The term animation can be used in a number of ways in relation to your PowerPoint presentation:
- PowerPoint Animations: Using Power Point tools to set the the way items (text, bullets, images, etc.) move on a slide during a slide show
- Animated PowerPoint Backgrounds: a video or moving background that serves as the entire background of a slide in your presentation.
- Other animated media to insert in PowerPoint:
Like inserting pictures in your slides, you can also insert a Flash animation or a moving piece of clip art (like an animated gif) in your presentation.
Using Animation tools in PowerPoint. PowerPoint animation tools give you
the ability to move objects on a slide during a presentation. Letís say that you have added a picture to one of your slides, but you want to talk about the image before displaying it to your audience. You can simply select one of the many animation presets available in PowerPoint to do this. For example, you might animate the picture by choosing Fade In to delay the appearance.
PowerPoint also includes tools you can use to design custom animations. These may be simple or quite complex.
Regardless of the method you choose, you can create an animation
on a single slide or apply a specific animation to all slides using the slide master in PowerPoint.
Animated PowerPoint Backgrounds. Video backgrounds add drama and a professional flair to your presentations. Download
a free animated PowerPoint background from our new Video Backgrounds collection.
Video in PowerPoint can have titles and text on top.
Just use one of the free tools - Windows MovieMaker or Appleís iMovie - to make your own custom video background.
Follow the simple instructions to put titles over the video in Windows and insert your animation into
If you use a MAC for PowerPoint, check out iMovie from Apple. This is another free tool that allows you to insert animated PowerPoint backgrounds with titles. Lots of other Mac PowerPoint resources are here.
Adding Animation by adding inserting Flash animations to your presentation.
To play an animated Flash file in your presentation, make certain that the Adobe Flash Player is installed on your computer, then follow these steps (in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003):