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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.
One of PowerPoint's most attractive special effect is that you can give your videos a color cast. More than just a standard sepia tone, you can choose a color palette to match your presentation. This adds visual interest and originality to your project. I'm working on Slide 6 of my file. Click on your media clip and go up to the Video Tools Ribbon and click on the Format tab. Look on the left side at the Adjust Group and you'll see a button for color. Click on it and a grid of 21 squares will open. The first box is your video without any coloring applied.
Across the top, you have Grayscale, Sepia, Washout, and three levels of Black and White. The second and third rows have dark and light variations of seven different colors. As you hold your cursor over each one of them, your clip will take on those color casts. Recolor takes advantage of PowerPoint's themes. If I go up to the Design tab and over on the right-hand side to Colors, I can drop down that menu and select another color scheme. I'm going to go all the way down to the bottom and select Verve which has colors that coordinate well with Hansel and Petal's color scheme.
To use Recolor with the theme colors, go back to the Video Tools Format Ribbon and click on Color again. This time, click on More Variations and you'll see all the colors that coordinate with Hansel and Petal's Verve color scheme. I'll choose Dark Purple, Accent 4, Lighter 80%. Also on the Color button, there's a menu item for Video Color Options. When I click on it, a dialog box opens and on the left-hand side, you cans see that we're in the Video section.
If the dialog box is covering your video, move it off to the side. The top button says Recolor Presets and it shows you the same options we worked with from the ribbon. The only problem with making my choice from here is that I have to actually click on each of the schemes to update the live preview and see how it looks with my media clip. So I'm going to leave it where I am right now. Now, below Recolor, I also have sliders for Brightness and Contrast that I can drag back and forth, and spinners that I can use to click up and down to fine tune my correction levels.
I'll bump up my Brightness to 9% and my Contrast to 4%. For more information about these controls, please watch the Correcting Brightness and Contrast video in this course. If you've made changes but don't like what you see, you could click the Reset button to remove all your adjustments and start over again. I'm not going to click it because I liked the changes that I've made. So I'm going to click Close. Now my media clip has a new color cast that enhances its visual interest. (Music playing) The ability to recolor your media clips right inside PowerPoint allows you to coordinate them with the look and feel of your presentation.
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