Up and Running with Prezi (2013)
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Navigating and rearranging with paths


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Up and Running with Prezi (2013)

with Lisa Larson-Kelley

Video: Navigating and rearranging with paths

Up until now, we focused mainly on best practices and creating specific elements. But this lesson is where Prezi starts to take you places. Prezi is nothing without its zooms and pans. To create those animations, you'll use the Path tool, and I'll show you how it's done. Here I am in our example Prezi, where I have added a few elements and frames and cleaned up the Prezi a bit. I've tweaked the placement of everything. So it all kind of swirls nicely around the wave up to the logo. Your Prezi, if you've been following along and creating your own, is going to look a little different.
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  1. 5m 5s
    1. Welcome
      39s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 14s
    3. Following along in this course
      2m 35s
    4. Dealing with updates
      37s
  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
      54s

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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
Subjects:
Business Education + Elearning
Author:
Lisa Larson-Kelley

Navigating and rearranging with paths

Up until now, we focused mainly on best practices and creating specific elements. But this lesson is where Prezi starts to take you places. Prezi is nothing without its zooms and pans. To create those animations, you'll use the Path tool, and I'll show you how it's done. Here I am in our example Prezi, where I have added a few elements and frames and cleaned up the Prezi a bit. I've tweaked the placement of everything. So it all kind of swirls nicely around the wave up to the logo. Your Prezi, if you've been following along and creating your own, is going to look a little different.

Let's preview. I'll click on Present, allow full screen, and as you can see, as I advance through my path, using my arrow keys. At No Obstacles Inc., we strive to support lives that transcend. >> It just kind of randomly zooms and pans around, since I haven't really paid much attention to my path yet. So, to get back to the editor. I will hit the X and then zooming out, using the Home button. And now, over here on the left, in the Path Panel, you can see I have a bunch of frames. You can scroll through all the frames that I have here, and then I want to click on this little pencil to open up the Path Editor.

And now, the path is visible right here on the canvas. We can follow it from one item to the next. Now, if I drag and drop frames to rearrange them, my path actually changes over here on the right. And I can even add new frames to the path by mousing over a portion of the path and then grabbing the little plus icon and attaching it to whatever frame I want to appear in the path at that point. Just drag it on there, and the frame appears over here on the left. So in this way, I can add a frame, a single object, or a group to my path very easily.

Now if your path is kind of like mine, looking like spaghetti, you might consider clearing the path entirely and building it from scratch. Let's go ahead and do it. Go to the bottom here, and click Clear All. And all my frames disappear. All the content stays there on the canvas, but the frames and my path is all gone. And now, with Edit Path Mode on here, I can start clicking on items, and it will add them to my path in order. So I'll start down here. And I'll just go around this wave here, adding each of my frames in order.

And now, I have a nice, clean, new path. So let's preview this. It's very important that you exit out of Edit Path Mode first. So, I'll click on the pencil to do that. And now, let's present and we'll step through each of these frames using my arrow keys. So now, we have a Prezi. I'm going to jump back out by clicking the X, going back to Edit mode, and then zooming out to the home View by clicking the Home button.

And now, that we have these frames on our path, we can drag them around to rearrange the animation order, if there's something that we didn't like. So, for example, I would like to end on the logo instead of the video. So, I'm going to scroll down here and just swap the order. And I want that logo to be last. So your paths can get pretty complex by the time you're done with your Prezi. It's not uncommon for my Prezis to have 50 path points or more. Now you know how to work with paths and frames to get your presentation moving.

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