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Wonderous Logo templates Review & FREEBIE

I’m a big fan of Nelson Long and his SuperGoodProducts PowerPoint templates and other video tools & resources!

Check out this big collection of animated logos ==> Wonderous Logos

Here’s my full review of the package along with tips & ideas for using these templates even if you are NOT interested in a logo:

 

And CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE: Bulb Logo Template and Swipes

I also included the YouTube Subscribe asset I demoed and the “glitch” typography effect you can add to your swipe files. NOTE: These are “hidden” slides in the file. Just Copy/Paste them into your own slide decks.

Nelson always does some very innovative work. Most of these templates use the Morph transition to make animations super easy.

The front end offer includes 150 templates with lots of elements (like cool text typography effects) that you can swipe as I explained in the video.

The optional One Time Offer (OTO) has a couple hundred MORE templates as well!

Enjoy!

  • Lon Naylor

 
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Create Quick and Easy Videos Using PowerPoint

Click here to learn more about how you can quickly create videos that look amazing: PowerPoint Video Mastery

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FREE GrapVidty PowerPoint Video Template

Check out the BIG bundle of nice PowerPoint video templates in Grapvidty Studio Pro + some bonuses

CLICK HERE ==> GRAPVIDTY with BONUSES

Here’s a sample video I made using the FREE PowerPoint video template from GrapVidty that you can download below. Then, watch the tutorial to learn how to make your own!

Here’s your tutorial with tips & tricks (CLICK TO WATCH):

LINKS:

GrapVidity Package with BONUSES:
http://www.screencastprofits.com/tools/grapvidity/pro

FREEBIES:
Green Farm:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/pptvideo/green-farm.zip

Layouts:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/pptvideo/PPT+Video+Layouts.pptx

The folks at Videoowide make these templates and are some of my favorite developers because of the innovative PowerPoint techniques they use such as Layouts.

Their tutorials could be better but overall there is a lot of value in their work especially if you leverage it to full advantage as I covered in the tutorial.

Enjoy!

FREE Levidio v5 PowerPoint Video Template

 

OK…it’s official! I REALLY like the Levidio v5 PowerPoint Video & Resource Package!

Check it all out with my bonuses HERE ==> LEVIDIO V5 POWERPOINT TEMPLATES

But here’s something pretty cool:

I talked the guys at RootPixel (the Levidio creators) into giving us a FREE TEMPLATE to play with!

==> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREEBIE <==

Save it to your hard drive and follow these simple instructions to modify your own awesome PowerPoint Slideshow Video:

==> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREEBIE <==

What’s the catch? NO catch! Just download it and have fun!

Well OK…call it a cool “ethical bribe” but my guess is that once you see for yourself how easy it is to make a really sweet video with the Levidio templates, you might very well want more. 😉

Get a whole bunch of them (with more bonuses from me) HERE: LEVIDIO V5 POWERPOINT TEMPLATES

I also did a more complete REVIEW on this post for you to check out: Levidio 5 Review

Here are a couple more samples of the Levidio 5 templates I modified:

 

Hope you enjoy this template! Leave your questions, comments, and Share if you like.

Take care,

  • Lon Naylor

 
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Create Quick and Easy Videos Using PowerPoint

Click here to learn more about how you can quickly create videos that look amazing: PowerPoint Video Mastery

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Levidio v5 PowerPoint Templates Review

PowerPoint! I love it! And not just because I’ve been using it since before it shipped to the public (as a Microsoft engineer in the early 90’s) but because it is an excellent tool for creating visual video content.

And what I REALLY love is that there are now lots of templates being created that let us create visually stunning videos (I’m talking ala Adobe After Effects) with just some simple modifications!

Levidio version 5 from RootPixel is a great example:

Check out Levidio with MY EXTRA BONUSES==> Levidio v5 PowerPoint Templates

Let’s get into some samples, tutorials, and my pros & cons of the product.

SAMPLES:

I was asked by the RootPixel guys to do a testimonial (if I liked the product of course!) and I thought I’d use one of the templates to do that!

Here’s another one that I created in a few minutes:

GIMMIES:

For the most part, these are very easy to modify and there’s a good variety of templates to choose from including InstaGram videos, advertising & banner videos,  and other PowerPoint graphics templates (like YouTube thumbnails).

The coolest thing is that the templates are designed to make it easy to modify elements by using things like SmartArt. You actually CAN get very usable results without a bunch of monkeying around.

There’s really not much else to say on the plus side…the animations are awesome.

GOTCHYAS:

As with any of these kinds of templates, there are some things to watch out for and things that aren’t deal-breakers but that I wish were better:

  1. Some images you use to modify the templates need to be certain sizes to work well i.e. either widescreen or tall. I wish there was a doc with each template outlining what the recommended dimensions are (and a list of how many you need).
  2. Timing is always an issue with these templates! If you want slides to stay on screen longer for example, there is no elegant way to do that because PowerPoint doesn’t have a real timeline. The solution is to Export the modified template as a video and use Camtasia to Extend Frames and/or Clip Speed at appropriate points.
  3. Levidio 5 comes with video tutorials and they are “OK” but…not quite as structured or complete as I would like and since English is not the guys first language, you’ll need to listen carefully and probably a couple of times…
  4. All the templates have an audio background music track. Great for slideshow or some kinds of promo videos but you can really make these useful by deleting the music icon and using narration to deliver your message. Add a low volume music background if you like in Camtasia.

I’ve done lots of tutorials in the past on using these kinds of templates. Here’s a list that includes other PowerPoint video products in addition to Levidio but that demonstrate certain techniques that you can use for any animated templates. There are even some FREE templates scattered in here::

  1. “How To Modify PowerPoint Templates”
  2. “Working With Levidio PowerPoint Templates”
  3. “2 Mistakes When Using PowerPoint Templates”
  4. “Using Innovative PowerPoint Templates For Video”

RECOMMENDED!

I like this package and can highly recommend Levidio v5:

==> Grab yours HERE during the Launch Special

  • Lon Naylor

 

 

 

How To Modify PowerPoint Video Templates

WOW…there a a bunch of new PowerPoint video templates from some really talented designers like Instavid and RootPixel coming out lately!

Complex and intricate animations and stunning special effects that will leave you asking, “This is PowerPoint??”

Check out == > Magic Video 3.0 PowerPoint Templates (with BONUSES!)

But how do you take the template and modify it with your own content keeping all that animation goodness intact?

Here’s a short tutorial with some top tips for modifying almost any of the new cool PowerPoint video templates:

This tutorial uses some of the new templates from the Magic Video v3.0 Package. Here are a few more samples I created in about 10 – 15 minutes each:

There are TONS of things you can do with templates like these in addition to modifying them as is. You can create single slide intos / outros, motion graphics, and even save individual elements as graphics (like the “filter” in the Parallax template) to use in Camtasia.

I’ll create a few more detailed tutorials covering how to do that and some more tips & tricks in future posts.

I mentioned in the video that trying to use the music tracks is tough. I mute the audio clips and add them in Camtasia afterwards.

Speaking of Camtasia, be aware that there is a known issue with MP4 videos Exported from PowerPoint and Camtasia version 9. They contain “glitches” or weird artifacts. My workaround is to Save As and Windows Media File (WMV) from PowerPoint and they seem OK in CS 9. The MP4’s from PPT work fine in Camtasia 8…go figure.

Also, the tutorials for Magic Video 3.0 are kinda weak but you can get the idea of how to edit the templates.

Enjoy!

 

Wizard Design Pro Review

 

This week, I’m reviewing a bundle of design elements for PowerPoint called Wizard Design Pro. Check them out HERE: Wizard Design Pro.

Let’s start off with a freebie to get our feet wet with these from the developer Arif  Chandra:

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD ==> FREE TEMPLATE

Next, let’s dispense with the usual hype & nonsense of the sales page and emails you may get from other marketers: You probably WON’T be able to make stunning videos in just minutes with no skills whatsoever…sorry! And…no…it is NOT the “most user-friendly video & design maker of 2016”

What is IS however is a set (a huge bundle actually) of very well designed PowerPoint assets that, with a little effort, can be made into pretty stunning video content. Here’s a sample video I made that took me about an hour & half to pull together using one of the templates in the main offer:

Here are a few notes about this effort:

  1. There is an embedded video clip in the template with animation that I had to ditch because I have no idea how to swap it out with my own clip (still trying to find out if there is a way to do this). Not really a huge problem since I always pull PowerPoint template videos into Camtasia and edit…I just added my clip in there.
  2. The template has a music track embedded in the first slide (very typical) which I exported (right-click on it…Save Media As to my hard drive) and then deleted from the slide deck. I pulled the music track into Camtasia and used it in my first test…uploaded this video to Facebook…and got a copyright violation! I highly recommend using only your own music tracks that you know you have royalty-free rights to.
  3. Those two issues aside, the template was pretty much a breeze to modify and Export as a video clip.

The bundle has WAY too much stuff to get into individually. I recommend checking out the page above for details.

Arif also compiled a hefty bunch of bonuses (including some templates with White Label Rights!) for me that you can check out on this page:

==> Lon’s Bonuses for Wizard Design Pro

The offer has a couple of options. The typical Front End (FE) and a One-Time-Offer (OTO). You can check out the OTO here: http://vidinstant.com/upgrade-pro-version/

Keep in mind that if you want Developer Rights (i.e. sell final videos to clients), you’ll need the OTO. I’m not a big fan of that practice but it’s fairly standard.

As is the case with most of my Indonesian PowerPoint friends, the tutorials are pretty weak…just a bunch of mouse-pointing set to music. I was able to get the general idea of what to do after watching them a couple of times but don’t expect top-notch training. Ya…I know…well, maybe one of these days these guys will just hire me to do some real tutorials for them 😉

The last thing I’ll mention is something that isn’t specific to these templates but to literally ALL the PowerPoint video templates I have purchased (Levidio, Video Revolver, etc.) and that is:

Most templates have “timed” animations that make things move (objects, transitions, slide advances, etc.) automatically. If you are trying to make a truly custom video…this is a pain in the butt! Especially if you want narration instead of just a music background.

I’ve talked about this many times and have a couple of tutorials that might be useful for using templates like these in general (these are about the Levidio templates but applicable for Wizard as well):

Overall, Wizard Design Pro is a very decent library of assets at a really good price!

Hope you found this useful. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!

Lon Naylor

 

Free Levidio Transition Effect for Camtasia

Here’s a quick tutorial on using Levidio PowerPoint Templates and a way to leverage some of the sweet visual assets into components you can add to your Camtasia Library.

I love templates like this but there are some issues with how they are constructed (when it comes to creating videos with them). You just needs to know a few things and how to work around them…more on that in other posts. 😉

For now, this will give you an idea of what I’m talking about and some tactics & stuff you can use right away:

Step 1: OPTIONAL – Get Levidio 3.0 HERE: http://www.screencastprofits.com/tools/levidio/3

Step 2: Grab your free Levidio Transition Template HERE:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/pptvideo/templates/Swif+5.pptx

Step 3: Grab your Camtasia Library asset HERE:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/pptvideo/Levidio+Yellow+Square+Transition.libzip

Step 4:

LIKE my PPTVideo Facebook Page to get the Registration links for the Bonus webinar workshops HERE: https://www.facebook.com/pptvideo/

Feel free to Comment with any questions!

Enjoy!

– Lon Naylor

 

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