SlideWise’s New Transition Audit!

Slidewise, v1.8, has a new amazing feature – a slide transition audit! The dev team at Neuxpower was super responsive when I suggested a slide transition audit. And the final release is better than my simple description and request! Here is a quick look at the feature:

Open a presentation (that is a local file, no support for Teams/network files – yet). If running version 1.8 or higher, a new icon is available in the nav bar.

The Transitions tab shows an audit of the presentation showing what transition is set for each slide, the duration of the transition, and if an auto advance has been set. On this example presentation I can within moments identify:

  1. a slide with no transition
  2. a slide with a different/longer transition duration
  3. a slide using a different transition than the others (TIP: I always inspect Morph transition slides to assure the content is set for Morph – eg. there is content on the previous slide connected to content on the Morph transition slide. If not, the Morph transition is just a long fade transition).

The default view is displaying in slide order. But the information can be filtered to sort by transition type (eg. see all of the FADESMOOTHLY transitions grouped, the MORPH transitions grouped, etc.), duration or auto transition.

But wait there is more!! This is not just a super helpful, consolidated list of all slide transitions. Click any specific slide (highlighted in green in below image), that slide is selected and updates to that slide can be made on the Transitions tab.

The Slidewise add-in website is here.

Troy @ TLC

By |2022-07-22T12:30:45-07:00July 25th, 2022|PowerPoint, Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp – Creating a Dynamic Presentation Title Slide

Clipchamp is a video editing app purchased by Microsoft that TLC will be using in the future to do quick, simple video editing for our PowerPoint presentations. In this post, we will be creating a speaker intro video “slide.” We will be exporting a template background from PowerPoint and use it as a video to show a seamless integration.

Export your PPT background to upload to Clipchamp or if you already have the file, you do not need to export it from PPT but make sure it’s the same crop & size. Here I’m saving out a headshot image.


Create a new video from your Clipchamp dashboard.

Upload your media. Here I’m using an exported headshot from my PPT slide. When your files are done uploading, drag your media onto the timeline.

Add text by clicking on the Text tab from the left-hand side of the menu.

Select your desired text effect and drag it to the timeline. Edit text, font, colors, and more in the top bar menu when your text is selected.


When you’re done, export your video at the highest resolution possible.

A new screen will render your video and you can save it to your computer.

Open up PowerPoint and insert your new video.

Size the video to take up the entire width & height of your slide. Send your video to back so you can add more text or images if needed.

Here is an example of our slide in action:

[videopack id=”16176″][/videopack]

By |2022-06-22T12:24:46-07:00July 14th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp – Is It Free?

Clipchamp is confusing – at least right now. It has a free plan. It has levels of paid plans. For this blog series, everything has been created using the free plan. The paid plan does not look to add more capabilities, but additional resources; video, audio, images and cloud storage.


The pricing page of the website lists 4 levels of pricing and plans, each monthly and yearly billing available.

I believe the free plan has the video editing options needed for presentation needs.

Troy @ TLC

By |2022-06-22T12:25:08-07:00July 12th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp EXTRA

To add text, click on the text tab on the left-hand side. Here I’ve selected the text animation “Quick Peek”. You can move it’s placement on the screen by selecting it, and a teal outline will appear.

A new window will appear. This is where you will edit your video. You can start from scratch or choose one of Clipchamp’s templates.

Don’t forget to name your file!

Import your media. Here I’ve imported a video to use as a background and our TLC logos.

Drag your media and place it on the timeline.

To add a transition effect, click on the transitions tab on the left-hand side. Choose a transition and drag it in-between two videos or images.

Here I’ll add a transition to the two logos. Our TLC logo will first appear white, then transition into color.

To add music, click on the Music & SFX tab. There is free music included in the free plan. You can type in “Free” to narrow down the free music available. Find a tune you like and drag it into the timeline or click on the teal plus sign button in the corner.

Click on volume or fade to adjust some of the music’s settings.

The graphics tab lets you add some extra content and features to your video. See more options by scrolling over the last square. Graphics will appear in your timeline at the top as a pink bar. You can change the length by pulling on the side of this bar.

Backgrounds- You can add a colored background to your timeline.

Overlays- You can add animated overlay effects and change the color of them. Add a filter to the color, adjust it’s exposure, saturation, temperature and contrast, and add a fade in/out effect.

GIPHY – Add a GIF to your video.

Stickers – Add a sticker to your video.

When you’re done editing your video, click export to choose your output resolution. A new screen will appear while your video is rendering.

When it’s done you’ll have the option to save it to your computer or upload it to a social media or cloud site.


Here is what our final video looks like:

[videopack id=”16136″]‐-Made-with-Clipchamp.mp4[/videopack]




By |2022-06-27T10:57:06-07:00July 8th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp – Text-to-Speech

Clipchamp has an amazing a text-to-speech feature!

With text-to-speech, type in the text and Clipchamp’s AI engine will add the typed text as a human voice.

In Clipchamp, start a new video project, click “Record & Create” on the left, and click the “Text to speech” button.

In the pop-up window, type or paste in the text that will be spoken.

  • Select the LANGUAGE (wow!)
  • Select the VOICE from the 20+ options.
  • Select the SPEED the text is spoken (eg. for a narration, slower. For an announcement, faster).
  • TIP: click the PREVIEW play button to hear the spoken text. Update any of the options (eg. different voice or speed) and click the preview again.
  • Clicking “SAVE TO MEDIA” adds to the video timelines – and no further editing (just repeat the above process with a new speech to text if an edit is needed).

A new element is added to the timeline. There are some additional editing options to the video timeline text, such as Fade in/out.


EXPORT the video. This creates a video with no image, just the audio. Unfortunately, Clipchamp does not let you only export audio. Either insert the video file off slide, which adds the audio to the slide. Or use another app to convert the video file to a .mp3 audio file to insert onto the slide.

Our demo – we used a few of the preset text animations to create a demo video of the same phrase spoken by 5 of the different voices in the Clipchamp text-t0-speech library.

Here is what is sounds (and looks) like:

[videopack id=”16339″][/videopack]


By |2022-06-29T08:56:16-07:00July 1st, 2022|Software/Add-Ins, Tutorial|

ClipChamp – Video Templates

Clipchamp is a great video-editing app similar to others, like Canva or Camtasia, that has simple to use video editing features. We wanted to experiment with some of the built in/preset options for adding text, text animations and text effects to a video. There are a number of preset templates, and we used one for this post to create a video with video, animated text and other effects.

Open Clipchamp, click “Create a video” and then “Templates” on the left. Roll over each template to see an animated demo. And finally, choose one of the preset templates for the video.


After selecting a templates, the media bin has default content added and the video timeline is populated using the default content with preset animations. The magic of these preset templates is how easy it is to replace the default content with your content (videos, images, etc.).

First, add the real content to the Media Bin. Then select each real media and drag it over the preset media on the timeline. The default (and animated) content is replaced, keeps all of the animations (transitions, motion, etc.) and builds an animated video quickly.

Text elements are a slightly different process. Double click text on the timeline, then highlight and change to the text needed for the video. For this example let’s add a new text element to the template. Go to the “Text” tab on the left. Rollover each to see an animated demo. We are adding the “quick peek” text by dragging it onto the timeline.

Select the text on the timeline. Then in the upper left, click the Text button. Update the default text to the needed text. Update the font if desired. Use the other buttons to update the color and styling.

Clipchamp has many animated text options. The “Rating” preset has animated stars. The “Credits Roll”, which was added after the preset video content, quickly added the rolling text seen at the end of the video (a background image using the “Graphics” tab and a “Swipe” effect between the ocean background and the black screen were also easy additions to the video).


And the result was this video that is ready to be added to a slide, used for social media, or part of a larger video project!

[videopack id=”16359″][/videopack]


By |2022-06-28T13:58:57-07:00June 29th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp Mobile App

We have focused on Clipchamp’s video editing capabilities, using the desktop version. Knowing Clipchamp has a mobile app, we explored it (spoiler alter – we were disappointed by the capabilities…).

Installing the Clipchamp mobile app is fast and easy. On either IOS or Android, search for “Clipchamp” in the app store. Click GET to download and install.

On the first run, click LOGIN and add same account information as the desktop install is setup with.

The iPhone’s app interface looks different from the online browser or desktop app. The mobile version does not have ability to work with multiple videos and in general has limited video editing capabilities, favoring preset templates. Currently it is very social media video focused.

To create a video, click the “+” button, or select a template option. The default is to record a new video. There is an option to upload an existing video.

Name the video, add text overlays, music, images from the camera roll or Clipchamp’s stock media.

When done, export in selected video quality.

When done, export in selected video quality. Your video will download or you have the option to share it to social media.

The mobile app is good for creating a simple video quickly. But it currently has a very limited set of editing options over the desktop app for any real video editing needs.

By |2022-06-27T10:49:58-07:00June 27th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp Screen Capture Videos

The Clipchamp video editing app also has a video screen capture feature. Capture on-screen content such as a software demo. The video can also record your live narration, or include you via live webcam.


For this post, let’s go with a software demo that we want to include as a video on a slide.

  • Open Clipchamp
  • Click “Create a video” on the top right.
  • On the RECORD & CREATE tab=choose the type of content (screen & camera, camera only, screen only).
  • OR, use the quick access “START WITH A RECODING” section on the main screen and choose the type of content (screen & camera, camera only, screen only).

  • The pop-up in the lower left is the screen recording dock. The red button is how the screen capture is started. The Mic icon – if recording a narration – is where the record mic setup. The record duration starts when the record button is clicked.

  • RED means ready to record. PURPLE means the recording is in process.

  • TIP: one really nice option is the “retake recording” available on the screen-sharing notification bar.

  • After stopping the screen capture record, Clipchamp’s post editing options can be used to add music, accent graphics, text, transition effects and more.

  • Export the video and add it to the presentation slide!


By |2022-06-22T13:00:07-07:00June 24th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins, Tutorial|

Clipchamp and Apple ProRes Videos

Apple ProRes is a video CoDec (a video codec is the process of COmpressing a video into a file format, as example .MP4, .AVI or .MOV, and then DEcompressing it when played). Apple ProRes is a super high quality codec, but unfortunately Windows OS does not recognize Apple ProRes, making it difficult to work with these super high quality, and generally professional video files on a Windows computer.

An amazing thing we discovered at TLC Creative is Clipchamp recognizes ProRes videos – on a Windows computer! This means Clipchamp can be used, on a Windows computer, to convert a PreRes video to a standard .MP4 video that Windows, and PowerPoint can use.

Here is my test video. It is a whopping 4.88GB (!) and .MOV file format in Apple ProRes.

  • First – launch Clipchamp
    • TIP: running Clipchamp as a local app is going to be MUCH faster to load the 5GB file vs. having it upload to the Clipchamp servers if running as a web-app.
  • Open the ProRes encoded video in Clipchamp.
  • Add to video timeline.
  • Export the video.

TIP: Clipchamp only creates .MP4 video files, which work on all computers, all web browsers, and all applications.

And the final task is to add the new version of the video to your presentation!



By |2022-06-22T13:00:11-07:00June 22nd, 2022|Software/Add-Ins|

Clipchamp – Create an Instagram Video Compilation

A common presentation request (for TLC Creative) is “Let’s add these videos from our Instagram account.” So, for this post let’s download some Instagram videos and create a video collage for the presentation (4 videos that transition at :20, :38, 1:15, 1:39).

Downloading Instagram videos is the first step. There are many third-party apps and websites for downloading videos from links.

  1. Open the Instagram video on the Instagram site.
  2. Click the 3 dot menu in the upper right.
  3. Use the third-party app/website of your choice to download each video (which is generally pasting the Instagram video link into the app).


Create your video in Clipchamp:

  1. To create the video collage for the presentation, open Clipchamp and click “Create a video.”
  2. Name the video by clicking on the “untitled video” (I called this one “Instagram compilation”).
  3. Instagram is a tall, or portrait, aspect ratio. Use the aspect ratio button on the right and change the aspect ratio to 9:16.
  4. Add the Instagram videos. Click the “+” button on the left menu and drag-and-drop videos.
  5. Add videos to the timeline, and confirm playback order.
  6. Add transitions between each video. Select a transition effect on the left and drag it to the “+” icon between the videos (a pop-up that says “Add transition” will appear).
  7. Add videos to the timeline, and confirm playback order.
  8. Add transitions between each video. Select a transition effect on the left and drag it to the “+” icon between the videos (a pop-up that says “Add transition” will appear).
  9. TIP: the transition duration can be adjusted. Click the transition between the videos, then the “Duration” button at the top, and adjust.
  10. Export the video and add to the presentation!
  11. Your video will start to render. Once it’s completed, you can download it to your computer or share it with Clipchamps other options.

Once the video has downloaded to your computer, you can insert it into a PowerPoint slide. This is a great way to piece together multiple videos, which PowerPoint doesn’t feature yet.

By |2023-12-21T16:21:05-07:00June 17th, 2022|Software/Add-Ins, Tutorial|
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