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The ability to delay the start of the media clip has infinite uses. If the video is set to play automatically at the start of a slide, you can have it wait a specific length of time before it starts, or if the video playback is triggered by another action on the slide, setting a delay will keep the effects from being crammed together. I'm on slide 6 of my presentation and I'll click on my video clip to select it. Then I'll go up to Video Tools and click on the Playback tab. Where it says Start On Click, click on the dropdown and change it to Automatically.
This way our video will start as soon as we show the slide without having to manually click on it. For more information about this option, see our movie on playing a clip automatically earlier in this chapter. Now, click on the Animations tab and then look on the far right. There's an option called Delay. The first two digits are the number of seconds and the second two digits allow you to control the accuracy to the nearest hundredth. If you click the spinner arrows up or down, the time jumps in increments of a quarter second. Set the Delay to 5 seconds. I'm going to click in the box and type 5.
That way the video doesn't start the moment we land on the slide but gives us a few seconds of breathing room to get ready or to introduce the clip before it starts. This same setting can also be found if you turn on the Animation Pane with this button on the Animation tab. In the pane that opens up on the right, click on the dropdown to the right of our video. On the dropdown menu, click on Timing. In the dialog box that appears, I can see the same Delay, 5 seconds. I'll click OK and then I'll play my clip.
Delaying your video clip gives you control over when the movie begins to play and it's particularly useful when you want the media to start automatically but not immediately. I'll go ahead and pause it. It's also useful when your media playback follows other actions on the slide, which we'll see in the movie about triggering video by clicking a graphic later in this chapter.
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