Tuesday, May 5, 2015

How to choose the optimal PowerPoint slide size for a SlideTalk video

Videos, both on YouTube and on the SlideTalk gallery are using a ratio 16:9. Unfortunately the default slide size for PowerPoint is using a ratio of 4:3, which leaves 2 characteristics black areas at the side of the video. See for instance the examples below:

How to change the slide size in PowerPoint to get slides in 16:9 format?

Open PowerPoint, click on the Design tab, choose Slide Size and select the Widescreen (16:9) option. As in the picture below:

We recommend to adjust the size of the slide before starting to work on a PowerPoint presentation, otherwise after changing the slide size you may need to review the design of your slides.


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