PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth
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Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control


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PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

with Alicia Katz Pollock

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 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.
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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 49s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 54s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      6m 28s
    4. Working with video formats
      4m 32s
  3. 15m 41s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 32s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 20s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      2m 36s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 20s
    5. Playing a video using an action button
      1m 53s
  4. 23m 38s
    1. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 8s
    2. Playing a QuickTime movie
      4m 32s
    3. Playing a Flash animation
      3m 40s
    4. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      4m 42s
    5. Inserting a web page
      5m 36s
  5. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing a video
      3m 59s
    2. Cropping a video
      2m 51s
    3. Applying preset video styles
      3m 22s
    4. Designing a border
      4m 35s
    5. Adding shadows
      3m 25s
    6. Adding reflections
      1m 9s
    7. Adding glow effects
      1m 18s
    8. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 22s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 49s
    3. Playing full screen
      1m 55s
    4. Hiding a video
      2m 11s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 55s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 27s
    7. Playing a movie across slides
      3m 48s
    8. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      3m 46s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      3m 19s
  7. 14m 4s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 10s
    2. Improving playback performance
      4m 55s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      5m 59s
  8. 19m 26s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      2m 52s
    2. Embedding sounds
      3m 38s
    3. Inserting sounds from the clip art gallery
      4m 39s
    4. Inserting audio from a computer file
      2m 11s
    5. Playing a sound using an action button
      2m 46s
    6. Recording your own sounds
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 50s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 44s
    2. Playing audio automatically
      2m 50s
    3. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 36s
    4. Looping an audio clip
      3m 9s
    5. Delaying an audio clip
      1m 45s
    6. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 10s
    7. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 36s
  10. 12m 22s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 5s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      4m 13s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      3m 35s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 29s
  11. 23m 0s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 13s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 21s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      2m 33s
    4. Recording a narration
      11m 53s
  12. 16m 43s
    1. Running the Compatibility Checker
      1m 36s
    2. Converting files for PowerPoint 2010
      2m 26s
    3. Packaging a CD for travel
      3m 40s
    4. Creating a self-running presentation
      6m 54s
    5. Extracting media files
      2m 7s
  13. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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3h 32m Intermediate Sep 27, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using video and audio appropriately
  • Linking vs. embedding media
  • Considering copyrights
  • Inserting video
  • Working with proprietary formats, such as QuickTime, YouTube, and Flash
  • Applying effects
  • Setting options like looping and full-screen playback
  • Adding sound
  • Building a music soundtrack
  • Saving multimedia presentations
Subject:
Business
Software:
Office PowerPoint
Author:
Alicia Katz Pollock

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 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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