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Old August 18th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #1
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I have a client who wants ppt slides in their video. I don't own a copy of ppt, so asked the client to save the slides as a jpeg and send them to me. Once inported into fcp the slides don't very good with text having some jaggy edges. Also the slides import very distroted at -50. I can fix the distortion but any ideas how I can get better quality jpeg slides?
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Old August 18th, 2006, 08:37 PM   #2
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Just a thought.... can the client save the files as .pdf instead? That should give better results with text most of the time. Of course, you're limited to 720x480 with DV so small fonts are probably going to be a problem no matter what you do....
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Old August 18th, 2006, 10:54 PM   #3
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Thanks Boyd, I'll give that a try.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 01:36 AM   #4
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You can also export the following out of Power Point:

- GIF
- PNG
- TIFF
- Device Independant Bitmap

Unfortunately, you cannot adjust the quality settings when exporting.

You can export out as a PDF, but you will need one of those "Print to PDF" drivers.

Depending on how big the presentation is, I would get the client to take screenshots of each slide, bring them into Photoshop and save them as PSDs.

Another option would be to download a free version of the Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer, and do it yourself.
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Old August 19th, 2006, 10:42 AM   #5
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In the past, when I have included powerpoint in video, I have obtained the ppt files, then exported it to a Quicktime file. Fairly easy to do, but for some reason I haven't (or at least wasn't) able to get the timing correct. In other words, some slides might last for 3 seconds, some for 1, with no rhyme or reason.

I would go into FCP, and cut up the Quicktime file into separate clips, and then use the fit to fill command to place the slides as needed.

It actually didn't take too long, looked great (although very small fonts just dont work at 720i no mater what you do).
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Old August 19th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #6
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I believe you can only export to Quicktime on the Mac version of Powerpoint. You cannot export a Quicktime file with Windows Powerpoint without 3rd Party Software. At least that's the case with the versions I've got. So if your client's got a Mac, you're set! If not, maybe purchasing a copy of Powerpoint isn't such a bad investment?
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Old August 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM   #7
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As there is no anti-aliasing in powerpoint it dosn't really matter what you use it will almost always have lots of jaggies and twitter. I have neve been able to make powerpoints look nice.
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Old August 21st, 2006, 12:45 PM   #8
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I've used Apple Keynote to import a PPT file, make text changes and export the text only with an alpha channel (export without background). The alpha channel gives you the option of adding a Photoshop or Illustrator backdrop and improve the overall look of the slides on TV. Keynote seems to produce a much better look with text and graphics than PPT, but I suppose that's what we expect from Apple. Also, work with your presenter to edit slides for TV audiences (limited text, more visuals). This strategy has worked for us and our presenters. I hope this helps,

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Old August 21st, 2006, 01:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the replys folks.
Much Appreciated and good info.
Cheers, Aldo
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