4. Creating a presentation with slides

It’s your show.

Hi there! If you’re like us, you’re spending a lot more time on video than ever before. With mmhmm, we’re trying to make that a bit more fun and engaging. Clear, compelling video communication should be easy for everyone.

This document is meant to be a user manual of sorts, so read it in its entirety or use the table of contents to jump around. Don’t see the answer to your question? If you’re having technical difficulties or want to suggest a topic for this guide, drop us a line at help@mmhmm.app.

 

Table of contents

 

Creating a presentation with slides

It’s not a presentation if nothing’s being presented. As common as slides are in presentations, they can also be dull and uninspired. That’s why mmhmm lets you add some fun and spice to the way you share information with slides.

 

How to import your deck

To import your presentation from PowerPoint, Keynote, or a PDF, read How do I use mmhmm with presentation slides from Google Slides/Keynote/PowerPoint?

How to add slides

Slides can either be added from the "Slides" menu, from the icons at the top of the slide tray, or dragged and dropped into the slide tray at the bottom of mmhmm.

 

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Types of slides in mmhmm

There are four different types of slides in mmhmm: mmhmm simple slides, Media, Screenshare, and Camera slides.

 

Mmhmm simple slides

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Create simple slides with text title and body text. They’re simple on purpose, so your audience doesn’t have to read a lot of text while you're speaking. 

To create a text slide, click the Add text icon in the slide tray, type in your text in the Title and Body fields, and click done. The text slide will appear in your slide tray. 

Some Rooms come with default slide settings that are designed to match the look and feel of the room you are using. To override the Slide appearance settings, go to the Customize for this slide section and check Slide appearance settings. Choose your preferred slide design from the dropdown and your preferred color.  

You can also customize the Room and presenter settings for individual slides.

Media slides

Share almost any image, video, GIF, or audio file with your audience. Choose your file with the “New Slide” menu (New Slide > Add Media). Alternatively, you can go to the slide tray and click on the Add image icon or the Import file icon. Navigate to the file on your hard drive and select one. To select more than one, hold the Shift key down while you click the ones you want. You can also drag and drop your files into the slide tray located at the bottom of the mmhmm window. 

Tip: Change the Add Media window to icon view so you can see the preview images. 

If you are adding video slides and wish for the audio that's in the video to be audible to your audience, you will need to make a slight configuration to your audio environment

Screenshare slides

Show your audience what’s happening on your computer with Screen Share slides. When you click (New Slide > Add Screen Share), you will see the open windows on your computer. Choose your whole screen or just a single window if you want to limit visibility to a specific program.

A Screen share slide is also a great way to show the screen of your iPhone or iPad to quickly demo an app, for example. To use your device in a Screen share, first plug it into your computer, then select it with  “Add Screen Share”. 

Notes:

  • Screen share slides must be added within the menu. They can’t be dragged and dropped into the slide tray as you can with image files and movies. 
  • If the window you choose is minimized, you must display it on the desktop before it shows up in your slide tray correctly. 
  • If your audience says your screen share looks blurry, your video conferencing platform has lowered your bandwidth automatically in response to the network speed. To address this issue, instead share the mmhmm window with the video conferencing system’s screen sharing tool. Learn more about blurry Screen Share slides.
  • If sharing a document such as a Google Doc, consider zooming into the content or making the text larger to make it easier for your audience to read. 
  • If you are experiencing a permissions loop, restart your computer.

Camera slides

Camera slides allow you to connect a second camera to your computer and use it as a slide input. This feature is ideal for teachers who want to do a live demonstration or whiteboard session, for example, using a document camera or additional webcam. 

Controlling your slides

You have total control over how your slides are displayed:

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  • Change visibility – The three buttons in the center of the slide toolbar control slide visibility. By default, your slides are not displayed in full screen, but you can make them full screen by clicking "Full" or hitting the spacebar. You can also turn slides off or put them over your shoulder again with this toolbar.
  • Resize your slides – While your slides are in the Shoulder/Default visibility (see screenshot above), move the mouse pointer over your slide. You will see the border of your slide appear with green handles that you can drag to set the height and width maximums for your slide display area.
  • Advance slides – When you have more than one slide in your tray, you can move through slides in sequence using your keyboard left and right arrow keys. 
  • Slides on top — To change whether your slides are in front of the presenter or behind the presenter, go to the slide tray, find the drop down next to Appearance and check Slides on top.
  • Slide transitions — To turn slide transition animation on, go to the slide tray and next to Appearance, check Slide transitions from the dropdown menu. To turn the transitions off, uncheck Slide transitions

How to add Room and Presenter presets to individual slides

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We think of every presentation as a show, and every slide as a scene. You may want to position yourself front and center, you may want to switch quickly to a different room, or you may want to get out of the way of your content. To put your content and yourself in the perfect place every time, you can change the Room and Presenter presets for individual slides. 

To open the settings for each slide, double click on the slide in the slide tray. Under Customize for this slide, click Room and presenter settings. This allows you to override the presentation’s Room and Presenter controls for this slide. 

How to reposition slides

To change the order of your slides, click the slide you want to move and drag it to a new position in the slide tray. When it is in the right position, let go of the mouse button or trackpad to drop it into place.

How to remove slides

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To remove a slide, click the slide in the slide tray and press ⌘-delete (hold the command key down and press the delete or backspace key). Alternatively, you can right-click any slide to delete it, or just click the mouse or trackpad normally while pressing the control key to display the menu.

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