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Tutorial

Setup 2 Movies to Play Simultaneously

My sample slide has movies of 2 cardiograms (heart surgery movies). The 1st plays automatic and the 2nd starts after it finishes – which is the typical animation setup I have seen on hundreds of medical slides.

To make both movies play simultaneously:

1. Select the 2nd movie

2. Change AFTER PREVIOUS to WITH PREVIOUS

3. Open the Animation Pane and verify video are set in needed animation sequence

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Make a Movie Play Automatically in PPT 2010

Because the default action requires the mouse to be seen during the presentation – something not allowed in any large stage production, I change the play animation on every movie. Here is my process:

1. Insert the video: INSERT tab >> VIDEO

2. Locate movie on computer

3. Select movie >> ANIMATIONS tab >> click PLAY to change from PAUSE

4. Change ON CLICK to WITH PREVIOUS

5. Open the Animation Pane and verify the movie play animation is the first in list

– Troy @ TLC

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Tutorial

Movie Playback Default in PPT 2010

PPT 2010 has a different default when inserting videos than previous versions. Basically it no longer asks how you would like the movie to play and simply inserts the movie with a preset play action. Unfortunately for me, the default action is not the one I ever need…

The default action sets up the video to play when clicked on with the mouse. In the animation pane, this is what you see – a trigger animation.

To be fair, I see this animation setting used by many presenters, so it is a vailid option as a default action. What makes it difficult is that there is no option to change the default behavior – we are all forced to go with what the Microsoft analysis deemed the best default action.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Rethinking PowerPoint – The DVD

Ron Galloway, who also produced the documentary “Why Wal-Mart Works” has released his latest documentarty “Rethinking PowerPoint: Conversations About Slide Design & Presenting” to DVD this month.

I don’t think it will be available at the local Blockbuster video or Red Box, but it can be ordered here. The website also has sound bytes from some of the people interviewed in the documentary. I will hold my opinion until I have opportunity to view it all, which I am sure will have some interesting points about presentation design.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal Resource/Misc

The Script Binder Is Very Important

Here is my workspace (or part of it). Question: what is the most important item here?

For large, multi-screen (multi-computer) shows that have lots of cues (slide animations/advances, video rolls, etc.) the script binder reigns supreme. It has the exact script the presnter has on teleprompt. I have added my cue marks and notes throughout. During the show I literally read along as the presenter presents and I do nothing unless it is noted in this binder (no improvisation, everything is rehearsed and set to occur at specific words).

How important? At the end of the day I shutdown computers, lock them away, but the script binder goes with me and never leaves my control (seriously).

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Lots and Lots of Videos In Presentations This Week

Coordinating presentations for a medical conference this week. In addition to the typical slides for 100+ doctors, the number of video clips is amazing. Here is an example:

1 presentation, 85 slides and 102 movie clips.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal Portfolio

ThePowerPointBlog Cards

As a company we do virtually nothing in the way of advertising, and that is fine with me. But I did create some promo cards, actually 2-sided business cards a while back that I occassionally hand out or have available at different speaking or training programs I am doing. Just something fun, visually cool and small.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Sprint 4G Connection

I am working in Chicago this week and Chicago is the first Sprint 4G city I have been in since getting my new phone (HTC EVO). My typical 1-2MB connection jumped to over 5MB!

Definitely not as quick as my office (50MB connection), but faster than the hotel connection.

– Troy @ TLC

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Templates/Assets

Activision Template

For me, diversity of clients is what keeps a designer continually engaged in the design process (and also from being ‘bored’). Here is a template developed for a company (Activision) in the video game industry. Developed for PPT 2007 with 3 different backgrounds, customized text (you can see the reflection effect on the title slide text), custom bullet art elements, etc.

– Troy @ TLC

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PowerPoint

View The Citi Group Email Policy Training Presentation

I stumbled on this presentation posted online.

It is the internal training presentation for Citi Group on email security and communication. The content is interesting. The slides – standard corporate stuff with to many words, limited formatting and dropped in rectangle .jpg’s.

View it here.

– Troy @ TLC