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Cropping a video

From: PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

Video: Cropping a video

There may be times when your video clip was shot too high or too low or maybe you want to pull in tight to improve the style. You don't have to open up the clip in a video editing program. You can do the cropping right inside PowerPoint. Note that cropping is different from resizing. While resizing changes the dimensions of the clip itself, cropping cuts off the top, bottom, left, or right so that unwanted side material is actually gone from the video. I am working on Slide 4 in my presentation.

Cropping a video

There may be times when your video clip was shot too high or too low or maybe you want to pull in tight to improve the style. You don't have to open up the clip in a video editing program. You can do the cropping right inside PowerPoint. Note that cropping is different from resizing. While resizing changes the dimensions of the clip itself, cropping cuts off the top, bottom, left, or right so that unwanted side material is actually gone from the video. I am working on Slide 4 in my presentation.

You can use any video clip you have linked or embedded. In our video, we have black bands at the top and bottom, so the clip would look better if we just focus on the star of our show. Click on the media clip. While you're clicked on it, two new tabs will appear. Video Tools Format and Playback. We want the Format tab. On the right side, there is a group called Size and in it a big button that says Crop. Go ahead and click on it. The handles on the corners and middles of my box go from white round circles to black lines.

The shape of the handles will be familiar if you have done any cropping in other Microsoft Office programs. When I put my cursor over them, it mirrors the same shape, so I know I am dragging the correct handle. Click and drag the top black line down to the top of the black border. Now do the same for the bottom. Bring it up to cut off the black. I could also use these L-shaped handles in the corners to move both the walls and the ceiling at the same time. When I am done, just click off the video anywhere on the slide.

When I play my video, I can see my new cropping edges. (Female speaker: Hansel and Petal has been for years my?) I will click Escape to go back to the normal view. If you like what you see, you are done. If you don't like it, just click on the Crop button again and find a new replacement. If you want complete precision with your cropping, use the Launcher button in the bottom right hand corner of the Size Group. In the dialog box that appears, click on Crop on the left-hand side.

Now you have eight further adjustments you can make. The top section is Picture Position. This refers to the picture within the bounding box. If I adjust the height and the width, the video itself expands and contracts. Offset X and Offset Y move the video within the bounding box. When I increase these offsets, gaps may appear on the left and right hand side. The same will happen if I move it up and down.

The bottom half, Crop position, relates to the sides of the box itself. Any changes I made to the height and width here are also reflected in the size boxes up in the Ribbon. The Left and Top settings refer to the exact position of the video on the slide. Move these up and down and the location of the clip will move. Once you got your video perfectly sized and oriented, click Close and then click off of your picture. Now here is another way you can get to your cropping options.

Right click on your media clip and in this little shortcut menu, there is a section with video tools. Cropping is this little button right here which will change your resize handles into cropping handles. I will go ahead and press Escape to leave this mode. Now that you have cropped your clip, you can save some file size by using the Compress Media feature. We will explore Compress Media in detail later in this course. For now, know the Compress Media will delete the unused portion of your video and it may reduce your video's quality as well.

Once you have compressed your media clip, that cropped material will be completely gone. If you change your mind about your cropping points, you will need to start all over again with a fresh video import. The ability to quickly and easily crop away sides of your video clip right inside PowerPoint will save you hours of time, now that you don't have to open up video editing software for quick edits.

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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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