Animated Presentations and Projectors

Many presenters present from their own laptop computer through a projector.  When our animated templates, or other presentations which contain video files, are presented in this way, some laptop users may encounter an issue with the video not appearing on the presentation screen.  Typically this will look like a black box in place of where you expected the video to be.

This is due to limitations of the video cards in some laptop computers.  The newer the computer, the less likely you are to encounter this problem.

If you do encounter this problem, you can tell your laptop to display the presentation on only the projector, by toggling to use only the external video port on your laptop.  This is typically done by holding down the Function key (Fn) and the pressing the monitors key (a key with single or double rectangles on it).  The projector will then show the video files.

There are a few other options.  Here is a link to, an excellent PowerPoint troubleshooting resource, with several more ideas on how to resolve this issue.

Art Holden has been involved in presentation and animation graphic content since 1990. He had the pleasure of creating one of the very first animation websites on the internet, Animation Factory. For 13 years he managed and created media for Animation Factory. He is now a part-owner and an employee working full time at PresenterMedia. His hobbies outside of work revolve around being involved in the bicycling community in Sioux Falls, SD. He never misses an opportunity to get on his bike and enjoy a ride.

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