creating a PowerPoint presentation to show in
a videoconference, it is important to think about
good visibility. Keep in mind that far-end site
monitors range from 27" to 36", with
the majority using 32" screens. Also keep
in mind that videoconference participants will
be sitting at least 10 feet from the TV monitor
during a conference. Finally, keep in mind that
showing a computer presentation on a TV screen
can cause blurriness in the TV image.
all this in mind, make sure your PowerPoint
slides feature large-size text with high contrast
between the text and the background. Also note
that a bright-white background is TOO bright.
We highly recommend you take your PowerPoint
presentation for a "road test" by
reviewing it on your videoconference equipment
before showing it during an actual videoconference.
The most efficient way to create a PowerPoint
presentation is to set up a master slide template
that contains a background and font style that
will carry through all of your slides. If you
select "View" from your toolbar and
then select "Master" and then "Slide
Master" you can make changes to your master
slide and create a video-friendly presentation.
PowerPoint has an array of templates, many of
which do not work well for video.
Tahoma & Verdana (these two fonts were designed for computer screens)
Arial, Helvetica, Palatino, MS Sans Serif, Lucida Sans
18 points minimum
24-32 points optimal
and mild yellow
non-saturated colors (no fluorescents)
||dark blue is best
must be high-contrast so fonts show up:
use dark background with light text
use light background with dark text
should be inset 1 inch from all edges of
Examples of video-friendly templates:
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