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Much of the time, you'll already have a video file saved on your computer that you want to insert into your PowerPoint presentation. It's easy to add the clip to a slide. Windows classifies all video types as media, since a video is different than let's say a Flash animation, but they're both handled the same way by PowerPoint. Let's add a video clip to our presentation. Click on the fourth slide in your exercise file. Notice the six images in the middle of the placeholder. The bottom right icon has a movie reel on it.
This represents any kind of multimedia. Click on it and a Windows dialog box will appear. Navigate to the folder where you keep your assets. If you want to limit the items you can see to a specific file format, click on this Video Files dropdown, and you can select a specific file type. We'll just leave it on Video Files to see all of our choices. I discussed these file types in a previous lesson in this course. Now click on ad_45sec. Use this Insert button at the bottom to decide if you're going to embed the video or to link to it.
We explore all the ramifications and techniques for each of these options in the linking and embedding video in this course. In short, if you want to import the entire file into your PowerPoint, use Insert or just click the button. If you want to leave it outside the presentation and have PowerPoint look for it each time you play it, change this to Link to File. I'll just click the Insert button. When the video comes in, you'll see a Play button in the lower left so that you can preview it. (Music playing) When you play the presentation, you won't see those controls until you hold your cursor over the video itself.
You can then play the video and adjust the volume right from the slide. (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel & Petal...) Press Escape to end the playback and again to return to normal view. I can make my media clip larger or smaller by dragging the corners or by clicking on the video and then on the new Video Tools Format Ribbon that appears in the upper right corner of my screen. Use the size boxes in the Ribbon.
If you make your video clip larger, the image may become pixilated because you're expanding it past its native size. There is another way to insert media clips as well. The way we just added the movie is how you would do it if you wanted to insert a clip into a placeholder because we use the content box as the target. Go to the second slide, Why add video advertising. If you have text on a slide and would like to enhance it with a small video clip, the steps start a little differently. Let's add a small video clip of flowers to the right side to supplement the content.
Up on the Ribbon, change the Insert tab. On the far right, you'll see a button with the same film canister on it labeled Video. If you click on the bottom half of the button on the dropdown arrow, you can select Video from File. If you just click on the top half of the button, right on the film, PowerPoint automatically selects that same option. From there the process is exactly the same as before. Navigate to the Lillies media clip and decide if you're embedding it or linking to the file. We're going to embed ours, so I'll just click Insert.
Once you've made your choice, the movie will import. The video will land in the middle of the slide. Use one of the corners to resize it and drag it where you want it to go. Click Play to preview it. In future lessons, I'll show you how to use all these adjustment tools on the Ribbons. Inserting a media clip into your slideshows couldn't be easier and it opens up all kinds of possibilities for including video in your presentations.
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