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Discover how to integrate and enhance video and audio to create a more engaging PowerPoint presentation. In this course, author Alicia Katz Pollock emphasizes the technical details necessary to make a multimedia presentation work: from working with appropriate file formats, to applying video styles, to reducing the file size of multimedia presentations for sharing.
The ability to delay the start of a 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 begins. 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 working on slide 6 of my presentation. I'll click on my video clip to select it and then go up to the Movie Tools > Options tab. On the left-hand side, it says Play Movie: When Clicked, and I will change this to Automatically, so that our video starts as soon as we show the slide, without having to physically click on it.
For more information about this option, see our video on playing a clip automatically, earlier in this chapter. Now click on the Animations tab and then click on Custom Animation, and a pane opens up on the right-hand side. We want the instance of our video that has the Play arrow on it. Click one the dropdown arrow to its right and then choose Timing. In the dialog box that appears I see an option called Delay. Delay is measured in seconds, with accuracy up to 100ths of a second.
If I click the spinner arrows, the time jumps in increments of a half second. Set the delay to 5 seconds. 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. I'll click okay, and then I'll start my Slideshow. I have enough time to introduce the movie, and then it will start all by itself. (Male speaker: Hansel and Petal is awesome! It's actually my anniversary tonight.) Delaying your video clip gives you control over when the movie begins to play and is particularly useful when you want the media to start automatically, but not immediately.
It's also useful when your media playback is triggered by other actions on the slide, which we'll visit in a movie later in this chapter.
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