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Bob Cap

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Powerpoint to video
« on: May 19, 2006, 10:17:03 am »

Hey guys,

I'm sifting through way too many programs and not finding a good one in the bunch. Here's what I need to do:

1 - Convert a PowerPoint presentation to video.

2 - Overdub the audio

3 - Burn a dvd.

Is there a program out there for the Windows platform that you have experience with that does the job? I'm getting tired of buying software and finding their quality levels somewhat low.

Thanks

Bob Cap
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Gilbert, MN
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Don Boone

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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2006, 10:31:32 am »

Not sure what your problem is. If you need to convert a VGA signal to video you need a piece of hardware called a scan converter. They run from about $100 to tens of thousands.
It's a good idea to create your PowerPoint with the computer running through the scan converter and watch on a TV so you can see what the final result will be. Some colors don't work in video and some slide transitions will show a lot of artifacts.

Hope that helps

Don
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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 10:58:33 am »

Don,

I want to do this in the computer.

Bob
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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 11:03:03 am »

Don's right, the only way to get PPT to video is to convert the output signal.  And as Don said, prices run the full range, and generally, you get what you pay for.  You may get some mileage if you have a video card with S-video out, but I'd really recommend something like the Folsom Image Pro or an Extron 405.

Is the audio attached to the PPT already?  I'm guessing your client wants to have a "happy-face" slide show set to music put on disc.  Am I close?  Then it is just a matter of getting the signal to NTSC, and running the audio with it.  You shouldn't have any latency issues unsyncing the audio, but watch closely anyway to see if you need to delay the sound a frame or 2.

If there is more detailed text on the PPT, look closely at that, as Don pointed out.  Down converting to NTSC will really put the fuzz on small text, so give it a once over and be prepared to beef up some point sizes if need be.

All of this assumes, of course, that you are using an external DVD recorder.  If you are looking to do this internally, then unfortunately, I have no knowledge of software that will do that.  That in no way implies that it doesn't exist.  When we are tasked with this sort of this we run it all as outlined above.

Hope this helped.

Mike
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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2006, 11:06:35 am »

Of course you want to do it in the computer. Nevermind my advice then.  I've never done it that way, we just set everything up externally.

Don't you love it when by the time you get the reply written and posted, you discover that you were headed down the wrong path.  Shocked  Rolling Eyes




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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2006, 04:41:23 pm »

Thanks guys. My client has already made the powerpoint presentation and has narrated it several times. Now she wants to narrate the presentation and add music. Both very easy to do within powerpoint. The problem is if you make a narration/music track and insert it into powerpoint it might ot might not end up in sync. Powerpoint is bad for staying in sync.

Hence I have been looking for a program that I can change the power point presentation to video so the timeing is locked by frames. Then overdub the audio live so it stays in sync. Then burn the whole thing to a DVD.

The main problem is I have tried several programs that claim to do this....Spent more money then I should have...and they don't work. The transitions become very jerky. I have played with frame rates in programs that allow me to and they still work so so or not at all.

I need a program that somebody has used, and knows that it works. Any help?

I can always do a screen capture via firewire to a digital camera....then bring it back in a overdub the audio live...then burn the DVD...if I have to. But there are many programs that claim to do this. I just want to cut to the chase and find one that someone else has had that works.

Does that sound really cheep of me? I want to use somebody elses experience to solve my problem?

I guess that's why I post answers to other guys questions to help them out with my experience? In my part of the world there is not anyone else that knows what I am talking about.

Thanks

Bob Cap
Advanced Audio Inc.
Gilbert, MN
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Nuka Cola

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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2006, 08:43:33 am »

I have converted lots of powerpoint presentations, and...
mention the Presentation To Video Converter
its the best for presentation converting tool I`ve used
http://www.geovid.com/Presentation_to_Video_Converter/

everyone good lucked  Smile

apologies If I am toooooooooo late...
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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2006, 04:49:07 pm »

Completely off-topic, I must say that Nuka Cola is the best name I've heard in a loooooooong time.
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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2006, 08:15:58 pm »

Thanks everyone for the info. I guess I considered this an AV topic???

I tried GeoVideo and was not please with the results.

I have been playing with Camtasia and I might be able to live with it. I just need to get my client to let me change a few of the transitions. Then it will work.

Thanks

Bob Cap
Advanced Audio Inc.
Gilbert, MN

BTW - Eric, Just wtf is Pro AV supposed to mean????

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Don Boone

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Re: Powerpoint to video
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2006, 02:17:19 pm »

"Just wtf is Pro AV supposed to mean????"

Bob I think 'business theater' would be a short description.

Don
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