If you’re looking for a way to improve stale PowerPoint presentations and make a memorable impression, using video in your slides is a great solution. But the technicalities of shooting a video and transferring it into PowerPoint put many people off, and the cost of hiring a film crew, actors, and a post-production studio to do it for you exceeds most budgets. It’s easy to record and insert video into PowerPoint with the help of software. So easy that you don’t need any prior experience in filmmaking to make a simple video. Let us break it down below.
There is no need to hire a professional film crew or actors to make your video. You can do it yourself with a video camera and your friends or colleagues. A phone camera works, but a video camera makes for better quality. Plus, phone cameras often don’t use the correct aspect ratio. Be sure to use a decent microphone to catch quality sound and use a tripod to steady your camera. Both of these can be purchased affordably or borrowed. Whatever equipment you decide to use, spend a bit of time learning how to use it correctly so you get it right on filming day.
Now is your chance to act as director. The key to good video for a presentation – especially if you’ve never picked up a camera before – is to keep your script and shots as simple as possible. Excessive camera movement will make your audience feel nauseated and constant zoom-ins or complex camera tricks will look unprofessional if done incorrectly. Your video doesn’t need to be too long or complicated to make the right impact. Footage of your company’s operation or interviews with satisfied customers will work perfectly fine as they only require a tripod and can be filmed in a single afternoon.
Arrange who is going to transport the equipment on shooting day. Lifehacker recommends bringing a spare battery, blank tapes (if you’re shooting on DV), lens cleaner cloth, charger, extension cord, and duct tape to your shoot to be safe. If you’re filming outdoors in winter, bring some warm clothes and gloves for your cast and crew. And of course, don’t forget the coffee and snacks to keep your team motivated!
- Uploading and Editing
This part can be tricky, and many people get it wrong. It’s best not to procrastinate here and budget some time for uploading and editing so you have time to fix any errors. The method you use to upload your footage from camera to computer will depend on the type of camera you’re filming with, but usually it’s fairly straightforward to copy footage from a memory card. If you’re using a DV camera, it will be considerably more complex as you will need a special fire wire port, which has to be purchased separately. Film footage takes up a lot of drive space so save it on an external hard drive if you have to. If you need to record dialog or re-record audio that wasn’t captured correctly during shooting (a process known as dubbing in professional filmmaking) then you can download free software such as Audacity and buy an external microphone for your computer for a reasonable cost.
Editing can seem difficult at first but it can be picked up in an hour or less using free software that comes with your computer. Depending on whether you use a Mac or a PC, this will be either Windows Moviemaker or iMovie. You can find tutorials for both on Microsoft and Apple’s official websites. It’s as simple as cutting out the parts of the video you don’t need; dragging and dropping the video and audio you need into place; and adding any text or images.
- Embedding into PowerPoint
This is another tricky part that throws people off. However, it can be fixed easily with software like LiveSlides. When your video is finished, simply upload it to YouTube (make sure there is no copyrighted music as this could be flagged by YouTube), Vimeo, or any other public video sharing site. Once you’ve uploaded your video use LiveSlides to insert the video into PowerPoint. Now your video presentation is finished and ready to impress the world.
Shooting a simple video for a PowerPoint presentation is a simple and fun process that doesn’t take a lot of time. You can even pick up a new set of skills to list on your resume as you continue to create presentations. Try it out for your next presentation to keep your audience’s attention, make a big impact to your clients or impress your class teacher enough to get a good grade.