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- November 17, 2011 at 2:10 AM #49336ShaunParticipant
Yea, I jumped into this head first so this is what I get.
I filmed an 8 hour presentation complete with about 150 slides on a power point presentation. I got the file in 2 forms: pdf of each slide and a powerpoint file. I went to the pdf and exported all slides into TIFF files and was inserting them into my video.
All WAS well until I used the track motion to shrink the slide and put it in a corner of the screen so you can still see the presenter. The image gets very blurry and crappy, mostly illegible.
What do I do? Should I have exported them differently somehow? I tried turn the slideshow into an avi video file by putting all the slides in a session and rendering that down, but that didn’t work either. Same issue.
After looking up some stuff I know that ppt is annoying to work with, but hoping someone on here has some ideas on how to best make it so those files are clear when they are shrunken down.
Check out this link and tell me if this is what you are doing (click on the Youtube logo to view it larger on the Youtube webpage): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apMMokAnRr0&feature=related
At about 6:39 is a Powerpoint Slide, saved as a JPEG. I used AVS4You’s Video Editor. The slide is in the Video Overlay track, moved and sized to keep the presenter in view.
The video was saved in 720P and uploaded to youtube — anything less than 720P and the video is terrible. (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJRmwckGdmQ at about 2:05 the first title slide appears.) This was with the AVS4You “Youtube” video setting in the editor.
The 720P MPEG file format gave me the best rendering of the video and slides.
What program are you using?
hey i looked at this on youtube at 720k. really came out nice. great job.
Haven’t had a chance to look at what cfxcorp did yet, but Camtasia Studio has been a mainstay in many folks toolbox to take PC presentations and capture them to video.
CFXCorp, that’s great. Yea, that’s what I need. I use Sony Vegas Pro. I’d imagine I can do it right in Vegas! …but maybe not. Any ideas on that?
Did you use the AVS4You Video Converter or Video Editor?
Birdcat, I’ll check out Camtasia as well, though obviously hoping to manage all of this right in Vegas if I can… seems crazy that there wouldn’t be a way to do it right in the box with Vegas…
Take a look at http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/forums/ShowMessage.asp?ForumID=4&MessageID=777316 on the Sony Editors Forum.
I haven’t tried Liam’s utility in vers.11.0 but it works like a dream in vers. 8.0, breaking out the PowerPoint presentation into single jpg files.
Search the Sony Forum for username “johnmeyer” and his comments to a question I posed regarding shrinking in Track Motion vs shrinking using Pan/Crop. Its been a while but he had some very useful insight into the pros and cons of both. You can probably get to this by looking for username “JackW” (me) where you can find his information too. I don’t want to comment on this because I’ve forgotten the details — i.e., whether it’s better to crop in Pan/Crop or Track Motion. You might try shrinking using Crop and then positioning in Track Motion to see which works best.
You might also look at the presentation product made by Singular, the same company that produces Plural Eyes. They have a very fine program that combines PowerPoint images and the presenter. At $250 it’s pricy, but it does the trick. We’re about to purchase it for our shop.
We have just wrestled with a five hour presentation in which we received 65 PowerPoint slides that were all but useless; this is a common problem. The slides all used a dark brown figured background with white lettering. The font was 12 point Times New Roman, a font with serifs, with a light gray drop shadow.
When cropped down to fit within the safe-text area the text was almost completely unreadable. We addressed the problem by having the client re-do the PowerPoint using black text on a white background with 18 point Ariel text (sand serif) and no drop shadows. It’s better, but still not perfect.
Finally, you might re-think your project. There’s usually no need to have a PowerPoint slide on screen for more than a few seconds. How about having a full-screen PowerPoint slide with the speaker’s voice over? Or let the slide dominate and do a small picture-in-picture of the speaker.
Good luck with this.