A little more info..
Each of my image files are at 960x720 resolution. I read that the ideal resolution for still images in video is 1000x750, so I"m close.
Unfortunately, the transition from PowerPoint to Premiere Elements is not a smooth one. PowerPoint just doesn't produce a clean enough image, and, once your stills are reduced to video resolution, the text invariably never looks clean enough in Premiere Elements.
The best solution is to recreate the slides in Premiere Elements with the titler.
I'm sure you don't want to do that though, since it's a 40 minute presentation.
So second best solution is to use a slideshow creator, like Pro Show Gold. It won't give you video -- but it will produce a very clean slideshow from you slides.
I have found that for sharp images from PowerPoint, I really need to recreate them from the images and with Titles in the NLE. I will most often just recreate these in Photoshop, and Save_As a PSD. The quality from PowerPoint, as Steve says, is mediocre at the very best.
Thank you Steve and Bill. I guess it's better to learn at some point, even late in the process. Thank you both very much!!
Steve Grisetti wrote:
Unfortunately, the transition from PowerPoint to Premiere Elements is not a smooth one. PowerPoint just doesn't produce a clean enough image
Getting a clean image out of PowerPoint (or other elements of Ms Office) always proved difficult (I believe) because of the Metafile format. This always seemed to dupe most image capturing software (pixellation, tears, noise, false colour backgrounds).
However there has always been one piece of software, on every Windows PC sold, that deals with it beautifully - the oft derided MS-Paint application. I've always been able to get a good clean image by copying an image from PowerPoint, pasting it into MS-Paint and then saving it out as .BMP for further processing. There is a symmetry here with PRE workflows - trying to get an image into a format that can be easily edited.
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