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There may be times when the first frame of your video isn't the best representation of its content. Selecting a poster frame allows you to choose what the viewer will see until your video starts. You have two options. You can use any frame from your video or you can use another image entirely. To choose a frame from your video as a poster frame, you can either press Play to begin playing the video and pause when you find a frame that you like or you can click around and use your Forward and Back buttons until you find a moment that you like.
I think this is a great frame. So I'll go up to my Video Tools Format Ribbon, and over to the Poster Frame button on the left hand side and choose Current Frame. At the bottom of the video, it now says Poster Frame Set. When I click off the video, that's the frame I see, but when I play the video, it plays from the beginning. (Female speaker: Hansel and Petal has been for years?) Your second option is to use a picture as a poster frame. It doesn't have to be from inside the media clip at all. In fact, you can use this technique to create a kind of title slide for the video.
Let's go to Slide 6 and click on our video. Now, notice when I click on the Video Tools Playback tab that this video has a Fade In and Fade Out duration. This makes a nice effect when you have an image as a poster frame. Now, I'll go to my Format Ribbon and I'll click on Poster Frame and then I'll choose Image From File. I'll navigate to the image that I want, and click on it, and click Insert. Again, it says Poster Frame Set down at the bottom, and now when I click Play, my video will fade in from this poster frame.
(Male speaker: ?is awesome. It's actually my anniversary tonight and I?) That looks great! The ability to choose your own starting frame for your media clips will significantly enhance the quality of your presentation.
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