How to deliver high-impact demos: Knowledge Pack

Cloud and water mixed animation using transparency with video

Here is a list of articles I have written about delivering great and high-impact demos.

  1. How to deliver high-impact demos – Part 1
    Talks about the concepts, creating sample files selection and presentation approaches.
  2. How to deliver high-impact demos – Part 2
    Explains the tools and techniques, using the right language, customizing the content to user needs and converting features to business value.
  3. How to deliver high-impact demos – Part 3
    Covers AV technical aspects, common causes of failures and how to manage them and presenter view.
  4. Using Zoom effectively
    1. High Impact Demos : Use Zoom
    2. PowerPoint 2013: How to use Zoom to show details
    3. More about Zoom
    4. What did I learn today: Great feature in Windows Magnifier
    5. Windows Magnifier (Zoom) and Surface Pro
    6. The amazing ZoomIt utility

Enjoy.

How to create large text containing numbers

I was creating a video on data analytics today. I needed to show a graphic of lots of data scrolling in the background for the video title. This is how I did it.

  • Create many rows of data by using this formula in Excel
    =RANDBETWEEN(1111111111111110,9999999999999990)
  • Copied the resulting data and pasted in Word as Text
  • Search for ^p which means paragraph mark and replace with nothing
  • This merged all the data into one big block of text
  • Paste it into a textbox in PowerPoint and use it for animation to create the title for the video

The result looks like this. Moral of the story? Use the right tool in the right place!

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Happy Dussehra (and PowerPoint tutorial)

Today is an Indian festival called Dussehra which marks the beginning of harvesting season. It is customary to exchange leaves of the Piliostigma racemosum tree as a symbol of gold – wishing each other a prosperous new year.

Well, I cannot exchange leaves with all of you – but let me use this blog to wish all of you a great year ahead.

I created this graphic using the “gold” leaf image. Download this PPT file to understand how it was created using PowerPoint. Refer to the slide notes for details.

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Movie Appreciation

Well, where did this come from? I watch a lot of movies on the laptop. VLC player has a snapshot option. I capture memorable shots while watching the movie.

Just watched Memoirs of a Geisha. Amazing movie. I was wondering what to do with these images. And then I thought of using them to create a super fast movie summary based upon still images. Have a look… Ideally Download the video (10 MB)and watch locally for best impact.

 

Steps: Capture pictures. Insert all pictures as a Photo Album in PowerPoint. Set default slide advance time to 0.1 second for all slides. For key slides set it to 0.8 second. Save. Export as Video. Enjoy. (Hope I am not violating any copyrights).