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Kick Ass Video Ads Template Review

Here’s my review & tutorial of another set of PowerPoint video templates from Lucas Adamski and Angel Corman.

CHECK THEM OUT HERE ==> Kick Ass Video Ads

Of course, I’ve scored a FREEBIE for you! Just click the link below to download, save to your hard drive, Open the file, and then follow along with the tutorial to see how to modify it to make your own PowerPoint video:

DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE  (Right-click…Save Link As) ==> Grooming Man Template

VIDEO TUTORIAL :

Kick-Ass Video Ads features 60+ premium quality,
highly engaging Powerpoint video ads templates
that you can quickly edit and customize.

Inside you’ll find templates in these categories:

* Display Video Ads
* Square Video Ads
* Social Banner Video Ads
* Ad Assets Packs

PROS:

  • Almost all of these templates seem pretty straightforward and easy to modify.
  • I particularly like the addition of the Ad Asset Packs which give you Copy / Paste assets you can use in any PowerPoint video project.
  • A very nice variety with LOTS of templates in different formats (widescreen and square)
  • The guys put together a basic tutorial that covers most aspects of the templates and it’s better than most of the tutorials for templates like these.
  • Unlike most template sets that give you NO idea of how to craft and effective message for the content of your video, the guys have put together a very decent 14 page report to help you write some good copy for the text of the templates!

DOWNLOAD THIS FREE REPORT PDF:

Of course, the design is very good and typical of the GraphicsMystic crew.

CONS:

  • As is typical with pretty much all PowerPoint templates, you can essentially forget about trying to adjust the timing of slides. They are what they are unless you are a true PPT ninja. If I want to adjust the durations of slides, I pull the Exported video into Camtasia and use the Extend Frame feature on slides to make things last longer…
  • No Developer Rights (use for client videos) in the Front-end offer. You have to get the Upsell for that but on the plus side, you get 30 more templates too.

UPSELLS:

OTO 1 ==> KAVA Elite Upgrade ($37)

  • Full Developer Rights to FE and OTO templates
  • 30+ Additional Templates

OTO 2 ==> KAVA Prime Reseller

  • You get reseller rights for 100% commissions when you sell KAVA Templates ($67)

I like to swipe slide elements and effects to use in other projects so I found a nice array of cool effects and slides in this package.

Overall, a good bunch of stuff at a very good price!

Questions or Comments? Leave them below. 😉

Thanks,

  • Lon Naylor

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

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 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

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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!

 

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. 😉

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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.

 

Be sure to sign up for my free PPTVideo Newsletter on the right side of this page so you never miss a tip, tutorial, template or resource! ==>

Leave your comments & Questions! And if you like this post, feel free to Share!

Enjoy,

Lon Naylor

 

 

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

 

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:

LINKS FROM VIDEO 2:

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:

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CLICK TO DOWNLOAD YOUR TEMPLATE

Be sure to Subscribe to the PPTVideo YouTube Channel for more tips, tricks, and awesome PowerPoint tutorials for making videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/createpptvideos

Have you checked out my PowerPoint For Video Design Course? Here’s a secret Coupon Code to get a whopping $50 off: pptips

Click HERE ==> PowerPoint For Video Course <==

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
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