we call our Quick and Dirty Trick: which is pretty simple. If you don't have time to start from scratch, we've got a huge number of professionally designed templates that get you a great head start. Most of you know about templates already, but you may not know that we've worked with professionals to create things like 3D text effects and animations, that you can download and use for free. The 3D text effect template on the show was created by PowerPoint MVP Julie Terberg. There are many more example slide effects templates on Office.com, many of which are brand-new and designed for use with PowerPoint 2010. Go check them out, it can really fire up your imagination to see what's possible.
Of course, this is just a snapshot; if you've got ideas and tips you want to share about how to make great presentations, feel free to log a comment and let everyone know. We'd love to hear from you, and we'd love to hear more about what you think of the show. The folks at Office.com created this in partnership with our friends at Microsoft's Channel 9, where you can find even more videos about Office.
-- Doug Kim and Tina Wood Summerford,
Office Show producers
I love it!
I loved it! I really like this .. with a great production !!... should be replicated with other products
this seems to be a great show!
the problem is the buffering:(
even on a 1 Mbps bandwidth its very sloppy:(
been tryin to watch it for the last hr!
is there an url where i can dwn load & watch, pls?
thnx & regards;
Sorry about that! Do try this link, directly to the Channel 9 page. You can download it from there.
nice armband tattoo -- not!
nice peroxide blonde hair -- double-not!!
nice cleavage -- triple-not!!!
It will really help me with presentations.
Keep up the great work
You can also add www.crystalgraphics.com/.../templates.backgrounds.main.asp
into the resource section.
250 slide ppt presentation music transitions work well until trying to convert to video.......looses stop point of music on video. music overlaps so by the 100th slide may have 3 songs going. Yes they do work correctly before converted to video. I need to be able to reproduce 35 copies as videos so can be played on many different computers, reguardless of wether they have PPt or not I have Powerpoint 2010. thanks for your help PSR
@PSR, hmm, haven't seen this issue crop up, but I'll check around to see if we can find out something for you.
@PSR, OK, I've got some answers for you. This is a known problem and we're working on it, but until then here are three workarounds you can try.
1.Trim the audio track to the desired length, then use the “compress media” feature in the backstage to make sure it doesn’t play past that point
2. Remove the music tracks, export the deck as a video, then use a video editing program like Windows Live Movie Maker to add the tracks back in.
3. Export the first part of the presentation w/ song 1, then export the second part w/ song 2, etc. Then, insert those videos into PowerPoint on slides 1, 2, 3, set to play automatically, and export again.
thank you so much for your suggestions I will try them!
@PSR, you're welcome, let us know if any of those works out best. thanks!
Doug thanks I tried option one......trimmed all songs even checking back after reopening in PPT showed trimmed times.
but again once converting to video played the song through.
on to option 2....I think my presentation too large!
do you know if MS is trying to come up with a patch for this?
@PSR, Yes, I'm sorry that option didn't work for you. We are definitely working on a fix.
Have you considered captioning these videos? Or at least providing a transcript? They are not accessible to me. There's also a strong business case to caption them, starting with the fact they help make the videos search engine friendly.
Yes, we're definitely working on closed captions for these videos. This one was produced before we had that capability on this hosting platform, but future ones will definitely have them. Thanks for your feedback!