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Video Slide Shows with Impress

Aug 08, 2009, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"OOo Impress, Laptop, And a Video
You'll need a current version of Openoffice.org. I have 3.0.11 running under Xubuntu Linux with the presenter's console extension. Sadly, the presenter's console has a nasty, annoying bug that causes an echo when you run two display devices. Although I like the console, it is no problem to set up the two displays and then advance the slides the old fashioned way.

"I recommend that if you are going to be serious about using video in your Impress slide shows, you will need to have a pretty stout laptop. My Asus X83-VM has a duo-core 2.26 MHz Intel chip, NVidia 9600M GS with 1 GB of video RAM, 4 GB of regular RAM, and an HDMI output for video. Video playback needs a very healthy video card with lots of memory, in order to avoid skips and pixelizing. We certainly don't want to have to wait for animations, on a slow machine either.

"Of course, we'll need some videos."

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