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Applying preset video styles

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One of PowerPoint's strengths is its vast collection of special effects that you can apply to any of your graphics, and the good news is that some of them will even work on your videos. Once you insert a video into your presentation, you can jazz it up by giving it a pre-designed style effect that combines frames, shadows, reflections, bevels, and more. I am clicked on slide 6 in my presentation, and I'll click on my video. Now, go up to the Picture Tools > Format Ribbon, and in the middle is a gallery of Picture Styles.

Applying preset video styles

One of PowerPoint's strengths is its vast collection of special effects that you can apply to any of your graphics, and the good news is that some of them will even work on your videos. Once you insert a video into your presentation, you can jazz it up by giving it a pre-designed style effect that combines frames, shadows, reflections, bevels, and more. I am clicked on slide 6 in my presentation, and I'll click on my video. Now, go up to the Picture Tools > Format Ribbon, and in the middle is a gallery of Picture Styles.

Now, the most important thing about applying these styles is realizing that they're not really being applied to your movie; they are only being applied to the media object on the slide before the movie starts. When the movie starts, it will always play in a rectangle. If you use one of the presets that keeps the rectangular shape in place, your movie will look like it has the preset applied. But if you choose one of the styles that has a tilt, shape, or complex set of effects applied, your movie clip will layer over these graphics and look terrible. Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Click on the More button in the lower-right corner of the gallery so that you can see all of the options. Hold your cursor over all of the different styles and you'll see a live preview on your slide. They look great now because all we see is the effect applied to the video outline. Let's start with one that won't work at all. Try the Bevel Perspective. Now, when I play my presentation, I can see the movie play in its rectangle over the starting frame. This looks terrible.

(Male speaker: --my anniversary tonight, and I forgot about it until about fifteen minutes ago--) Press Escape to leave the movie and then again to go back to normal view. This time let's go more subtle. Click on the gallery again and try the fourth option, the Drop Shadow Rectangle. This makes the video stand out from the slide because it has a shadow effect applied. When I play it, I still maintain my original shape, so the effect works nicely. (Male speaker: --awesome. It's actually my anniversary tonight.) I'll press Escape again and go back to normal view.

After you've set your effects, you do have the ability to adjust all of them further, on an individual basis. If you right-click on the video, choose Format Picture at the bottom of the Shortcut menu. A dialog box opens. I'll drag it off to the left. Here you can see the current settings for your video and tweak them as needed. For example, I'll go to Shadow, and I'll increase the Size, decrease the Transparency, to make it a little bit darker, and increase the Angle one click, and the Distance as well, so that the video pops off of the slide a little bit more.

Again, many of the settings may make your movie look strange when it plays, so be sure to test carefully. We'll explore some of these settings in this dialog box in the next videos in this chapter. I'll click Close. Using the Picture Effects presets will allow you to create a style for your presentation. Just keep in mind that the effects are applied to the media object, not the video itself, so that when your movie plays, the two visual styles may overlap. Do be careful spending too much time playing around in order to get these right, though.

You can lose hours trying to get the perfect look just for a few fleeting seconds of video. Use your time wisely.

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PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 49s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 54s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      6m 28s
    4. Working with video formats
      4m 32s
  3. 15m 41s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 32s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 20s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      2m 36s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 20s
    5. Playing a video using an action button
      1m 53s
  4. 23m 38s
    1. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 8s
    2. Playing a QuickTime movie
      4m 32s
    3. Playing a Flash animation
      3m 40s
    4. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      4m 42s
    5. Inserting a web page
      5m 36s
  5. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing a video
      3m 59s
    2. Cropping a video
      2m 51s
    3. Applying preset video styles
      3m 22s
    4. Designing a border
      4m 35s
    5. Adding shadows
      3m 25s
    6. Adding reflections
      1m 9s
    7. Adding glow effects
      1m 18s
    8. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 22s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 49s
    3. Playing full screen
      1m 55s
    4. Hiding a video
      2m 11s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 55s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 27s
    7. Playing a movie across slides
      3m 48s
    8. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      3m 46s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      3m 19s
  7. 14m 4s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 10s
    2. Improving playback performance
      4m 55s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      5m 59s
  8. 19m 26s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      2m 52s
    2. Embedding sounds
      3m 38s
    3. Inserting sounds from the clip art gallery
      4m 39s
    4. Inserting audio from a computer file
      2m 11s
    5. Playing a sound using an action button
      2m 46s
    6. Recording your own sounds
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 44s
    2. Playing audio automatically
      2m 50s
    3. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 36s
    4. Looping an audio clip
      3m 9s
    5. Delaying an audio clip
      1m 45s
    6. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 10s
    7. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 41s
  10. 12m 22s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 5s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      4m 13s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      3m 35s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 29s
  11. 23m 0s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 13s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 21s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      2m 33s
    4. Recording a narration
      11m 53s
  12. 16m 43s
    1. Running the Compatibility Checker
      1m 36s
    2. Converting files for PowerPoint 2010
      2m 26s
    3. Packaging a CD for travel
      3m 40s
    4. Creating a self-running presentation
      6m 54s
    5. Extracting media files
      2m 7s
  13. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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