Advanced video animation in PowerPoint

You’ll know that PowerPoint can handle videos. But did you also know that we can also overlay text, illustration and music on top of that video? Take a look at the short sample below: the first part shows a “clean” video alone (the original version), the second part shows the same video with custom illustrations, graphics and text, animation and audio. All on top of the video. All within PowerPoint.

Advanced video animation in PowerPoint from Presented on Vimeo.

The video shows a short before and after sequence (51 seconds)

How do you enhance videos in PowerPoint ?

The simple answer is layers. The video plays in the background, and we show / hide various layers on top of the video, with animation applied. At times we pause the video and animate a static frame, then we resume the video and apply different effects. It’s simple when you know how!

Of course, because it’s in PowerPoint it’s very easy for anyone to edit in the future. Anyone can type over text to update key info and simply re-save as a video.

PowerPoint saves in video format as an .mp4: simply “Save as…” and wait! It might take some time, depending on the length and complexity of the file… and the speed of your computer! We regularly save high level PowerPoint animations as mp4 files so we can upload to websites, share on vimeo or youtube, and use for social media like twitter, linkedin and facebook. The above video is a PowerPoint file, with an embedded video, then the whole thing saved in mp4 format.

Hopefully this will give you some inspiration for your future presentations!

There are lots of ways to use advanced PowerPoint animation to really enhance your presentations. This is just one idea, we have lots!

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