Prepare For Your Presentations On The Go!

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Some loathed practices from school span over your whole life. No matter if you are in college or go through an apprenticeship, even in your future job you will most probably not get rid of it:

Presentations!

 

Giving a talk or lecture is required by students throughout their educational career. Many jobs require you to present your findings or show your designs to potential buyers and clients. Even in you every day life you may have to prepare a presentation and hold it in front of people – either because you agreed to be an orator at a wedding or need funds from your bank.

 

Be Prepared For Your Presentation!

One big part of a talk, lecture or presentation is the presentation itself. You need content, visual appealing methods to show your findings, results or plans. You can organize for your presentation to be more interactive if possible, bringing models, printed out pictures or exhibitions to your talk, but the most common way of presenting in front of a large crowd is by using a PowerPoint presentation (or keynote or open document presentation).

 

We have already provided several tips that can make your presentation more versatile or appealing:

 

These tips are very helpful when you set up your presentation, want to add different media to your slides or when you want to share the slideshow with your colleagues, clients or fellow students. With these, a big part of preparation is done. However, a very crucial part is still missing: the talking!

 

Present Your Slideshow By Speaking Freely

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The best way to present something is always to speak freely. No matter of you have a slideshow or other exhibits to show, fumbling with clue cards or a whole collection of printed paper will give your audience the impression that you don’t actually know what you are talking about. Plus, when you hold cards or a sheet in your hand, your eyes are more likely to linger on whatever’s in your hand instead or creating a connection with your audience.

Get rid of the paper mess and learn how to speak freely!

 

Of course, preparing clue cards for practicing is completely okay. After all, you should go through your presentation and the speech multiple times. Those cards help you to memorize the order in which you are presenting as well as keeping in mind important facts.

If you have an e-book reader or a tablet with an e-reader app installed, you can also use your slides as clue cards to practice. No need to print out your whole slideshow and risk to mingle with the correct order or tear and loose the papers.

 

Convert Your Presentation To E-Book

Depending on which e-book reader you have, you can convert your whole presentation into a fitting e-book format. That way, your slides will always stay in the correct order and no sheet will get lost! Find out which files are supported by your e-book reader.

Using a cost-free online e-book converter will do the whole job for you. All you have to do is upload your presentation and click on one single button. You are not limited to PPT and PPTX files though. A good e-book converter can convert from several different formats like documents (Word and PDF) and images (JPG, PNG or even SVG).

 

Not only can you go through your presentation from anywhere you go – and carry your e-reader or tablet to – but you can also read other people’s presentations. A fellow student has held a talk crucial to yours or an upcoming exam? Convert their presentation as well to easily read them on the bus, train or comfortably at home on your couch!

How To Convert Video To MP3

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Do you know this feeling? You heard a great piece of music in a video and you are dying to put it onto your phone, MP3-Player or into iTunes.

Good thing that ripping the audio data from a video can be done within minutes!

 

In this tutorial, we tell you how to get music or other audio tracks from a video with ease and in no time!

 

Video To MP3

For our tutorial, we decided to take a video from Videezy.com user Shawn. If you want to test for yourself, you can download the video as well (it’s free and saved in the MOV format), or even paste the link directly into the URL input field of the converter: Acoustic Guitar Player In Studio

 

1. Choose Your Converter

As a first step, you have to decide which audio converter you want to use. There are many different audio formats to choose from, like AIFF, FLAC, WAV or the popular MP3 format.

We decided to use the MP3 converter.

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2. Upload Your Video Or Enter A Link

Once you have chosen your converter, choose the upload method fitting for your video. You can either upload it from your hard drive, enter a URL (YouTube is not supported) or choose a video stored in your Google Drive or Dropbox folders.

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3. Set Optional Settings

If you’re more experienced with audio files, you can set one or more of the optional settings. They allow you to change the bitrate or sampling rate, as well as to normalize your audio file.

The function of trimming your audio will be discussed further down. Check it out, this is a very useful tool!

 

4. Start The Conversion

Once you uploaded your file and set all options you need or want, it’s time to start the conversion. Simply click on “Convert File” and our service does the rest!

 

5. MP3 is downloaded

Depending on how big your video is, the upload and conversion may take a bit. A progress bar will show you the progress of the upload, and if you don’t want to wait for the result, you can always store the link and check again later (within 24 hours!) or get an e-mail sent to you (available with a free account).

Once the conversion is done, your music file is automatically (depending on the browser) downloaded.

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Cool Features Of An Online Video To Audio Program

As mentioned before, there is a great optional feature you can use when converting your video file to audio: Trim Audio.

This option allows you to cut chunks from the beginning or end from a video so they don’t appear in your audio file. Why is this such a great feature? Because some videos containing music are longer, having an intro or long outro. With the trim audio function, you can get rid of these parts and download the “essence of the audio” so to speak.

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This is a follow-up tutorial of Rip audio from a video clip, the easy way.

 

Extract Music from Video Files – Tutorial

From Video to Audio
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In one of our earliest posts, we have already talked about the possibility to extract music from video clips. By now, you know that the answer on how to get that movie score, song, or piece of background music from a video or movie scene is to convert your video into an audio format.

However, this time we want to provide a better and more extensive tutorial on how to get the sound track ripped from a video.

All you need is the video you want the sound track to be extracted from – either downloaded from vimeo, dailymotion, YouTube, or elsewhere; or recorded by yourself – and one of the audio converters from online-convert.com. No download or installation of any software is needed.

1. Choose an Output Format

Depending on what kind of audio file you need, you have to choose the output format first. Pick the format you need from the big list of audio converters – for example iTunes’ AIFF, or MP3 – and click on the link.

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2. Upload your Video

Now that you know what kind of audio file you want, it’s time to choose the video you want to extract the music or sound effects from. If it’s a short video that only contains the part you want to rip, you can directly upload it to the converter by using the “Choose Files” button, entering an URL, or choosing a file from your cloud storage.

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If you only want a part of your video clip to be converted into an audio file, however, you have the option to select the correct time frame from which you want to extract the music. You find this option underneath the other settings you can apply to your desired audio file.

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Once you have specified all your settings, you can hit the “Convert File” button.

3. Receiving your Audio File

On the next page, the progress of your conversion is shown. As soon as the conversion is completed, the file will automatically download to your computer.

Of course, you can also send the download link to yourself or someone else via email, or save your file onto a cloud storage.

Et voilà, now you have the sound track extracted from your YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo, or otherwise downloaded and recorded video clip!

Convert Text to Audio

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There are so many possibilities to convert across different file types – aka cross conversion – but what is it all good for? We looked at several types of cross conversions already, showing why you may need them, how useful they are, and how easy the results can be obtained.

After extracting text from pictures, ripping audio from a movie clip, and other useful conversions, we will look at the so-called TTS today; Text to Speech.

What’s TTS good for?

There are several reasons for you to convert text to audio, actually. Plus, such conversions bear advantages for different groups of people like elders, students, business men, or dyslexics.

Listen to lecture notes, text books, etc.

Instead of printing out endless lecture notes and spending hours reading through text books, one can add more value to studying very easily. By turning text and documents to audio, another kind of learning input is given. Next to reading your material, you will be able to listen to it as well.

Plus, you can go through important notes anytime from anywhere by transferring the resulting MP3 file to your iPhone, computer, or other mobile device.

Proofreading

Proofreading is important for many texts, may it be applications, assignments, take-home exams, or even a thesis. By writing, one can find many spelling or grammar mistakes, yet what about the content? Finding holes and discrepancies can be a lot easier if you hear your own work read out to you.

Speech preparation

Have an important presentation or speech coming up? Then listen to what you are about to say. Inconsistencies, and halting expressions can be detected a lot faster. Plus, you’ll get a rough overview of how long your speech or presentation will take.

Avoiding eyestrain

Reading tiny fonts; may it be in documents, emails, or on websites – can be very straining for the eyes. As is reading when you are dealing with stress or headaches. If you still need to know about the content of an email or text asap, letting it read out to you is a good solution.

Audio books

The TTS conversion is also an easy way to get an eBook or PDF turned into an audio book. Listen to it yourself or create some kind of radio play for your children that way.

Help those with reading problems

Especially people with reading problems can benefit from text turned into MP3 or another audio format. This is especially true for dyslexics, language learners, or blind and visually impaired people. Elders that do not want to read through long emails or children that aren’t too versatile in reading yet, gain from a text read out loud as well.

How to convert text to audio

Creating an MP3 or WMA file from your texts and documents is fairly easy. You can convert many different document files like DOC, ODT, TXT, or PDF into any audio file format available as a target. For demonstration purposes, we chose an MP3 converter.

MP3 ConverterAfter choosing the fitting converter for your needs, all you have to do is browse your computer or hard drive for he document you want to convert. The source file we wanted to be converted to speech was a DOCX document with lecture notes.

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After clicking on convert file, the only thing you have to do is wait. Depending on how big your text file is, the upload, conversion, and download may take a little longer. In the end though, you’ll have your text converted into an audio file that’s ready to be listened to.

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Create animated Gifs from Movies

Animated GifEveryone loves animated GIFs!

They are smaller in size than movies and focus on the short sequences you want to re-watch or share. They are view-able without a problem in all browsers on almost every device. Reactions to forum posts, funny sequences from videos, pointing something out in a specific scene – those are just a few reasons for why you may want to create a moving and animated GIF.

Most people use Adobe Photoshop or another photo-editing software to create these small moving pictures, but not everyone knows how to utilize them – or can afford buying such a program. Using a GIF converter, however, is a quick and easy way to get your favorite scene as an animated GIF – and it doesn’t cost a thing!

How to make Animated GIFs

The Video

At first, you need the movie or video you want to convert, of course. It doesn’t matter which format the movie is in – MOV, AVI, MP4, MKV, etc. – what counts is that it isn’t too long.

When uploading a longer video, only the first 30 seconds will be converted into an animated GIF. Thus, if you want a specific scene to be “giffed”, it would be better to cut the video into short portions of no longer than 30 seconds. This can either be done with a video editing software, or by using the option of cropping a video e.g. on this free MP4 converter.

Once you have the cut or short video – or several short videos – you can start with the “real” GIF making process!

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Select the GIF image converter

Get that GIF

After you have the video(s) you want to convert, visit the GIF Image Converter page. There you can browse for your video and select it. Basically, you are good to go now. Click on “Convert File” and wait. Your animated GIF will download after the conversion is finished.

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Standard Settings. Just press “Convert file”

Yet, there are a few ways in which you can edit the GIF by choosing different options before the conversion.

  • Change Size: Change the size of your resulting GIF, e.g. 400 px width (height will be adjusted in proportion)
  • Color: Change the color of the GIF to greyscale, monochrome, negate, or another color scheme.
  • Enhance: Add different filters to your GIF, like sharpening, despeckle, and more
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Example settings for editing your GIF

Here you have a few examples on how the GIFs can turn out:

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Settings: Year 1980 + Equalize
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Settings: Year 1900 + despeckle

Improve your Presentations!

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Presentations are key in many fields nowadays.

In school, you have to present certain topics to the class, in university you are asked to present your research findings, and in your company, sales numbers and marketing strategies have to be presented to your boss or coworkers. Talks, speeches, workshops… Even when showing off your vacation photos to your family and friends, all thee things involve presentation skills.

But not everyone is skilled in presenting themselves, their findings, or their current work. Following, we listed some tips how you can improve your presentation skills on a personal as well as on a technical level.

The part of Speech

The most important part of a presentation is of course the oral one. Presentations can be handed out as notes or books or in PDF format, but what you have to say about the facts presented, side information and explanations, those information come from you personally and are given to your audience via speech.

For most people, that’s the most tricky part. Excitement, uncertainty, stage fright; all these things can come in between your and your successful presentation. There is no magical solution to make stage fright disappear, but there are methods you can use to feel less nervous and more confident while presenting.

1. Practice

And by practice we do not exclusively mean that you should practice to go through your presentation beforehand. This is a crucial part to show you how much time you need, and a small audience can already point out where you need to explain a few things more in depth. But practicing presentations in general is just as important. The more often you speak in front of people, the more self-secure and confident you become. Present interesting newspaper articles or something that happened to you during the day to your friends, or volunteer to give a little thank you speech in your local sports club or some other club you may be in.

2. Speak freely

Holding on to cards or scrips may add some security to your speech flow, but you are more likely to avoid eye contact with your audience that way, your eyes being glued on the paper. Learn to present your contents freely. This way, you are more open to clues from your listeners as well, noticing very fast when they get stuck and you have to do some more explaining.

Are you fearing that you could get stuck? Use your presentation slides as keywords and clues what to say. They can function just as well as notes, make no extra work, and won’t distract you from presenting your findings instead of simply reading them out loud.

3. You’re the Expert

Whether you are presenting a topic in school or university, or your current work in your business, keep one thing in mind: You are the expert! You read several articles and books about your topic, and you’ve been working in your field and with your method for years. In most cases , that means that you know far more about the topic than your audience does. Don’t fear questions, rather take them as interesting clues or to spark a discussion (if allowed/appropriate). Reminding yourself that you are the expert in whatever you present is an extra confidence boost as well.

The Visuals

Getting better at the speech part of a presentation requires training. Improving the visual aids is, in this term, a lot easier. Tools like Microsoft’s PowerPoint made it easier to present visual data like graphs, images, and short text compared to scrolling through a very text-heavy  Word document. However, soon, PowerPoint became a synonym for boring. But it doesn’t have to be like that!

1. Avoid common Mistakes

There are many lists throughout the net that explain what and what not to do when creating a PowerPoint presentation. Avoiding bullets and a confusing background design are just a few to name. Yet, the best judge are you yourself. How many bad presentations did you have to sit through in school or business meetings? Instead of taking notes of the content only, take notes of what you didn’t like about the presentation style as well – and avoid such “mistakes”. It is more than likely that things you don’t find appealing in a slideshow are boring or annoying to sit through for others as well.

2. Save your Time

Sure, a slideshow can be nice to look at, but instead of spending hours tweaking your design, it’s the content that should matter. Don’t waste valuable time with wrecking your head about the presentation when there are tools that can help you. Creating slides in your preferred word processing software may come a lot more natural than working with slideshow programs. Use the program you are most familiar with! Because converting your document into PPT or PPTX is done very quickly afterwards.

3. Avoid technical Issues

That’s something everyone knows. You want to hold a presentation and your laptop is not compatible with the projector, or the PPT presentation you sent looks crooked and weird because the operating system handling it uses OpenOffice or some Apple native program. It’s annoying, takes time to fix, and can destroy the whole presentation’s flow. We say: Rather be safe than sorry! Saving your presentation in different formats limits the risk of the target computer messing things up. Want to be on the safest side? Convert your presentation to PDF as well, since PDF documents are readable on any computer with any operating system. Besides, having your presentation saved in this format makes it easier for printers to keep the set formatting in case you want to hand out the slides or publish your presentation online.

4. Be different

If your struggling to get your audience’s attention, maybe it’s time to do something entirely different. Be brave, be experimental. How about a presentation without any text, only with graphs and infographics that underline your words? A slide with one essential keyword may help you get the attention you wanted a lot better than showing a long and boring list of features or do’s and don’ts. Or have you ever thought about converting your presentation to video? You can even add music, sound effects or additional audio comments to publish it online, upload it to YouTube, or simply impress and stick out on a conference.

Extract Text from Pictures

In one of our former blog articles, we talked about Cross Conversion and about the possibilities of cross converting different file types like images, documents, audio data, or videos back and forth. This time, we’re concentrating on how to extract a text document from image files in much more detail.

For this, we will have a look at what this feature can be useful for, explore into the topic of optical character recognition (OCR), and show how it is done using the Online-Convert.com’s document converter.

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What do I need this for?

So first, lets see what the practical use of such a image to text conversion would be.

Blind and visually impaired people

Looking at images with written text on them, whether you found a funny sign you want to show around or took a photograph of a presentation including slides with text on them,  is stressful for visually impaired people – completely impossible for blind people even. Extracting the text from the picture or image will enable visually impaired people to change the font size and make it easier for them to read the resulting text. Likewise, they could now proceed to convert the text file into an audio format. This way, heavily visually impaired and blind people can receive a reading of the text in question.

Presentations and lectures

Usually, when attending a lecture or listening to a presentation, you are handed out presentation notes that go along with the content of the slides presented. This way, you only add additional information to the sheets you already have.

Sometimes, however, there are no lecture notes handed out, and the speed of the presentation is just too fast for you to copy the content on the screen. In the age of every cell phone having a camera, there is always the possibility to take a picture of the slides and copy the notes later on – by hand.
Extracting the text from the images saves time since it works a lot faster than copying it by writing down the content of every single slide. This way, lecture notes or presentation summaries are created a lot faster, and all you need to do is format your document and maybe restructure it a bit.

Scanned text

Another important utilization of this tool is to gain editable text from a scanned document. Preserving the content of older stories and letters written on a typewriter, or scanning a document or pages from a book to work with the text later on can be reasons for why this may be important. Found an old story typed by your grandmother? Writing an essay about the contents of a book? By extracting the text from the scanned image it is possible to edit, merge, or electronically use it. Mail, business cards, invoices, receipts, or passport information can be digitized this way and used for further, electronic storing and editing.

Furthermore, when building up a collection of this digitized data, it enables you to search for certain keywords or phrases on top of the editing that can be applied to the now extracted text.

Optical Character Recognition

But how does the process of extracting the written information from an image work? The method applied here is called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). It extracts the single characters into mechanical fonts. Earlier versions had to be trained beforehand, only recognizing one font type at the time, but the modern versions support not only different font styles, but – to an extend – even formatting, resulting in the output closely resembling the photographed or scanned text.
Furthermore, OCR is able to support the most common writing systems like Latin, Arabic, Cyrillic, Bengali, and more.

There are several types of text recognition. Optical Word Recognition targets one word at the time, working for languages that use blank space to divide words, while Optical Character Recognition targets one character or graph at the same time. Both work on typewritten text only. Intelligent Character or Word Recognition even targets words or characters in hand written or cursive text.

How to use OCR

Now that you know why you may use image to text conversion and learned something about the process behind it, it’s time to find out how to actually do it!

The easiest way is to use an online document converter that supports OCR. After picking your desired target file type (whether it’s Microsoft DOCX, PDF, or some other) you can choose the image that you want the text to be extracted from. Before hitting the “Convert File” button though, make sure that you tick the box where it says “Use OCR”. This way, the process of OCR will take place in your conversion, giving you the result of your scanned or photographed text in a document file.

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Cross-Conversion – What is possible?

The basic and general features of a file converter, whether it’s a software tool you have to install on your computer or whether it’s an online service, are mostly the same: You upload a file and convert it into another format, either because you can’t open the initial file, because you want to reduce the file size to send it over the internet, or because you want to send it to people that may not be able to open the original file format.

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These conversions mostly happen inside a certain category or type of file formats, e.g. from one image file format to the other, or from one document to a different type of document. Yet, there is something else our online converter service can do for you, and it all falls under the term Cross-Converting.

Cross Converting entails that you can not only convert your audio file into another audio file, but that you can actually convert across file types. Converting a movie file into music, or an image into PDF are only a few possibilities. This article will show you many different options of cross converting your files, creating many new possibilities for you!

Extract audio from a video

Sometimes, it’s hard to get your hands on certain movie background music, or the tracks on the OST or Score do not really convey the feel they had when heard in the movie because certain background sounds have been missing. Or maybe there is an interesting part of a speech or monologue from a recorded lecture or speech you want to extract.

The Solution: If you are just interested in the audio data from a video, you can easily extract it by converting the movie file into MP3, WAV, or some other audio file like Apple iTune’s AAC.

Create audio from a document

There are different ways to learn, and next to reading and repeating, listening is a big part of the remembering process. Furthermore, at times it’s difficult to find the time to read your lecture notes, online articles, or even longer correspondence that include a lot of information – especially when you’re on the road a lot.

The Solution: Convert your PDF or Microsoft Word documents into an audio file format, preferably MP3 because it’s supported by most audio playing devices and mobile phones. This way, you can listen to your notes and writings, rewind, repeat, and memorize the information even better.

Extract text from a picture

Another very popular way of taking notes is taking a quick photo of blackboard notes or presentation slides. But what if you want to use the text to alter or insert somewhere? There is an easier way than copying the text from the picture by writing it down yourself.

The Solution: Depending on the quality of the photo you have taken, it can be converted into a TXT or DOC file which gives you the text of whatever has been on the picture.

The easy way to make a presentation

Holding a presentation is so much easier when you have just one file with all the information on it instead of having to switch in between pictures, texts, audio, screenshots, and video.

The Solution: If you have your notes already prepared in a text document or even saved as PDF, you are only one click away from converting your document into a PowerPoint presentation.

Also: It works the other way round as well though. By converting PPT or PPTX files into PDF, you can get not only a printer friendly version, but you can also ensure that most people are able to open and vie your presentation.

Animated GIFs

Animated GIFs are one trend on the internet that will never completely die out, being revived again and again. Yet, not everybody is skilled in the art of creating such animated pictures, and not everybody has the programs necessary to make them.

The Solution: A very easy way of creating an animated GIF is to convert your MP4 or other video file. If you upload a larger movie file, only the beginning will be converted into an animated GIF, so the most convenient way is to cut the video into the portions you want to be “giffed” and upload them individually, creating an receiving the animated pictures you wanted.

From document to eBook

Another great way of memorizing your notes and rereading them is a very paper saving one as well. Most people take notes in lectures, talks, or meetings on their laptop nowadays, but it can be annoying and impractical to carry it with you whenever you want to re-read on what has been talked about. Printing all the notes isn’t a very convenient option either.

The Solution: Convert Microsoft Word or OpenOffice documents into an eBook format. The purpose of eReaders is to store books and other papers in a space and paper saving way. Furthermore, they re very light and easy to take with you, with a library option to quickly find the notes you need.

Present your Design projects

Creating a design project for your customers is linked to quite some struggles. One is faced when you want to present your progress or suggestions to your customers. It is very likely, that they can not open your vector graphic or EPS, PSD, or DWG file.

The Solution: Converting your special image files into JPG or even PDF makes it easy and convenient for your customers to look at the design you made for them. Furthermore, the conversion will leave your original file untouched!

And there’s more…

These are only the most common and most popular Cross Conversion features online conversion tools can offer. If there are any more features you would like to see implemented concerning Cross Conversion, feel free to contact our support team. We are constantly striving to better our service for you, and suggestions made are always welcome.