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Hi all - PPT 2002 XP, WinME I was wondering if there is a feature in PPT that would simulate the 'bouncing ball' effect, similar to the old fashioned 'follow the bouncing ball' sign-along thingie that they used to show on TV for the little ones to follow and sing ...

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    Follow the bouncing ball

    Hi all - PPT 2002 XP, WinME

    I was wondering if there is a feature in PPT that would simulate the
    'bouncing ball' effect, similar to the old fashioned 'follow the bouncing
    ball' sign-along thingie that they used to show on TV for the little ones to
    follow and sing along when a song was playing on TV. I heard this feature
    was at some point used in the old movie theaters for the intermission
    entertainment.

    I thought this might be something that might be useful for helping the
    hearing impaired kids at the center to be able to associate a musical beat
    to a song as it the words are displayed. Yes, there are some tapes for this
    purpose available, but, they are mostly at least a decade or more old, and
    none of the fun movie themes or current 'hot' songs are readily available.
    Yeah, there are a lot of things available out there, but, the funds are not
    available.

    What I am using now is a ping-pong ball painted bright yellow with a smiley
    face, with a hole in one end stuck on the end of a cue stick. I created
    banners with the words of the songs on them, and I tape them across the top
    of the bookshelves in the Entertainment area, and when I play the music on
    my portable stereo player, I tap out the beat on the various words across
    the banners as I ...ahm.....kinda...sorta...well...boogie a bit....ya
    know.....just so the kids can kinda get a feel for the rhythm when the music
    plays. One of their favorites is the Chicken Dance.....of all
    things.....but, they also have other favorites

    Anyway.....is there a way to somewhat simulate the 'Bouncing Ball' effect in
    PPT XP? Not holding my breath in hopeful anticipation mind you, just asking
    in hopes....as I have a cricket in my neck....and a hitch in my
    get-along....<sigh>. I think it is time to send in the clowns.... ;-))

    Jan

    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    In a round about way.

    I did a presentation using the song Old MacDonald to, well, to see if it
    could be done. By using motion paths to animate my "ball" and very careful
    control of the timing sequence/duration I made a "fair" presentation that
    *mostly* did as I wanted. (I hear the other MVPs laughing in the
    background.) Problem of course is that PowerPoint and accurate timing
    rarely meet in the same place.

    Yes it can be done, but you need a very fast machine and a ton of patience
    to work the timing out.

    Austin Myers
    MS PowerPoint MVP Team


    "Jan Il" <beelzebub@u.gotmail.com> wrote in message
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    I've done the bouncing ball effect, but only 'live'.

    It was done by changing the normal powerpoint cursor to something big and
    round (like a ball) (from the control panel > mouse > pointer).
    Then when the music is playing, the words are displayed on the screen (nice
    and big)....and you literally follow the words with (the mouse pointer) your
    bouncing ball.

    But it always needs someone to be there.

    Cheers
    TAJ Simmons
    microsoft powerpoint mvp

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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    > plays. One of their favorites is the Chicken Dance.....of all 

    Oktoberfest is coming up in Zinzinnati, and with it the World's Largest
    Chicken Dance (as certified to have happened somewhere else by the Guiness
    Book of Records people).

    They sell Chicken Hats.

    http://www.oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com/chickendance.asp

    No pictures. Blast.


    Steve
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Have you considered doing the bouncing ball during show with a laser/light
    pointer (under $20 now)? Or maybe using TAJ's idea of the modified mouse
    cursor, but recording an AVI to keep timings and audio synced?

    I had the idea of re-creating all the old sing-along slides/movies into an
    updated library, but ran into the same bouncing ball problem. Only thing I
    came up with was to make AVI's of them all. Was easier to keep renting the
    pre-bounced films.

    B



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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Hi Austin!

    "Austin Myers" <net> wrote in message
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    This sounds workable, especially for me at my level. There are two factors I
    try very hard to keep in mind while working on this project; 1) my very
    novice limitations and knowledge of the program, especially 2002 XP; 2)
    that I am not only working with children, but, children who are hearing
    impaired, some to a degree, some totally. I try to not only bring the
    world to them, but, them to the world, so to speak, with the hope that
    at some point, both will benefit.

    Thus, in all things, I try very hard to try find ways to interact with them,
    help them learn, and..yeah, just provide them with a little fun stuff. I
    have found that music, in whatever form, is one of the hardest things for
    them to understand and fully enjoy, without some form of visual stimulation.
    It is not just a matter of me standing up there bobbing around like a total
    idiot trying to get them to understand the rhythm of a song, at which they
    have a good laugh, but, to somehow impart both the meaning of the
    words and the joy in the music of the song. It is sometimes very difficult
    to do (I just managed to get them to do 'Row-Row-Row Your Boat' in
    round verse... YES!! ..ggggg..) But, to see a group of little tadpoles
    sitting around, some in a totally silent world, clapping their hands in
    time to the music, and trying to sing the words, with smiles the size
    of a harvest moon, is a really great sight.
     

    I am not sure how fact the machine is, but, I try to be long on patience,
    and I am determined, so, I will give this a try. I know that PPT's timing is
    a little antsy, but, if I can find a way to be a bit clever, I might be able
    to interject a bit if something here and there to adjust for this. A new
    challenge...how fun!!!

    Thank you very much for your time and help, Austin, I really do appreciate
    it.

    Jan  
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    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Well, after that post all I can say is, how can I help?

    Austin Myers
    MS PowerPoint MVP Team


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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Hi TAJ!

    "TAJ Simmons" <com> wrote in message
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    Yeah..I can see how that would make it easier. It would be kinda hard to
    keep the rhythm, I think, if you weren't alive. ;-)) 
    (nice 
    your 

    Ah ha! ..this is very interesting TAJ. I did not know you could do something
    like this with the cursor. I mean, I knew there were some selections you
    could use for the cursor shape, but, I did not know where to find them. Even
    if I had to do the 'bouncing ball' with the mouse, it would sure give me a
    break. After the 15th round of Row-Row-Row Your Boat in round-robin, I tend
    to gat a bit Windied from bouncing the orange ball on the cue stick along
    the words on the 10 ft banner, to say nothing of having to run back to the
    start for each round of the song..and trying to keep up with the others
    already going ... Whew!!
     

    This is not a problem, I wouldn't want to miss a minute of it. ;-))

    Thank you very much TAJ, I really appreciate your input, this sounds like it
    will be great fun!

    Jan  
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    >I did a presentation using the song Old MacDonald to, well, to see if it 

    Austin,
    I still have a copy of that on my hard drive. Wasn't all bad.
    Jan, You could do this with some VBA and be somewhat more assured of
    the timing. I can give you some sample code at the PPTLive conference
    in Tuscon in October, but I'm going to let you do all the hard work
    (g).

    Brian Reilly, PowerPoint MVP
    Brian
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Brian,

    Thank you! If you have the copy handy can you send it to Jan as an example
    of how to do it?

    Austin Myers
    MS PowerPoint MVP Team


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    Austin
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    Hi B!

    "B" <com> wrote in message
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    No...I did not think of this aspect, as I have not yet had cause to use a
    laser/light pointer, or AVI's. Fact is, I really don't know what AVI's are.
    But, there is never a better time to learn than the present. ;-))

    I have found that of all those who come to this ng..professional and general
    user, bring a vast array of knowledge and experience to offer for so many
    different needs. I credit this, in some part, not only to the expertise of
    these users, but, to the overall versatility of the program...in that it can
    meet so many different needs in various ways for the vast majority of users.
    This, in opposition to programs that provide for only certain ways you can
    do things..period...sorta like, if ya need to do it this way, fine..if not,
    well, tough. To me, this limits, and totally curtails the creativity of the
    user. That is why I don't go there. In spite of the fact that my
    imagination may be sorta of off the wall, I have to stretch, and challenge
    myself and the program, as much as I can...that is where the fun comes
    in..<vbg>

    Thank you B, I truly appreciate your additional input, and I will look into
    the laser thingie. I am always anxious to learn new ideas and ways of
    getting the job done. ;-))

    Jan
     
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Hey Brian!

    "Brian Reilly, MS MVP" <com> wrote in message
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    Thank you very much Brian..I would truly appreciate your help. Although, I
    must tell you up front, I have no experience with VBA in PPT, only in
    Access. And...no worry ..I am not adverse to doing my own homework, 'cause
    the experiences in the process tend to serve you longer. ;-))

    Jan


     

    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Hi Austin!

    "Austin Myers" <net> wrote in message
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    I am already looking into your process...in 2002 XP. I am creating the
    words to a song on a slide, and while not exactly sure where to start with
    the motion paths, I'm gonna work on this, and I may have a question or
    two.....ok ok....maybe a gazillion or so.. ;-))

    Thank you Austin...I really do appreciate your help. While it means a great
    deal to me...it means so much more for the kids....<g>

    Jan  
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Hi Brian, in reference to Austin's reply to you, if you do send the file,
    please send it to
    janilac at cox dot net. It can take larger attachments, and I can pick it up
    from there. :-)

    Thank you,
    Jan

    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Jan Il wrote: 

    Heh. Felt that one coming a mile away!
     

    Heh. Felt that one coming a mile away, too!

    A couple of motion path tips for you, Jan...

    1. You can use edit points to tweak the paths. When you add the motion
    path, choose an existing one that's similar to what you'll want (maybe
    "arc up" for the bouncing ball?). Then right-click the path and choose
    edit points. You can drag those little black things around to shape the
    path more to your liking. There's a Bezier Curves tutorial on my site
    that may help you here.

    2. Locked vs Unlocked. Unlocked means that if you move the ball, the
    path will move with it. Locked means that, even if you move the ball
    (say, to a different starting point), the path will stay in the same
    place.

    Echo
    Echo
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    Hey Echo!

    "Echo S" <net> wrote in message
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    Scorpios....go fig'er...;-)) 

    'k..I'll play with the 'arc up' for the bouncing ball. But, I am not
    familiar with the edit points or tweaking of the paths, but, I'll practice
    that, and editing the black thingies around the shape to see about getting
    it more into the trajectory of how I want it to go. I'll go to your site
    and get the information on the Bezier Curves. I have not worked much with
    these, but, what I have, I've found them to be a very versatile and utile
    tool.
     

    ??? I am afraid I am a bit lost here, I have never used this feature before.
    I am not sure which I would need to use, but, I'll get after 'em and find
    out. ;-))

    I did not know that the motion path was something available in PPT.
    Austin's mention of this was the first I ever knew about such a thing being
    possible in PPT.

    Sheesh, I feel like such a Guppy...

    Thanks Echo...I will certainly follow up on your suggestions. I truly
    appreciate your input, and help.
     




    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Hi Brian..in reference to Austin's reply to you, my Hotmail can only take
    attachments up to 1 MB.
    So, if you send Austin's file, just send it to janilac at cox dot net. It
    can take bigger attachments, and I can pick it up from there.

    Thank you.

    Jan


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    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball


    "Steve Rindsberg, PPTMVP" <com> wrote in message
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    ....yeah...that is the first thing the father of the bride, or the husband,
    or the ex-wife, or father of the student, and the host of the party does....
    so ...I just kinda follow along...sorta like... if the guest of honor or
    immediate next of kin does it, hey..it can't be wrong...right??? I usually
    do pretty good until the biker Moll with the steel-toed brogans steps on my
    hands during the Beer Barrel Polka. It's kinda embarrassing though, when the
    bride apologizes for stepping on me.

    ;-))






    Jan
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Jan,
    I'll send a copy there in the next hour. It's coffee and NY Times time
    right now (g)
    Brian Reilly, PowerPoint MVP
    Brian
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    Re: Follow the bouncing ball

    Got it...thanks Brian. Hope all's well in the Big Apple :-)
     
    NY Times time 
    Jan
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