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For maximum wow factor, consider playing your video inside a shape. You can mask any video media with one of PowerPoint's built-in shapes, so that instead of a rectangle, it plays inside a diamond or heart or other appropriate form. Click on one of your videos. I'm on slide six and then go up to the Video Tools Format Ribbon. Near the center of the ribbon is a button for Video Shape, click on it. From the dropdown gallery, find the shape that matches the concept being expressed in your video. This is one of those techniques where you don't want to be gratuitous.
If it's possible to enhance the viewers understanding by choosing a relevant shape, it will make your slideshow that much more effective. Some of these shapes may cut off your media though, so try and find one with a large center area. For example, I'd love to use this heart shape but watch what happens to the owner's face. It gets cut off by the cleft in the middle. (Music playing) (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are a full- service florist specializing in weddings and corporate events.) So that's not going to work. So because this is a video about a flower shop, I'm going to choose Video Shape and the 24-pointed star.
I'm trying to get the look and feel of flower petals. Let's make this look less like a star and more like a flower, I'll click on this yellow diamond. As I drag the yellow diamond in or out and up and down, my flower becomes deeper and shallower. Find a level that's pleasing to your eye. I think having the points very shallow makes this look more floral. Once you have your shape in place, play your slideshow. (Music playing) Your video now has an interesting shape. (Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are a full- service florist specializing in weddings and corporate events.) After your shape is applied, you can continue to stylize the media with borders and other video effects, as will describe in later videos in this chapter.
Playing your video inside a shape departs from the normal boring rectangles and allows you to further enhance the attitude of your presentation by choosing shapes relevant to your topic.
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