We accept slideshows as both PowerPoint and Keynote files. For slideshows that contain pictures, movies, or sound, it is ideal that we receive all of the raw multimedia files in a separate folder labeled media.
Standard Format Projectors
A standard format projector operates on a ratio of 4:3. Standard format (SF) is easily recognizable as closely approximating a square. SF is most commonly seen in older CRT Televisions, built in drop-down projector screens, and older computer monitors.
When using PowerPoint, the default slide size is 10” x 7.5”, which equals a ration of 4:3. This is the ideal size for any presentation that will be shown on either a SF drop down projector screen or a CRT Television.
When using Keynote, the slide size is defined by the amount of pixels, rather than inches. An SF monitor has 1024×768 pixels, this is the ideal size for any presentation to be shown on a SF screen.
Note: When building a SF slideshow on a WS computer monitor, vertical black pillars will appear to the left and right of the picture. These pillars effectively convert your display to 4:3 format, but will not show up on a 4:3 monitor.
Widescreen is a general term that refers to a landscape style format most frequently used in cinema. However, Widescreen (WS) displays are becoming increasingly common for use in consumer applications. The term widescreen refers to various ratios, including 16:9, 16:10, and 15:9. Our (WS) projectors have a native resolution of 15:9. Our rear projection screens also maintain a 15:9 ratio.
When using PowerPoint to create a slideshow that will be displayed on our WS Rear Screen DLP Projector Package, it is important to change the slide size to best compliment the resolution of our displays. Slide size can be modified by changing the values in File > Page Setup > Width / Height. To begin a presentation in WS format, change the slide size to 15” x 9”.
When using Keynote, the slide size is defined by the amount of pixels, rather than inches. To modify the size of a slideshow change the values in View > Show Inspector > Document > Slide Size. A WS monitor has 1280×768 pixels, this is the ideal size for any presentation to be shown on a WS screen.
Note: When building a WS slideshow on a SF computer monitor, horizontal black pillars will appear above and below the picture. These pillars effectively convert your display to 15:9 format, but will not show up on a 15:9 monitor.