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There will be times when you'll 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 a PowerPoint, insert it using an action button. I'll go up into the Insert Ribbon and click on Shapes. Down at the bottom, here's Action Buttons. The Play Button might be appropriate or maybe the Video Camera.
I'll choose this Action Button Movie. When I hold my cursor over the slide, I see a thin black plus sign. I'll hold down my Shift key to keep the box square, and I'll click and drag from the upper left hand corner to the lower right hand corner. When I let go, I get an Action Settings dialog box. I'll click on Hyperlink to. I'll drop it down, go down to the bottom, and choose Other file. I'll choose our 10s_video. Click OK and click OK again.
Now, when I play my slideshow and I click on the button-- (Music playing) My movie opens up in Windows Media Player. If you need all the tools available in your external media software or if you're media clip doesn't work natively in PowerPoint, insert it as an action button instead of directly on to your slide.
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