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Adding sound effects to animations

From: PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

Video: Adding sound effects to animations

Most people's favorite PowerPoint technique is to animate the objects on your slides so they enter and exit or move around. It's possible to add a sound effect to those animations. Let's take a look at how to add effective and appropriate sounds to the movement on your slides. Click on the graphic you want to animate. I'll click on our logo. Then go to the Animations Ribbon. In the center are a series of animation effects and as I hold my cursor over each one I can see a preview. I click on the More button in the lower right-hand corner to see the entire gallery and I'll choose the entrance effect Grow and Turn, because it looks nice with the flower in our logo.

Adding sound effects to animations

Most people's favorite PowerPoint technique is to animate the objects on your slides so they enter and exit or move around. It's possible to add a sound effect to those animations. Let's take a look at how to add effective and appropriate sounds to the movement on your slides. Click on the graphic you want to animate. I'll click on our logo. Then go to the Animations Ribbon. In the center are a series of animation effects and as I hold my cursor over each one I can see a preview. I click on the More button in the lower right-hand corner to see the entire gallery and I'll choose the entrance effect Grow and Turn, because it looks nice with the flower in our logo.

Now my logo came in fairly quickly. I am going to move to the right-hand side and change my Duration to 1.5. Now let's add a sound effect. Click on the Animation Pane button and detailed information about our objects appear. Click on the dropdown arrow to the right of the picture and then Effect Options from the list. Our top option is for Sound. Click on the dropdown and a list of built-in sounds appears. I might choose Breeze. Mostly because it's the natural of the sounds that go with our flower shop, but at the bottom of the list is an option for Other Sound.

This will allow you to import your own wave file sound effect. I definitely suggest keep in the clip short, approximately the desired length of your animation. Otherwise, your animation may finish before your sound effect. When I'll click on it, a Windows dialog box opens. Navigate to your desired sound clip. I have a bee buzz that will work well with my flower logo. Click OK. (Bzzzzz) Now I've created my own animation sound. Now note at the very top of the list is an option to Stop the Previous Sound.

This will turn off any other animation sounds that you may have applied that don't stop of the end of the animation. So if your animation sound is too long, you can use this command to cut the sound off when you move to the next entrance or exit effect. I'll stick with bee.wav. I'll click OK to close the dialog box. Now once you've chosen your animation sound effect, you can see this number next to the thumbnail. This tells you what order that animation will play on your slide relative to all the other objects. Right now we don't have any other animations so the number is just 1. Now go to slide 2.

You can apply this same technique to your bullet points. I'll click in my text and then click on the edge of the text box holder so that the edge is solid. That will make my animation applied to everything that inside it. I'll choose Fade In as my entrance animation and I'll go over to Effect Options and make sure that it comes in By Paragraph so that each bullet point comes in when I click my mouse. To apply the sound effect, I'll do it the same way. I'll click on its dropdown arrow in the Animation Pane and choose Effect Options.

This time I'm going to choose the sound Wind at the very bottom, and I'm going to turn the volume down almost as far as it can go and click OK. (Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh) Now let's go back to the slide 1 and play our slideshow. (Bzzzz) Hansel and Petal now has bees buzzing as the logo appears on the slide and here are our bullet points.

(Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh) Again, I can't emphasize enough to be intentional when designing your object animations. Your visual and audio effects must be relevant to the content, stylistically attractive, and not annoying to your audience, especially if you use them on every bullet point of graphic.

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 20m 45s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 58s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 57s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      8m 35s
    4. Working with video formats
      6m 15s
  3. 22m 4s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 21s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 55s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      3m 10s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 45s
    5. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 23s
    6. Inserting a video using an action button
      1m 30s
  4. 23m 23s
    1. Inserting a QuickTime video
      6m 3s
    2. Playing a Flash animation
      6m 0s
    3. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      5m 58s
    4. Inserting a web page
      5m 22s
  5. 34m 6s
    1. Trimming a video
      5m 54s
    2. Fading in and out
      4m 23s
    3. Cropping a video
      4m 6s
    4. Selecting a poster frame
      1m 53s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 40s
    6. Recoloring a video
      2m 50s
    7. Adding video bookmarks
      3m 10s
    8. Synchronizing text captions with bookmarks
      9m 10s
  6. 10m 32s
    1. Resizing a video
      4m 34s
    2. Playing a video in a shape
      2m 2s
    3. Using a video as a slide background
      3m 56s
  7. 29m 3s
    1. Applying a preset video style
      2m 48s
    2. Designing a border
      3m 59s
    3. Adding shadows
      2m 52s
    4. Adding reflections
      2m 39s
    5. Adding glow effects
      2m 16s
    6. Adding soft edges
      1m 45s
    7. Applying 3D rotation
      3m 50s
    8. Applying bevels and 3D formatting
      6m 26s
    9. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  8. 22m 34s
    1. Setting the volume
      1m 13s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      57s
    3. Play full screen
      1m 1s
    4. Hiding a video
      1m 16s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 50s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    7. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    8. Showing and hiding media controls
      1m 1s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      5m 5s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      2m 46s
    11. Playing a video across multiple slides
      3m 12s
  9. 13m 0s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 7s
    2. Improving playback performance
      3m 43s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      6m 10s
  10. 13m 18s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      3m 7s
    2. Inserting a sound from the clip art gallery
      3m 15s
    3. Inserting audio from a computer file
      1m 56s
    4. Recording your own sounds
      3m 35s
    5. Playing audio in an external application
      1m 25s
  11. 24m 44s
    1. Setting the sound clip volume
      1m 5s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 23s
    3. Trimming an audio clip
      3m 52s
    4. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 18s
    5. Fading sounds in and out
      59s
    6. Looping a sound clip
      2m 23s
    7. Delaying an audio clip
      2m 31s
    8. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    9. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 13s
    10. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 5s
    11. Adding and removing audio bookmarks
      2m 42s
  12. 18m 19s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 10s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      3m 46s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      2m 12s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 28s
    5. Triggering actions with audio bookmarks
      7m 43s
  13. 21m 7s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 10s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 23s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      3m 26s
    4. Recording a narration
      9m 8s
  14. 23m 12s
    1. Checking and optimizing media compatibility
      3m 8s
    2. Converting media to earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 17s
    3. Converting media from earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 37s
    4. Compressing media files
      3m 47s
    5. Saving as a movie
      4m 48s
    6. Packaging a presentation for travel
      3m 43s
    7. Extracting media asset files
      2m 52s
  15. 45s
    1. Goodbye
      45s

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