Creating animations for LED panels using powerpoint
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- change slide master to 24 x 6.4. To do this, go to the view tab, click slide master. Click on the top most slide on the left hand panel, then click on "slide size" on the ribbon. Click "custom slide size" and change the height and width.
- Find/make your graphics. these can be images or vectors, but bear in mind the low resolution of the display.
- To animate elements, go to animations tab. select item, click on the type of animation, then tune the effect options amd timing. Showing the Animation Pane may help if you have anything complicated
- To record the slideshow and create the video, go to the slideshow tab and click screen recording
- The presentation may get minimised and replaced by a recording toolbar. Re-maximise the presentation (the recording toolbar will stay visible on top)
- Using the select area tool from the recording toolbar, select the slide outline so that its highlighted by a red dashed rectangle.
- Navigate back to the animations tab on the ribbon
- Click the record button on the recording toolbar. a 3 second countdown timer will start
- Once the recording starts, click the animation preview button (top left)
- Stop the recording (by pressing the square in the recording toolbar) when the animation is complete. a video of the animation will be inserted into the slide
- Right click on that video and click "save media" save the mp4 file
- Go to https://cloudconvert.com/mp4-to-gif and upload the mp4 for conversion to gif. Click the spanner icon to change the default settings. use a custom resolution of 250 x 64, a video codec of gif and a frame rate of 15FPS. You can also trim the start or end if needed, e.g. if you were a little slow with triggering the animation or stopping the recording.
- Click convert, then download the result
note: exact process may vary slightly with different versions of powerpoint, but the functionality should still be available with any relatively modern version. Instructions here are specifically for PowerPoint 2013