You Have Got To Have More Than PowerPoint Skills

This is a continuation to the last post (…starting with PowerPoint and converting it to something else). Because all of the projects begin with PowerPoint, clients are counting on TLC Creative Services to develop a professional and dynamic presentation – that’s where the years of graphic design and PowerPoint expertise come in. But that is not enough. Now to develop the “something else” a design firm needs to have expertise in things like:
– CD mastering, for duplication.
– Autorun User Interface program development, for interactive CDROMs where a custom application gives users the option to view, install or edit presentations.
– DVD menu development, for interactive DVD menu’s and special options such as looping movies and custom playback hierarchies.
– Professional DVD mastering, so they actually work on consumer players.
– Web development, for converting presentations to webcasts.
– Web hosting, for presentations converted to webcasts.

And this is just a sampling of things that go on behind the scenes. As I mentioned last time, “I really enjoy the projects that are continuously flowing in. One reason is the variety; different clients, different visual needs, different requests.”

– Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:33:34-07:00March 23rd, 2006|Personal, PowerPoint|

(Now) PowerPoint is Just the Beginning

I really enjoy the projects that are continuously flowing in. One reason is the variety; different clients, different visual needs, different requests. But as I look back over just the past 6 months or so, the big difference has been the variety of output needs. All of the projects revolve around PowerPoint, but PowerPoint is just the stage for creating the final product. I have some thoughts on that, but I will save those for later.

As information to think on, here are five of the projects that I have had within the past few months that all start with PowerPoint, but end up as something else:
1. Convert a PowerPoint presentation and provided video clips into a technical training DVD. Playback on consumer DVD, distributed around the world to train employees of a major Cruise line about the new safety doors and gangways being installed. The PowerPoint slides provided the technical content. Video clips demonstrated each step of the process.

2. Sync PowerPoint presentation with live video taping of presenter and convert to an online webcast.

3. Convert a PowerPoint presentation into a kiosk mode display for a tradeshow booth.

4. Convert a themed countdown timer presentation to a movie format for playback from a beta tape.

5. Create a themed announcement presentation (company logo, press event time, company slogan, press event time, etc.) into a looping DVD. Only the DVD was left running in between events.

Of course over the same months we have had plenty of the traditional speaker support presentations, templates, custom animation and clean-up projects too. But the world is changing and from my perspective the way PowerPoint is being used is evolving too!

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:33:15-07:00March 21st, 2006|Personal, PowerPoint|

Sometimes Mass Input is a Bad Thing

Okay, so this is a parody on Microsoft – and it is very funny. But it also applies to the way lots of slides and presentations are designed. The more people that need to provide input, the more content has to be added to each slide… Just something to think about (and figure out how to manage).

[UPDATE] The original link was taken offline this afternoon. So here is a fresh link. Click here to view.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:28:55-07:00March 5th, 2006|PowerPoint|

I don’t remember it like this….

We have to remember that what we show and say during a presentation may not be telling the whole story. Take for example this re-edited movie trailer for the Shining.

I don’t remember the warm-fuzzy family story with the happy ending…

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:27:25-07:00February 27th, 2006|Personal, PowerPoint|

It’s official – “Office 2007”

What has been referred to as “Office 12,” the next version of Office has been officially named. And the new name is: “Office 2007“.

ZDNet has a good article providing the details on what bundles will be, some of the new options and of course the official name. Check it all out here.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:25:28-07:00February 18th, 2006|PowerPoint|

Instant Latte!!!

Life just got a bit better! While I am not a coffee connoisseur, I enjoy good flavor and something nice and hot while working backstage. Of course being backstage does not afford many opportunities to find a good coffee drink. But now a hot latte is always in my bag! Enter Wolfgang Pucks’ self heating can.

Pull the lid off the bottom – push in the tab to release the heating chemical reaction – wait 5 minutes – open the top and enjoy a hot Mocha or Carmel Latte!
WolfGang Puck Instant Hot Latte!
And if you’re really curious, here’s a review with photos of the can in action.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:22:33-07:00February 9th, 2006|PowerPoint|

Movies from PowerPoint

I have just added a project write-up and movie that was ‘authored’ in PowerPoint. It is a good example of how PowerPoint is moving beyond PowerPoint and evolving into much more than slides for a presentation. Check it out here.

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:21:50-07:00February 3rd, 2006|PowerPoint|

Work Can Have Its Perks

We all have some perks from our profession. For me one recently occurred. I was asked to clean up the presentations for a corporate event and optimize the 40+ movie files so they would actually play when needed. All the work went great, but the producer called and requested I be there one evening to pick up some additional files – a bit of an inconvenience, but I agreed. When I arrived I was treated to a very cool, very candid Lance Armstrong speaking to a small group – A VERY COOL PERK!
Lance Armstrong - up close and personal

Troy @ TLC

By |2016-09-16T11:20:41-07:00February 1st, 2006|Personal, PowerPoint|
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