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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.
By default, you have to start an audio clip manually by clicking on it during your presentation. While that's appropriate in some settings, so that it's time to correct it with your speech, you may want your sound effect to start as soon as you bring up your slide. Here's how to make that happen. I'm on slide 3 in my presentation. Click on your Audio clip to select it then go to the Audio Tools Playback tab. In the center are a series of Audio Options. Find the Option that says Start On Click. Click on the drop down arrow to its right and choose Automatically.
Now the sound is set to start automatically, but I'm not actually sure if it's going to happen before or after my bullets. Click on the Animations tab and then turn on the Animation Pane right here. Notice that I have a number 4. I can see that my sound is going to start after Previous, and in fact it's going to start after these four bullets. If want it to be the first thing that happens on the slide, I can come over here to the Animation Pane and pick up my sound effect and drag it to the top.
Now I can see that the number next to my speaker is 0. So I know that is the first thing that's going to happen on the slide. Look up on the far right of the Animation tab. There's an option that says Start. Click on the drop-down arrow. Normally, this would have defaulted to On Click, but because we set it to start automatically onto the audio playback settings, this box changed to After Previous. In this case, the previous action is now just as arriving on the slide. So as soon as we're here, the sound will start.
The same setting can also be found in the drop-down arrow in the Animation pane, click on Timing. In the dialogue box that appears, I can see the same start After Previous setting and I could change it from here if I wanted to. I'll click Cancel. Now when I play my presentation... (Male speaker: Hansel and Petal is?) My sound starts and I can run my bullet points.
I'll pause the clip. When you want the sound to play automatically, this feature will save you a manual click and smooth out your delivery. It's nice that you can turn this option on from several different screens, so that you can set the effect in a number of different circumstances.
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