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Editing a PowerPoint presentation speech into a video

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NHS Systems Leadership presentation by Myron Rogers

After being commissioned to film and edit a video from the NHS workshop and learning day event (which was signed off and posted onto You Tube and embedded into an NHS newsletter), I was subsequently asked to deliver a second edited video to be created from some of the day’s original footage. This second follow-up video was required to specifically feature a PowerPoint presentation on Systems leadership workshop which had been given by Myron Rogers, one of several individual presentations which I had filmed during this NHS event at the Oval Conference Venue.

How to make the video edit work

The original presentation by Myron Rogers on Systems Leadership was over 15 minutes in duration. As I had originally been tasked to produce a film covering all the main events of the day, I had been busy filming audience cutaways whilst his presentation was in progress. Consequently, I only had some extracts of this presentation recorded in vision on camera. However, I had recorded the whole of the day’s audio from the PA mixer feed on my Tascam digital audio recorder so I knew it would be possible to make this second video edit work with the addition of selected stills and slides.

Editing a video with still photographs or graphic slides

So, I requested a copy of the original PowerPoint presentation from Myron so that I could export each of the slides as graphics and import them into my editing application, Avid Media Composer. I also contacted the photographer Mark Bothwell (who had also been covering the day’s events) to request copies of his stills so that I could use them within the edit if required and he kindly sent me a link to download them.

Editing down the presentation speech

In order to ensure that the final video was as concise as possible, I edited down the available audio and synced in the vision video extracts which I had filmed. Over time I was able to reduce the duration of the presentation, without losing any of the essential messages, to just under eight minutes.

With the main body of the presentation in good order, I then edited the PowerPoint slides into place. As I already had the available filmed shots of Myron in position, I painted in any remaining gaps with additional shots of the attendees I had filmed. After playing through the edit many times, I was able to fine tune the adjustments so that the final edit was as polished as possible and also reduced the duration further.

Getting feedback for the edit

When I was satisfied with the edit, I exported this second video and uploaded it to Vimeo and sent a private link to both Myron and my client for their feedback. After some minor changes of detail they requested, the video was signed off and uploaded to YouTube.

The day was organised by the Health Innovation Network together with the NHS London leadership Academy and NHS Kent, Surrey and Sussex Leadership Collaborative.

The final video is embedded into the Phillips Kay Partnership Ltd website.

If you would like advice on how to create a film of your presentation, workshop or training day events, please get in touch with me.

Julian Langham Producer Cameraman Editor for Video Production in the UK and abroad.

Mobile: +44 (0)7956 569758
Email: julian@julianlangham.co.uk

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