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You may find there are times when you don't want the audience to even see a video on the screen if it's not playing. Here's how to hide your clips. I am working on slide 6 of my presentation, and I will click on my video. Now I will go up to Movie Tools > Options. On the left there are set of Movie Options. Find the one that says Hide During Show and click on its check mark. Now when I play my slide show I have got a problem: my video is hidden, so I can't click on it to start the clip. Press Escape to go back to the Normal view.
If I am going to hide my clip, I have to have some way to start it. The simpler solution is to change the Play Movie when clicked to Automatically, so that my movie plays as soon as I go to a slide and then disappears when it's done. There are two more places where you can adjust the same setting, deeper in the controls. The first one is easy. Click on the Launcher button in the lower-right corner of the Movie Options, and I can see that there's already a check mark in front of Hide while not playing, because I added it from the Ribbon.
I will click OK. Then if you go up to the Animations tab and then click on Custom Animation to open up the Animation pane on the right, I can click on my movie and then use the dropdown arrow and choose Timing. I have to go to the third tab that says Movie Settings, and now there is an option right here for Hide while not playing. That way I can activate this setting while I am working with other features. I will click Cancel.
Now when I play my slide show, my video starts by itself and disappears when done. (Male speaker: It's actually my anniversary tonight, and I forgot about it until about) (Male speaker: fifteen minutes ago, whatever, when I was at work.) A more complex way of starting a video that's been hidden is to add a separate object that triggers the media clip when I click on it. This is useful when I have a slide that has additional content than just my video. We will explore that technique in the movie about triggering, later in this chapter. When you don't want your media clip to appear on your slide at all, using these techniques allows you to hide the clip completely.
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