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Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control

From: PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

Video: Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control

Some media clips that were created after PowerPoint was released may not play properly when they're inserted into your slideshow. Windows Media Player can frequently play media clips that PowerPoint cannot. If you have Windows Media Player 6 or later installed, you can play these clips with the Windows Media Player right inside your slideshow. I'm going to go down to slide 6 in my exercise file. The title on this slide that says Test of Our Shorter Web Spot. It's best to insert this type of control on a slide that doesn't have any placeholders in the main area.

Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control

Some media clips that were created after PowerPoint was released may not play properly when they're inserted into your slideshow. Windows Media Player can frequently play media clips that PowerPoint cannot. If you have Windows Media Player 6 or later installed, you can play these clips with the Windows Media Player right inside your slideshow. I'm going to go down to slide 6 in my exercise file. The title on this slide that says Test of Our Shorter Web Spot. It's best to insert this type of control on a slide that doesn't have any placeholders in the main area.

The next thing we need to do is add the Developer tab to the Ribbon. Click on the File tab and then go down and click on Options. In the Options dialog box, click on Customize Ribbon on the left-hand side. In the column on the far right, put a check mark in front of the Developer and then click OK. On your new Developer tab click on More Controls in the Controls group. It's the one that has a hammer and a wrench with a dot, dot, dot on it.

In the list of Controls, scroll down to the very bottom and then click on Windows Media Player. Click OK and then drag on the slide where you want to draw the control. Starting in the upper left corner and ending in the lower right. Don't worry if it's not exactly where you need it to be or exactly the right size. If you do need to resize the control, drag the sizing handles. If you need to move it, pick it up by clicking your arrow in the middle of the box and dragging it where you want it to go. You can also fine-tune your placement by using the arrows on your keyboard.

Now, let's assign our Windows Media Control a movie to play. In Windows, open up a Windows Explorer dialog box and locate the File 10s_video. Because you'll be linking to the file instead of embedding it, I recommend keeping the video in the same folder as your PowerPoint file so that if you move the presentation, you won't orphan the media clip. Now, hold down your Shift and right click on your video. Choose Copy as path. Now, go back to PowerPoint, right click on your Windows Media object, and then choose Properties.

Note that you can also choose properties on your Ribbon and that you can resize this dialog box from narrow to wide. Now, click on the box next to URL and then right-click in it and choose Paste. If there are quotation marks in the beginning and end of the path, delete them. If there are any other adjustments you'd like to make to the Windows Media Player, you can also make them now. For example, you could change the height or the width or whether the controls are visible when the video plays.

I'm going to leave all of those on their default and close the Properties pane. Now, let's play our slideshow. I'll start the slideshow and my movie will start right away. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel & Petal.) I'll click pause. Now, I noticed that I have a lot of extra space around my video. So, I can hit Escape, to go back to the Normal view, and resize my control as needed. I'll play it again. (Music playing) That's a little better.

(Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel...) Now, here's one troubleshooting issue to note. If you're going to be using the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer to distribute your finished slideshow or exporting it as a movie, using this Windows Media Player control won't work. But if you have a media clip format that PowerPoint won't recognize, but Windows Media Player will, this is a great workaround.

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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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