Pro Tips - Slide Section

Pro Tips - Slide Section

Now that you've used Content Samurai and your ready to take your skills to the next level, check out these Pro Tips we have for using the Script section like a professional:

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Text Layout

We've found a particular way we display our text, which we've refined over many, many sales videos - which is to try keep slides to 3 or sometimes 4 lines of text, normally in an upside down pyramid size.

Even if you have an image on half of the slide, it's still easier for the viewer to digest if the text is laid out with the longest line of text at the top.

We also very rarely have one word on it's own line, it's more important to couple a word on the last line even if it throws out the upside down pyramid layout. It looks less professional to have one word on it's own line.

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Making a Secondary Reading Path

Some users might not be aware of this, the more advance users will already know this tip - when we create videos, we create a secondary reading path that subliminally drives the point of the video home to the user by bolding the important words on each slide, which - on a very basic level - could tell you the message of the video if you only read the bolded words.

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Image Sizes

The videos made in Content Samurai are a 16:9 ratio, if your images don't match that ratio you might see them stretched to match.

Full slide images should be 1280x720 pixels and half slide images should be 640x720 pixels.

More information on how to resize images for both Windows and Mac can be found in this article.

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Using Images

Images can really bring a video to life, but flooding your video with images on every slides isn't normally a good idea.

It's good to space out images to every few slides OR having images last over a few slides.

The screenshots on the right will show you an example of having the same image running over multiple slides.

We've had success with having the same image over 4/5 slides, then switching to a new image for another 4/5 slides etc.

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Splitting and Merging Slides

Slide breaks and merging slides can be powerful tools to quickly edit where your text is on a slide without using copy, cut and/or paste.

You can find the Slide Break button located in the menu bar that runs along the top of each slide - click in front of any words you want on a new slide to place your cursor there, then press the Slide Break button and they will appear on a new slide.

The merge button under each slide will merge the text from the slide below to the above slide.

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Deleting a Slide

You can delete a slide by finding the button in the top right corner, as shown in the screen shot to the right.

When you delete a slide you will delete all of the text from that slide from the script - if you don't want to delete the text completely, you might want to use the merge slide button (see the above tip).

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Hiding Text

If you want to show off the image you've added to your slide you can use the 'Hide Text' button.

Hiding the image can really draw in the users attention to what they are looking at, especially if the other images have text and are behind the opacity of the theme colour.

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