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Discover how to integrate and enhance video and audio to create a more engaging PowerPoint presentation. In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock emphasizes the technical details necessary to make a multimedia presentation work: from working with appropriate file formats, to applying video styles, to reducing the file size of multimedia presentations for sharing.
One of PowerPoint's strengths is its vast collection of special effects that you can apply to any of your graphics, including your videos. Once you insert a video into your presentation, you can jazz it up by giving it a predesigned style effect that combines frames, tilts, shadows, reflections, bevels, and more. Let's click on the video on the sixth slide. If you're working with your own video and the container shows us a black box instead of the first frame of your video, working with effect presets will be easiest. If you set up poster frame on your video, so that you're looking at an image, instead of a black box.
To learn how to select a poster frame, please see the video earlier in this course. Go to the Video Tools Format Ribbon and in the middle is a gallery of video styles. Click on the More button in the bottom right corner and it will extend out the gallery view. Hold your cursor over all the different styles and you'll see a live preview on your slide. The Subtle effects mostly contain borders and edge effects like shadows and blurs. The Moderate effects add more depths or combine two effects such as a border and a tilt.
The Intense effects pumps up the levels on the effects and frequently add in 3-dimensional angles. Choose one you like, try and find one that echoes the tone of your presentation so that the effect doesn't overpower your content or underwhelm it. Find a balance between subtlety and interest. For this media clip, I'm going to choose the Beveled Perspective Left, the first of the intense effects. Notice that the perspective makes the video look like it's moved a bit to the right. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to fine-tune the location.
There's a second place you can go with more effect presets. If you click on the Video Effects dropdown and then hold your mouse over Presets, there are 12 more styles to choose from. Now, I'm going to stick with the style we chose earlier. After you've set your effects, you have the ability to adjust them all further on an individual basis. If you right-click on the video and choose Format Video at the bottom of the shortcut menu, a Format Video dialogue box will open. You can see all the current settings and tweak them as needed.
For example, I'll go to 3-D Format and change the top bevel height to 2.5. We will explore every setting in this dialogue box in the rest of this chapter. I'll click Close. Using the Video Effects presets will save you a lot of time as you create a style for your videos. Instead of starting from scratch, choose an effect that gets you close to the look you're after, then adjust from there as you'd like. Do be careful spending too much time playing though. You can lose hours trying to get that perfect look just for a few fleeting seconds of video.
Use your time wisely.
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