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Inserting a QuickTime video

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QuickTime is Apple's default movie format and with the growing popularity of Macintosh computers and devices in the creative field, the file format is increasingly common. QuickTime movie files will have an extension of .mov or m4v. The procedure for inserting a QuickTime video into your presentation is exactly the same as any other video. I'm going to go to slide 4, the Test of Our Longer TV Spot. For more information about inserting videos into PowerPoint, please see the lessons earlier in this course. In a nutshell, go up to the Insert Ribbon, click on the Video can in the Media Group on the right side of the toolbar, and navigate to your file.

Inserting a QuickTime video

QuickTime is Apple's default movie format and with the growing popularity of Macintosh computers and devices in the creative field, the file format is increasingly common. QuickTime movie files will have an extension of .mov or m4v. The procedure for inserting a QuickTime video into your presentation is exactly the same as any other video. I'm going to go to slide 4, the Test of Our Longer TV Spot. For more information about inserting videos into PowerPoint, please see the lessons earlier in this course. In a nutshell, go up to the Insert Ribbon, click on the Video can in the Media Group on the right side of the toolbar, and navigate to your file.

If you only want to see QuickTime videos listed, click on these Video Files dropdown in the bottom right hand corner of the dialog box and change it to QuickTime Movie File. You can also choose QuickTime Video File if you want to see files in m4v or other QuickTime formats. I'm going to go back to video files. Click on the ad_45sec file. Decide if you want to insert or link to the file. We're going to go ahead and just insert it and our QuickTime video appears.

I'll resize it and move it over to the right. If I want to preview it, click the Play arrow. (Music playing) As you can see, the actual insertion of a QuickTime video itself is a piece of cake. However, if your QuickTime file doesn't work or if you prefer to do things the hard way, there's another way you can insert a QuickTime video as a developer control, instead of as a straightforward video. To use this technique, we need to add the Developer tab to the Ribbon. Click on the File tab and go down to Options. On the left hand side, click on Customize Ribbon and then on the right column put a checkmark in front of Developer, and then click OK.

Go to slide 6 for the Test of our Shorter Web Spot. On your new Developer tab, click on the More Controls button. It's the one with the hammer and wrench and the dot, dot, dot. In the list of Controls, the second one is Apple QuickTime Control 2.0. Click on it, click OK and then drag on the side where you want to draw the control, starting in the upper left hand corner and ending on the lower right. Don't worry if it's not exactly where you need it to be, or not exactly the right size.

If you need to resize the control, you can drag the resizing handles. If you need to move it, pick it up by clicking your cursor in the middle of the box and dragging it where you want it to go. Notice that the box is hollow, but it will play just fine. Now, let's assign our QuickTime controller movie to play. In Windows, open up a Windows Explorer dialog box and locate our 10s_video.mov. Because you'll be linking to the file instead of embedding it, I recommend keeping the QuickTime video in a special folder with the PowerPoint video so that if you move the presentation, you won't orphan the media clip.

Hold down Shift key and right-click on the file and choose Copy as path. Now, go back to PowerPoint, right- click on the Apple QuickTime Control, and then choose Properties. Note that you can also choose the Properties button on the Ribbon. You can resize this box as needed. I'll make it a little longer and wider. Click on the URL property and then right-click on it and choose Paste. If there are quotation marks in beginning and the end of the path, delete them.

While you're here, you're welcome to make other adjustments. One of my recommendations is undersizing. Click where it says Sizing 0-qtControlFitsMovie. Drop it down and change this to 2 - qtMovieFitsControlMaintainAspectRatio. This will make sure that your movie plays at its optimum size and has play controls as well. When you're done, close the Properties pane. Now, let's play our slideshow. Press Play to start the video.

You have Volume controls right here. (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel & Petal?) And I'll press pause to stop it. And notice that I have white bars at the top and bottom, so I'm going to hit Escape and I'm going to resize my control and drag it a little bit smaller. This time when I play my slideshow, I don't have quite as much space around it. You can continue to refine the size of your control box. Now, here are some of the hardware and software considerations when you're working with QuickTime clips. You do have to have a QuickTime installed on your computer.

If you don't already have it, go to apple.com/quicktime to download and install it on your PC. You may also want to check that you have the most recent version. PowerPoint 2010 64-bit is not compatible with the 32-bit QuickTime. Make sure you have matching 32 or 64-bit versions of QuickTime and Microsoft Office. You want to make sure that your QuickTime clip will play on other computers. Be sure to use the Optimize Media Compatibility utility on your PowerPoint file before you share it others. We'll explore Optimize Media Compatibility at length later in this course.

If you're creating your presentation in PowerPoint 2010, but it may be used with PowerPoint 2007, you should convert your .mov file to .wmv, Windows Media format, or another file format that plays natively in PowerPoint 2007. You won't be able to guarantee that they'll have QuickTime installed and you don't want to take any chances. If you're planning to export your PowerPoint slideshow into its own movie, the QuickTime clip may not play. In that case you have a few options. First, see if using the Optimize Media Compatibility checker does the trick. You may want to convert the original .mov, .m4v or .mp4 video to .wmv, Windows Media Format, and then insert it into the presentation.

You can also try a third-party video export program like ffdshow that includes additional codec utilities. QuickTime video clips may still have a few compatibility issues, but as the distinctions blur between PCs and Macs, .mov and .mp4 file formats will become ubiquitous and will become easier and easier to use them natively within PowerPoint.

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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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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