7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 11, 2008 5:56 PM by FriendlyDan
FriendlyDan Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I taped a presentation today and need to drop PowerPoint slides into my timeline. They have an xml extension instead of a ppt extension. I have PowerPoint but hardly ever use it. I tried importing into my timeline by selecting Import ...XML. I choose a slide (Icon has the FCP look) and it asks me to choose a translation document file. What do I do from there? Thanks in advance for any help.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Kevan D. Holdsworth Level 4 Level 4 (3,320 points)
    Not sure this will work, since you say the PPt has xml file extensions, but...

    Have you tried making a copy of the PPt (w/xml extensions), then try changing the extension on the copy to .ppt?


    Do you have iWork? If so, can you open the PPt presentation in Keynote, then choose File/Export/choose your flavor.

    I just had to do this on the fly last week and it was the first time I had to do it, so I'm not up to snuff on all the details for the processes involved.

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (27,030 points)
    On the Devil's Advocate side of things - most people who do Powerpoint are totally clueless about video. They don't understand: title safe area and/or color and/or fonts and text size.

    PPT files, when exported, seem oblivious to video resolution and quality.

    It's sometimes easier to simply recreate the PPT slides in FCP or Motion.

  • Tony Gay Level 4 Level 4 (1,630 points)
    So true about title/action safe and powerpoint, well there is no need for them to concern themselves with this and it would be a waste of real estate anyway.

    I find the best way is to export high res png's from powerpoint, at each stage of build if required, means re-working presentation specifically for the export and the client needs to be made aware of this. Often the client will say look don't worry about the build, it is for a limited audience anyway, saving them money.

    Create a coloured background in PS for the slide to sit over, so that it is as close to seamless as possible. Drop the png over the background in FCP and scale the png to title safe, even better, run an action over the folder of pngs that resizes the slide so that no scaling needs to be done in FCP.

  • FriendlyDan Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but quality is not really a factor here, just getting it on the screen is the goal for this project. I can't even open them in PowerPoint. Thanks for the input, I may have to punt on this one.
  • David Harbsmeier Level 7 Level 7 (29,900 points)
    Ask them to supply you with a copy the actual PPT file that they created. Tell them the XML they sent you isn't cutting it.

  • Tony Gay Level 4 Level 4 (1,630 points)
    A quick chat with the two graphic designers I work with, specialists in PPT, go back to the client and ask for a new version of the PPT project saved as a .ppt file.

  • FriendlyDan Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks so much. I know my way around FCP fairly well but when it comes to Word, Excel and PowerPoint, I'm lost. Leave those for the schmucks that have "real jobs." lol I'm going to leave this open for a bit in case someone comes across it with a miracle solution but will mark it as solved in a bit. In the mean time, I'll bug my presenter (they are not even my client) for a more compatible version. Thanks again.