Hide Your Overview
The first image your audience sees sets the stage for the rest of your presentation. Without changing the Prezi starting point, the default first image is the overview. This is view reveals your entire presentation on screen. Your audience can see everything in the overview. There will be times when you don’t want to give away this much information so early in your presentation. You might want to start with a small introductory image before exposing the big picture. When you set the Prezi starting point inside a topic, you can zoom out to the overview to create a dramatic visual effect. Learn more about visuals effects and metaphors with Mandy Schild.
Reveal the Context of your Content
The feature that most sets Prezi apart from other tools is the unique zooming transitions. Prezi’s three-dimensional structure is most effective when you put high-level concepts at the topic level. Topics are seen on the top layer of the Prezi structure. Supporting details for these high-level concepts are best placed in subtopics in the next layer down. The zooming transitions move the viewer’s perspective down deeper to see the details, and brings them back up to the surface to see the high-level concepts.
Transitions between the Prezi layers help your audience visualize the context of your presentation. When you change the Prezi starting point to a topic, you’ll zoom your audience up to the overview after viewing the detail located deeper down. When they up zoom to the surface they’ll be able to see the relationship between what’s in the topic and what’s in the overview. For example, you can start on a topic that shows the first step in a series. Then, when it zooms out to the overview, the viewer discovers how that first step fits into the whole process.
Create a Surprise Reveal Special Effect
Use a Title Slide for the Prezi Starting Point
Customize Your Title Slide
How to Set a Custom Prezi Starting Point
Deciding Where to Start
You can set the Prezi starting point to almost anything in your presentation – a topic, subtopic, object, or animation. Typically, you’ll start with the first topic or its first subtopic. After showing your custom starting point, Prezi Next continues through the normal sequence. So it doesn’t make sense to skip over the first part of your presentation. If you change the Prezi starting point to a point after the first topic, you’ll bypass part of your content. Your audience will never see anything that precedes the custom start. Keep this in mind when making a change to the Prezi starting point.
A Tip for Presenting
There are a variety of ways to present your prezi. Regardless of how you present, take the time to fully load your prezi before revealing it on screen, especially if it is very large. As the prezi is loading, you might catch a glimpse of the overview before it displays the starting point. This flash of this big picture defeats the whole purpose of setting a custom Prezi starting point. You can get around this if your presentation is already on the starting point before you open your laptop, or before you turn your projector on. If you’re in a conference situation and you can’t pre-load the prezi before your talk, hide the screen using a shortcut key or the button on your remote. Unhide the screen when you’re ready to begin, and all the audience will see is your custom starting point.
Making a Prezi Next Path
The Prezi Classic path moves from frame to frame, guiding the viewer through the content. Prezi Next doesn’t have a path. But you can make your own path using zoom animations. Incorporating a series of zoom animations with a custom starting point gives you complete control over the movement of your prezi. By changing the Prezi starting point to the first animation in the series, you bypass the overview, saving it for the very end of your presentation. It isn’t as easy to use as the Prezi Classic path, but it’s a close approximation. Setting a custom Prezi starting point can significantly change your presentation. For such a simple feature, it offers a variety of options to make your presentation more interesting and engaging.