Recording Presentations

Recently we've been asked to record several presentations in the Baltimore area.  Most of these somewhat simple productions are accomplished by using one HD video camera to record the presenter, and then in post production we insert the Power Point slides.  Adding the slides during editing (instead of using a video camera to capture them) increases their clarity and sharpness tremendously.  We always provide a wireless clip-on microphone for the presenter, and often times try to prepare a back up mic on the podium or by getting a feed from the "house sound."  For some presentations, we recommend adding a second or even third HD video camera.

This is an example of what our expertise video editing can do when recording a presentation.  In the final video, we used power point slides and transitions to cover the edits.  We removed 2+ minutes of ums, ahs, and long pauses. 
 

The original presentation was 22 minutes long.  Focal Point Productions removed 2.5 minutes of ums, ahs, and long pauses, and  5 minutes of inaudible questions and going off topic.  The finished video is 15 minutes long. We covered the edits with power point slides and transitions.

Here is another presentation that we recorded and edited.

Formatting Power Point Slides for Video

I often have clients that want to include Power Point slides in their video.  Most PPT presentations are formatted at a 4x3 aspect ratio.  But all HD video is shot at an aspect ratio of 16x9.  These easy instructions will guide you through how to change your presentation and then save each slide as an image. 

Formatting Power Point Slides for Video

Step 1

Click on Slide Show tab

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Step 2

Change the resolution to 1280x720

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Step 3

Click on the Design tab and then Page Setup

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Step 4

Change the size to - On-screen Show 16:9

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Step 5

All of your slides have been changed from a square (4x3) to rectangle (16x9). Go thru and check all your slides to be sure all your text and images display correctly.

Step 6

Go to the File tab and select Save As

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Step 7

  1. Select the location to save your files
  2. Create a file name
  3. Select PNG as the Save as type
Step 7

Step 8

Select Every Slide. All of your slides will now be saved as a PNG image in a new folder at the location you selected in Step 7.

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