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One of the modern styles we see today is adding shadows to our media to make it look like it's floating above the screen. Here are all the techniques you can use to make your videos pop off the slide. I'm on slide 6 and I've clicked on my video. Go up to the Video Tools Format Ribbon and click on the Video Effects button. Hold your cursor over Shadow and a gallery of presets appears. The outer shadows are cast on your slide by the object as if it had a light source above. There are shadows in every direction, above, below, to the left, and to the right.
The 12 inner shadows are inset into your video as if your clip was cut out and in back of the slide. Below that, if you scroll down are 5 Perspectives. The first two give the feeling that the video is standing up on a floor and the last one helps the video float in the air. I'm going to choose the second perspective. I can see that my shadow is coming off the slide a little bit. So I'll refine it. I'll go back up to my Video Effects button and highlight Shadow again.
At the very bottom is Shadow Options. I'll click on it and the Video Effects dialog box opens. I'll move it off to the side so that we can see. The same presets are found at very top. The next button down is Color. While black makes the most sense because real life shadows are gray, sometimes you may want to choose a shadow that matches your theme colors. You can do that here. I'll choose this dark green. Do select a dark color here, because the settings will make the shadow lighter.
Next, we have a set of sliders that you can drag to the left or right to fine-tune the settings. You can also type values into these boxes or use the up and down arrows. The first slider is for Transparency. If you pull it to the left, the shadow becomes opaque. If you move it all the way to the right, the shadow all but disappears. I'm going to move it back to about 20%. The second slider is for the size of the shadow. But on this particular preset you may get unexpected results. I'll go ahead and I'll increase it, but that doesn't work. I'll try and undo.
If the undo does not work, go back up to the Preset. Select it again and start over. Blur softens the edges. Take it to the left for sharp edges or to the right to diffuse its appearance. Angle will change the direction of the light source, but on this preset it has no effect. Last is Distance. This moves the shadow away from the attached edge of the object. I'm going to put it all the way back to the left. Once you like your look, click Close and click off your video. And you're done! Creating a shadow around your video literally makes it stand out during your presentation.
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