Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quick Guide on Adding Video to PowerPoint

Although this sounds like it should be the easiest thing in the world to achieve, the reality is often the exact opposite, and so I felt it was worth writing a simple explanation of the process.

Before you start there are a number of things to bear in mind;

Video files are not actually ‘embedded’, into your PPT presentation, they are simply linked, which means the video files need to be placed in the same folder as the PPT presentation, and remain there, if the link is not to be broken. This folder should always be on the hard drive. Never try to play videos from a CD, always copy them over for best results.

So how do we go about getting the videos ready for PowerPoint?

Firstly, the video files must be in a compatible format, such as AVI, MPG or WMV, and which formats work best varies depending on the laptop and the version of PPT you are using.

If we know you will need to use the files in PPT, we will prepare the correct versions for you, bearing in mind a number of things which are outside our control, such as speed and power of the delivery laptop and the resolution of your presentation.

If we make files too tiny they will display too small, and will then appear fuzzy if they get resized. (NB: Never do this! More later) If we make them too large the laptop can sometimes stutter or even crash. As a result, we tend to go with a standard size of 640 x 480 pixels, or if we are confident of your delivery laptop, maybe 800 x 600 pixels.

The presentation resolution will depend on the screen resolution of the host laptop, or will have been set in the master template, but is likely to be either 800 x 600 pixels, in which case the video would show up in a box slightly smaller than full size; or it may be 1024 x 768, so the files at 640 x 480 would occupy about two thirds screen size. If we can find out what resolution you are using for projection, we can make files which fill the frame, assuming the laptop will be able to cope.

The process of linking the files is quite straightforward;

1 – Go to the slide where you would like the video to appear
2 – Go to Insert; Movie on the menu
3 – A dialogue box will display asking if you wish the movie to play as the slide displays, or wait for a keypress. If your video is playing from its own slide then the former would apply, but if you have a title or some other information displaying before the video, we recommend choosing the latter, so when you hit the space bar, the movie will run.
4 – A video box will appear on the slide for you to position it as you wish. For all sorts of complicated reasons, the one thing you must not do at this stage is resize the video box. Videos must stay at the size they are when they are imported, if the quality is to be maintained. Resizing the video box will almost guarantee that the video displays at a lower quality.

To determine the optimum size for your final videos, we can provide sample videos at different sizes and in different formats. You should soon be able to work out which version works best.

To summarize then;

1 – Make sure the video files are in the right format and are the right size for your computer and software.

2 – Make sure you have copied the video files to the same folder as your presentation.

3 – Menu – Insert; Movie

4 – Don’t resize the movie!

Good luck – and you know where we are, if you have any further questions!

For more information, here are the official Microsoft sites which have a lot more information on the whole topic.

For POWERPOINT 2003: click here
For POWERPOINT 2007: click here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

13 Online Presentation Applications

    online presentations

We’ve helped you find online word processors and spreadsheet apps, now it’s time for presentations. We’ve gathered up 13 online presentation creators to make it even easier for you to forget about doing anything offline ever again!

AjaxPresents – Presentation software portion of the Ajax13 office suite. Works with Firefox1.5 and higher, free, and can import & export from PowerPoint and OpenOffice. – A Java based presentation tool that allows you to create online and then download to your system to save it. – A tool for creating media rich presentations online with Flash and Ajax. You can share them with the public and allow them to be voted on.

    Presentation Editor

Google DocumentsGoogle made their intentions to take on Microsoft Office fairly obvious when they finally added an online presentation tool to take on PowerPoint. – Uses an Ajax-based interface for quick editing. Allows collaboration and easy sharing with clients and colleagues. – Focused more on larger corporate customers with a monthly budget for little bit higher-end needs. Provides templates for speedy creation. – Is a completely free presentation editor that generates the slides as web pages so they can even be edited in an HTML editor if you choose. They allow 250 MB of storage, but no limit to the size or duration of a presentation. Also offers unlimited online collaboration. – Currently in private beta, SlideRocket is trying to fulfill all of the features of desktop apps and adding more online features. They are accepting emails to sign up for the beta at this time. – A Flash presentation generator that can be used online or in their desktop editor. Results can be published or embedded.

    ThinkFree Show – ThinkFree Show is part of the ThinkFree office suite which offers a free online alternative to Office. The service is free and offers 1 GB of online storage. – A free presentation builder that allows you to build your work right in te browser and then share it with anyone by just sending them a link. – An online presentation editor that allows for work with numerous file formats, video, audio, photos and more. Online embedding and sharing is easy when you’re done, and they expect to launch a Facebook app sometime in the second quarter of 2008.

Zoho ShowZoho’s answer for presentation software offers all of their usual services such as collaboration, but you also get the chance to embed your shows in blogs or present long distance to a client.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Guides on Inserting DVD Movie Clips to PowerPoint and Burning PowerPoint Presentation to DVD

DVD and PowerPoint are frequently blended into each other these days. You may try to insert a small portion of a DVD movie to your PowerPoint presentation that is supposed to display through a slide projector. You may also need to burn an amazing slideshow to DVD+RW so as to play on a home DVD player hooked to TV. The problem is, there is no direct way to join PowerPoint and DVD, the two different media formats by now. Intermediaries are necessary for integrating PowerPoint and DVD. If you look for a clue of building a quick bridge for the two, read on…

* Insert a DVD movie clip to your PowerPoint presentation

You cannot put a DVD, or an audio or video portion of DVD, straight into any MS PowerPoint program. To use a matching portion of a terrific DVD movie in your PowerPoint slideshow, the first thing you need is a quality DVD ripper to rip/crop the very portion of the DVD movie and convert it to video compatible with PowerPoint (click here to see which audio and video formats are supported by MS PowerPoint). When you Google or Bing, you will probably find a glut of DVD rippers alleged that could rip a DVD movie to various video. You can try one of the top listed on Google or Bing, e.g. Leawo DVD Ripper, Magic DVD Ripper, Top DVD Ripper, Xili DVD Ripper, etc. The one I hold is Leawo DVD Ripper, coz it is cheaper compared with the others, and there is also a considerate given of free singles like Leawo Free DVD to AVI, DVD to MP4 and more. Take it as an example:

Rip DVD to PowerPoint-compatible video

Section 1 Rip the DVD movie to PowerPoint-compatible video with Leawo DVD Ripper

  • I. Download and install Leawo DVD Ripper. Insert the disk that you would like to use into the DVD drive
  • II. Run the ripping program and import the DVD file from your local drive.
  • III. Make necessary settings for the output video to come. In the Subtitle dropdown, select the subtitle language. From the Audio dropdown list, select the language of the audio. In the Profile, select any supportable video format like AVI, MP4 and WMV. Also, change the existing Output location if you would like to set another destination folder for the output file.
  • IV. To have a tweak on default video parameters, use the Customize feature to personalize the video. Under the Effect tab, you can fine tune the video brightness, contrast as well as the audio volume. Under the Trim tab, below the thumbnail of the DVD movie, drag between the scroll bar to define the portion that you need for your PowerPoint presentation. From Crop, select a cropping option from the Letter Box or cropping the video by dragging the dot frame on the right. Click OK to confirm the settings.
  • V. Finally, click the big whirling arrow button to start the conversion. You will get a video ready for PowerPoint in several minutes.
  • Section 2 Insert the cropped DVD video clip to your PowerPoint presentation

    Now your DVD movie is in AVI (or MP4, WMV, ASF), it is a no-brainer to do the insertion task. Perform the Insert -> Movies and Sounds -> Movie(video) from File routine to put the converted DVD video clip into your PPT file. Explore more details at How to insert a Movie (or video) into PowerPoint 2003 and How to insert a video into PowerPoint 2007

    Note - Do not forget to place the video file in the same folder with your presentation file. Otherwise, it won’t work.

    * Burn PowerPoint presentation to DVD slideshow

    A K-12 course, a training lecture, or a digital photo album that made in MS PowerPoint is more often than not transformed onto a DVD disk for better distribution. To burn your PowerPoint presentation to DVD, you can rely on screen recording software like Camtasia Studio, which converts the presentation to video and then turn the video to DVD. However, there is a cheap one-go alternative for you - Moyea PPT to DVD Burner, a conversion tool that can burn a dozen of PPT files straight onto a DVD disc (as well as convert PowerPoint presentations to 24 plus video formats).

    Here is the how-to brief:

    1. Download and install Moyea PPT to DVD Burner on your local PC. Insert a blank DVD disk, run the program and import the PowerPoint file to convert to DVD.

    2. From the Options, select the output as either Create Standard DVD or Create High Definition DVD. In the Menu tab, select a proper DVD menu for the slideshow. Add a sound for the DVD slideshow if you forgot that done in PowerPoint. Indentify the DVD slideshow with the Logo feature.

    3. Go to the Burn option, and click Start to burn the PowerPoint presentation onto the disk.

    When the disk is fulfilled, you can pop it out, and take it anywhere you go. It is chic to pad the disk to a HD DVD player, sit back toward a theatre-like TV, enjoy with a merry group of audience.

    Sister post that may inspire you with more:

    How to Burn PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) to CD or DVD

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Leawo Intros Standard Edition of PowerPoint to DVD 3.5 for Users to Play Presentations on DVD Player

    Shenzhen, P.R. China – January 15, 2009 -- Leawo Software (, the leading developer and distributor of multimedia conversion and playback solutions, today announced the availability of Leawo PowerPoint to DVD Standard Edition 3.5, which allows users to convert compelling PowerPoint presentations to stand-quality DVD that can playback on a DVD player to share with the audience.

    "In a time of recession, people want to deliver a PowerPoint presentation at less cost. Spend an extra hundred, even a thousand of dollars for a media projector? That’s never what a wise man does. If one already has a TV and a DVD player, he won’t have to. A smart yet cheap tool like Leawo PowerPoint to DVD Standard can help. " Said Sophia, sales manager at Leawo. "This standard edition is streamlined to help users easily demonstrate a PowerPoint presentation on TV attached with DVD player, by converting it to standard DVD and burn to disc."

    Leawo PowerPoint to DVD Standard supports latest PowerPoint 2010 beta as input, as well as earlier versions since PowerPoint 2000. The most shining features in the standard edition cover:

    1. Burn PowerPoint to DVD for Cross-platform Playback

    The Standard edition converts anything of PowerPoint, e.g., PowerPoint projects of a corporate report, a product demo, a school courseware or homework to quality DVD that can be displayed on a TV or projector with DVD player.

    2. Convert PowerPoint Presentation to Lossless DVD

    The dedicated PPT to DVD converter and burner keeps all dynamic PowerPoint elements - animations, transitions, sounds, videos, hyperlinks during conversion.

    3. Elegant DVD Menu Templates for Remote Control

    The PowerPoint to DVD converter has a Menu feature with preset DVD menu templates and a custom DVD creator, which makes it simple for you to choose and customize screen display for your DVD slideshow.

    4. Logo/Watermark to Personalize and Protect DVD Output

    It has the Logo feature that allows users to add in an image, to edit with ease, and to set as watermark for the exported DVD. Help personalize and protect an output DVD.

    5. Music Insertion & Narration Recorder for DVD Output

    Leawo PowerPoint to DVD Standard supports music insertion and narration recording. Users can insert a piece of sound track or record a special narration for their DVD slideshow without quantity limit.

    Price and Availability
    Leawo PowerPoint to DVD Standard 3.5 supports operating systems like Win7, Windows XP/2000/NT/Vista. The unit price of the product is $59.95 (US) per license, with a free trial. Discounts are available for volume purchase of the product licenses. For details of Leawo PowerPoint to DVD Standard, please refer to

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    About Leawo

    As a multimedia solution provider, Leawo specializes in processing and broadcasting media software to integrate the Internet and people's daily life. It provides both Windows and Mac products ranging from DVD Converters, Video Converters, FLV Converters to PowerPoint Converters.

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Free PowerPoint to Video Converter

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    Free PowerPoint to Video Converter

    Leawo PowerPoint to Video Free is a totally free yet clean converter to help convert your PowerPoint files, e.g. PPT, PPS , PPTX or PPSX, to video in format of ASF, WMV, 3GP or 3G2, without loss of original effects like animations and transitions.

    With a considerable customization, it offers you an ease to enhance your PowerPoint to video conversion. The multi-lingual GUI lets you do the conversion in 7 different languages. The Profile allows you to specify the bit rate, the quality, and the size of an output video, adjust audio sample rate and channels, and set many other parameters for an output. The Customize enables you to reset the transition time between slides, add background music for an output video, and select a conversion status. The free PowerPoint to video converter makes it easy to share your PowerPoint presentation on a video hosting website, and at a mobile gadget.

    Additionally, the PPT to Video converter can work as an audio converter - it extracts and converts your PowerPoint presentation to anything of an audio, including AC3, M4A, MP2, MP3, AU, WAV, etc.

    Key features:

    ◆ Convert PowerPoint to Video like .ASF, .WMV, .3GP, .3G2
    Leawo PowerPoint to Video Free converts your PowerPoint presentations to videos of ASF, WMV, 3GP and 3G2 for sharing on websites like YouTube or playing on portable devices.

    ◆ Extract and Convert PowerPoint Files to Audio
    The free PowerPoint to Video converter can also be used to convert your presentation to lossless audio of various formats, e.g., AAC, AC3, AIFF, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, OGG, RA, AU, WAV, WMA, MKA.

    ◆ Customize Video Profile for Enhancement
    It allows you to edit the video parameters as you like. You can specify audio parameters like audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels and change profile parameters like video codec, bit rate, frame rate and video size. You can choose a higher bit rate to improve the output quality or a lower bit rate for a smaller file size.

    ◆ Multi-lingual Interface in 7 Languages
    The free converter hosts a delicate GUI in 7 popular languages - English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simple and Traditional Chinese. You can choose your language to get easier conversion.

    ◆ Edit PowerPoint files to Convert
    For an imported PowerPoint file, it provides flexible custom options. You can reset a transition between slides, set to ignore the audio file in a PowerPoint presentation, add a piece of music for output video, choose an installed PowerPoint version to convert under, and etc.

    ◆ Preserve Animations, Transitions to Output Video
    Leawo PowerPoint to Video Free keeps full of source animations and slide transitions during conversion.

    ◆ Rapid Conversion Speed & Excellent Video Quality
    With advanced video and audio codecs, the program converts your PowerPoint files to quality video in minutes.

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    Free PowerPoint Download

    If you just want to open a PowerPoint file instead of editing it, you can download a
    PowerPoint Viewer 2007 (free):

    If you want to edit a PowerPoint file,you can download a
    Office 2010 Beta (free for half a year or so):

    Office Web Apps: (Free) (A Window Live ID is needed)

    Office 2010 free trial:
    Offce Home and Business 2010
    Office Home and Student 2010
    Office Professional 2010

    Or you can download a
    PowerPoint 2007
    (free trail for 60 days)

    If you want to open or edit a PowerPoint 2007 file on PowerPoint XP,PowerPoint 2003 or PowerPoint 2000, you can install the plugin:
    Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats(free):

    Besides, you can use other solutions:

    Solution 1:
    Kingsoft office 2009(free)

    Open, Save and Create any kind of Office document, Spreadsheet or PowerPoint Presentation, without any difference in style and layout - Yup.

    KSO09 is not based on OpenOffice, It's the quickest, smallest, 100% Microsoft™ compatible office system for Windows.

    Solution 2:
    OpenOffice(free): 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

    Solution 3:
    Google Docs(free):

    Create basic documents from scratch or start from a template.
    You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more. And it's free.

    Upload your existing files.
    Google Docs accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT, etc. So go ahead and upload your existing files.

    Familiar desktop feel makes editing a breeze.
    Just click the toolbar buttons to bold, underline, indent, change font or number format, change cell background color and so on.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    How to Get More Traffic from Youtube with PowerPoint

    YouTube, now the world’s largest free video hosting site, is also a great tool for E-marketing. When mentioned a video, the first idea that flashes in most minds is nothing but the all-mighty YouTube. You know every day, there are millions of netizens surfing on YouTube, the heaven of videos, to search, watch, share, upload or download a favorite clip. If you have a website, and an account on YouTube, you would probably gain a great traffic from that to your site. YouTube’s free video sharing along with the enormous network of visitors is a perfect consideration to promote products and services on your site.

    Then how to maximize the traffic of your website by a free video ad on YouTube? Here are a set of useful tricks for you:

    First of all, create a definite video with PowerPoint.

    You can use a digital camera to capture some pictures or video clips. Furthermore, you can take MS PowerPoint, which hosts a dazzling collection of animated effects, to make a video advertisement that is more amazing and organized. I see many PowerPoint generated videos posted on YouTube, some with a logo of a brand, some with a site URL at the end, some even embedded with a movie clip, and they look the same professional yet more creative. And you can try this innovation of video making. Personally, I recommend you try some reliable conversion software (like Moyea PPT to Video Converter) to brief the process from PowerPoint to video.

    OK. Let’s go back to the very content of video ad making. Pay attention to these:

    1. Name the video nice.

    Think before compose on PowerPoint. What is the objective of this video presentation? What is an appropriate name for the video ad? How can it capture your potential customers at the first sight? Things like that do deserve your careful analysis. A nice name that is informative and has good rank in Google (and other search engines like Yahoo, MSN live) will work wonder. Exercise your imagination to make an eye-catching name for your YouTube video. The key is to get your audience involved. You can use an interrogative beginning with “What” or “How” or anything attractive to arouse their curiosity.

    2. Use right PowerPoint template.

    You should know the preference of your target audience first. If your video slide show is targeted at professionals, then take a formal PowerPoint template rather than a casual one. If it is for kids and youngsters, you can pick up a cool colorful tune.
    Google one at the Internet, like Free PowerPoint Template Download, or make a distinctive template yourself.

    3. Organize the message in your presentation.

    Specify a focus of your video ad. Then try to give clear and concise description of the focus. Take advantage of the animations and wipes in PowerPoint. In addition, you can insert some relevant photos, sounds, clip arts, or even movie clips to colorize your presentation. Before finalizing it to video, check the whole presentation and see if it contains the very message you want to convey.

    4. End the video with a teaser trailer writing your site URL.

    The video is made to increase visits of your website. While promotional info that is too obvious in the video may cause a force-out from YouTube, you can put a subtle teaser trailer, writing the URL of your website at the end of the video. This will bring more chances to publicize your site.

    5. Trim the video slide show within 5 minutes.
    Don’t test the patience of your audience. No matter how perfect the content is, an over-long video show will weary its viewers. Measure the timing (slide transitions) in your presentation, and ensure it is no more than 5 minutes in total.

    6. Watermark the video with your company/site logo.

    Add a watermark on each slide to identify yourself, brand your company or site, and protect your video slide show from prying hands.

    After your ad PowerPoint presentation converted to video, you can forward to

    The second step - upload the video ad to YouTube with your account.

    Put your video on YouTube and just leave it there? No, never stop unless you don’t expect a winning traffic from it!

    There is still a lot of work to do for a satisfying achievement. Run your brains to make your video one of the top on YouTube. Only does your YouTube video win a sound stance among SERPs (Search Engine Results Page), can it attract more traffic to your relevant website.

    Here follows several tips for increasing visits of your YouTube video:

    a. Post your YouTube video to all the blogs, Podcasts, websites of yours and others. Link it to anywhere available. Exact practice: copy the Embed code of your YouTube video to where you want to insert.
    b. Email it to all your friends and clients. YouTube allows such “Email to a friend” action. The more, the better.

    OK. Just try your best to promote your video ad on YouTube. Never give up, even it is not that satisfying at first. Good luck!

    Monday, January 11, 2010

    Free Medical PowerPoint Templates Download

    PowerPoint templates enable you to create presentations, demonstrations or slide shows from scratch easily and quickly.
    These delicately designed medical PowerPoint templates will certainly shine your medical ideas and thoughts.
    Download, unzip and take full control over your PowerPoint presentations now!

    Thursday, January 7, 2010

    Leawo Brings Out PowerPoint to Flash Video Converter 1.8 for Year 2010

    Summary: Creating a funny holiday Flash video from PowerPoint, even the recent Office 2010 beta, no longer suffers with Leawo’s New Year version of PowerPoint to FLV Converter.

    Shenzhen, P.R. China -- January 6, 2010-- Leawo Software (, an emerging developer of multimedia players and converters involving Flash, DVD, Video, PDF and PowerPoint, today released the upgrade of Leawo PowerPoint to FLV Converter to 1.8, having sturdier conversion capability and initial support for latest PowerPoint 2010 beta.

    Derived from Leawo PowerPoint to Video Pro, a tool of extensive use as converting 2000 later PPT files to various videos in a sum of 23 file formats, the PowerPoint to FLV converter is slimmer and more specialized, turning a PowerPoint presentation (PPT, PPS, POT, PPTX, PPSX and POTX) right to flash video files like FLV, or MP4, MOV, 3GP, 3G2 and YouTube MP4, which makes it a soft experience for customers who want to post animated presentations online with Adobe Flash Player or else. Likewise, the specific conversion tool holds a 7-language UI, a customizable video profile, a good-working codec for keeping animations, sounds and movie clips, a feature for PPT batch processing, along with new support for PowerPoint 2010.

    Novel features to Leawo PowerPoint to FLV Converter 1.8

    1. Include support for PowerPoint 2010 beta

    Though PowerPoint 2010 is said to have Save As Video feature, it puts a curb on choosing video formats. Only WMV file format is available in the coming PowerPoint version. As to that problem, the latest Leawo PowerPoint to FLV may be a help in creating flash video files from PowerPoint 2010.

    2. Flexible to convert under a favorite PowerPoint version installed

    When running, the PPT to FLV program detects the installed version(s) of PowerPoint and default the most recent one to users. Yet they can still choose a preferred version for their PowerPoint presentations to convert.

    3. Elevated system stability for fast and fine conversion

    Every upgrade is for better conversion experience. So is Leawo PowerPoint to FLV 1.8. With continuous lab test, the converter runs smoother and yields better flash video results.

    4. Patched tiny bugs within the converter

    Pricing and Availability
    Leawo PowerPoint to FLV V 1.8 requires operating systems like Windows 7/XP/2000/NT/Vista. It is discounted to $34.95 (US) per license for Christmas and New Year 2010. For registered users, Leawo guarantees them with free lifelong updates and technical support of the PowerPoint to FLV; and for volume buyers (5 or more licenses), with the most favorable discounts in the current market.

    For more on Leawo PowerPoint to FLV, please visit the product page

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