Import PowerPoint into Course Presentation

We have many PowerPoint slide decks that we would like to be able to convert in to H5P Course Presentations so that we could add interactivity and other supported features to them. Ideally, each PowerPoint slide would be imported with its elements retained, so that each text "container" remains editable and moveable within the H5P Course Presentation slide and includes any header designations; any alt text entered for an image would be brought over; Ideally, it would also handle any associated voice-over audio associated with each slide. Our current online lectures often use voice over slides and it would be nice to have this option in H5P, either as part of the import or as a separate import/synching. 

Less importantly, it would bring over animation associated with the slide, although anything strictly decorative, like transitions, are definitely not needed. 

It is less clear how Notes would ideally be handled, but perhaps an option to include notes that would add them as a Continuous text element on the following slide would make the most sense (and if the notes are longer, than a slide, there would need to be the manual edit to make them work). 

Happy to provide any clarification now or later,

Nancy

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BV52's picture

Hi Nancy,

Thanks a lot for contributing your ideas on how to make H5P better! We’re now working on something called the H5P supporter program allowing the H5P community to vote for and fund the top voted H5P features. Also there are developers in the community who every now and then works on a feature they find interesting or useful.

-BV52

quartztraining's picture

PowerPoint to import. I was wondering if it is possible yet with Wordpress h5p! 

BV52's picture

Hi quartztraining,

I'm afraid this is not possible yet. Usually when new features are created the core team makes sure that it works for all systems.

-BV52

Any update here? 

BV52's picture

Hi,

I wish I have good news but no one has taken on this project yet.

-BV

The lack of support of PowerPoint is probably the biggest reason NOT to use H5P (IMHO). Many of us will use PP as the defacto standard for creating presentation. These presentaitons are become quite creative, so mainting two respositories of the same infoamtion is simply not scalable.  SUre, I guess there are counter arguments, but I don't think the world is ready to give up PP just yet. 

roblespar's picture

Hi swinster
I think that an interim possibility is that PP could be imported into H5P without the animations and other sophisticated, hard to convert features. I often simplify my PP animations with slide duplication and export to PDF so I am not dependent on local SOEs. Once imported as a series of slides into Course Presentation (with backgrounds, graphics and text elements) it will be easier to think of how to make the communication interactive.
Robert

BV52's picture

Hi swinster,

IMOO Course Presentation and PowerPoint occupies different niches. While both are very useful there are a lot of features that one has that the other doesn't. But I would agree that the lack support for PP limits the capability of authors. I sure hope that someone in the community contributes the code for this to happen or someone funds its development.

--BV 

otacke's picture

Hi all!

It seems that some "Pål Jørgensen" has experimented with that feature already in his spare time :-) https://github.com/fnoks/ppt-to-cp-poc

Best,

Oliver 

Ooh, this is a start at least. WIth PP ingegration, we (and alot of others I feel) are blocked from using this.

otacke's picture

But not having that feature is such a great way to eventually ditch slideducation! ;-)

There are (at least) 2 sides to the issue - use of PPT backgrounds and static graphics, and import of animation. For the first, although a little annoying, saving slides as png and adding to Presentation isn't an issue once you've got the dimensions more or less right. When it comes to animation and triggers, PPT shouldn't be the base. I would love to see basic animation, such as simple triggers - hover to reveal a hidden object, or click A to reveal B - appear in Course Presentation, but I think h5p should start on the simplest base instead of importing from an existing app.