Up and Running with Prezi (2013)
Illustration by Petra Stefankova

Importing from PowerPoint


Up and Running with Prezi (2013)

with Lisa Larson-Kelley

Video: Importing from PowerPoint

Let's say you have an existing PowerPoint presentation Now we can select a sample PowerPoint to import.
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. Following along in this course
      2m 35s
    4. Dealing with updates
  2. 8m 24s
    1. What makes a good prezi?
      2m 48s
    2. Planning your presentation
      2m 47s
    3. Best practices
      2m 49s
  3. 7m 22s
    1. Understanding the online editor
      1m 22s
    2. Using the Prezi desktop
      6m 0s
  4. 19m 9s
    1. Creating an account
      2m 33s
    2. Creating prezis
      4m 15s
    3. Understanding the interface
      8m 9s
    4. Navigating the interface
      1m 3s
    5. Moving, scaling, and rotating with the Transformation tool
      2m 4s
    6. Understanding Home view
      1m 5s
  5. 10m 55s
    1. Using the Theme Wizard
      4m 45s
    2. Understanding 3D backgrounds
      1m 49s
    3. Importing from PowerPoint
      4m 21s
  6. 21m 25s
    1. Creating text
      4m 10s
    2. Creating frames
      3m 16s
    3. Drawing shapes
      5m 27s
    4. Adding diagrams
      4m 5s
    5. Adding web links
      4m 27s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Rotating and aligning elements
      5m 3s
    2. Layering elements
      1m 28s
    3. Grouping elements
      5m 23s
  8. 24m 23s
    1. Inserting images
      6m 43s
    2. Inserting video
      5m 3s
    3. Inserting sound
      1m 59s
    4. Inserting Flash files
      2m 54s
    5. Inserting files
      2m 23s
    6. Organizing assets
      1m 35s
    7. Navigating and rearranging with paths
      3m 46s
  9. 5m 29s
    1. Autoplaying the presentation
      1m 52s
    2. Adding frame animations
      3m 37s
  10. 5m 34s
    1. Editing with others in Prezi Meeting
      3m 43s
    2. Presenting remotely
      1m 51s
  11. 10m 2s
    1. Publishing your prezi
      2m 1s
    2. Configuring privacy settings
      2m 36s
    3. Embedding a prezi in a web site
      1m 59s
    4. Downloading a portable prezi
      3m 26s
  12. 9m 5s
    1. Approaches to presenting
      3m 6s
    2. Presenting from a browser
      1m 8s
    3. Portable prezis
      1m 21s
    4. Presenting from the desktop
      1m 43s
    5. Using Smart Zoom
      1m 47s
  13. 54s
    1. Next steps

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Watch the Online Video Course Up and Running with Prezi (2013)
2h 19m Appropriate for all Feb 21, 2013 Updated Nov 27, 2013

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In this course, author and sought-after presenter Lisa Larson-Kelley introduces Prezi, a cutting-edge tool for creating dynamic presentations. Discover how to add layers of meaning to static presentations with multimedia, spatial relationships, and movement.

The course demonstrates the features and benefits of an effective Prezi presentation, shows how to navigate the user interface, and explains how to create, animate, share, and publish a prezi. Plus, Lisa shows how to present your prezi to a remote audience, via a web browser or your desktop.

Topics include:
  • What makes a good presentation?
  • Creating an account
  • Understanding the Transformation Tool
  • Moving, scaling, and rotating
  • Using the theme wizard
  • Importing slides from PowerPoint
  • Adding text, shapes, and web links
  • Layering elements
  • Inserting images, video, and audio
  • Adding animation
  • Presenting remotely
  • Publishing your presentation
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Lisa Larson-Kelley

Importing from PowerPoint

Let's say you have an existing PowerPoint presentation and you want to upgrade it to a Prezi. You can do this fairly quickly by simply importing your PowerPoint or PPTX file. While using the PowerPoint import feature can be handy, I do have a warning for you. Often it's not a clean import. Sometimes there are items missing or images are not the best resolution or so on. So you'll likely have to plan to spend some time reworking and re-importing elements. And of course, Prezi isn't just a slide viewer. You definitely want to rearrange the content to take advantage of the spacial relationships and scaling available in Prezi.

You never want to import slides and just pan through your presentation. You may as well keep it in PowerPoint. Importing PowerPoint files into Prezi is a good way to get your assets in though. So it's a great feature to have. That being said, I'm going to go ahead and import a PowerPoint file into this clean version of our template. To do this, we'll go up to the top menu and click Insert and then choose PowerPoint. Now we can select a sample PowerPoint to import. This can be a PPT or PPTX file. I've provided this PowerPoint file in the free Exercise Files with this course, if you want to try this for yourself.

So I'll select it and click Open. And it takes a moment to read and convert all of the objects. And then it gives you a preview of what it ended up with. I can show you the original PowerPoint, so you can see what that looks like and then you can see the difference between the two. So as you can see there's a lot more going on in this original PowerPoint. There were background images and all the text is lined up correctly and so on. And back in Prezi, you can see that it changed our background to our default background color, that we used for the presentation. And it gave everything a green frame. Let me go ahead and import some of these.

You can do it, two different ways. You can drag and drop onto the canvas. And once it's in place, you can click the little check mark, and then it's there, in place. As you can see, there's no background here. The sales meeting text is not in 3D. And there's a line actually, between or, almost right over the text. So it's not ideal. It's a good starting point for the text, say this one here. I'll drag and drop it on. Zoom in. And there's some text here on the canvas, that if I change the color you can see.

So I didn't have to retype that which is nice. I can import the photographs this way too, which is really handy. But I'm going to go ahead and delete these individual slides and I'm going to import all of them at once. So I'll zoom back out and delete each of these. And if I just click Insert All you see I get an extra option here when I do it this way. You can now choose a specific layout that you'd like the slides to appear in. So for mine, I'm going to do a stairs layout because that sort of goes with our curve of our wave here.

You can also choose to add a path between your slides automatically. So it'll create those animations to transition from one slide to the next or from one frame to the next automatically. And that's with this check box here. So we'll leave that checked and click Insert. And it puts everything over here to the right, which you probably wouldn't want to keep there. But it's a good starting point, so I'll accept that by clicking on the check. You can see the images came in okay. And, we've got some text in here. And as we step through, you can see that it animates from one frame to the next frame.

So when we're all done, we can click on this little x here to get rid of this dialog, and we get an alert. Yes, we do want to Close the Import, we're done with this. Everything's imported. So while importing a PowerPoint file right into Prezi can often be a good way to convert an old PowerPoint to Prezi. It might not be the most efficient way, once you get familiar with building Prez's. I say go ahead and give it a try and based on the results, you can decide for yourself if it might be easier to start from scratch. We will be adding content into Prezi manually in upcoming lessons.

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