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Posted on 2016-08-05
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We have made a movie from within a Microsoft PopowrPoint file but it never run correctly sequence; that is, it would display various slid repeatedly.  When we run the file as a "presentation" works fine, but exporting as a movie, it screws up.

What are we doing wrong? Help!
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Which version of PowerPoint are you using?

Also, try rebooting and making sure you don't open any other programs while you're doing the export.
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HI! version 2010.

Prior placing the question we did the usual things like clean up temp data, reboot, solely run the apps, etc.

Still problem.
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I can't think why this would happen. It's not a common issue.

do you have automatic timings on all the slides, or did you use the option to use the same timing for all slides when you export the video?

Also, it renders the video in real time. So if the presentation takes 5 minutes, it will take about 5 minutes to render. You're just letting it do its thing that entire time, right?

Do you have access to a newer version of PowerPoint, by any chance?

Can you upload the presentation someplace? I am happy to try to create the video for you using PPT 2016 on a PC. Maybe it will work better.
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by:rayluvs
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Answers:

"do you have automatic timings on all the slides, or did you use the option to use the same timing for all slides when you export the video?"

- never change timing; left as is.

"You're just letting it do its thing that entire time, right?"

- yes

"Do you have access to a newer version of PowerPoint, by any chance?"

- yes, tried the latest version

"Can you upload the presentation someplace?"

- Yes (it's long so will cut it down and replace sensible data for this purpose
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If you cut it down and export the video, does it still skip? Just wondering if cutting it down will end up throwing us a red herring.
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The pptx file is 300mb and when exported as clip (.wmv) the size is 10mb.

Will try to cut it down and see, but prior placing the question, we did rearrange pages within the pptx to see if something wrong, and still same error when exported as video clip.
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I have a feeling the fact that it's 300 mb is the problem. Can you divide it up and make the movies and then put them back together in Camtasia or another video editing program?
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That doesn't make sense.  Are you saying that to make a successful movie from a pptx, it has to be less than 300mb or a specific MB size?
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No, I'm not saying that. I'm saying that it sounds like something is going awry here, and I imagine it's resources related. A smaller file will tax your resources less. It's definitely worth testing a smaller subset of the file and seeing if that behaves the same way.
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Oh ok, you mean for testing reasons.  Ok, will do.
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Don't know what happened, but it exported the clip perfect!

We really would like to know what we did to have this going.

FYI, before having work ok, we tried on version 2010 and the latest version of PP with no success.

Before closing the question, we would like possible comments or observation of how this could be avoided in the future.

Thanx
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Note, we selected the entry as a solution because maybe we did something in the slides as for timing beside other thing (nevertheless, we don't know what fixed it this is just an assumption).
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