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One way of starting to play a media clip during a presentation is to include it along with your animation settings. For example, if I animate the graphics and text on my slide, I can have my video start automatically as soon as one of the animations completes. I'll go down to slide 6. In our case, I have a slide that has my text, my animated logo, and a video clip. I'll animate the text to appear one bullet point at a time as I give my presentation. After I talk about my last point, I'll click to bring out my logo and then I want my video to start automatically after a slight delay.
Start by clicking on your text and then click on the boarder of the text object so that it has a solid line all the way around it. Go to the Animations Ribbon and then click on the Entrance Animation, Fade. On the right-hand side of the gallery, click on the Effect Options button and then choose By Paragraph. My points will now fade in one at a time as I click my mouse. Next click on your logo. Give it the same fade animation for consistency. But on the right-hand side of the Animation Ribbon, increase the Duration to 01.00 so that it happens a little more slowly.
Now click on your video. The Animation Ribbon now shows new icons including Play and Pause, although I'm not going to implement these right at this moment. Start by applying the same fade. I don't want it to start manually. I want it to start automatically two seconds after my logo appears without me doing a thing. So I'll change the Start to After Previous. I'm going to increase the Delay to 2 seconds to give it a little breathing room. We took a look at Delay in an earlier movie in this chapter.
Now, because we're in the middle of an animation sequence, I actually have to set my clip to Play. Click on the Add Animation button and choose Play. Change the Start again to After Previous so that the fade happens first and then the movie plays. If I wanted the movie to fade-in and play simultaneously, I would change this to With Previous, but we'll live it on After Previous. Now, when I play my slideshow, all the audience sees is my content, which I control by clicking when it's time to talk about each point.
When I'm done with my content, my next click brings up my logo and then there is a slight delay until the video starts. (Male speaker: ?is awesome. It's actually my anniversary today and I forgot about it until about 15 minutes ago when I drove to work?) Using PowerPoint's Animation Settings to trigger the start of my video allows me to use the same techniques on my media clip that I use to add visual interest to my other slide content.
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