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Triggering a video by clicking a graphic

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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.

Triggering a video by clicking a graphic

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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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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