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Resizing a video

From: PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

Video: Resizing a video

Once you insert a video into your presentation, you'll want to specify its size on the slide. Here are several different techniques you can use. I'm going to go to slide six in my presentation. Notice, I have a place for my video but no placeholder. If I was using a placeholder, my video would resize itself to fit the given space. If I insert a video cleanly into a slide however, the video will come in at its original size. I'll go up to the Insert tab and then to the far right to the Video button and I'll insert welcome_3s.

Resizing a video

Once you insert a video into your presentation, you'll want to specify its size on the slide. Here are several different techniques you can use. I'm going to go to slide six in my presentation. Notice, I have a place for my video but no placeholder. If I was using a placeholder, my video would resize itself to fit the given space. If I insert a video cleanly into a slide however, the video will come in at its original size. I'll go up to the Insert tab and then to the far right to the Video button and I'll insert welcome_3s.

When I first insert the video onto my slide, it's so large that it covers up my slide title. The simplest way to resize your video is to use the handles in the corners. When you hold your cursor over one of the dots, it will turn into a double headed arrow. Click and drag and your video will become smaller or larger. If you need your video to be larger, you may get mixed results, depending on how the media asset was encoded. You may find that the image loses resolution and gets fuzzy. In that case, there's nothing you can do from inside PowerPoint.

You'll need to go back to your original footage and export it at a larger size. Going smaller though will never be an issue. Now, don't use the side handles or the top and bottom handles when resizing your video. You'll lose your proportions and your imagery will come in short and fat, or tall and skinny. I'm going to undo that resize. If you want to specify the exact dimensions of your video, click on your video and go up to the Video Tools Format Ribbon and on the far right-hand side there's control for Height and Width. You can type values into the box, or you can use the spinner arrows to increase or decrease the dimensions in .1 increments.

Notice that as I adjust the height, the width changes too and if I adjust the width, the height changes. One thing to note when adjusting your size is that PowerPoint's compression utility requires that both the height and the width be divisible by 4. If you will be compressing your media asset to the end of your project, keep this in mind as you set your dimensions. For even more control, click on the little launcher arrow in the bottom right corner of the size group. Adialogue box opens and I can see that I'm in the Size section, if needed, drag on the bar at the top to move it so it doesn't cover your video.

In addition to the same Height and Width boxes, I also have Rotation. Click on it and you can see your video tilt. Up will tilt it clockwise, and down will tilt it counterclockwise. I'll return it to zero. Scale works exactly like height and width but instead of showing its actual dimensions, you can see how its current size compares to its original size as expressed in the percentage. This Lock aspect ratio checkbox causes the media clip to stay proportional so that the height and width adjust in tandem.

If you want to adjust one but not the other, uncheck this box. If this box is unchecked though, you run the risk of distorting your video image so it's usually best to leave it on. If you uncheck Relative to original picture size, after you change the dimensions and leave this dialogue box, your new settings will become the new 100% instead of staying at 82%. In other words, every change you make becomes the clip's new default size. The drawback to using this setting is that once an image is sized at a hundred percent, making it larger may reduce your clip's clarity.

If you're less concerned with the clip's size in inches, because after all your slideshow is multimedia and not printed on paper, you can use Best Scale for slideshow and choose your screen resolution from the dropdown list. Your video will resize itself to the appropriate resolution but note that your choice here must match your actual screen resolution, otherwise your video will become distorted. I'm going to turn it off again. Note at the bottom of this dialogue box, you can see the original dimensions of the clip before you started adjusting it. If you don't like what you did, you can always click this Reset button to put it back to its initial default size and then start over again.

Once you have your size how you would like it, click the Close button at the bottom and your changes are saved. Here are few more ways of getting your size adjustments. Notice that while I'm clicked on my movie because I've been in the size box, I now have a green rotate handle that I can use to spin my video around. If I right click on the video clip, the Height and the Width are available right in this little pop-up. You can also choose Size and Position off the short-cut menu and it goes right to the dialogue box we just explored. Adjusting the size of a video clip is extremely easy to do and between the object handles, the Ribbon, and the dialogue box, PowerPoint allows you to set your size with just the level of complexity you need.

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 20m 45s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 58s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 57s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      8m 35s
    4. Working with video formats
      6m 15s
  3. 22m 4s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 21s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 55s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      3m 10s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 45s
    5. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 23s
    6. Inserting a video using an action button
      1m 30s
  4. 23m 23s
    1. Inserting a QuickTime video
      6m 3s
    2. Playing a Flash animation
      6m 0s
    3. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      5m 58s
    4. Inserting a web page
      5m 22s
  5. 34m 6s
    1. Trimming a video
      5m 54s
    2. Fading in and out
      4m 23s
    3. Cropping a video
      4m 6s
    4. Selecting a poster frame
      1m 53s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 40s
    6. Recoloring a video
      2m 50s
    7. Adding video bookmarks
      3m 10s
    8. Synchronizing text captions with bookmarks
      9m 10s
  6. 10m 32s
    1. Resizing a video
      4m 34s
    2. Playing a video in a shape
      2m 2s
    3. Using a video as a slide background
      3m 56s
  7. 29m 3s
    1. Applying a preset video style
      2m 48s
    2. Designing a border
      3m 59s
    3. Adding shadows
      2m 52s
    4. Adding reflections
      2m 39s
    5. Adding glow effects
      2m 16s
    6. Adding soft edges
      1m 45s
    7. Applying 3D rotation
      3m 50s
    8. Applying bevels and 3D formatting
      6m 26s
    9. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  8. 22m 34s
    1. Setting the volume
      1m 13s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      57s
    3. Play full screen
      1m 1s
    4. Hiding a video
      1m 16s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 50s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    7. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    8. Showing and hiding media controls
      1m 1s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      5m 5s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      2m 46s
    11. Playing a video across multiple slides
      3m 12s
  9. 13m 0s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 7s
    2. Improving playback performance
      3m 43s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      6m 10s
  10. 13m 18s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      3m 7s
    2. Inserting a sound from the clip art gallery
      3m 15s
    3. Inserting audio from a computer file
      1m 56s
    4. Recording your own sounds
      3m 35s
    5. Playing audio in an external application
      1m 25s
  11. 24m 44s
    1. Setting the sound clip volume
      1m 5s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 23s
    3. Trimming an audio clip
      3m 52s
    4. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 18s
    5. Fading sounds in and out
      59s
    6. Looping a sound clip
      2m 23s
    7. Delaying an audio clip
      2m 31s
    8. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    9. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 13s
    10. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 5s
    11. Adding and removing audio bookmarks
      2m 42s
  12. 18m 19s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 10s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      3m 46s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      2m 12s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 28s
    5. Triggering actions with audio bookmarks
      7m 43s
  13. 21m 7s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 10s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 23s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      3m 26s
    4. Recording a narration
      9m 8s
  14. 23m 12s
    1. Checking and optimizing media compatibility
      3m 8s
    2. Converting media to earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 17s
    3. Converting media from earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 37s
    4. Compressing media files
      3m 47s
    5. Saving as a movie
      4m 48s
    6. Packaging a presentation for travel
      3m 43s
    7. Extracting media asset files
      2m 52s
  15. 45s
    1. Goodbye
      45s

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