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After Effects - Animated Infographic Video & Data Visualisation

How to Export data visualization for Microsoft PowerPoint

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to put our Line Chart into PowerPoint and when we go to the next slide, prepare yourself… All right, auto plays, cool. Kind of blends in with the background, and looks all nice. All right, let's go and do that now.

So we're going to export our little Infographic here. And get it out to PowerPoint. There's not much we need to do. So we're going to go to 'Composition', add to 'Adobe Media Encoder'. And probably the biggest thing for PowerPoint - I'm going to jump to the Media Encoder. - is the file size, I've got this one here, I'm going to bin that. Not sure where he came from. But this is my Export. It's the actual physical size, you do not need it to be full HD because often it's going to be re-sized inside of PowerPoint. And the problem with using a really big high quality file is that if you add one, or two, or three of them, the PowerPoint file gets really big, and doesn't play back really well. Poor person that's presenting might not be using a super laptop, and things just can go awry.

So my advice is, H.264 Click where it says 'Match Source'. We do our little trick, where we go to 'Video', and down to 'Encoding'. So we're going to make it nice and small. '2x5', it's my one. I'm going to leave the video at '1'. And this physical size here, doesn't need to be as big as it is. I'm going to make it 'Standard' definition. Regular old TV, which is '720' pixels high. I'm going to give it a name, instead of calling it Line Chart 2. I'm going to put in the same folder we did, under 'Exporting'. It's going to go into that same 'ame' file. I'm going to call this one 'Line Chart - PowerPoint'. Let's click 'Save' let's click 'OK'. Let's click 'Go and do it'.

One thing, while it's doing it we're going to jump, and be super efficient. And keep working while it's going. I'm going to export what's called a Poster Image. Because at the moment, the beginning of my video is blank. And that's what's going to appear in PowerPoint. It's going to just look like nothing. So what we want to do, is a Poster Image, so get your Timeline along until you get a nice good view of everything. Go to 'Composition', there's one that says 'Save Frame As'. It's not going to export the whole movie, it's just going to export just this one Frame. And we're going to go to 'File'. It ends up down the bottom here. Yours might look a little different. Trying to get rid of that one. Yours look like this.

Where is it going to go? Just click 'Render'. Makes a happy little noise. I'm going to close down that Render queue. Go back to my 'Comp', and let's go check out the files that are created. So two of them, that's my Poster Image, I'm going to rename this one, and call it 'Line Chart Poster Image'. And there's one in here called Export Line Graph. And there's my PowerPoint version. It's very small, I've got it down to 0.7MB. Even down from the other one we did, it's because we changed the physical size of it. So let's go and look at how to put it in PowerPoint. I've got PowerPoint on a Mac, it's almost exactly the same on a PC. There's just a few little buttons less on a Mac. You got more control on a PC.

So what we're going to do is go to 'New', use 'New from Template'. Why? I don't know why. I'm going to find one that I like. Do I like it? I'm going to use this one, 'Facet'. So couple of things, I'm going to insert-- I'm going to undo that. I'm going to insert a 'Title Slide'. And this is going to be-- there's already a Title Slide. So I'm going to adjust this one here. This one is going to be my 'Social Media Report'. I'm going to add a 'New Slide'. Just a regular old blank slide, there it goes there. And what I want to do is, I want to put in my video. So I'm going to do that by going to 'Insert'. One of the options along here is 'Video'. On a PC, you'll find it's a smaller Icon. I click on this, 'Movie from File'. Easy, let's go and find 'Export Line Graph'. That's my PPT one, click 'Insert'.

Now even the Standard definition is quite big. So I might even go back and make it a little smaller. Say where I'm doing something, and it's actually just-- we're going to have a lot of different Infographics in here. What you need to do is go and test it on the kind of presenting laptop. And realize it's probably going to go horribly wrong and work towards that, make the videos really small. Make sure the quality is there, if I click on this one, it looks good. But you just also want to make sure they're physically a little bit smaller. So I might make this maybe 500 high because I've got it quite small in here now.

A couple of little adjustments we're going to do. When this thing is playing, I want it to auto play. At the moment, when this things loads, this thing auto plays. So what I want to do is, when we get to the slide here, I want it to auto play, then we'll update the Poster Image. So auto play just means-- because at the moment, by default if I click on my video, up here where it says Playback, it's when it's clicked, so the presenter has to go and click it. That's often not what we want to do. We want the person to move to the slide and just start playing, and stop at the end. So with it selected, I want Playback start when clicked, or start automatically. Now let's go into presentation mode, let's have a little look. If I go to 'View', 'Presentation View' can you see, it just started playing all by itself. Lovely. So that's auto play done, and it just pauses at the end. I'm going to hit 'Esc', get out of my preview.

The other thing I'm going to do is, you can see here if you have it-- when it's clicked, the other way of playing it nothing appears, so I'm going to add that Poster Image. The other thing with it is that, let's say I want to match the background color because I want this to, instead of looking like it's just kind of hanging, doing its own thing, want to match the background color. And the Poster Image is going to help with that as well because there's big color change, watch this, it's kind of this color. And I hit Play, and watch, it gets a lot darker when it starts playing. Just to do with the video codecs. There's some strange things that go on in the compression. But the cool thing is that my Poster Image is the same color. So, what we're going to do is, click in the background, go along to 'Design', find your 'Format Background'.

Actually we're not ready for that yet, we need to do the Poster Image first. So select on the video, go to Playback. And we're looking for 'Video Format', and we want this one called 'Poster Frame'. And we're going to go to 'Image' from 'File'. We've created that one, it's in '10 Exporting', there it is there. Our Poster Image, 'Line Chart Poster Image', click 'Insert'. You can see, it's the right color now, so it matches it. And when it's not playing, it's actually looking good. But when I play, it looks nice as well. So we're going to match the background now. We have to do once the Poster Image is up because we're going to steal the color from it to match the background. If we did it while it was still that light color nothing's going to match up.

So background selected, let's go to 'Design'. Let's go along to 'Format Background'. Where it says 'Solid Fill' here, 'Color', I'm going to drop this down, get more colors, grab the 'Eyedropper' tool, steal this color, click 'OK'. And now our little video is just a little bit more integrated into my PowerPoint presentation. Let's go back to the 'Title Slide', let's go to 'View'. Let's go to 'Presenter View', and there's my Title. And I use my Arrow key to go along, and look at that, pretty.

So that's it for this video. The big things to remember is, this thing doesn't need to come in at Full HD, especially when you're Scaling it down. Play around with how big it can come in, and how good it's going to look through the projector, through the laptop and more importantly, the projector it's getting used on. It's going to be a presentation. And if you go into your Video Bitrate make sure it's nice and low, 2 and 5 seems to work nicely. And export that mp4, then make it auto play. All right, that is the end of this video.