Today's (scientifc) presentations seldom include only text but also a lot of videos. Often these are generated from single images. Especially PowerPoint users know of pitfalls of embedding an arbitrary video, just crashing the PowerPoint application seems rather normal.
The trick is to choose the right codec and the image dimensions. Each dimension (in pixel) must be dividable by eight. Furthermore, when using the mencoder package you have to choose the msmpeg4v2 codec and jpg files:
In the download section you'll find the complete script with image type conversion from png to jpg and the final mencoder call. Change the frame-per-second (fps) and output file name to your needs.
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