Prior to actually giving your presentation, you must ensure you have an idea of how you intend to share this information with your audience. One important element of this process is knowing the appropriate sizes of slides you wish to use for a better viewing experience.
Should my presentation be projected on widescreen or standard 4.3?
In the recent times, the popularity of 16:9 widescreen monitors, TV’s, laptops and projectors has increased. Furthermore, PowerPoint has joined the bandwagon by adjusting their default aspect ratio to 16:9. So as this trend unfolds, it would seem likely that new technologies will continue to adopt a widescreen display.
2 Key benefits of Using 16:9 widescreen presentations
1.Widescreen presentations are easily convertible
Since widescreen presentations have embraced modern technology and concepts, they permit the use of a white canvas which is associated with elaborate, pop and impactful designs. You can also comfortably convert your presentations to video format for sharing on your website, social media platforms and mobile platforms without compromising quality.
2.Widescreen presentations are compatible with modern technologies
Widescreen monitors are prevalent in today’s marketplace and widely used in the corporate sector. If you plan on presenting in modern conference rooms, you are safe to assume you will be presenting on a divide that utilises a 16:9 widescreen ratio.
If you’re going to make your presentation at a conference or a similar event, make an effort to know the screen dimensions of these venues. Wide screens are installed in large convention halls and meeting rooms while smaller breakout rooms mostly have 4:3 screens.
Is 4:3 aspect ratio still relevant for presentations?
Despite the popularity of 16:9 presentations, 4:3 ratio is still applicable because many businesses still utilise 4:3 monitors and projectors. The growing number of tablets signifies 4:3 aspect ratio is still relevant and continues to dominate tablets which are now being used a lot by professionals and corporate establishments.
Ideally, it’s wise if you can have a single master template that can work with both formats, but it’s not easy to achieve this. If you switch your page setup from 4:3 to 16:9, your template artwork will lose its proportion and becomes stretched out. You should never showcase your slides with incorrect proportions as this is a surefire way to damage your professional credibility.