NEW Podcast on Presentation Design!!

Yes! It’s true! You can now hear me and other Presentation Design professionals on a new Podcast entitled The Presentation Podcast! New episodes will be available 2 times a month and we’ll cover different topics each week!

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I am constantly listening to Podcasts, so I am extremely excited about the opportunity to put together a new Podcast specific to the presentation industry. The hosts are Nolan HaimsSandra Johnson and Myself. We will have discussions all about presentation design, best practices, running a design studio, tips & tricks and lots more so be sure to tune in!

Add The Presentation Podcast to your iTunes Podcasts and join us for the fun!

-Troy @ TLC


Can a Video Morph in PowerPoint?

Can a video morph in PowerPoint? The answer is yes (but not completely).

The great thing is – a video placeholder works with Morph. Here is my two slide sample, the video on the second slide has been resized to full screen.

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In the demo video below, the sample video growing to full slide size with a Morph transition works perfectly. However, due to a limitation of how PowerPoint plays videos, a video cannot play across slides. In this sample, the visual works nicely with the 2nd slide set with a shorter slide transition duration (morph) and a Play-with-Previous to have the video start playing instantly after the morph finishes. But a video with audio or content that would look awkward with a  pause will not work as well (visually).

-Troy @ TLC
Resource/Misc Tutorial

HD, 2k,4k, 8k Resolution Guide

Living in the digital era isn’t always easy. It is difficult to keep up with aspect ratio and resolution for PowerPoint Presentations. Here is a quick reference beyond this modern marvel of technology:



Why is it called 2K-4K-8K?

An easy way to know what to call a resolution is to look only at the horizontal pixel count. 2K, 4K, 8K, etc. all refer to the horizontal resolution – approximately that number.

Note: For this post, all resolutions referenced are for 16×9 aspect ratio displays (with the exception of 2K).

HD (1920×1080)

HD, or High Definition, is used for two resolutions 1280×720 or 1920×1080.  These are commonly referred to as 720p or 1080p (see this post that explains “P” and “I”). I am going to refer to 1080p as HD.



HD, or High Definition, almost 2K, but not quite. 2K resolution is 2048×1080. It is a long story why computer displays did not just go with 2K, we’ll save that for another post. But needless to say, true 2K resolution is not used a lot in an HD world.



Like HD, 4K is actually 2 different resolutions depending on the context. The resolution we use for PowerPoint resolution and 4K monitors is called UHDTV 4K @ 3840 x 2160 pixels. The film industry will use 4096 x 2160 pixels, but this is not a 16×9 aspect ratio so it is not a part of this discussion and something you will most likely never use.



Yes, I am skipping 6K (noted below), because 8K is the next industry standard, also called UHDTV 8K @ 7680 x 4320 pixels. This is a lot of pixels and yes we design presentations for beyond 8K projection!



6K, 10K, 12K and beyond are all resolutions, but they are not industry standards. Here is a quick list of resolutions, that includes them for reference.

HD = 1920×1080

2K = 2048×1080

4K = 3840×2160

5K = 5120×2880

6K = 6144×3160

8K = 7680×4320

10K = 10328×7760

Yes, PowerPoint can handle any of these resolutions. It is not so much a question of can PowerPoint handle a high resolution as it is can the computer and monitor/projector handle the high resolution. In addition, many stage events we develop presentations for use an array of side-by-side projectors to create a custom resolution. Usually, it is an array of HD, 1920×1080, projectors, so (and I am simplifying the details) a 4 projector wide setup will create an 8K wide by HD height image. TLC then creates a custom PowerPoint for the 7680 x 1080 pixel resolution, which we generically refer to as “Ultrawide Presentations.”

Industry Standard Resolutions in 1 Chart



-Troy @ TLC




PowerPoint Tutorial

Use The PowerPoint Video Playback Bar

Inserting video into Powerpoint is an easy task. Using the video playback bar also makes controlling the video playback easy.

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The playback bar is available in slide edit view – when a video is selected, it appears. The playback bar can be used to preview the video, click-and-scrub through a video, pause a video, and see a live time code.


During a presentation, when the mouse is moved over the video, a simplified semi-transparent playback bar will pop up. Most of the same functions are available; time code and incremental incremental jumps are not on the playback bar in slideshow.


The playback bar position cannot be moved (although this functionality is definitely on my wish list for the Microsoft Dev team). When the cursor is moved off the video, the playback bar hides almost immediately (and reappears with any mouse movement over the video).

Slideshow playback control options:

  1. Play / Pause Button.
  2. Timeline bar (click anywhere on timeline and jump video to that position, click-and-drag and “scrub” through the video forward and back).
  3. Volume Control (very helpful for muting a video during a presentation).




The semi-transparent playback bar is not overly distracting because it’s nicely designed. Here are a few examples over different color videos. In addition, these two videos are on the same slide, side-by-side. See demo video of this slide below.


Here is a video demo of interacting with videos during a slide show.

-Troy @ TLC





Happy Easter 2016 Powerpoint Template

Happy Easter 2016 from TLC Creative!

In the spirit of Easter week, here’s an awesome Easter 2016 PowerPoint Template, put together by Designer Amber, that you can download for free and use it for personal or commercial use.

Have a safe and festive Easter 2016.

Download Your Easter 2016 Powerpoint Template



-Troy TLC

Resource/Misc Tutorial

Download Streaming Videos using allows you to download streaming videos from of a variety of websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and more. The process is quick, easy and very convenient.

A video version of this process is below.


To get started, you must first make sure that Java is enabled. According to, Java is sometimes required to fetch download links. 1


Find the video that you want to download, copy the link – URL (Uniform Resource Locator) to your video and paste it in the field to the left of the Download button.





A list of links to your video file will appear on the bottom of the page in various sizes and formats.

Formats to select from include Video formats: MP4, FLV, 3GP, WebM and Audio Formats: M4A, MP3.


Click on the actual link for your specific format and size to simply save the video file.



You now have the video (in the format of your choice) downloaded onto your computer!



– Troy @ TLC

Video Demonstration.

(Note: This an updated post. Original post 05/07/2014)

I’m sure you’re aware of the legalities over Copyright Infringement. Download videos that are not yours at your own risk.



Stretched Video using Powerpoint

What we’re doing here is creating a top and and a bottom banner by inserting a stretched video with animation. There is a video demonstration below.

The video used for this blog was sourced from The aspect ratio of HD MOV 1920 x 1080.

Link to sourced video Abstract Purple and Magenta Sparks

Stretched Video in Powerpoint


To insert a video > insert tab > video > for this blog I am using the “VIDEO ON MY PC” option. This will insert the video at original aspect ratio 1920 x 1080.




Scale the video to fill the width and height of page.



Scale the video from the bottom/center tab of the video to shorten the height. This creates a scaled video banner.




Duplicate and send the other video to the bottom of the page. Select both videos > Animation Tab > Click Play > Click the Animation Pane > Start with Previous. This allows both videos to be played at the same time on the initial startup.




With both videos selected Click on > Video Tools Tab, then Playback Tab > Start Automatically > Loop until Stopped.

This allows both videos to play automatically and loop in Slide Show Mode until stopped.




Pros and Cons

Pro for stretching a video: By using a stretched video, the user can display the video in numerous shape and scale options, creating a unique styling display.

Cons for stretching a video: Stretching a video may work for most abstract displays, however it will not retain the original scale ratio of the object being displayed and will result in ruining the original image.


Christie @ TLC

Video Demonstration






Video downloads with

Savevideo is a great online tool that can be used to download videos as mp4 files.  Although the site does not support Youtube videos, it does support a number of other popular sites, including Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Dailymotion (just to name a few).   There is an extensive list of supported sites in the drop down menu under Supported video-sites.

To download a video using this simple tool:


Copy and paste the url for the desired video into the field and click Download.

(NOTE: Be careful not to click any other download buttons on the site, as they are likely advertisements.)1_ Savevideo



The download bar will turn green to show the video is in process

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A list of available sizes will appear below the download bar.

3_ Savevideo


Right-click the link that says Download video file next to the desired version, and select Save link as… Choose the location for your video file, and click Save.

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Michelle @ TLC


2 Second Rule for Auto Transition after Video

Using auto advance for transition is easy, but calculating when a video will end in order to add in the correct auto advance timing is tedious.


However, it turns out that we do not need to actually figure out how long a video is because PowerPoint cannot use the auto transition feature to override a video that is playing and advance, even if we want to (the solution is to trim the video to the shorter duration or manually advance the slide).

TLC’s best practice is the 2 second auto advance

Slide has video, presenter wants presentation to automatically go to next slide when video is done – easy.

On video slide, set to auto advance after 2 seconds. This assumes the video is the only animation and it is going to start playing automatically.


PowerPoint will go to the video slide, then the video will start playing and trigger to auto advance to next slide after 2 seconds, but it cannot do so until the video is done playing, so it waits for the video to finish. When the video play animation is done, the slide automatically advances to the next slide! We use this feature to help us easily setup what could be a complex request.

See the video example below:

– Amber @ TLC



Introduction to AudioBlocks is a great resource that TLC Creative Services uses often we’re looking for sound to put in a presentation. Audioblocks is a sister company/service to Videoblocks which we reviewed in the previous post.



AudioBlocks is a subscription service (i.e. Annual fee) and you get unlimited downloads. The entire audio library is royalty-free so you can legally download and use sounds in both commercial and personal projects, without having to pay any additional fees. The library has over 100,000 sound effects, loops and music and adds new clips continuously.

Clips are available in MP3 and WAV file formats.


A really good option is that the Search feature can be filtered by keyword or style. Searches can be filtered by music, SFX or loops. My favorite search option is by duration to further focus the results.  Additional search filters are by Music category, genre, mood, and even instruments. Daetona did a sample search for polka music and found 21 results (that’s a lot of Polka!). The duration of clips ranged from 00:11 seconds to 03:23, and if I needed just a short clip, the duration filter would even further focus the results.


TLC Creative has been using AudioBlocks’ online subscription since it launched a few years ago. We were even a customer of their CD-ROM collections before that. The lowest price I have found for an annual subscription is currently $99/year. A less valuable monthly subscription is also available for $79.


-Troy @ TLC