Essentially, this was the topic of my webinar yesterday. Where I presented to video producers some important functions in the PowerPoint program and how to transfer or move a PowerPoint presentation from your computer into a video editing application or device.
Then the real focus was how to move or convert a PowerPoint presentation over to a video editing application or appliance (like the Casablanca video editor).
I demonstrated clearly why your better choice over JPG is to export slides as PNG files if you are exporting single slides to re-create the presentation in your video editor, I also showed the easy use of 3rd party conversion applications - built just for this purpose like the ImTOO PowerPoint conversion tools.
And I demonstrated how to export a PowerPoint presentation as a video file directly from the PowerPoint application itself. A note of clarification - in follow-up research it turns out this option to export as a video/movie file is only available on the 2010 and higher versions of Microsoft Office if you are on the Windows platform.
If you are using Microsoft Office/PowerPoint on the Mac - you'll find that option to export as MOV file even going back to the 2004 versions of Microsoft Office (If you can explain that logic to me, please let me know in the comments below...how Microsoft did not include this option until 2010 while it had it available to Mac users for 6 years prior)
PowerPoint for Video Producers
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PDT
In this free on-line classroom Your Technology Tutor Chet Davis will provide an introduction to the Microsoft PowerPoint software, with an emphasis on what Video Producers should know.
You'll get an overview of the presentation software and how you can take a client's prepared presentation (or your own) and best transfer that show to video. Chet will details the different means to export the presentation; as individual slides transferred to images (both JPEG & PNG), as a 'live' presentation recorded as a video, and as a PowerPoint Movie.
The recording of our session will be available to those who sign-up in case you cannot make the live session or if you wish to review the information. Register now at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/14280297
He mentions that it is very likely a good time to wait to buy a laptop unless yours is on the verge of dieing and you really need a replacement now.
Among the salient points he mentions, Windows will have a new Operating System... Windows 8 that he claims will be "the most radical version of Windows in years" but not until summer or Fall. So radical it will really take advantage of touch-screen navigation that won't be accessible with most of today's available Windows laptop computers.
And for those who are considering a new Mac laptop - this summer promises the release of a new Apple OS - Mountain Lion. As Walt points out, not as dramatic a difference in OS versions as on the Windows side but he also points out that Mac is about ripe for a revamping of it's laptop products, particularly the MacBook Pro. You can read the details in his article here: Permission to Procrastinate: Wait to Get a New Laptop
I spend a lot of my time checking out cool things technology can enable us to do -- sometimes better, faster, Today I am sharing three YouTube Channels I read about in the May 2012 issue of Food and Wine Magazine (you may be surprised to know that I love to cook as well).
Why you may ask would I take your time to share these with you? I think it important for us to remember that technology should not be the end-all... it is a tool for us to enrich our lives...here's three examples of on-line resources to do just that ! And YouTube has SO much information, so many videos available - I thought it fun to point out what a Food Expert likes on the channel to help you and me cut through all the other options and view some really note-able offerings.
Grade Parisi - Food and Wine author/chef - shared these 3, her favorite YouTube Cooking channels:
If you are running a Mac Computer with the 10.6.x (x = any number) Operating System you should install the new JAVA update if you have not done so already. To check which version of the Mac OS you are operating under, click on the Apple icon at the top left corner of your computer monitor - and select 'About this Mac'. On the small menu that pops up you will see the 'Version' beneath the shiny apple and the Mac OS X.
To install this software update (that eradicates those computers infected with the Flashback malware and protects against this vulnerability in the JAVA software) - click on the 'Software Updates' from the same Apple menu. The system should automatically check for new software updates and show you the screen at right (if you have not performed software updates in some time you may have additional updates ready for you... you can click to add or remove updates you do not wish to install)
Then simply follow the instructions to download and install the update. It only takes a few minutes and provides you with a more secure computing environment. If you wish to read more about this update - check the Apple Tech page here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5242?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
Anyone with a Mac computer running Mac OS X would be wise to check to ensure your computer is not infected with the latest Malware that has been confirmed in some 600,000 Mac computers (with 50% of them in North America). You can do so with fairly easy to follow instructions on this page on the Digital Trends Website
Scroll down to the section 'Am I Infected?' (beneath the world map) and follow the few steps. They even tell you where to find the 'Terminal' application which you'll use. I checked our 3 Mac computers and we're clean in this household!
The above article also recommends you disable Java. You may find that even though they suggest that Java should be disabled. But if you find you need/want Java, Apple this week also released a Java patch (update) that is secure. You will find this update here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1516
You may know of a few favorite keyboard short-cuts for a software application you use regularly. Many of us use the cut, copy, and paste commands ('command'+'x', 'command'+'c', 'command'+'v') for word processing and other applications.
If you have a Facebook account, you may be pleased to know that there are a few keyboard shortcuts you can use while on the Social site.
I read this at first and was anticipating some really cool short-cuts but honestly I was not _that_ thrilled to see the list.
And the key combinations you use depends on the web browser you are using -- if you're one of the folks in the majority and use Internet Explorer, sorry but your browser does not work with these... if you are on a Windows computer - you can use these with Firefox or Chrome, and on a Mac you can use Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.
You can read the entire (short) list of these keyboard short-cuts on this CNET article byEd Rhee: How to use Facebook with keyboard shortcuts
My favorite shortcut which must be newer as it does not appear on the lists that have been circulaiting for a few weeks now - is only applicable when you have a photo in the viewer (after you click on a photo). Simply click the 'L' key and it will Like the photo for you! Pressing 'L' a second time will 'un-like' the photo.
In this FREE on-line classroom Your Technology Tutor Chet Davis will provide an introduction to the new Timeline profiles on Facebook Fan Pages (for business & organizations).
You'll get an overview of why your entity should have a Facebook Page (or maybe why it doesn't matter to you), what the new features of Timeline are, and how a business/organization can take full advantage of the new changes.
Chet will be offering a complete on-line class to help folks start and embellish a fully customized Facebook Fan Page later in April 2012.
This 45-minute session is an introduction to this new Facebook Fan Page Profile View.
The recording of our session will be available to those who sign-up in case you cannot make the live session or if you wish to review the information.
Register for the session below that suits your schedule:
Wed, Apr 4, 2012 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Pacific / 12:00Noon Eastern
Thu, Apr 5, 2012 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM PDT / 9:00PM Eastern
Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration
with information you need to join the Webinar.