How to Convert a PowerPoint Presentation Into an Animoto Video

Most people know how to create a PowerPoint presentation, but many don’t realize that the same presentation can easily be converted into an Animoto video, which can be posted on YouTube and used as a source of video marketing. The following information will identify how this is easily accomplished.

When creating a PowerPoint file I would recommend keeping it small and concise (no more than 12 slides) and ensure your font is fairly large so that it is easily read when the video is being watched. Once you have finished your PowerPoint, save it as a.ppt file (nothing special here–just need to have a copy of it on your computer).

What we are going to do now is to save each slide of our PowerPoint as an image–the easy way. Create a folder on your desktop where your images can be saved. Open your PowerPoint file and then go to File>Save As>Other Formats or in the File>Save As dialog box choose GIF Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif).

Note: Make sure you are saving the *.gifs into the folder created earlier.

Click the Save button in PowerPoint and the images will be saved inside the folder that you created–you will now have 10-12 images saved.

If you haven’t already, create a free account on Animoto. Choose to create a video on Animoto, select a free background. A preview of the background will display. Click the link that says, “make a 30-second video for free.” You only need a free video to use, but you can pay if you would like a longer video.

The video interface will display. Click the Upload Images button and point it to the folder where you saved your PowerPoint *.gif images. You may need to adjust the arrangement of your images in Animoto–you can even add slides, if necessary. Select or upload the music for your video.

Click the Finalize button and you will be given the opportunity to enter information about your video.This is where you can enter SEO terms and other variables to help your video to be used for video marketing. Once finished click the Create Video button. Once the video has been created you can choose to export the video to YouTube. Once in YouTube you can add additional information useful for SEO and video marketing.

All in all, this process takes 5 minutes or less, but is very effective. For help with this or for more information, please feel free to visit our website or send us an email.

Why Is An Effective Business Presentation Like A Motorway (Or A Freeway Or Autobahn)?

Back in the fifties, when the concept of a high speed carriageway was first envisaged, the planners thought, as they were intended to enable people to get from A to B as quickly as possible, that they should make motorways as straight as possible. The presumption was that speed and corners do not go well together.

Building them in straight lines would minimise the distance travelled and would reduce the number of accidents, because people would be able to see a long way in front of them and not have to slow down to negotiate bends in the road. Here in the UK, the section of the M1 as it goes north out of London, is a classic example of this style of design. It goes in a straight-line up hill and down dale for miles.

However, there are problems with this style of road design. Primarily, it is boring. Because you can see for miles ahead, you think you know exactly what is coming, and can easily lose concentration. You start thinking about other things rather than driving, some people may even start to fall asleep.

On a busy Friday evening, coming out of London on the M1, all you can see is mile upon mile of brake lights in front of you. There is little so dispiriting.

Modern highways are designed with very few straight sections, they meander across the countryside, frequently turning from side to side. Despite what you may think, this is not the effect of the influential and politically astute landowners who lobbied against the proposed routes of the new highway.

Over the years, highway designers have learnt that sweeping curves make the road more interesting. The bends mean that drivers need to concentrate more, which keeps them more alert. As an added bonus, if you are stuck in a traffic jam, there is always the optimistic view that it will clear just round the next bend, rather than knowing that it goes on and on for miles. So bends are actually safer than straight roads and the journey seem to pass more quickly.

The same design components apply when creating an effective presentation.

Don’t just rush from the start straight to the finish, take people on a journey. Add a few twists and turns, so that your audience discovers new things along the way. Back up your assertions, with a personal story that illustrates the point that you are making. People usually talk with more enthusiasm when they are recounting a personal anecdote, which in turn makes your presentation more interesting to your audience.

So, don’t give people the opportunity to fall asleep in your presentations, take then on a journey of discovery.

New Summary Available for ‘Advanced Presentations by Design’

Thinking, researching, planning, and doing-all the hard work of putting together a presentation is worth nothing if an audience is not convinced to act. Unfortunately, in this age when success depends so greatly on the ability to effectively communicate complex information, presenters are overwhelmed with bad presentation design advice. In Advanced Presentations by Design, marketing and communications expert Dr. Andrew Abela offers readers ten steps to improve presentation impact. His Extreme Presentation™ method, which is based on hundreds of empirical studies and has been successfully tested by several Fortune 500 companies, helps presenters determine who their intended audience is, what that audience needs to know, and how that information should be conveyed to promote action.

Presenters today are faced with an abundance of bad presentation design advice. To ensure that they create successful presentations that get noticed and compel audiences into action, presenters should follow the ten Extreme Presentation™ steps:

  1. Identify the communication preferences of the different personality types in the audience. Presenters must identify if their audience members are focused inward or outward, if they prefer details or the big picture, if they like to focus on logic or feelings, and if they want up-front conclusions or an array of options.
  2. Set specific objectives for what the audience should think and do differently after the presentation. Objectives should include both behavioral and attitudinal components that encourage audience members toward desired actions.
  3. Identify a problem that the audience has and let the presentation contribute to solving it. To keep an audience interested in a presentation, the problem should be a real one that causes the audience personal or professional pain if it is not solved.List all the information that may need to be included in the presentation. Evidence can strengthen a presentation’s persuasiveness, but only if it is real, specific, new, and different.
  4. Identify brief anecdotes that highlight the most important points. The three kinds of stories that tend to be highly effective are those that are directly related to an organization or an issue, those that are hypothetical, and those that are metaphorical.
  5. Sequence the information so that it tells a compelling story. Effective stories repeatedly create tensions and solve them.
  6. Identify the most effective graphical elements to use in the presentation. Graphics should be diverse and relevant if they are to enhance the presentation.
  7. Create visuals that communicate the information concisely and effectively. PowerPoint’s Smart Art, Ballroom style, and Conference Room style are the three most popular methods of conveying information visually.
  8. Identify any potential roadblocks to achieving the objectives and make a plan to deal with each. Because not everybody who will be needed to implement a presentation’s recommendations will be in attendance, a presenter must have a plan for getting the message through to everyone.
  9. Decide how the success of the presentation will be measured. Usually, a presentation’s success is determined by whether or not the audience takes the requested action.