This is NOT just another course on avoiding "death by PowerPoint" through proper use of pictures and bullet points (yawn). Not at all. This course is all about using the best and most powerful PowerPoint features to create stunning videos for use in online courses, YouTube videos, and other movie presentations.
You'll learn to combine video, text, photos, slides, and animations in your presentations. Set a mood or add some fun with background music and sound effects. Discover many new and exciting resources for finding free and public domain video, photos, music, and sound effects to use in your own creations.
You'll discover the power of transition effects to add visual interest. Master PowerPoint animation capabilities for engaging titles, bullet points, and other on-screen text. Combine a talking-head video with animated titles to really drive your point home.
Take advantage of PowerPoint's SmartArt to achieve a polished professional look even if you know nothing about design or color theory.
Covert your PowerPoint presentation to MP4 and publish as a standalone video presentation on Udemy, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site. Or combine your PowerPoint videos with other videos for maximum clarity and presentation power in your online courses.
Students should have access to PowerPoint 2013 or PowerPoint 2016, or PowerPoint in Office for Mac. After a quick overview of the basics (just to level the playing field for less experienced PowerPoint users), we'll get right into the more advanced techniques that add life, clarity, and professional polish to your online presentations. If you already know a bit about PowerPoint, and are looking to up your game in online courses or other video presentations, the techniques you learn in this fun, easy course will serve you well for many years to come.
In this first lecture I'll tell you what this course teaches, plus a little about myself and my background.
This course is rated Expert and assumes you have some PowerPoint skills and knowledge coming into it. But not everyone notices that sort of thing, or interprets that the same way. So in this lesson I'll try to level the playing field a bit so you can be sure you have what you need to succeed in this course. And if you don't, I'll point you in the right direction for getting the required software and basic skills.
Bringing online courses and other video presentations to life usually involves animation. In this lecture you'll learn the basics of PowerPoint animations. The skills you learn here will open the gates to learning more advanced skills for creating truly compelling and exciting video content.
The most interesting visual presentations often involve multiple animations. In this lesson, you'll discover how to assign multiple animations to an item on a PowerPoint slide.
True animation mastery requires knowing how to control the timing. Basically that just means controlling 1) when the animation starts and 2) how long it lasts once it has started. In this lecture, you'll master the techniques needed to control such animation timing.
Transitioning from one slide to the next automatically is a key component to converting a PowerPoint presentation to a video. In this lecture you'll learn to do just that, and also have to work with photographs in your online course or video presentation.
In this lecture you'll learn how to combine text and pictures in a presentation. These basic skills will help to page the way toward more complex video mashups for you online courses.
Many online instructors use Camtasia or Screenflow to record the screen for computer courses. If you need some screen recordings (but not enough to justify buying a dedicated app), you can use PowerPoint or your Mac to record the screen without buying and new software or equipment.
In this lesson you'll learn how to create great explanations and tutorials by combining text, shape, pictures, and animation effects.
In this lecture you'll learn how to bring animated text onto a video you shot with your digital camera or phone. Perfect for adding bullet points to a talking-head video.
In this lesson you'll learn how to place your talking-heading video in a portion of the screen, while using a still picture as you background, and animated text to summarize the important points of your lecture.
Here you'll learn how to publish all of your PowerPoint presentations online, for free, even if you don't have a web site. If your presentation is for a limited audience rather than the world at large, you can use these techniques to hide the presentation from Google and other search engines, while still making it visible to select people from around the world.
In this lesson you'll learn how to use PowerPoint to record voice over narration for your online courses and video presentations.
Just a quick thank you and links to related resources.
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Alan Simpson is the award-winning author of over 115 computer books published throughout the world in over a dozen languages. He has also been an instructor for nearly four decades, having taught thousands of students throughout the world. He has often been called a "master communicator" and consistently receives high ratings the positive reviews from his students.
Alan has been deeply involved in tech since the earliest days of personal computing, serving first as programmer and consultant, and more recently as a web developer. However, his masters degree in the psychology of learning and motivation prepared him well for sharing his extensive technical knowledge. His courses have ranged from beginner basics to advanced web programming.
Currently Alan has online courses on Ed2Go, Teachable, Skillshare, and Udemy. He also holds COMPTIA Security+ and Hootsuite Academy Social Media Marketing Credentials.