By default, you have to start a movie clip manually by clicking on it during your presentation. While that's appropriate in most settings so that it's timed correctly with your speech, there are times when you'll want your video to start as soon as you bring up your slide. Here is how to make that happen. I am working on slide 5 in my presentation, and I will click on my video to select it. Then I will go up to Movie Tools and click on the Options tab. On the left are set of Movie Options. Find the option that says Play Movie When Clicked and click on the dropdown arrow.
I will change this to Automatically. Now, the video will start automatically, without you clicking on it. But there's a little bit more we have to do. Go up to the Animations tab and click on the button for Custom Animation. In the pane that opens up on the right, I can see three different items. The first one is the Content Placeholder, my bullet points. The second one is the instance of the video that we set to play automatically. And the third is another instance of the video that is the original that works when you click on it.
We're going to take this third one that has the mouse and the pause, and I am actually going to delete it, so that all we have is the instance of the video that's going to auto play. Next, I want the video to come up before the bullet points, so I'm going to click on it and then hold my cursor over the upper edge, till I get the double-headed arrow. I will click and drag, until I get a black bar moving up to the top of the list. Now, my video is first, and my bullet points are second. When I click to my video, I can see up above that it says Start After Previous.
I am going to change that to With Previous, so that it happens automatically when the slide comes up, instead of afterwards. I am going to do the same thing for the bullet points. Right now, they're set to On Click, so my video would play and I would have to click on my slide in order to make the bullet points come up. So I am going to have those come up With Previous also. There is another place where I can access this setting as well. If I click back on my movie in the Custom Animation pane and drop down the arrow, I can see here, it says, Start On Click With Previous and After Previous, but also go down to Timing.
I can see right here in the Play Movie dialog box, Start With Previous, so that if I am working in this box, I can set this from here as well. I'll click OK. Now, play your slide show, and your video and bullet points will start as soon as you navigate to the slide. (Male speaker: --my anniversary tonight.) If your presentation is designed to be self-running, or you know you will always want the video to play automatically as soon as you get to a slide, this feature will save you a manual click and smooth out your delivery.
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