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If you need to build a file that's compatible for both PC and Macintosh on older versions of PowerPoint--I would say that's pretty much before the year 2009, 2010-- the only way you are going to get cross-platform compatibility is with an MPEG-1 file, and I needed to say right upfront, you're only going to get about 320x240 or 320x180 or so. It's going to be a small piece of video, if you want to guarantee that will be playable embedded into PowerPoint. I am going to go ahead and take our Mission Starting Statement.
You can use any video you want, or start in Final Cut X. I am going to roll open the Apple Settings. I am going to go here, take it MPEG files, and I am going to take the MPEG-1 Setting. Now this setting is pre-built for MPEG files, and the only thing I can do with it is make it just have a little bit more data, which isn't a bad idea. The data rate, I can just make it a little bit higher, because the size of this file isn't really too crucial. You are going to leave it at the web setting. The DVD settings essentially splits across the video and audio, kind of the way MPEG-2 is work for DVDs.
And I am just going to yank that up all the way. We might as will save this. We've gone to all of the trouble of building it. I wan to call this an MPEG1 for Powerpoint (old), meaning older versions of PowerPoint, at 2 megabits per second. I am going to hit Save. It's going to be in our settings and just like I've been doing the entire time, I am going to delete the one I have, take the one I just built, drag and drop, press Submit. We're off to the races, and it's going to build this, perfect for older versions of PowerPoint.
Again, the real reason we would choose this is mostly for compatibility. So okay, it's finished compressing. We are going to take a look at it over in the Finder. I am going to go ahead and open this up. And just one of the negatives that we happened to have with MPEG-1 files is they are just not going to look that good. You can see all the sort of blocking and artifacting. This is really a format that was great in 1993. And here we are, nearly 20 years later. It's no surprise that it's not that strong of a format, that the video looks very blocky and compressed.
And if you're using older versions of PowerPoint, that's about the only thing that you can do at this point is to upgrade to something a little bit more current that's going to give you the ability to pick other formats for video.
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