5. 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 article is meant to be a user manual of sorts, so read it in its entirety or use the table of contents to jump around. Check out other articles in this user manual on the right-hand side of this page.

Don’t see the answer to your question? If you’re having technical difficulties or want to suggest a topic for this guide, click here to submit a request or email us at help@mmhmm.app.

Table of contents

Overview

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

You can create different types of slides in mmhmm:

  1. Text
  2. Media + GIPHY
  3. Screenshare
  4. Camera

Text 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 New Slide button and then click on the 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, click on the Appearance dropdown on the bottom right-hand side of the mmhmm window. Choose your preferred slide design from the list and your preferred color. 
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You can also customize the Room and presenter settings for individual slides.

Media + GIPHY slides

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Choose your file by clicking the New Slide button and selecting GIPHY to find an appropriate GIF by keyword, or Media to add a file from your hard drive. For more information on GIPHY slides, click here.  This feature will be coming soon to Windows.

Alternatively, you can navigate to the file on your hard drive and select one to drag in the slide tray. 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.

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Tip: Change the Add Images or Videos 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

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Show your audience what’s happening on your computer by selecting the New Slide button and then the This Mac or iOS device button. You can then choose to share a specific application window, your entire desktop, or even your iOS device (just plug it in first).

Notes:

  • Screen share slides must be added from 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 Broadcast window with the video conferencing system’s screen sharing tool. Click here to 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

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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:

mmhmm for Mac

mmhmm for Windows

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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, move the mouse pointer over your slide. You will see the border of your slide appear with blue grab 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. 

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  • Slides on top — To change whether your slides are in front of the presenter or behind the presenter, go to the slide tray, go to the menu bar under Slides and check Slides on top.
  • Slide transitions — To turn slide transition animation on, go to the menu bar under Slides and check Slide transitions. To turn the transitions off, uncheck Slide transitions

How to add presets to individual slides

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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. 

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To achieve different presets, click on the slide and then select the New Scene button above the slide tray. This will create a new scene for your slide allows you to change the Rooms and Presenter controls for this slide. 

How to reposition slides

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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. This works on both mmhmm for Mac and mmhmm for Windows. 

How to remove slides

mmhmm for Mac

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To remove a slide, click the slide in the slide tray and press ⌘-backspace (on your keyboard, hold the command key down and press the 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 on your keyboard to display the menu.

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Right-click on the slide and click Delete Slide to delete it. 

 

Don’t see the answer to your question? If you’re having technical difficulties or want to suggest a topic for this guide, click here to submit a request or email us at help@mmhmm.app.

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