More Production Options

Group of students engaged in discussion

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  • Prezi is public by default; follow these directions to change the privacy settings 
  • Sending a Prezi link to someone will only allow them to view the Prezi; it will not provide editing privileges
  • Adding co-editors will allow more than one person to edit at the same time
    • Click "Share" and add email address
  • Make a habit of frequently saving your Prezi
  • To zoom in or out of the entire screen, drag the cursor over the right hand side of screen to make "house, + - "symbols appear

Starting a new Prezi

1) Set background and colour scheme

  • by going to "customize" (top middle of screen)
  • Can import a photo to be the background
  • Can choose a Prezi theme
  • Click on "Advanced" , then "customize colour scheme"
  • To use UBC Brand colour scheme (click on “Brand Map” for all the RGB codes of the UBC brand colours) on Prezi: simply input the RGB codes for the brand colors

2) Insert frames

  • Go to "Insert" (top of screen)
  • 2 options: choose a preset layout (right side) or insert a single frame (left side)
  • Pull frame to where you want it on the screen (you can put frames inside of frames)
  • Resize frame by pulling one corner or using the "+ -" symbols next to the hand symbol
  • Double click a frame to zoom in on it

3) Text box

  • Double click anywhere to create a text box
  • Can format font to title, subtitle or body (colours can be chosen in advanced theme settings)
  • Make text larger or smaller by using the "+ -" symbols that appear when whole text box is clicked on

4) Editing the path

  • Click on "edit path" on bottom left side of screen
  • Click on a frame/text box/image to add to path. It will be added as the final step.
  • To adjust the order of the steps in the path:
  • All path steps are listed on left side of screen
  • Click on the step you would like to move and drag it to the desired numbered spot
  • When you are finished editing the path click on "edit path" again
  • To fade in:
  • Click on the "Star" beside the number of a frame
  • This will allow you to select pieces within the frame to fade in at different times
  • Note: you may need to group objects (like a text box and its frame) if you want them to fade in at the same time

5) Diagrams, images and video can also be inserted into Prezi

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Presenting Remotely

• Allows you to guide viewers in other locations through Prezi

• Click on "present remotely" and a link will be given to send to the viewers you want to present to

• Link will expire 10 min after you close the presentation

Tips for managing movement in a Prezi

• Prezi’s can be dizzying if there is too much movement

• Keeping frames a similar size will minimize the amount of zoom required

• Keeping frames closer together will slow the speed of the path change

• Minimizing the degree of rotation between slides will decrease the speed and dizziness of a path change

• See this Prezi help page for more details about how to use the transitions and movement effectively in Prezi


  • VideoScribe is a whiteboard-style animated presentation, which can be created first with a free trial
  •  Drawings, music, voice-overs and fonts are created using existing original content for VideoScribe or by creating your own
    • Explore for thousands of scalable vector graphics (2D images) or create your own with Inkscape to include in your VideoScribe animation
  • Review this guidebook for a basic introduction to creating a VideoScribe
  • UBC owns a license allowing students to download VideoScribe for free. Find the instructions on Connect under the "Resources" tab. 



PowToon Logo: Brings Awesomeness to Your Presentations

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  • Powtoon is a program that creates free animated videos online
  • Professional versions can be purchased, which have more options for video creation (characters etc.) and allow the Powtoon credit at the end of the video to be removed
  • Either pre-existing templates or customized creations can be used

Editing Slides:

  • New slides can be added by clicking the "+" icon at the top left side of the menu 
  • To view the timing of the animations on a slide click "Play" at the bottom left side of the screen
  • The bar with the red arrow shows the timing of the entrance/exit of animations on your slide
  • To shorten or lengthen the time that a slide appears use the "+ -" icons on the right hand side of the bar

Adding animation:

1. Select an object from the menu on the right side

  • To find more options use the arrows at the top right side of the screen to scroll through "styles"

2. Click and drag an icon onto the screen. The timing of the icon’s entrance and exit will automatically appear in the bar below the slide.

3. Click and drag the blue bar to the desired timing

4. Click on the icon with 4 arrows to control the entry/exit of an icon

5. Below the bar with video timing, each icon used in the slide will appear. Clicking on these icons allows for adjusting the entry/exit and timing of their appearance.

6. Icons can be flipped (eg. so a person faces the opposite direction) by clicking on the "flip" button at the bottom left hand side of the screen

Adding sound:

1. Click on the music note button at the left side of the bar that displays the timing of the slide

2. Choose from pre-uploaded music within Powtoon or upload music of your own (Make sure you have the correct licensing to do this! See Copyright and Acknowledgements)

3. To add a voiceover either import a pre-recorded file, or you can record directly into Powtoon (See Audio Recording)

Adding a photo:

  • Click on the image icon at the top of the screen and upload a photo of your choice (See Copyright and Acknowledgements)

Adding text effects:

  • Use the "Text Effects" option at the top right side of the screen
  • Clicking and dragging in the bar below the slide allows you to adjust the timing of these effects
  • Double clicking the text box gives font options and allows you to preview the effect

Publishing a completed Powtoon:

1. When the Powtoon is complete: Click the "Publish" icon (NOTE: your video will be publicly available unless you purchase the premium version of Powtoon)

2. Select "upload to Youtube"

  • If you wish for your video to be more private, set your Youtube privacy to unlisted. This will require viewers to have the URL or a link to the video to view it, and they cannot simply search for the video on Youtube or Google.


Stop Motion

  • Stop Motion is an animated filming technique where objects or model figures are moved in increments between individual photographed frames

Taking Photos:

  • Once your storyboard is completed and you have all the necessary props, you can begin setting the scene for pictures
  • Adjust the lighting so that shadows, brightness, and glare are appropriate for the scene. Natural or lamp lighting works best.
  • Set-up the camera in a sturdy position to ensure it will not move between photos. If the camera changes positions, it will make the finished product look chaotic.
  • Take the first photo and move the object or figure slightly before taking the next photo. Moving the objects or figures in very small increments will make for a smoother transition to the next frame when being made into a movie. Repeat this process until the scene is completed.

Creating the Movie:

For Mac:

  • Select and drag photos into the iMovie timeline or open iMovie into timeline view and click on the "Photos" button
  • In the photo selection window, choose the smallest time value (i.e. 0.03 seconds). A smaller time value will make for a smoother, quicker transition between photo frames.
  • If adding voiceovers, move the playhead to the slides where you want the voiceover. Select the "Audio" button and then click on the "Record" button to begin recording.
    • Recording from an external microphone rather than the computer's microphone will produce better sound quality. Refer to the Audio Recording section for more tips.
  • If adding music, select the "Audio" button and then choose the desired music from iTunes library. Drag the song into the audio track.
  • If adding sound effects, select the "Audio" button and then choose "iMovie Sound Effects". Select the desired sound effect and drag it into position in the audio track.