Archive for the ‘Video Backgrounds’ Category

Using PresenterMedia Video Backgrounds

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

A short video tutorial showing how to use video grounds in PowerPoint. This tutorial will illustrate how to download a PresenterMedia video background and explore how to use our video backgrounds.

Due to limitations in older versions of PowerPoint, video backgrounds are designed to be used in PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint 2013, or PowerPoint 2011 (Mac) or Keynote 09 (Mac). PowerPoint 2007 and older will not allow text or objects in front of a video background. In these cases, we have provided areas for text and other content.

Downloading your first PowerPoint Animation

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Here is a short video tutorial of how to download a PresenterMedia Animation using PowerPoint. This is a simple but important process to avoid any problems and to make your animations run smoothly.

Covered in this video:

  • For PowerPoint, always download the largest animation available.  This yields the best quality.
  • After clicking the download link, always choose “SAVE” to save the image to your computer.  Choosing OPEN may end up removing the animation from the image.
  • In PowerPoint, always use the “Insert/Picture” function to place the animation in your presentation.  Inserting it as a video or copying and pasting it into your presentation can yield poor results.

 

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.