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There will be times when you will prefer your video to play in an external video application like Windows Media Player instead of inside your PowerPoint presentation. Maybe you want the player's extra features or maybe PowerPoint won't play your file type, but the other program will. When you would like your video to open up outside of PowerPoint insert it as an object. Inserting the video as an object instead of a clip will display an icon on the slide instead of the video itself. To do this, let's go to our fifth slide, Quick Internet Spot.
Click on the Insert ribbon and the on the Object button on the right middle, the Insert Object dialog box appears. Change the left radio button to Create from File, since we're not going to create a new video from scratch right now. Click on the Browse button, then navigate to the file that you want. Choose 10s_video. Double click on it or click on it and then click OK. Now, you're back on the dialog box.
If you want the media clip to be embedded in the presentation, you're all set. If you'd like to link to it instead, click this Link check box. For more information about linking versus embedding, please watch that lesson earlier in this course. You do also have the option of displaying your own icon. If you wanted to do that, you would choose Display as icon, Change icon, and then browse to the file that you have saved on your computer. For right now, we're going to stick with the default. So, I'll cancel this dialog box and uncheck Display as icon.
All right, we're ready. Click OK to close the dialog box and a small icon will appear in the center of your slide. I like to drag it down to the bottom corner out of the way. To test it, double click on the icon. (Music playing) Windows Media Player opens and my video plays. Go ahead and close the player. Now, if we just stopped here, when you ran your slideshow, clicking on this icon would just take you to the next slide.
To make the object icon work, we have to apply an animation to it. Click on the Animations tab and then on the Add Animation button with the blue star on it, at the very bottom of the list is OLE Action Verbs. Click on it. A window pops up. Click on the left button that says Activate Contents and then click OK. A little number appears next to your icon. This is the order the video will be animated on your slide. We'll adjust this order later in the course.
Now, run your slideshow. Click to advance your bullets and on its turn Windows Media Player will open and play your movie. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Welcome to?) If you need all the tools available in your external media software or if your media clip doesn't work natively in PowerPoint, inserting it as an object allows you to view your video in an external media player such as Windows Media Viewer instead of directly on your slide.
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