The Videocasts

SCIVEE.TV used to host the movies of this blog – the site closed down. I am in the process of changing the repository. Stay tuned. They cover various Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple Keynote techniques as well as other techniques a presenter need to master, such as handling presentation remotes and microphones.

Microphones and how they make you sound

Learn how to identify the type of mike you are given for your talk, and learn how to handle it to avoid volume changes and popping. Audibility is as important as slide legibility. Audibility is affected by microphone pick-up patterns, and microphone handling.

choose and handle presentation remotes

Presentation remotes are both a blessing and a curse, depending on how easy they are to use and how familiar we are with them. They do free us from having to constantly stand by the keyboard, but misusing them turns off the audience. Strengths and weaknesses of four models are reviewed and advice for handling them is given.

PowerPoint effects without effects

As the number of effects increases, custom animations rapidly become unwieldy. An alternative technique consists in using one slide per effect, thus simplifying the process. The addition of slide transitions ensures that entrance or exit effects are maintained. The drawbacks of creating effects without effects – a large number of slides- are compensated by two key advantages: simplicity, and direct access to any part of a slide composed of many effects, not just its beginning.

Pan through images with PowerPoint

With this technique the presenter moves seamlessly inside a document larger than a slide by imitating a camera panning through the document, as if the hand moved a transparency across an overhead projector (PowerPoint inch-based offset).

Pan through images with Keynote

With this technique the presenter moves seamlessly inside a document larger than a slide by imitating a camera panning through a document, as if the hand moved a transparency across an overhead projector (Keynote pixel-based offset).

Scaling a group image+ text – PowerPoint & Keynote

To resize a group of objects that includes text, first the group has to be converted into an image or text needs to be resized separately from the image. It is possible to reduce the effect of vertical or horizontal resizing on legibility by choosing an appropriate font type.

Visible map and invisible shortcuts – navigation tools

In large presentations, a graphical map slide and invisible hyperlinks help the audience keep track of progress while letting the presenters follow either a preset or a spontaneous path through their slides. Map slide and hyperlinks allow presenters to keep to time and to respond immediately to perceived audience needs.

Animate using motion path or action builds

Animations are rarely used in presentations, possibly because using motion path effects on Microsoft PowerPoint or action builds on Apple Keynote is intimidating. Learn the basics of animations through an illustration of the BLK method.

The “B” key or the Black slide

The B key blanks the screen during a presentation. It is advantageously replaced with a black slide for scheduled breaks to recapture audience attention. Keynote and PowerPoint techniques are presented to simulate the effect of a B key through a black slide.

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