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Cropping a video

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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.

Cropping a video

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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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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