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Extracting media asset files

From: PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

Video: Extracting media asset files

If you ever saved a PowerPoint slideshow from someone else and would like to save its video files, sounds, and images into separate files to use somewhere else, here's a neat little trick you can use to extract all the audio-visual content. The trick is that in PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint files are actually ZIP files, containers of all the smaller files that make up the presentation. What we're going to do is convert this PowerPoint presentation into a ZIP file so that Windows can open it and extract all the files from inside it.

Extracting media asset files

If you ever saved a PowerPoint slideshow from someone else and would like to save its video files, sounds, and images into separate files to use somewhere else, here's a neat little trick you can use to extract all the audio-visual content. The trick is that in PowerPoint 2010, PowerPoint files are actually ZIP files, containers of all the smaller files that make up the presentation. What we're going to do is convert this PowerPoint presentation into a ZIP file so that Windows can open it and extract all the files from inside it.

The first thing that I need to do is be able to work with all the extensions at the ends of my filenames. If you can see .pptx at the end of your filename, then you're all set. You don't have to do this step, but because I can't see it, I need to go down to the Start menu and then click on Control Panel on the right. I'll click on Appearance and Personalization. Down near the bottom of the list, look for Folder Options and click on that.

Now, go up to the second tab that says View and look for Hide extensions for known file types and turn off the checkmark in front of that and then click OK. And then close the Control Panel. Now I can see .pptx at the end of my filename. Our next step is to duplicate the file so that we're not touching the original PowerPoint presentation. Right-click on the file that you want, choose Copy, right-click anywhere in the white area, and choose Paste.

We now have a copy of the file. Right-click on it one more time and choose Rename. Now, click at the very end and Backspace over pptx. Type in ZIP instead and press Enter. We get an alert message saying that if we change the filename extension the file might become unusable. Are we sure we want to change it? Well, our PowerPoint will become unusable but our ZIP file is going to come in very handy. Click Yes.

I can see that the icon in front of it has now changed to a compressed ZIP folder. Double-click on the folder. Now we can see what's inside it. Double-click on the ppt folder and then double-click on the media folder. Now I can see all of my original images, my WMV movie files and my WMA sound file. When I double-click on any one of them, they'll open up in Windows Media Player. (Music playing) So now they're all individual files.

Being able to extract the movies, sounds, and images from your PowerPoint files can come in very handy if you don't have the original source files and you want to use them in other projects or alter them in any way.

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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Alicia Katz Pollock
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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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