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Movie Length When Trimming

PPT 2010 has added lots of very good video editing tools. In working on a recent project with many videos I happily made use of the Trim feature to set custom start/stop times. But after using a calculator to figure the new section duration (for over an hour), I discovered a new function!

Here is my sample video freshly inserted. The End Time shows the duration of the whole video.

Here is the sample video with custom start and stop times setup. Note the upper right corner where PPT is smart enough to automatically calculate and display the new duration of the video (yeah!)

– Troy @ TLC

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Lance Armstrong Animated Slide

People ask all kinds of questions about slides created. If it is a cool topic like this one, Lance Armstrong, I hear “Wow, that is really awesome to work on stuff like that.” But the comment about the same slide from the client is usually, “How long did it take to create that really awesome slide…”. Just depends on your perspective.

But this was an awesome slide to have the opportunity to develop for a presentation. Awesome subject. Awesome photography. Awesome animation. Here is the image preparation needed in Photoshop:

1. Original Photo

2. Drop out background and have just Lance Armstrong

3. Make background without Lance Armstrong

4. Create motion streaks of Lance Armstrong speeding away (key for the animation)

5. Create semi-transparent background image

Here is what it took to create the animated slide:

1. start with opaque background image and .png image of Lance Armstrong (looks like original)

2. Fade in the motion streaks .png image

3. Grow/shrink and slight motion path on Lance Armstrong image and motion streaks. Fade out opaque background and fade in semi transparent background

4. Done. Total billable time – few hours. Result – (hopefully) audience wow.

– Troy @ TLC

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Automatically Insert ‘Real’ Lorem Ipsum Text

And there is more!!

In the previous posts we used the secret coding that has been in PowerPoint since at least PPT 2003. With Office 2007, Word got an update to the coding – but not PowerPoint. But in PPT 2010 the update is included! That is to change the typed code to “=lorem()” and get a real “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet…” text.

Here is my sample slide again, but now the “rand” is replaced with “lorem”.

Click the enter key and I get 3 paragraphs of real lorem ipsum text (note each paragraph is unique text):

But the ability to customize the number of paragraphs and lines per paragraph detailed in the previous post is not available using the ‘lorem’ option… Maybe in the next version.

– Troy @ TLC

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Customize The PPT Auto Lorem Ipsum Text

But wait, there’s more!

In addition to the secret code shown in the previous post, you can add parameters to control how many paragraphs of sample text – and how many lines per paragraph.

Here is my sample slide, I have have added the parameters to insert 3 paragraphs of 2 lines each with “=rand(3,2)“.

Just click the enter key and it turns into this (3 paragraphs of 2 lines each):

– Troy @ TLC

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Auto Lorem Ipsum Text

This is a cool and useful trick that has been in PowerPoint for a few versions. It is good for creating quick sample slides. Basically there is a bit of hidden code in PowerPoint that you can activate by typing “=rand()“.

Here is my sample slide (default PPT template) and I have typed the ‘secret’ coding.

Then press enter and it fills the text box (and beyond) with “The quick brown fox…” text.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Outstanding Presentations Workshop Webinar Series

Beginning tomorrow, and ongoing weekly for the next 8 weeks, Ellen Finkelstein has coordinated 8 top presentation speakers to each keynote a free webinar.

The “Outstanding Presentations Workshops” should be great and I have already registered. Get all the details here.

– Troy @ TLC

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Free PowerPoint Files.com Review

The Free PowerPoint Files website is a collection of PowerPoint templates. It looks to be a companion site to the “PowerPoint Styles” website I reviewed back in June offering the same template designs. Free PowerPoint Files offers several hundred PowerPoint templates that are image based with stock images for the background and text placeholders formatted to coordinate with the background image.

The templates are all the legacy .ppt format. But they are free. What you download is a nice background image, but not a very functional template. The images used for the template backgrounds are very modern and work well for templates. When I opened the template I downloaded it looked good from the thumbnail view with multiple layouts and PowerPoint placeholders positioned well on the background image.

But the Title slide (viewed in edit view, not master slide view) showed a single text box vs. separate text boxes for the title and subtitle text, which have different formatting. And the background was a placed .jpg (eg. not from a preset master slide).

The Master Slides revealed no formatting, just a placed .jpg for the background. No text placeholders, named master, title slide master, etc.

If you are familiar with the basics of setting up templates with default placeholders, color scheme and transitions the PowerPoint Styles templates offer nice backgrounds to start with.

– Troy @ TLC

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Apply “Sharpen” to Images

PPT 2010 has lots of great Photoshop-like effects built into the application. This post is highlighting the SHARPEN AND SOFTEN filter in a real-world situation.

Here is my original image.

Here is the effects applied to stylize the image (rounded corners, bevel, reflection, etc.). All looks great, but look at the face – it is not as crisp and defined.

With the image selected go to FORMAT >> ADJUST section >> CORRECTIONS

Looking at the top row is the SHARPEN AND SOFTEN quick options. The highlighted box shows what is currently applied to the image. I am going to click and apply the far right option which is a much greater sharpen filter.

Here is the same image, same stylizing effects, but with the greater sharpen filter setting. The bevel is there, the reflection is there and the face is super crisp.

– Troy @ TLC

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Drugs for Presenters!

Absolutely serious – this is an add that was in the Sunday paper.

“One out of every three people rate public speaking anxiety as their number one fear… Bravina will prepare you to execute your next presentation.”

I might need to see the research before recommending this one…

– Troy @ TLC

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Clear Formatting Fast (With Keyboard Command!)

Q – What is the fastest way to clear the formatting to text, shape or picture?
A – Select and use keyboard

Here is my example. I have formatted the company name with a gradient fill and reflection. Now I want to go back to just the original text (bottom). To get there I just select the text and click the CTRL + SPACEBAR. Done.

– Troy @ TLC