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Multimedia Presentations 101

What are they, how to use them, and some tips and content ideas to get you up and running fast. Videos, audio narration and custom transitions are some of the topics covered below.  Get in touch with any questions on hiring Jon to help create your next project.

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What Is a Multimedia Presentation

If you’ve ever given a presentation in school, office meeting, or general lecture…chances are you’ve created a presentation before. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ve used PowerPoint at some point in your life to create this presentation. But what makes a regular PPT presentation a multimedia presentation?

What makes a multimedia presentation different than the average PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presenter software, is the fact that a multimedia presentation incorporates both audio and visual elements to captivate an audience. It can be used for anything from lectures, trainings, presentations, or even marketing campaigns. Multimedia presentations can range from simple PowerPoint slideshows to complex video productions.

Other popular elements of a multimedia presentation  will range from stock photos, audio narration, background music, custom transition animations, animated icons, and even sound effects. While the setting and types of presentation may vary, the core purpose of the multimedia presentation is to deliver the message to a group or audience. 

Unlike a PowerPoint presentation however, the term “multimedia presentation” is more commonly used in the business or corporate setting. Companies will use them in trade show displays, explainer videos that demonstrate how their product or services is best suited for their customer. All multimedia presentations however start off in the same manner as a PowerPoint does, a blank canvas or document that outlines what content (text, photos, ideas) must be presented by the time the presentation has finished.

(created for a past client)

Advantages of multimedia presentations

One of the major benefits of using a multimedia presentation is to allow for different types of learning styles. Auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners all learn differently, so incorporating multiple types of multimedia will help ensure that everyone in the audience is able to comprehend your message.

Another advantage of using multimedia is that it keeps your audience engaged. If you have a longer presentation, visuals can help break up the monotony of simply talking and help keep listeners’ attention. Audio elements such as music and sound effects can also be effective in keeping a consistent flow to the presentation.

Developing an outline for a multimedia presentation

When creating an outline for your multimedia presentation, it’s important to start by identifying the key points that you want to make. This will serve as a roadmap for the rest of your presentation and ensure that each slide is structured in a way that makes sense in relation to the topic at hand.

You should also consider how many slides you’ll need and what kind of visuals you’ll be using. Will you be presenting images, videos, or something else? Once you have a basic outline of your presentation, you can start building out each slide.

optimizing content for maximum engagement

When it comes to multimedia presentations, clarity and conciseness are key. Each slide should communicate the main point quickly and effectively. Too much content or too many visuals can be overwhelming and make it difficult for your audience to comprehend the point you’re trying to make.

It’s also important to think about how the audio and visual elements of each slide will interact with one another. Listeners should be able to clearly hear what is being said, while visuals should be used to reinforce the audio. When done correctly, multimedia presentations create an immersive experience that engages your audience and helps them better understand and remember what they just heard.

how to create a multimedia presentation

If you already have a Powerpoint presentation, congrats! You’ve saved yourself some time as the content is already there. The most important aspect at the beginning is determining which headlines are to be paired with which text, everything else is secondary. 

multimedia presentation template

PowerPoint and other presentation software creators can give you many ideas for the flow of the video presentation but they lack the custom animations and “pop” that a multimedia presentation can benefit from.

Take for example, the series of presentation images above. These look great from a layout-perspective but typically what these “out-of-the-box” software options will do is only enable you to click and the image will appear (sure, maybe it’s a dissolve or flash animation but remember, everyone else is doing this as well).

Multimedia presentation software

If you or someone you know has access to the Adobe Creative Suite, I highly recommend using this first and foremost. If not, Adobe After Effects will be powerful enough to get you up and running with animations, unique backgrounds and the best part is you can import all your own images. 

While this is not a tutorial on how to use After Effects, some of the nifty things you can do is animate your logo as the intro. This is one component of presentations that I often find people overlook. Having a solid intro (5-10 seconds max) can give your video presentation that “branded feel.” Attached here is one I created for REMAX Brokerage. 

What are common multimedia components

In a multimedia presentation, several components work together to convey the main topic and points. To help the end user better consume the message, components that are frequently found in a multimedia presentation are:

  • Text
  • Images
  • Video
  • Sound
  • GIFs
  • Charts
  • Sound FX
  • Transitions

Let’s take a look at each one below…

Even if you opt to present a multimedia presentation vs. a written report, it is beneficial to include at least some text. There can’t be any presentation whether simple or multimedia which doesn’t contain text, simply because audience members benefit from a diverse set of data inputs (i.e. audio, visual, kinetic). That is why the text is a basic component of multimedia presentation. However, text can take several forms in multimedia presentations such as headlines, features list, and more. It does not have to be paragraphs that can be daunting to read.

Images and Photos:

Images (whether your own or stock photos) can be a great benefit to the overall presentation. I believe the saying goes “a picture tells 1000 words…” while this is certainly true, keep in mind that all components of a multimedia or video presentation should be used to support the other elements. Too much of a good thing can be just that…too much. 

image resolution

Choosing images and videos for your multimedia presentation is only half the battle. You also need to make sure that these visuals are of high enough quality for your audience to be able to enjoy them. Image resolution is an important factor in multimedia presentations – using images or videos with low resolution can make them look blurry and low-quality, which can ruin the overall effect of your presentation.

Sound:

Background music and vocal narration are two other elements that can help bring a presentation to life. Music can not only help an audience pay more attention to the overall presentation but give it a bit more “pop.”

Animated Icons:

Animated Icons within multimedia presentations typically render as video or GIF format. If you’re using a popular presentation software such as PowerPoint, dragging and dropping (or uploading) is one of the easiest ways to quickly add some dynamic movement. Below are a few animations icons for customization. (change colors, dimensions, format, etc.):

What Is The Most Important Aspect of a Multimedia Presentation

The most important aspect of a multimedia presentation is the message it’s trying to convey. It’s all too easy to get caught up in picking visuals and planning out slides, but without a clear message, your presentation won’t be effective.

Make sure that each slide serves a purpose and helps drive home the main point you are trying to make. This will ensure that your presentation leaves a lasting impression on your audience and helps them get the most out of what you’re trying to say.

Data Infographics & Animated Charts

Animated charts and graphs are a great way to help showcase your information and message. Even if you are not using a video format for your entire presentation, i.e. using something like PowerPoint, you can embed video infographics and GIFs inside your presentation. Considerations for your animated graphs can be:

  • Dimensions of graph
  • Format (GIF vs. Video)
  • Length of Animation
  • Image to Text Ratio

is a powerpoint a multimedia presentation

A Powerpoint presentation can indeed be considered a multimedia presentation, as it can include both visual and audio elements. However, for a Powerpoint to truly be considered a multimedia presentation, the visuals should work together with the audio in order to create an immersive experience that engages your audience.

Where are video presentations used

There is wide use of multimedia presentations in business and corporate events. Various training programs take place in offices and organizations where multimedia presentations play a vital role. Video training and internal communication has benefited from the use of media and video presentations because let’s face it…reading through TPS reports all day can become quite straining on the mind. 

From video advertisements, conferencing, classes, and workshops, these presentations can help you in better representing your brand and business. 

final multimedia design tips

The best multimedia presentations are those that capture the attention of their audience and keep them engaged throughout. To create a successful multimedia presentation, it’s important to consider key factors such as content structure, visuals, audio-visual interaction, color palettes, and image resolution. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating an effective multimedia presentation that packs a punch.

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