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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.
There may be times when you'd like to trigger your media clip to begin in another way than clicking on the video itself. For example, maybe you have your clip set to remain hidden when it's not playing so that you need a way to start it since you can't even see it to click on it. You can select any other object on your slide to trigger your video to play. I am working on slide 3 of my presentation. In our case I have a video that I want to show while I am on this slide. But I have bulleted content that I'd rather the audience see instead of my media clip frame.
So instead of using one of placeholders as the container for my media clip, I am going to click on the edge of my slide to make sure that nothing selected and then go up to the Insert tab. On the far right, I will click on the Video button and navigate to the file that I want. I am going to use testimonial_90sec and click Insert. For more information about inserting video clips, please that chapter earlier in this course. Now when I embed this clip, it drops itself smack dab on top of my content, but that's fine, since we are going to hide it during the slideshow anyway.
If I wanted, I could pull it off on to the right-hand side so that I can still see my content. I'll go ahead scroll back to the left. So I need to hide the clip during playback, although I'll still see it in normal mode. Click on the video to select it and then go to the Video Tools Playback Ribbon. In the center are a series of Video Options. Find the option that says Hide While Not Playing and click on its checkmark. I am also going to play the video full screen, so I'll put a checkmark there. That way it doesn't matter at all where this object is on the slide.
Make sure Start says On Click. Next I'll insert the graphic I'll use to trigger the video playback. I'll scroll back to the left-hand side. You can insert any image, graphic, or shape you'd like to use. Go up to the Insert Ribbon on the left-hand side of your screen and click on the Shapes button. It opens up a dropdown and you could choose any of these. But if you look at the bottom, there are specially designed Action buttons that have symbols that makes sense here. I could use the play symbol or this video camera.
I will go ahead and click on the video camera. My cursor turns into a thin black plus sign. I will hold down my Shift key on my keyboard to keep my graphic perfectly square and then I'll draw the object from the upper left-hand corner down to the lower right corner, like this. As soon as I let go, an Action button dialog box opens up, but it doesn't actually have the feature I need right now. So close it by clicking OK. Instead go to the Animations tab, click on your video, and just above on your Ribbon is a button that says Trigger.
Click on it and then hover over On Click of. You'll see a list of objects on your slide. We'll choose Action Button Movie, but this demonstrates that you don't even have to make a special button as a trigger. You can select your title or even your bullets as the trigger, but I'll choose Action Button Movie. It doesn't matter if your number here matches mine. I'll go ahead and click on it. Now when I play my slideshow all the audience sees is my content.
And when I click on my Movie button, my video appears in an overlay. I'll go ahead and fast-forward it to the end. (Female speaker: If you can't make it in the shop, please check us out online.) When the video is done, it disappears completely. I will press Escape to go back to my normal view. Now there is a second way to create the exact same behavior but it's a little more involved. I'll go to slide 4. This slide already has a media clip inserted and if I click on it and go to the Playback tab, I can see that it's already set to Hide While Not Playing and Set To Play Full Screen.
I'll scroll over the left-hand side. I am going to set my video to play when I click on this logo in the upper left-hand corner. Go back to the Animations tab and on the right side of the Ribbon is a button that says Animation Pane. Click on it and it opens on the right. I can see my video listed. Click on the dropdown and then choose Timing. In the dialog box that appears click on the Triggers button. Right now it says Animated as part of click sequence. But I want it to Start effect on click of. Drop it down and I can see all the objects on my slide.
Choose your picture. If you have several on your slide they will be numbered and you will need to determine which one is the one you want. I will click on it and then click Ok. Now when I play my slideshow, it works just like before. All the audience sees is my content and then when I click on my logo my video appears in the overlay. (Male speaker: It's actually my anniversary.) I will fast-forward it, and when my video is done it disappears.
Combining the techniques of hiding a media clip and setting another graphic as the trigger is a great way of showing videos without having them even appear on any slides.
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