Before You Create a Movie from PowerPoint
Last Updated: July 12th 2012
There are things that should concern you even before you create a movie from your PowerPoint presentation. Do give these topics more than a passing thought or cursory glance:
- Make sure you use the right backgrounds. Don't use a background with many gradients or a design that contains
all the colors in the rainbow. That's because movies are compressed with codecs that cannot cope up with these issues
all the time.
- Keep the content reasonably uncomplicated. Don't put in too much stuff on your slides. A few text lines and a visual
or two is the right formula. Twenty animations happening at once and objects that appear and disappear all the time won't
be a great starting point to convert as a movie.
- Use larger size text. Yes, make sure you take care of this one -- use nothing smaller than 24 point text size.
- Decide what type of output you need: regular or wide screen. If you need a wide screen movie, start with a wide
screen PowerPoint presentation. You'll find several wide screen PowerPoint templates
- Use a simple template. Yes, it's really best to start with an understated design. If you are converting your
PowerPoint to a movie format to post on YouTube or another video sharing site, do remember that the movies are shown
in a small window. If you use a very ornamental design, that small size might drown all your other slide objects,
- Use automatic slide timings. This is even more important if you are using a recording product like TechSmith
Camtasia Studio to record your PowerPoint to a movie format.
- Use basic (or no) transitions. And if you are using a movie editing tool later in the editing stage, you can always
add the transitions there!
- What about narration or music? That's a difficult question to answer. It all depends on which tool you are using to create a movie from your PowerPoint.