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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 you need a way to start it, since you can't even see it to click on it. You can select another object on your slide to click on to trigger your video to play. I will go to slide 4 of my presentation. In our case, I have a video I want to show while I am on the slide, but I have content I'd rather the audience see than my media clip frame. So instead of using one of the placeholders as my container for my media clip, I will just add my video to the slide itself.
For more information about inserting video clips, please see that chapter, earlier in this course. I am going to go up to the Insert tab and on the right-hand side, click on Movie. I'll choose awesome_20s and click OK. When it asks how I want the movie to start, I'll tell it When Clicked. Now my video drops itself right on top of my content, and that's fine. I could keep it there, since we are going to hide it during the slide show. I could even pull it off to the side of the slide if you need to work with your content.
So I need to hide this clip during playback. Click on the video to select it. Then go to the Movie Tools > Options tab. On the left, there are series of Movie Options. Find the option that says Hide During Show and put a check mark in the box in front of it. I'm also going to play this video full screen, so that it won't matter at all where I move the floating object on my slide. Double-check and make sure that it says Play Movie: When Clicked right here. I'll drag back to the left-hand side of my slide. My next step is to insert the graphic that I'll use to trigger the video playback.
You can insert any image, graphic, or shape that you'd like to use as the trigger. I am going to go to Insert and then choose Shapes. Look at the very bottom of the list. You may have to scroll down. There are specially designed action buttons that have symbols that make sense here. You could choose a play symbol or maybe the video camera. I'll click on the video camera icon, and my cursor turns into a thin black plus sign. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard to keep the graphic perfectly square and draw the object from the upper left-hand corner to the lower right-hand 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 the Custom Animations button to open up the pane on the right-hand side. I can see my media clip listed on the right. Click on its dropdown arrow and choose Timing. In the dialog box that appears, click on this Triggers button, if you don't see anything below it.
It says Start effect on click of the movie itself, but I'll click on that dropdown arrow, and you'll see several objects on your slide. Notice that even your title and your bullets are listed. I can use this technique to click on my title to start the video, but I'll click on the action button that I created and then click OK. Now when I play my slide show, all my audience sees is my content. And then when I click on the Movie button, my video appears in an overlay.
(Male speaker: It's actually my anniversary tonight, and I forgot about it until about fifteen minutes ago,) (Male speaker: whatever, when I was at work.) When it's done, it just disappears. Combining the techniques of hiding a media clip and setting another graphic as a trigger is a great way of showing videos without having them even appear on any slides.
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