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Sunday, July 18, 2010

PowerPoint 2010 Adds Broad Array of Video Capabilities

Microsoft Office PowerPoint is one of the most widely used and recognized products in the world. How do you begin creating its next version? For Barn-Wan Li—a 14-year Microsoft veteran—it started with a trip to the library, where he picked up a copy of "PowerPoint for Dummies."
For two-plus years, Barn-Wan Li and his team worked to add audio- and video-related features to Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010.
For two-plus years, Barn-Wan Li and his team worked to add audio- and video-related features to Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010.

"For people who are engineers, it's harder to get a feel of what the common business user is going through," says Li, a senior developer on the PowerPoint team in Mountain View, California. "Reading books like that is one way to find out what users consider to be the limitations and pain points."

Li and his team found that one area for improvement was with PowerPoint's video and audio features. After two-plus years, the result is PowerPoint 2010, which addresses many common audio-video issues and goes a step beyond.

As Li explains it, the new PowerPoint lets users embed YouTube videos; export their presentation to video as a multimedia experience with narration, music, video and slides all included; overlay text and composite effects to a video; and more easily send presentations with transcoding and compression tools. Users can also choreograph video, audio and slide animations so all the elements in their presentations are tightly synchronized.

Also included are capabilities that allow users to edit video right in PowerPoint, including trimming video and adding fades.

"A lot of these features are of course getting a lot of attention, especially from a user excitement standpoint," Li says. "The interesting thing will be how people push the envelope and really make creative use of some of these features."



Source:- http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2010/apr10/04-23PowerPoint2010.mspx

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