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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 slide show. I am going to go to slide 6, the title-only 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 a new tab to the Ribbon called the Developer tab.
Click on the Office button and at the bottom, click on PowerPoint Options. In the Popular section, put a check mark in front of Show Developer tab in the Ribbon and then click OK. Now go up to your brand-new Developer tab. In the Controls group, click on the More Controls button. It's the one that has a hammer and a wrench and dot, dot, dot on it. In the list of controls, scroll down to the bottom and choose Windows Media Player. Click OK and then drag on the slide where you want to draw the control, starting in the upper left-hand corner and ending in 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, 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 perfect your alignment using the arrows on your keyboard. Now let's assign our Windows Media Player movie to play. In Windows, open up a dialog box and locate the file 10S video. Because you will be linking to the file, I recommend keeping it in the same folder as your PowerPoint file, so that if you move the presentation, you wont orphan the media clip.
Now hold down the Shift key and then right-click on 10S video. Holding down the Shift key gives you new options on your Shortcut menu. We want Copy as path. Go back to PowerPoint and right-click on your Windows Media Player Object, then choose Properties. You can resize the window if you would like to make it longer, by clicking in the corner and dragging. Click on the URL Property and then right-click on it and choose Paste.
If there are quotation marks at 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 also make them now. For example, you can change the width or the height. When you're done, close the Properties pane. Now let's play our slide show. The movie clip starts immediately. You have a full set of controls over the video to pause it or stop or adjust the volume. (video playing) If you notice that you have extra space around the video, you can go back to your Normal view, to make your frame larger and smaller or align it as needed.
Now here's one troubleshooting issue to note. If you're going to be using the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer to distribute your finished slide show, using the Windows Media Player Control won't work. So 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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