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As you build your PowerPoint 2007 presentation, you'll see a number of formatting effects that you can apply to your video, but you need to be careful. While you're in normal view, the effects will look spectacular, but when you play your slide show, the video itself will revert to its original state. Let's take a look at the features that will and won't give you the look and feel you're working to achieve. On slide 4, I have a video clip of an interview. When I click on it, and go up to the Picture Tools > Format Ribbon, I see a number of formatting effects that look like I can apply them.
That alone points to the issue at hand. In normal view, your movie is treated as a still graphic. You can spend hours and hours applying and perfecting any of the settings available on the Ribbon and in the launcher dialog boxes, only to find that they all disappear or interfere when you play your clip. Let's test this out. I'll play my slide show, so that you can see what the original video looks like. (Male speaker: Hansel and Petal is awesome! It's actually my anniversary tonight) (Male speaker: and I forgot about it until about fifteen minutes ago, whenever, I was at work.) I'll press Escape to go back to normal view.
Now, let's test the features. Don't be concerned with following along; just watch, since most of these are not going to work anyway. I'll start with the size-launching button, and I have cropping down on the bottom- left. I'll crop in 0.9 on the left and 0.1 on the right and then click Close. Now, I'll go up to the Brightness and I'll make it +10. Then I'll go to Contrast and make that +10. Now, I'll go to Recolor, and I'll make my video dark purple.
I'll choose the Picture Style > Reflected Rounded Rectangle, one of my favorites. Now, I'll go up to Picture Shape and change it to a 24-pointed star and make it a little shallower. I'll go up to the Picture Border and make it Aqua, 6 points, so that you can really see it. Then I'll go down to Picture Effects, highlight 3-D Rotation, and choose Perspective Heroic Extreme Left.
So now I have a number of effects applied to my presentation. Now, when I play my slide show, you see that none of our special effects are applied to the video. Worse, I can see the original starting graphic behind it. So what can you do? If you apply any of these formatting effects in a way that maintains the original rectangle's shape and size, you can fool your eye into believing that the effect is working with the video.
In the rest of this chapter, we'll explore the features that you are able to use to jazz up the appearance of your video clips.
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