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 support@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 add slides

Slides can either be added from the "Slides" menu (select one of the three types of slides listed below) or dragged and dropped into the slide tray at the bottom of mmhmm.

 

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Types of slides in mmhmm

There are three different types of slides in mmhmm: Media, Screen Share, and Camera 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). Navigate to your images 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



Screen share 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.

 

Note: If the window you choose is minimized, you must display it on the desktop before it shows up in your slide tray correctly. 

 

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 with the menu. They can’t be dragged and dropped into the slide tray as you can with image files and movies. 
  • 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. 

 

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 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. 

 

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

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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