Learn why animating in PowerPoint is advantageous. Author Heather Ackmann makes a compelling case for PowerPoint as a viable animation tool that can save graphic artists and business professionals alike time and money.
- [Instructor] When most people think animation, they usually don't think of PowerPoint as the tool of choice. But there is an argument and some might argue a strong one, for knowing how to animate in PowerPoint. A lot of business professionals and information workers, not to mention executives with the money and final say on projects, already have PowerPoint installed on their work computers, but typically do not have other tools or software like After Effects. PowerPoint licenses are also much cheaper and lightweight.
Perfect for small businesses and nonprofits watching expenses and can now be run across multiple devices, even small smartphones making work very portable. As such, sharing files and contributing, collaborating, offering feedback and approval on project files is a lot simpler. Even if an animation sequence will eventually be completed in a program like After Effects, doing a quick and dirty demo to show a client or executive in a tool like PowerPoint can save a lot of time during the production process.
As such, knowing how and when to animate in PowerPoint has its advantages. To a designer or an artist, it's as convenient as knowing how to draw on napkins. And to a complete newbie to presentations and animation, PowerPoint is the perfect beginner's tool because the learning curve is so small. There are some things that you can animate much faster in PowerPoint than you can in After Effects or Flash, but that will come at a cost.
It won't be the quality animation you'd get from pro animation tools. You can, however, bring in animations created in other programs like Cinemagraphs for example and drop them into PowerPoint as video or gifs which you can learn how to do by watching some of our other PowerPoint courses as that is a little outside the scope of this course. In this course though, we will be focused entirely on creating and honing our animation skills, learning what PowerPoint can do with animation and what and how we can animate in PowerPoint.
Oh, and by the way, all these animations were created entirely in PowerPoint.
- Layering objects for animation
- Creating and formatting shapes
- Adding and formatting x-ray shapes
- Using kinetic typography
- Working with the advanced timeline
- Using flip-book animations
- Using the new Office 365 Morph transition
- Animating slides and objects to music
- Exporting as a video