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Topic: Animations synch with video

Hi,

Has anyone discovered a creative way to sync powerpoint animations with sidebar video? I am thinking to create a duplicate audio track and import it, then use the sync feature in the audio tab of presenter to get the animation scheme right. The audio track could then be muted so we don't have weird stereo effects. The thing we have done and had success with is manipulating animation scheme timings to get stuff to pop up when my presenter is talking about it. Neither of these would be something I would want to rely on though, takes lots of time.

If you have ideas, would love to hear them. We hope to use the sidebar video feature to create presentations that are fun and engaging, and are very optimistic about Presenter's potential. It would really help if there was a simple way to sync this up, and would expect that Adobe is already working on this for Presenter's next update. Thanks!

Daniel

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Re: Animations synch with video

So, if others are trying to do this, here is what we did that seemed to work. Created a duplicate audio track from the sidebar video BEFORE importing into Presenter. Imported video into sidebar, and imported audio using Presenter's audio import. Used the animation sync feature in the audio tab, then muted the video volume. Presenter is then using audio and video separately. It actually synched up perfectly.

The drawback is that video and audio can get out of sync, easily, especially if a participant manipulates the playback bar to fast forward, or does lots of pausing, etc. Let me know if you experiment with this and find a better way to do it.

Daniel

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Re: Animations synch with video

Daniel,

Thanks for sharing this with the ConnectUsers community. Hopefully we'll get some feedback from the community for you on this one.

Thanks!

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Re: Animations synch with video

Daniel,

Very interesting approach!  But I'd suspect that in addition to losing some level of control (from the end user's perspective... i.e. synch issues), the other thing to keep in mind is that you're running the risk of ballooning your presentation; meaning that the file size can artificially increase due to concurrent media (your audio that is!).  But I don't want to take away, or minimize, the idea you have in order to synch visuals/graphics/text elements to your video file.

I would, however, recommend yet another approach.  Since most likely the video you'll use in your presentation will result in an flv file, you might take a look at using an FLV player which can be installed and run right on your desktop.  This way, you can actually create a "time code shotlist" which can help in determining when your animated elements need to appear.  No messing around with sychronized timings...just take a short trip to the Audio Editor...drag the animation flags in the timeline to the appropriate timecode and you're done!

Lee Brimelow had an FLV player on his site, but now I can't find it.  I did, however, find this link from another flash video resource on the net:

http://www.flashguru.co.uk/free-tool-flash-video-player

Hope that helps!

Rob

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Re: Animations synch with video

Rob - great idea! Did not realize I could edit audio timings without having an audio track, of course, that works perfectly. Keeps things a lot simpler too.
Daniel