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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.
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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