I'm editing a show for a client who wants me to use his powerpoint slides for his graphics. These slides are quite busy with charts and graphs. I'm editing in a 720X486 program. What's the best way to import these slides? What size and resolution should I use? Should they be interlaced? Should I adjust them in Photoshop? Any help would be greatly appreciated
if you have access to a sony1024 multimedia switcher, you can hook up your media100 and laptop to it and do a real time record with builds and set your edges. its NTSC, so ther ewill be some quality loss, but its super quick and easy
I tend to go into powerpoint and first export the slides as JPEGs complete, then go through them removing all the text, (leaving just the backgrounds, charts, pics etc)then export those as JPEGS as well.
In Boris I then import the full JPEGs and shrink down so that they are in a box within the titlesafe area and put a suitable background behind it. If the PP was made to be seen in a large room, I often find that the slides are OK on their own, usually only requiring a levels/gamma change and the 1:2:1 Deflicker to get rid of interlace noise. This last one does tend to give a soft, but not overly unpleasant feel - you just have to decide on a slide by slide basis.
If I encounter a particularly bad slide, either due to size of text etc or layout issues, I can then go back to the "blank" slide I exported and use Boris to Generate new text. Sometimes you are forced to hop into photoshop to do things like thicken lines in graphs etc. Also you can often pop back into Power Point to make adjustments there.
All of these slides have small number figures and thin lines. They also tend to vibrate on screen. Basically they are sales charts with fine print small headings. Many have red lines which seem to bleed on screen. Any further suggestions? Should I have the client create these with thicjer lines? There's going to be about 30 of them. Yikes!
Do you have Boris? If so the 1:2:1 Deflickering option in the local project settings will help with the vibrating lines etc. The colours can be tamed with a levels adjustment and probably a desaturation. If you have powerpoint yourself you may be able to make lines thicker by adjusting the settings of the charts, otherwise it may well be a good idea to ask the client to make the adjustments for you.
I also found that often although the whole chart was presented in the Powerpoint presentation, only a small portion was being highlighted by the speaker. Presenting this portion as a zoomed in section floating over the top of the whole chart often allowed it to be large enough to work in video.