Raising the bar for videos in PowerPoint

Advanced videos in PowerPoint

I’m sure you know that videos can play within PowerPoint. But did you know that you can overlay text, illustration and music too? Take a look at the short sample below to see an example; the first part shows the video alone, the second part shows the same video with a few elements added: custom illustrations, graphics and text, animation and audio. It’s effective and looks great too.

Advanced video animation in PowerPoint from Presented on Vimeo.

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

How do we 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 easy when you know how!
And of course, because it’s in PowerPoint it’s very easy for anyone to edit. Users can type over text to update key info, stats etc and simply re-save as a video file.

PowerPoint saves in video format at an .mp4 – simply “Save as…” and then wait. It does take quite a long time, but it’s okay, because it’s clearly doing something quite clever. 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 actually a PowerPoint file, with an embedded video, and then the whole thing is 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!

If you need any help or advice – simply drop us a line and ask for Philippa.