Here's hoping someone will start helping me make the darn things a little clearer ...

Anyway, here goes. I created the graphics using PowerPoint on our Mac OS X ... then I used the "make a movie feature" ... and added audio with our Blue Snowball microphone.

In Powerpoint, I lined every thing up with lines I could then delete.

I'm thinking I'm going to have to take digital photos of printouts and make a movie of the slideshow in order to get the clarity I want.

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Comment by Torsten Otto on July 1, 2007 at 3:49pm

For getting things aligned I love Keynote. It comes with wonderful helping lines for every object.

As for the reduced clarity: In Keynote (and probably in PowerPoint as well) you can set the size of the slides. The problem is trying to reduce the size of the original slide (probably 1024x768 pixels) to the size of the web movie (maybe 320x240). If the original slide is already only 320x240 large, then the crisp edges should remain crisp.

I hope that helps.
Torsten Otto
Comment by Hilding Lindquist on July 2, 2007 at 10:53am
Thanks Torsten. I used to thinking that reduction makes it clearer and enlargement of the original makes it fuzzier ... which doesn't always seem to be the case as graphics and photos move through separate software sets.

On the other hand, Susan (one of my new "my friends") turned me onto ... which seems to clear everything up. I create the graphic in PowerPoint, capture it as a photo file and then upload it into VoiceThread, add audio with my incredibly versatile Blue Snowball microphone ... and voila! crisp, clear video clips.

Cheers for shared learning!


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