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If you have a busy background, use a glow around your media clip to make it stand out. A glow can range from a subtle dark edge to a wild colored halo. I'm on slide 6 of my presentation,. Click on your video, and go up to the Video Tools Format Ribbon. Click on the Video Effects button and drop it down. I'll hold my cursor over Glow and a gallery of presets appears. The top row are all very thin fine glows and the colors vary as you move from left to right. Notice that the colors match your slideshow's theme.
From top to bottom, the glows become wider and more bold. If you don't like the colors that you see, hold your cursor over More Glow Colors and you can choose from your Theme Colors, Standard Colors, Recent Colors, and More Colors. I'll choose this dark red and click OK. Once you've chosen the starting point, go back to the Video Effects button, and back to Glow, and choose Glow options at the bottom of the menu. We can further define it.
The Format Video dialog box opens and we're here on Glow and Soft Edges. The top button has the same presets we saw under the Video Effects button. The second button has all the same color choices that we saw under Video Effects. The first slider is for the size of the glow. If I pull it to the left, the glow becomes very subtle, just a line around the clip, but if I move it all the way to the right, the glow takes up much of the slide. Notice that you can also type in a specific value or use the up and down arrows.
The second slider is for Transparency. If I pull it all the way to the left to 0, the reflection darkens and becomes opaque. If I move it all the way to the right to 100%, the glow all but disappears. I'll move it to about 20% and again you can adjust the percentage by typing a number or using the arrows. We'll look at the Soft Edges settings in the next video. Once you like your look, click Close and you're done. Adding a glow is the perfect technique to use when you need to differentiate your clip from your background, making sure it's easy for your audience to focus on the content of your video.
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