Converting Power Point Files for Vegas

FlashGordon wrote on 9/12/2012, 6:20 PM
I'm trying to take a PowerPoint presentation and insert each "Slide" into Vegas so that we can do a new audio track to go with the slide show. In PowerPoint I have options for saving the slides as TIFFs or JPEGs which I then can place into a video track in Vegas but when I do, they become too blurry to use. In Microsoft PowerPoint they look fine but when I convert the files / slides to use in Vegas I lose resolution. Any ideas out there?


Chienworks wrote on 9/12/2012, 7:06 PM
What size (pixel dimensions) are the images? What are your project settings? Do they come close to the size of the images?

Try setting Vegas' preview to Best/Full and turn off Scale Video to Fit Preview Window. That will show you the resolution that Vegas is actually using.
FlashGordon wrote on 9/12/2012, 7:47 PM
Thanks so very much, that helped a lot. I burned a trial DVD with Architect and the video looks very good. Not great but hell, they are converted TIFF files not video. Now I just need to make the TIFFs a little smaller as they are bigger than the video frame. How do I make them smaller in the video track so I can see them in their entirety?
Ecquillii wrote on 9/13/2012, 11:52 AM
Maybe a little late, and maybe not quite what you're looking for, but this link How to change the resolution of a slide that you export as a picture in PowerPoint has a registry hack for exporting slides in custom sizes. Choose the size that matches your project. (I would also consider exporting as PNGs.)

rraud wrote on 9/13/2012, 12:31 PM
Alternately you could extract the graphic from PP, open in your favorite photo editor and re-size the pic or change the canvas size, then save as a PNG.

To extract pictures from the PPT slideshow, export the Powerpoint Presentation as an HTML web page. Choose 'File> Save As' and select .html from the File Format drop down.
Alternatively, you may choose 'File> Save As' and choose an image format like JPG or PNG - this will save the entire presentation slides as numbered images.
rs170a wrote on 9/13/2012, 7:23 PM
If it's not too late, give this handy PowerPoint macro a try.
It allows you to specify the output size that you want which results in much cleaner slides in your video.
Once you launch it, there are several screens that tell you what to do.