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Playing a Flash animation

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Video: Playing a Flash animation

Flash is an interactive multimedia format used widely on the World Wide Web. Some Flash media are graphics that allow users to interact with the animation by moving and clicking their mouse, but Flash is also used to create animated movies. PowerPoint 2007 will allow you to play a Flash movie during your presentation by inserting it as a developer control. Flash technology is owned by adobe.com, although years ago it was developed by Shockwave; as a result, the file extension for Flash is SWF. The procedure for inserting Flash content into your presentation is to insert a Flash video as a Shockwave control instead of as the video itself.

Playing a Flash animation

Flash is an interactive multimedia format used widely on the World Wide Web. Some Flash media are graphics that allow users to interact with the animation by moving and clicking their mouse, but Flash is also used to create animated movies. PowerPoint 2007 will allow you to play a Flash movie during your presentation by inserting it as a developer control. Flash technology is owned by adobe.com, although years ago it was developed by Shockwave; as a result, the file extension for Flash is SWF. The procedure for inserting Flash content into your presentation is to insert a Flash video as a Shockwave control instead of as the video itself.

To use this technique, we need to add the Developer tab to the Ribbon. Click on the Office button in the upper left-hand corner, and then down to PowerPoint Options in the bottom-right. In the Popular section, the third check mark is for Show Developer tab in the Ribbon. Click OK. I'm working on slide 6 in my presentation, and I am going to go up to my new Developer tab. Click on the More Controls button in the Controls group. It's the one that has the hammer and the wrench and the dot, dot, dot.

In the list of controls that opens, scroll down to the S's and choose Shockwave Flash Object. 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 need to resize it, you can use the resizing handles in the corner. If you need to move it, you can pick it up and drag it. And if you need to perfect the location, you can use your up, down, left, and right keys on your keyboard.

Now, let's assign our Shockwave Flash Control a file to play. In Windows, open up a Windows Explorer dialog box and locate the media clip you want to play. We are going to use this hnp_logo. Now because we'll be linking to the file, I recommend moving the file into the same folder as the PowerPoint file, so that if you move the presentation, you won't orphan the media clip. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard as you right-click on the file and choose Copy as path. Now, go back to PowerPoint, right-click on the Flash control, and then choose Properties.

If you need to resize the Properties window, you can use the lower right-hand corner to make it skinny or wide. Click in the Movie property and then right-click and choose Paste. Delete the quotation mark at the end and the one at the very beginning. If there are any other adjustments you'd like to make to the Flash, you can make them now. For example, you can change the Height and the Width. I'll close my Properties pane. Now, let's play our slide show.

Our Flash animation works perfectly. Press Escape to go back to normal view. Now, here are some of the hardware and software considerations when working with Flash clips. You do have to have Adobe Flash Player 10.0 or higher installed on your computer. If you don't already have it, go to adobe.com/products/flashplayer to download and install it on your PC. And if you're going to package your presentation for CD in order to make it a self-running slide show, Flash multimedia won't work; you will need to come up with another solution.

Flash videos are created for web delivery, so they may have a few compatibility issues when used inside PowerPoint. But Flash is commonly accepted on the Internet, so it makes sense to be able to view Flash multimedia during your presentation.

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PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

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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 55s
    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 41s
  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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