Archive for the ‘Video Backgrounds’ Category

Overview of the PresenterMedia Website

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Brief overview of the features and benefits of the PresenterMedia website.

My File Automatically Opens instead of Saving with Chrome

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Occasionally, we have folks write to us with a unique problem.  They are downloading animations and clip art images, but instead of the items downloading, they are automatically opening, and they’re opening in programs that either ignore transparency, remove animation, or other tricky problems.  If you happen to be using Google Chrome as your internet browser and notice this phenomenon, don’t worry, we can help!

 

When you click “Download” on one of our items (in Chrome) you’ll have this icon show up in the lower left corner of your computer screen:

1Download

 

So, if you click the dropdown arrow (right next to the word “gif” in the image above) you get 3 options:

2Save

Note that at this point, the file is already downloaded to your Downloads folder on your computer, clicking the dropdown menu only gives you additional options.

  • Open – this will open the file in the default program for this file type (for GIF it is typically Internet Explorer, PNG / JPEG is usually Paint, WMV is usually Windows Media Player, and PPTX is PowerPoint)
  • Always open files of this type – this changes the default setting so instead of saving the file, it will open it in the default program and let you choose whether or not to save the file.  This is where it gets very tricky and can easily wreck havoc later.
  • Show in folder – this opens the folder (usually downloads folder) containing the file, so you can then move it, open it etc. at your discretion.

So, if you click “Always open files of this type – … what happens is that the file will automatically open instead of downloading to the folder, and will open in whatever the default program is for the file type.

To change this setting, start by clicking the “Tools” icon on your Chrome browser

Settings

When you click on the three small lines (tools icon), you’ll see a dropdown box appear.

4Dropdown

Click on “Settings” and you’ll see a new page pop up in your Chrome browser window.  Scroll down to Advanced Settings, find the Downloads group, and clear your Auto Open options.  Next time you download an item, it will be saved instead of opened automatically.

Webinar Recordings from PresenterMedia Advanced! October 15 & 16

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Firstly, thank you all so much who were able to make it to this month’s webinar!  We had some great questions.  Below are the links to the recordings from the webinars:

October 15, 2013 1:00 PM CST

October 16, 2013 9:00 AM CST

Also, here is a completed tutorial creating a Camtasia Video using PresenterMedia Content (31 minutes long)

Of course, we had tons of excellent questions as well, we didn’t forget about anyone!  Here are the questions and our answers from Tuesday and Wednesday’s Webinar:

I tried to record my screen and then add clipart, my text was fine when I recorded the screen, but when I edited it in Camtasia the words were so small I couldn’t read it.  How do I fix it to apply the clipart?

When you record a screen and then upload it to Camtasia, make sure you tell the project to be the Recording Dimensions or something relatively large if you want to be able to see the text images.  If you want to add clipart separately, you can do so by using Import Media.

How do you save a PPT presentation as a Windows Media File in PowerPoint 2007?

Unfortunately there’s not a way to simply “Save as WMV” in PowerPoint 2007 (great reason to upgrade to 2010 or 2013 or purchase Camtasia though!)  You can also use freebie screen capture softwares, but beware many are limited as far as the length , dimensions and file type that it can save as.

Can you post the URL for “Studio Cutz” audio library?

You can still purchase Studio Cutz from sounddogs.com if you purchase all the CDs, but the music is not available to download online.  For online options, remember to search “Royalty Free Music” and make sure you abide by all rules stated regarding using any artist’s music.

 

 

New YouTube Feature! Audio Background Files

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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Are you a “YouTuber”?  Did you know that you can create fantastic videos and then host them to the site, using our video backgrounds and images, and YOUR creativity and video editing software?  Traditionally, it has always been a problem finding adequate background music to go along with creative visual effects.  No longer!  YouTube launched their audio library and I must say, it’s a fun little library to listen to and consider for video backgrounds at least.  To access the YouTube Audio library, simply go to youtube.com/audiolibrary.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

Create your own PowerPoint Timer

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Hypothetically speaking, we’ve all been on the clock at some point.  And sometimes, we need to keep an eye on how long things are taking, or how much time we have left.  In today’s tutorial, I will show you how to create your own timer (ours will only count up to 15 seconds, but the process is always the same) and insert it into a PowerPoint presentation to play across the whole presentation if you like.  I’ll even show you how to make it NOT take up 45MB of file size in your presentation, avoiding lag issues etc.

Let’s start by opening the program Windows Live Movie Maker (later known as “Movie Maker”), created by Microsoft.  Don’t have it?  You can download it for free from Microsoft here.

Open Windows Live Movie Maker (AKA Movie Maker)

Open Windows Live Movie Maker (AKA Movie Maker)

Once you have Movie Maker open, it’s time to add the “time”.  Start by adding a Title at 1 Second.  How to do this you ask?  Click the Title button, then delete the area that appears by clicking the purple area labeled “My Title” and pressing Delete.

Click "Title" to insert an available media space

Click “Title” to insert an available media space

 

Insert Title, then delete (resulting in available space for counter)

After clicking “Title” you will see the default “My Movie” title, and a black bar (with a purple bar below it indicating how long the title will be seen)

 

Right click on the purple ribbon and select "Remove"

Right click on the purple ribbon and select “Remove”

After clicking "Remove", you will be left only with the black ribbon (this is where we will be adding our countdown)

After clicking “Remove”, you will be left only with the black ribbon (this is where we will be adding our countdown)

Once the “My Movie” title has been removed, it’s time to select the length of time you wish the counter to work for (whether it is 10, 20, 30 seconds of 5 minutes.  Keep in mind, the longer it is, the longer it will take to create).  To change the length of the total project, go to Video Tools>Edit and change the Duration from the default 7.00 to whatever length (in seconds) you’d like.  For our example, we will be using 15 seconds.  Add 1 second to the length of the duration that you want (if you want a 15 second timer, make the duration 16 seconds).

Extend the length to whatever length you'd like the counter to count until.

Extend the length to whatever length you’d like the counter to count until.

Next, it’s time to add the “Captions”, or the second “tickers”.  This is done by adding Captions, then giving them a 1 second delay time, setting each to start exactly as the prior caption finishes.  Essentially, here are the steps you’ll be performing:

1) Click the Caption button

2) Click the “Text” Edit button

3) Set the delay to 1.0 Sec and the duration to 1.0 Sec.

Click Caption, 1 second delay, 1 second duration

Click Caption, 1 second delay, 1 second duration

4) Copy the caption (purple line) and paste, then edit the Text Tools>Format to be 2.00 Seconds delay and 1.00 Second duration

 

Right click and "Copy" the caption area, then paste and repeat the timing and duration (remember to add 1 second of delay for each new time)

Right click and “Copy” the caption area, then paste and repeat the timing and duration (remember to add 1 second of delay for each new time)

Repeat this process (yes it can be a lot) until you have the full length of the timer created.  (note this can be counting UP, or counting DOWN).

Repeat the previous steps until you reach the final length of your timer, remember to add 1 second past your last "tick".

Repeat the previous steps until you reach the final length of your timer, remember to add 1 second past your last “tick”.

 

Now, it’s time to save the timer.  If the timer is only going to be placed into a PowerPoint slide or something equally small (say you want it just in the bottom corner, nothing very large), you can get away saving this out as a VERY low resolution video.  Obviously if you’re wanting this to end up on some 60″ scoreboard screen, you’d be wanting a higher resolution video.

Create custom setting

Create custom setting

Create a custom size, or choose “For Computer” which will default to 640 x 480, for an example, our 15 second video (really 16 seconds long) ended up being 745 KB in size at the 640 x 480 dimensions.  The same shrunk down to 400 x 300 is now 378 KB, and one more smaller will get us the same file size (250 x 187).  If you’re curious how they all end up looking, we’ll take a look at all three of these added to the same slide.

640 x 480

640 x 480

 

 

Differences between the sizes of video.  Remember, the 250 x 187 is the same file size as the 400 x 300, which is half that of the 640.

Differences between the sizes of video. Remember, the 250 x 187 is the same file size as the 400 x 300, which is half that of the 640.

Once your video timer is placed into your presentation, the next step is to set it to play Across _ Slides, meaning it will continue to play through the slideshow, regardless of what slide you’re on.  To get to this point, click on the video, then go to “Video Tools”>”Playback”>”Automatically”.  Next go to your Animations tab and ultimately, your animation pane.

Animations Pane with the video in place.  go to Effect Options and set to Stop After 3 Slides (in our case)

Animations Pane with the video in place. go to Effect Options and set to Stop After 3 Slides (in our case)

 

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Click “OK” and it’s time to play the show!

Curious how ours turned out?  Check it out here: SlideShow Example