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    Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    Seeking free/shareware that will convert a Powerpoint (2002/XP) presentation to '.MPG' <small>(MPEG-1 Layer 2)</small> or to '.AVI' and then to '.MPG'.

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    This here one could be your ticket Bruce. It's code is written by the same company that makes Powerpoint. Seriously, I'm not sure if it will do everything you want but I think it might. Producer is a free download. I'll look into some of the 3rd party PP enhancers and enablers--I know I've seen some later and link them.

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    Powerpoint for Windows is supposed to support the addition of various formats of video (such as avi or mpeg) to the presentation. This can usually be remedied by converting the file to a Windows Media file (wmv).

    To convert the file to Windows Media, you'll need a video editing program such as Movie Maker (comes native on XP). Open Movie Maker and start a new project. Import your video and place it in the timeline. Now simply export the timeline to a Windows Media file by going under the file menu and selecting Save As.... Select the option for a movie that can be played back on your computer. Then you'll be able to insert the Windows Media file into your PowerPoint the normal way (Insert, Movies and Sounds, Movie From File...). You'll be asked if you want the movie to play automatically or on click. The movie will then be embedded in your PowerPoint presentation

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    I remember some products that convert PowerPoint to Flash, which is more interactive than MPEG. Why MPEG? Is this a photo album slideshow?

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    Hi, Jefferson ~

    I am helping Vincenzina w/ a Powerpoint presentation that I mistakenly suggested <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/_party.gif> could be played via the Sony Mavica which is married to a presentation TV monitor. The Sony Mavica runs 8mm CD-Rs and can play as well as create MPGs, so I would like to convert the PPT/PPS to an end-result format of MPG.

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    Hi, SMBP ~

    Producer will import, but not export audio, video, image files and the output file type is XML which is browser reliant. This info, however, is saved and duly noted as it is an excellent resource for future presentations built with/around Powerpoint.

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    I started to say I feared that. But it's always worth having Producer--I've seen some nifty demos of it and you can use it to whip together presentations very quickly and drag and drop and tweak your presentation. The new Producer 2003 Beta is available for downlad and has some new features and will cross platform with support for Netscape and MAC. You also may get a good answer to this question without taking much time by hitting this Microsoft Powerpoint Chat July 17 Thursday at 1PM your time and submitting a question about available programs to do this. Also don't forget there is a Powerpoint section in the lounge that may be able to nail this for you.

    Ed: I see Vincenzina already posted there for this.

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    Hi Bruce,

    I'm sure there might be a better solution and I'm sure you already know this, but just in case ~

    * Save each slide as a .bmp
    * Export the bunch of .bmps to .mpg (I really don't have the time to make a search but I'm sure there are plenty of progs. that do this)

    The big drawback is, the lossy conversion won't let you boast that grrreat animated presentation <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Just a suggestion
    <img src=/w3timages/blue3line.gif width=33% height=2>
    <img src=/S/flags/Argentina.gif border=0 alt=Argentina width=30 height=18> <big><font color=4682b4><font face="Comic Sans MS">Diegol</font face=comic></font color=4682b4> </big>

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    Hi, Die ~

    You are correct - I do not wish to lose the transition from slide to slide. There are ~400 slides already saved in a presentation as '.pps'. I have heard there may be ways to convert to avi or other file formats, but the end result needs to be mpeg1 layer2 '.mpg'.

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    Re: Converting Powerpoint Presentations

    indezine has a tutorial on using Hypercam to capture a presentation as an AVI.
    I think that there are a number of sharware products that will convert AVI to MPEG but it is not something that I have ever done.

    HTH

    Peter

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