Looking for a couple of ideas...

Feb 09, 2012

Just wanted to plug into the community this morning to see if anyone has created something similar to this already or may have a few ideas.

I am working on a project, and am looking for a couple of ideas that might help me somewhat emulate the style and progression used in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU

We really like the flow and progression, but don't have the time or budget to do a production on the scale that would be required.  Looking for something that can be done using just a tool like Articulate that can borrow one or two elements that would give the presentation a similar feel...

28 Replies
Gina Hoekstra

There is a section in the Slideology book that uses a push function with the slides making them look like one continuous project that just moves similairly to the mind map. I did a mock up in PowerPoint to try it out and it looked pretty cool using arrows and matching colors. I would share it, but my computer got messed up by a virus and I lost some files a couple weeks ago....that just happens to be one of them! ugh!

Fred Marquez

Hi Brian,

You didn't say what kind of project you're working on, but you shoud take a look at Prezi.com 

It's free online, and it basically lets you draw a mind map on a huge canvas using images, text, and freehand drawings.  Once your mind map is done, you can set-up frames that will zoom in on different parts of the mind map, giving you that camera movement feeling you want to capture.  I even think you can publish Prezi to swf and insert it into presenter, though I haven't tried it yet.

Like I said, it definately has that moving camera feel.


blair parkin

Hi Brian

Here is a quick example I threw together based on Gina and Linda's suggestions which might be of use for inspiration. There is a cool tool that I got from one of Tom's posts that showswhere in image will be at the end of a motion path, really useful for that creating that continuous effect. Also the animation painter in PPT 2010 helps keep the motion paths consistent .


Brian Allen

I love this community!  Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas

@Gina and Linda - I love the flow of Nancy's presentation, thank you so much for sharing it.  I actually just put together a short proof of concept based on this approach and the steering committee loved it!  (woohoo!)

@ADM - I've got to check out presi, someone else has suggested that it would be good to use.  Thanks for the tip

@Blair - I totally forgot about Tom's motion path tool, and thanks for sharing the quick example.  I really like how smooth the flow is from slide to slide.  Definitely going to use that (thanks again!)

Jeanette Brooks

Neat ideas here! For the hand-drawn effect, it's pretty fun & easy to use your own sketched images with simple animations like fades & motion paths, and sync them to your narration. Here are two examples: https://player.vimeo.com/video/204871713 and https://player.vimeo.com/video/145574560

Those were done with just PowerPoint files, played as a slideshow while recording with Screenr.

The PowerPoint files are attached in case anyone can use them.

Jeanette Brooks

Hi David - well that was a few years ago, and for those graphics I used a pretty scrappy approach:  a white piece of paper & Sharpie markers and than scanned the result & cropped as needed. Nowadays it's easy and quick to do it on an ipad though. I have an app called SketchBook that is really fun to use, and very intuitive. There is a free version and a pro version; the pro version is only five bucks.

David Steffek

Jeanette - I was going to say, you could see the pressure variances and other analog indicators in the marker streaks, so I was curious what hard/software you were using to achieve that effect. I guess the answer is "fiber and ink".     Great job! BTW, you're a good artist! :)

Your analog approach got me thinking...

Another approach to this could be using stop-motion photography: draw a little bit on the whiteboard, take a photo. Draw a little more, take a photo. Then import each photo onto it's own slide. You'd have to deal with the challenges of stop-motion photography (secure camera fixture, controlled lighting, etc.), but it's an "old-school" way to achieve the same effect.

Brian Allen

Weird...  I'm not sure I've ever ran across that problem with pptx files, and can't find anything when I do a google search related to it.

Just tried downloading one of the files again and it still opens up as a pptx file for me with no issues.

It may be a long shot, but if you're in the office you may try downloading one of them after you get home, from a different computer or different network and see if you still have trouble?

Jeanette Brooks

Hey Marty - you're browser might be changing the extension when you save it. Try right-clicking the attachment on each post, choose Save As, and then once the file is saved, rename the extension accordingly (pptx or zip, depending on the format in which they were originally posted here). Let us know if that works for ya.

Steve Flowers

@Linda - Cool tip on the receipt tape. I thought I was the only one building "story strips" I really like this method of laying out a linear sequence. 

You can actually build a powerpoint slide at a mondo-width:

"These strips represent sequences or themes for communicating concepts. Most folks don't know that you can make PowerPoint slides REALLY wide. I use square strip units and it's easy to update these if I run out. If I needed 15 strip transitions, I'd make the PPT slide width 15x as wide as the height. Under the design tab, click Page Setup.  The default height is 7.5 inches. I make this 3.75 inches so I can have a wider strip.  The max width is 56 inches in PPT 2007. I end up with a 15 unit wide strip. This is helpful when I want to represent a transitioned series of graphics and don't want to have to flip through pages. This is also great for really extensive flowcharts that you want to be able to represent vertically or horizontally when capturing process flows."

Once you get your strip built, you can easily group it up and paste into another tool as a single element. You could use multiple path animations to seamlessly shift from one context to the next in PPT. Or, if you want something that looks a little sexier - use Keynote's MagicMove and export as a movie.

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