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Resizing a video

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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 am working on slide 6 in my presentation, and I'll click on my video in the middle. 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 larger or smaller. 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.

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 am working on slide 6 in my presentation, and I'll click on my video in the middle. 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 larger or smaller. 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 is nothing you can do from inside PowerPoint. You will need to go back to original footage and export it at a larger size. Going smaller, though, will never be an issue. Now don't use the size handles or the top and bottom handles when resizing your video; you will lose your proportions and your imagery will come out short and fat or tall and skinny. If you want to specify the exact dimensions of your video, go up to the Movie Tools > Options tab. On the far right is a size box. You can type in specific Height and Width values, measured in inches, or you can use the spinner arrows to increase or decrease the dimensions in 0.1-inch increments.

Notice that as I adjust the width, the height changes, and vice versa. For even more control, click on the little Launcher button in the lower-right corner of the Size group. A dialog box opens, and I can see that I am on the Size tab. If needed, you can drag on the bar at the top of the window to move it so it doesn't cover your video clip. Here are the same Height and Width measures. Rotation is grayed out because it's only available on images, not on movies. 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 check box causes the media to stay proportional, so that the height and the 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 unless you have a specific circumstance, you will usually leave this checked. If you uncheck Relative to original picture size, after you change the dimensions and leave this dialog box, your new settings will become the new 100%, instead of staying at 148%; in other words, every change you make becomes the clip's new default size.

The drawback to unchecking the setting is that once an image is sized at 100%, making it larger may reduce your clip's clarity. If you are less concerned with the clip's size in inches--because, after all, your slide show is multimedia and not printed on paper-- you can use Best scale for slide show and choose your screen resolution from the dropdown list. Note, though, that your choice here must match your actual screen resolution, or your video will become distorted. I'll go ahead and turn this off again. There is a section here for cropping, but we'll cover that in a future video in this chapter.

At the bottom of this dialog 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. I am going to go ahead and set my final width to 5 inches so that my height is 3.75, and then I'll click close. Now, I'll pick up my video and drag it to its new position on the slide. I can also use my arrows on my keyboard for more precision. Here's another way of getting to your size adjustments.

If you right-click on your video clip, you can choose Size and Position off the shortcut menu, and it goes right back to the dialog 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 dialog box, PowerPoint allows you to set your size with just the level of complexity you need.

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PowerPoint 2007: Audio and Video in Depth

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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 16m 43s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 49s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 54s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      6m 28s
    4. Working with video formats
      4m 32s
  3. 15m 41s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 32s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 20s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      2m 36s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 20s
    5. Playing a video using an action button
      1m 53s
  4. 23m 38s
    1. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 8s
    2. Playing a QuickTime movie
      4m 32s
    3. Playing a Flash animation
      3m 40s
    4. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      4m 42s
    5. Inserting a web page
      5m 36s
  5. 23m 7s
    1. Resizing a video
      3m 59s
    2. Cropping a video
      2m 51s
    3. Applying preset video styles
      3m 22s
    4. Designing a border
      4m 35s
    5. Adding shadows
      3m 25s
    6. Adding reflections
      1m 9s
    7. Adding glow effects
      1m 18s
    8. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  6. 26m 32s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 22s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 49s
    3. Playing full screen
      1m 55s
    4. Hiding a video
      2m 11s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 55s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 27s
    7. Playing a movie across slides
      3m 48s
    8. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      3m 46s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      3m 19s
  7. 14m 4s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 10s
    2. Improving playback performance
      4m 55s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      5m 59s
  8. 19m 26s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      2m 52s
    2. Embedding sounds
      3m 38s
    3. Inserting sounds from the clip art gallery
      4m 39s
    4. Inserting audio from a computer file
      2m 11s
    5. Playing a sound using an action button
      2m 46s
    6. Recording your own sounds
      3m 20s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Setting the volume
      2m 44s
    2. Playing audio automatically
      2m 50s
    3. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 36s
    4. Looping an audio clip
      3m 9s
    5. Delaying an audio clip
      1m 45s
    6. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 10s
    7. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 41s
  10. 12m 22s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 5s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      4m 13s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      3m 35s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 29s
  11. 23m 0s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 13s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 21s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      2m 33s
    4. Recording a narration
      11m 53s
  12. 16m 43s
    1. Running the Compatibility Checker
      1m 36s
    2. Converting files for PowerPoint 2010
      2m 26s
    3. Packaging a CD for travel
      3m 40s
    4. Creating a self-running presentation
      6m 54s
    5. Extracting media files
      2m 7s
  13. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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