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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

Video of Animated Map From PowerPoint

Here is an amazing video showing a 1000 years of border history in Europe.

[original video no longer available from source]

Yes, you could fairly easily develop this video in PowerPoint. It would be what we internally call a “Flip Book” animation. One static slide per border change. Then set all slides to auto transition (with the CUT transition) and .01 to .05 seconds for the AFTER setting. When played, it will give the same effect as the above video – although sourcing the data and customizing the country shapes to each border would be a very large project! The video creation would be a simple as FILE>>EXPORT>>CREATE A VIDEO.

Here is a quick video I developed in PowerPoint using the Flip Book animation styling with a vector map of the United States (which was missing in the above video) and exported as a video.
[youtube src=”http://youtube.com/embed/Fpqd3v9gl7A?rel=0″]
57 slides, no animation, auto transitions, exported as video.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal Resource/Misc

“Don’t Be That (PowerPoint) Guy”

Today is the conclusion of this 2013 Presentation Summit. The event has been great, spending time with many friends has been great, spending time on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been great, and leading my final session entitled “Don’t Be That Guy – to the AV Crew” has been great!

The topic was an overview of what presenters should know about AV and large meeting technical setups to have a successful meeting – and success starts with working with an event AV crew.

Note: Next year the Presentation Summit is on the West Coast in San Diego, CA – hope to see you there!

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal Resource/Misc

“PowerPoint is my Creative Suite”

Today was a wonderful day in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the 2013 Presentation Summit. My session, entitled “PowerPoint is My Creative Suite,” had full attendance and we covered a lot of great projects we have done in the past 6 months at TLC. Specifically projects, tips & tricks, and fun stories of using PowerPoint as a editor or authoring tool for everything but presentations.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal Resource/Misc

Atari is Back!

Microsoft has partnered with Atari to bring a number of classic games to your web browser – assuming you are using Internet Explorer 10. What fun!

Open Internet Explorer and go here: http://atari.com/arcade#!/arcade/atari-promo Very addictive for someone that grew up with the classic Atari 2600 and arcade games.

And they work with the touch screen version of E10 (tested on my Surface Pro – extensively).

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

PowerPoint 2013 Keyboard Shortcuts

My friend, and Microsoft MVP for PowerPoint, Geetesh has posted a great list of all keyboard shortcuts for PowerPoint 2013.

See it here.

– Troy @ TLC

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Personal

Working in Ireland

Céad Míle Fáilte – “One hundred thousand welcomes” – from Dublin, Ireland where I have been working and enjoying the Irish “summer” (which is windy and 60f/15c). It has been a great show with a super widescreen background presentation and 16×9 presentations over it (PIP). Fantastic local AV crew and the Dublin Convention Centre is a great venue.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

Will PowerPoint Play This Video?

Video in PowerPoint has been growing fast over the past 4 years. The number of people experiencing video issues has surprisingly not grown a tremendous amount too. In just the past few years, the number of variables that need to align for a video to successfully play in PowerPoint have also grown.

With so many video related questions filling my in box and seen on the forums, we have created a reference chart that provides quick answers on if a video should play with the computer setup. It also makes it easy to identify the key attributes for your computer setup that should be included in any troubleshooting request.

So what are the variables? For a video to play on a slide is a combination of the Operating System, installed CoDecs, version of PowerPoint, and video format used. Cross referencing each of these variables is tedious, confusing and difficult to find all in one place.

To remedy a lot headaches and wasted time, I am very happy to finally provide a download link to the “PPT-OS-and Video Format reference chart” (and the designers here at TLC Creative Services that have been gathering and testing each of the variables over the past 2 months are very happy too!).

Download the PDF here.

Side note: Attendees to my webinar on “Video in Powerpoint” at yesterday’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop were the first to see and be able to download this, and I walked through all of the information in the reference chart – just a benefit of attendance!

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

PowerPoint and Video Webcast Tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 starts the “4th annual Outstanding Presentations Workshop

I am very excited to be the lead off presenter with about a topic that I deal with daily – video in PowerPoint. Hope to have you join the event.

From Ellen:

This year, we have a superb group of well-known speakers — some that you asked for last year. Here they are with their presentation topic:
Troy Chollar, PowerPoint MVP, President of TLC Creative Services, “Multimedia in PowerPoint”
Tom Mucciolo, President of MediaNet, Inc., faculty member at NYU, “Developing effective content to enhance visual design”
Dave Paradi, PowerPoint MVP, author and consultant, “Make your presentation compelling, not annoying”
Lisa B. Marshall, Communications consultant and author, “Engagement: 13.5 ideas to gain attention”
Tom Kuhlman, VP, Community for Articulate, “PowerPoint’s no longer a slide show freak”
Chantal Bossé, Consultant with Aspire Comm., author, PowerPoint MVP, “Build a flexible presentation so you can adapt to your audience’s needs”
– Ellen Finkelstein, PowerPoint MVP, author, “High-persuasion PowerPoint presentation secrets”

The audience is from all around the world. This is the best deal in presentation training around; 7 live seminars by industry experts for $7. Details and registration here.

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PowerPoint Resource/Misc

PowerPoint is my Creative Suite

“PowerPoint is my Creative Suite” is my first session I am busy preparing for the Presentation Summit that is this October in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I have been pulling real projects from the archives to use as examples. It is going to be a great session with lots of examples and, I will be in the Help Center over the 3 day event to talk about projects and PowerPoint design options.

Hope to see you there! Here is The Presentation Summit info page.

– Troy @ TLC

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Resource/Misc

The Annoying PowerPoint Survey – 2013

Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Dave Paradi puts together the very informative and insightful (sometimes comical) “Annoying PowerPoint” survey.

The survey is live and everyone is invite to participate! I definitely recommend 3 minutes of time to anonymously add your PowerPoint opinion so we can all learn from the results (He is releasing the results at this years Presentation Summit in October). Access the survey here.

– Troy @ TLC