PowerPoint animation is (and should be) a subtle art. Don't go too crazy with it. In this video, students learn how to not go overboard with PowerPoint animations.
- [Instructor] I'm going to keep this lesson very simple and give you two things to remember when it comes to animation, because, well, with animation, this conversation can get quite complicated. So, here are the two things you need to remember, and I'm just going to tell you them right now. Number one, don't make people motion sick, and number two, don't forget that animation is a part of your message. It's true, there's a lot of new animation tools and effects to play with in PowerPoint these days between Morph and Zoom, and the new animated 3D models, but don't get caught up in the novelty of these new tools.
It's understandable that you'll want to use them in your next presentation, but the thing is, if the visuals, or the animations don't go with your message or help explain your point, you could damage your message. Not only will those animations make your audience sick, but they'll distract from your message, or worse, confuse or contradict it. For example, let's say I wanted to explain something a little bit more technical, like what a brute-force attack is. And in case you don't know what that is, it's when an attacker bombards a site by forcefully trying to crack a site's password, entering a bunch of different passwords in a row from a list of stolen, weak or commonly used passwords.
So, if we were to try to visualize that on a slide, what could that look like? Well, it could look like this. We could try to animate a bunch of bad passwords in text boxes in motion paths into a website and have them disappear. But, we have to be careful. We don't want those animations to be too distracting, and we don't want the text, like the passwords, to be too distracting or funny. And, here's what our final animation sequence might look like.
So, let me jump over to slideshow view. There it goes, and one of those passwords worked. Our site is now open. Now, what wouldn't work, and I see this all the time, is when people try to abstract the animations for complex topics, like if it's a computer topic like this one. There's almost always flying zeros and ones for some reason, and, unless you're teaching binary, that doesn't belong on your slide. And, this animation, this is just crazy.
There's so much happening here. It's distracting, and hard to look at. I can't imagine trying to listen to an explanation, and trying to learn about what a brute force attack is, while watching something like this. And, I bet you're having a hard time hearing me right now, so let's go ahead and escape out of that horror. So, bottom line, remember that your animations are a part of your message, and that your animations should never be the focus of your presentation.
They are simply there to help tell your story, not to be the whole story.
Note: This course was recorded in PowerPoint for Office 365. However, many of the tips will be useful to those working with Office 2019 and 2016.
- Animating with the Morph transition
- Inserting 3D models
- Turning on Microsoft Intelligence Services
- Mastering PowerPoint Designer
- Drawing and inking
- Recording a slideshow