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One way to stylize your presentation is to give your objects beveled edges and 3D formatting. This slants or curves the edges of an object giving them a 3 dimensional appearance as if they're popping off the screen. PowerPoint 2010 has several bevels built-in. Some pull the clip up off the screen while others make look as if it's sunken into the slide. You can also apply a number of formats to the 3D graphics for extra emphasis. I'm on slide 6 and I'm going to click on my movie. We are going to turn our video into a rounded cube.
We are going to start by apply a 3D rotation to the clip so that we can really see the settings in action. I showed you more about perfecting 3D rotations in the previous video. On the Ribbon go up to Video Tools and click on the Format tab. Then click on the Video Effects button. Hold your cursor over 3-D Rotation and a gallery of presets appears. Choose the last of the Oblique settings. you'll have to scroll down all the way to the bottom. For now it doesn't look like anything has changed, but we'll see the effect once we add some depth to the video clip.
Next, go back up to Video Effects and hold your cursor over Bevel. The gallery of presets appears. Hover your cursor over each one and you can see how it adds curved edges to your movie clip. I will click Cool Slant, the last one on the top row. Now I have a nice raised effect with a stylized edge. Once I've applied the bevel style, I'll further customize the look. Go back up to the Video Effects button and back down to Bevel and at the very bottom choose 3-D Options.
The Format Video dialog box opens and we are here on the 3-D Format in the left-hand section. If your window is covering your video, move it off to the left. The first two settings are for the top and bottom bevels. If we are looking at the clip head on, these settings aren't hard to distinguish. But when you have a 3-D Rotation applied these adjustments become readily apparent. Depending on the angle of your rotation, you'll set either the top or the bottom depending which one you can see. To show you what I mean, right now our Cool Slant bevel is applied to the top.
If I turn this bevel off and then apply Cool Slant to the bottom, you can't really tell it's there. If I went to 3-D Rotation and rotated my object so that I was looking at it from the bottom instead of the top, you might see the Cool Slant a little better. But I am going back to the 3-D Format, turn off the bottom again, and turn back the top. Both top and bottom allow you to fine- tune the width and the height of the slants and the curves. If I increase the width, it extends the distance of the effect from the top of the clip.
You can see the bevel edge moving towards the center of the clip. I will set the Top bevel width to 25 points. If I increase the Height it thickens and deepens the 3-D effect. Increase in the Height is one of the most effective special effects for turning a simple video into an actual physical object on the slide. I'll set the Height to 15 points. The next setting is Depth. Depth makes the object thicker and allows you to change the color of the pixels that create the sides of the object.
As before it's most effective when you have a 3-D Rotation applied. If I drop down the Color button and choose one of the aquas, I can see a very faint line at the bottom of the object and a subtle color change on the right side. But now start increasing the Depth. I'll go ahead and I am going type in 75. Now my object is a block. I can see the aqua on the bottom and the sides of the object get bigger. Now let's explore the Contour color.
Contour allows you to specify the color and the size of the outlines around all the edges of your 3-D effect. I will choose this darker aqua to match our theme and I will increase the Size to 6 so that you can really see it. If I click off, I can now see a teal border on all sides of my cube. Sometimes this helps distinguish the sides from the top, but other times it serves as a distraction. I do think the line helps emphasize the cube effect I'm trying to create, but this thick one looks too garish.
I am going to click on it again and set it back to 1 point so that it's just a hairline. Material simulates different surface finishes. Let's try a few. Matte, the first button, takes off the reflections. Clear, the very last of the Translucent options makes the clip look like it's playing inside the shadow box. I am going to click on it again and choose Metal, the last option in the top row. That makes the surface glossy.
The lighting options change the video to look as if you are viewing it under different lighting conditions. The Neutrals at the top emulate qualities of white light. Warm adds red to the lighting conditions as if it were sunrise or sunset. Cool lighting adds a touch of blue. Specials at the bottom have their own unique qualities. For our video I'm going to choose the second option, Balance. Once I have selected my lighting conditions I can also set the direction of my light source.
This Angle goes from 0 to 359.9 and if I just hold down the up arrow, I can watch the sun rise and set around my 3 dimensional object. I am going to choose 300 so that my top edges are a little lighter and my bottom curved edges are emphasized. If you've applied a number of adjustments, but you decide to go back to where you began, you can use this Reset button to return all the Bevel settings to 0. But I like what I have so I am going to click Close.
When I go down to Slideshow, you can see the beveled edges with the increased width and depth. I can see the depth on the sides, the contour line. Now what's really neat is that when I start my video, my image even curves around the edges of the bevel. This is an audience favorite. (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are a full- service florist specializing in weddings and corporate events.) Adding a bevel and 3D formatting to you video clip is a great way to add visual interest and a modern look and feel to your slideshow.
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