Category Archives for Tutorials

FREE PowerPoint Video Template & Tutorial

I scored another free PowerPoint video template for you! This one comes from the Decinema Reactive Collection:

CHECK OUT MY BONUSES ==> Decinema Reactive PowerPoint Video Templates

Here’s your free download and tutorial on how to modify it to make your own awesome video slide show:

  1. Click this link to download the template package ZIP file ==> DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
  2. Extract the ZIP file
  3. Open the Fonts folder and install any fonts you don’t already have
  4. Open the PowerPoint file and let’s get started!


As you can see, this template uses some really beautiful design and interesting techniques!

The complete Decinema Reactive collection also has:

64  professional PowerPoint templates including:

  • Module #1 – 8 PRO-Looking Sales Videos
  • Module #2 – 12 Stunning Video Slideshows
  • Module #3 – 6 Done-for-You Presentations
  • Module #4 – 30 Modern Lower Thirds
  • Module #5 – 8 Flat Logo Openers

Overall a VERY solid bunch of quality assets for your PowerPoint Video Library!

Plus, you can get 30 EXTRA BONUS templates by using this link ==> Reactive WITH BONUSES


  • Lon Naylor


FREE GrapVidty PowerPoint Video Template

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


GrapVidity Package with BONUSES:

Green Farm:


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.


PowerPoint Quick Access Toolbar Trick

As video creators using PowerPoint, one of the things I LOVE to do is use some of the new PowerPoint video templates coming out in recent years. Not lame & boring “corporate” and traditional slide decks but ones that are really pushing the visual and animation capabilities of PowerPoint.

You’ve seen me review and recommend these templates from several of my designer buddies in Indonesia like Levidio, Instavid, Decinema, and so on…

A couple of PPT tools are critical to being able to use & modify these kinds of templates:

  1. The Selection Pane
  2. The Animations Pane

In this tutorial, I’ll give you a sweet Quick Tip for accessing these two tools almost instantly (i.e. ONE CLICK) no matter what Ribbon Tab you happen to be on:

Being able to get around and work quickly is a big boost in productivity (and minimizing frustration & confusion) when working with advanced PowerPoint video templates!

Here are some of my favorite template bundles from top PowerPoint video designers:

  1. Levidio (with FREE template & tutorial)
  2. Magic Video 3.0 (with FREE template & tutorial)
  3. Decinema
  4. Kick Ass Videos
  5. Videoowide


  • 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


PowerPoint Effects That Bring Text To Life

PowerPoint is one of our favorite video content and graphics creation tools!

Here are two really sweet little known effects that are super easy you can use to (literally) help bring simple text to life – at least visually:

This trick uses the PowerPoint “Subtract” Merge feature to insert a picture inside of text. Did I mention that it is REALLY easy? It is! Once you know how. 😉


This next tutorial shows you how to create text that is basically “transparent” in that you can put it on top of any other elements (in either PowerPoint or Camtasia) and use it as a “mask”.

Again, really easy and very powerful visually. Use your imagination and see what creative uses you can come up with.

In fact, I used this technique in an experiment I did on using the new Camtasia 9 to create a “typography” video. Check this out and see if you can spot where I used the effect:

Pretty cool, eh? Yes, it’s a bit more advanced but, as you can see, the results are very interesting.

Both of these tricks come from our:

==> Screencast Video Coaching Weekly Webinars <==

Where we do this kind of thing all the time! Be sure to check it out.


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Lon Naylor



PowerPoint “Storyboard” Add-in

PowerPoint Storyboard is an add-in created for software developers to be able to use the graphics capabilities of PowerPoint to “mock up” what an app should look & feel like. It’s actually part of the Visual Studio development environment and helps teams of programmers all be on the same page as to what they are visually trying to create.

That’s great if you are a software coder but the cool thing is that we, as PowerPoint video content creators, can use the Storyboard libraries, functions, and features to catalog, store, and search for reusable assets to use in our video projects!

VIDEO 1: Here’s a quick Overview and Installation tutorial:

Here is the link to download the Team Foundation Storyboard Add-In:

DOWNLOAD ==> Storyboard Add-in

NOTE: Some folks have reported to me that Steps 2 & 3 might be unnecessary. Storyboard might just show up on your Ribbon after installing and re-launching PowerPoint.

As you can see, the possibilities for this handy tool are pretty amazing!

Want to get a couple THOUSAND PowerPoint Shapes & animations?

Check out ==>  Levidio Storyboard

Video 2: Where to Get MORE Storyboard Shapes

Here’s a quick tutorial on where to get more free shapes, a deal to bulk up your library, and some tips on using Storyboard:


Storyboard is pretty handy & all but it’s not completely “elegant” in what it can do. For example, you can’t rename the groups, easily add things into specific existing groups, etc.

But don’t worry…in the next videos, I’ll show you some simple workarounds that make Storyboard VERY useful for all of us as video creators!

Stay tuned…

  • Lon Naylor


How To Use PowerPoint Transitions as Animations

A LOT of folks work WAY too hard trying to get elements in their PowerPoint slide content to EXIT. Instead of adding a whole bunch of Exit Animations on a slide…try this little technique:

Using PowerPoint Transitions to perform exit animations is super quick & easy and beautifully effective WITHOUT all the work and frustration of trying to use Exit animations.

Keep it simple, right? 😉

Here is a link to get the Parentheses Open Template and Tutorial:

==> Parentheses Open Template

Of course, this won’t always be the way you want things to disappear from a slide. Sometimes you might want stuff to fly off or whatever…

BUT – if you didn’t know this transition tactic was an option? Now you do!

Please share and leave a comment!

– Lon Naylor

Chief PowerPoint Geek


How to Create a Parallax Effect in PowerPoint

You’ve probably seen WordPress and other websites lately that have a very slick-looking effect when you scroll down a page where a “background” image seems to lag the scrolling of other elements on the page.Parallax

This is called a “Parallax” Effect. Technically, a parallax effect is a trick on the eyes where as the viewpoint moves up and down, the objects in the distance appear to move more slowly than the objects close to the camera (image credit: Nathaniel Domek)

Here’s a tutorial (and template) that shows you how we can replicate this effect as a PowerPoint transition:


I created a sample set of slides that you can download and play with for creating your own Parallax Effect in your PowerPoint video projects:



Be sure to Subscribe to the PPTVideo YouTube Channel for more tips, tricks, and awesome PowerPoint tutorials for making videos:

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I’d love to hear your comments or questions so just leave ’em in the Comments section below and don’t forget to Share!

  • Lon

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:

Step 2: Grab your free Levidio Transition Template HERE:

Step 3: Grab your Camtasia Library asset HERE:

Step 4:

LIKE my PPTVideo Facebook Page to get the Registration links for the Bonus webinar workshops HERE:

Feel free to Comment with any questions!


– Lon Naylor


Using Levidio PowerPoint Templates

levideo-3-coverToday let’s get into a super sweet PowerPoint video project using one of the Levidio PowerPoint Templates. This is the first in a series of a bunch of PowerPoint video tutorials, templates, tips, and tricks I am working on! Think of it as a specific “toolkit” you can learn from and use in your PowerPoint & Camtasia video projects.

PART 1: Grab your free template

Download the Levidio “Photography” Slideshow template for FREE HERE (no opt-in required…just grab it!). P.S. – I used a technique to embed the required fonts right into the template so you shouldn’t need to install any fonts…

PART 2: Some tips & training

Watch this video tutorial for tips and tactics for using the Levidio Photography Template. You can use this to make any kind of fun, engaging slideshow video!

PART 3: Here’s what the finished video looks like

Watch this video to see my finished sample using the template in action. This was super easy and fun:

PART 4: Leverage PPT in Camtasia too

Think PowerPoint templates are JUST for making PowerPoint-only videos? Think again! Watch this tutorial on how I leverage PowerPoint templates in Camtasia Studio:

PART 5: Grab this free Camtasia Library Asset

Download this Camtasia Library ZIP File to use the cool “Camera Mask” Effect I did the demo of in Part 4 in your projects. To import this into your Camtasia Library just open Camtasia…go to File…Library…Import Zipped Library. Navigate to where you downloaded the file and you’re set.

PART 6: This is just the tip of the iceberg! 😉

Want more templates? Get a special limited time price on a pack of dozens of Levidio Video Templates:

Use my link HERE ==> Get LEVIDIO

And you will also get all the bonuses listed on this page: ==> Lon’s Levidio Bonuses

PLUS – HUGE EXTRA BONUS: Like my PPTVideo Facebook Page and I’ll be posting links to TWO live webinars (plus replay recordings) called: “How To REALLY Use The Levidio Video Templates”

That’s it for this week! If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment!

Lon Naylor




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How To Make A “Credit Roll” Animation in PowerPoint

Here’s a quick little tutorial on how to make a “credit roll” animation like you might see at the end of a feature film in PowerPoint.

It uses a hidden animation…