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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

Trimming a video


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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

with Alicia Katz Pollock

Video: Trimming a video

There may be times when your video clip is longer than you want it to be. Maybe you only want to use a segment in the middle. You don't have to open up the clip in a separate video editing program. You can make the trim right inside PowerPoint 2010. It's a good idea to keep your multimedia focused on material that supports the specific point you're making and trim out extraneous material from the beginning or end. I'm working on Slide 4 in our presentation. You can use any video clip you've embedded in your slideshow. Do note that this technique works on embedded and linked media, but only videos that you've actually embedded will receive the benefits of the optimization utility and the compressed media tools that we'll explore later in this course.
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  1. 1m 43s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 20m 45s
    1. Using video and audio appropriately
      1m 58s
    2. Considering copyrights
      3m 57s
    3. Linking vs. embedding media
      8m 35s
    4. Working with video formats
      6m 15s
  3. 22m 4s
    1. Inserting an animated GIF from the clip art gallery
      4m 21s
    2. Inserting a video from a computer file
      3m 55s
    3. Inserting a clip as an external object
      3m 10s
    4. Inserting a video as a Windows Media Player control
      3m 45s
    5. Linking to a YouTube video
      5m 23s
    6. Inserting a video using an action button
      1m 30s
  4. 23m 23s
    1. Inserting a QuickTime video
      6m 3s
    2. Playing a Flash animation
      6m 0s
    3. Using ActiveX as a workaround
      5m 58s
    4. Inserting a web page
      5m 22s
  5. 34m 6s
    1. Trimming a video
      5m 54s
    2. Fading in and out
      4m 23s
    3. Cropping a video
      4m 6s
    4. Selecting a poster frame
      1m 53s
    5. Adjusting brightness and contrast
      2m 40s
    6. Recoloring a video
      2m 50s
    7. Adding video bookmarks
      3m 10s
    8. Synchronizing text captions with bookmarks
      9m 10s
  6. 10m 32s
    1. Resizing a video
      4m 34s
    2. Playing a video in a shape
      2m 2s
    3. Using a video as a slide background
      3m 56s
  7. 29m 3s
    1. Applying a preset video style
      2m 48s
    2. Designing a border
      3m 59s
    3. Adding shadows
      2m 52s
    4. Adding reflections
      2m 39s
    5. Adding glow effects
      2m 16s
    6. Adding soft edges
      1m 45s
    7. Applying 3D rotation
      3m 50s
    8. Applying bevels and 3D formatting
      6m 26s
    9. Using Format Painter
      2m 28s
  8. 22m 34s
    1. Setting the volume
      1m 13s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      57s
    3. Play full screen
      1m 1s
    4. Hiding a video
      1m 16s
    5. Looping a video
      2m 50s
    6. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    7. Delaying playback of a video
      2m 0s
    8. Showing and hiding media controls
      1m 1s
    9. Triggering a video by clicking a graphic
      5m 5s
    10. Triggering a video using animations
      2m 46s
    11. Playing a video across multiple slides
      3m 12s
  9. 13m 0s
    1. Troubleshooting videos that won't play
      3m 7s
    2. Improving playback performance
      3m 43s
    3. Optimizing Windows 7 settings
      6m 10s
  10. 13m 18s
    1. Working with audio file formats
      3m 7s
    2. Inserting a sound from the clip art gallery
      3m 15s
    3. Inserting audio from a computer file
      1m 56s
    4. Recording your own sounds
      3m 35s
    5. Playing audio in an external application
      1m 25s
  11. 24m 44s
    1. Setting the sound clip volume
      1m 5s
    2. Playing a clip automatically
      2m 23s
    3. Trimming an audio clip
      3m 52s
    4. Choosing a sound's starting and ending points
      2m 18s
    5. Fading sounds in and out
      59s
    6. Looping a sound clip
      2m 23s
    7. Delaying an audio clip
      2m 31s
    8. Rewinding after playing
      1m 13s
    9. Changing the appearance of the sound icon
      3m 13s
    10. Hiding the sound icon
      2m 5s
    11. Adding and removing audio bookmarks
      2m 42s
  12. 18m 19s
    1. Adding sound effects to transitions
      3m 10s
    2. Adding sound effects to animations
      3m 46s
    3. Triggering audio playback with objects
      2m 12s
    4. Playing a sound with a hyperlink
      1m 28s
    5. Triggering actions with audio bookmarks
      7m 43s
  13. 21m 7s
    1. Playing a sound across multiple slides
      4m 10s
    2. Building a music soundtrack
      4m 23s
    3. Playing audio tracks from a CD
      3m 26s
    4. Recording a narration
      9m 8s
  14. 23m 12s
    1. Checking and optimizing media compatibility
      3m 8s
    2. Converting media to earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 17s
    3. Converting media from earlier versions of PowerPoint
      2m 37s
    4. Compressing media files
      3m 47s
    5. Saving as a movie
      4m 48s
    6. Packaging a presentation for travel
      3m 43s
    7. Extracting media asset files
      2m 52s
  15. 45s
    1. Goodbye
      45s

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth
4h 38m Intermediate Sep 27, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using video and audio appropriately
  • Linking vs. embedding media
  • Considering copyrights
  • Inserting video
  • Working with proprietary formats, such as QuickTime, YouTube, and Flash
  • Applying effects
  • Setting options like looping and full-screen playback
  • Adding sound
  • Building a music soundtrack
  • Saving multimedia presentations
Subjects:
Business Presentations
Software:
Office PowerPoint
Author:
Alicia Katz Pollock

Trimming a video

There may be times when your video clip is longer than you want it to be. Maybe you only want to use a segment in the middle. You don't have to open up the clip in a separate video editing program. You can make the trim right inside PowerPoint 2010. It's a good idea to keep your multimedia focused on material that supports the specific point you're making and trim out extraneous material from the beginning or end. I'm working on Slide 4 in our presentation. You can use any video clip you've embedded in your slideshow. Do note that this technique works on embedded and linked media, but only videos that you've actually embedded will receive the benefits of the optimization utility and the compressed media tools that we'll explore later in this course.

Click on your media clip. When you're clicked on it, two new Video Tools Ribbons will appear in the upper-right hand corner of your screen: Format and Playback. Click on the Playback tab. On the left side, there's a button that has a movie wheel and the words, Trim Video. Click on it and a Trim Video dialog box opens. At the top, you can see your clip name on the left and the duration on the right. Now, 35 seconds is too long for most PowerPoint presentations.

At the bottom, you'll see the timeline. The green handle on the left is the beginning of a clip and the red handle on the right is the ending of the clip. You can also see sound waves in the middle. These can help you find the perfect place to start or stop in coordination with your video. Below the Timeline are specific start times and end times. These will change as we move the handles and you can type in the boxes or use the up and down arrows to specify the exact moment yourself.

If I click on the Timeline, a blue playhead appears. In the middle, I have a Play arrow and buttons on either side that will allow me to advance and rewind one frame at a time. By using these buttons, I can click approximately where I want to start and end and then fine-tune that moment. My clip starts with the videographer saying "we're rolling." (Male speaker: And we're rolling.) So, right after it, I pause. Now this pause at 03.248. I can move my green handle to meet that point and when I play it, I can refine my moment.

(Female speaker: Hansel & Petal...) It looks I can go even further. I'm going to move this up to 03.608. That would be my start time. I also want to keep my testimonial short and sweet. So I'll end it after she talks about pricing. (Female speaker: They never fail to send me out of here with an amazing bouquet and an amazing product and you just can't beat the price.) Now you can see that I ended a touch late right there. So I'm going to adjust my end time to 26.691. When I hit Tab, it jumps to that moment.

When I'm done, I'll click the OK button. I'll click my Play button to preview it. (Female speaker: Hansel & Petal has for years been providing the most amazing beautiful floral arrangements I could even imagine.) (Female speaker: And you just can't beat the price.) So now we have a shortened clip. Now, if you find that your start or finish is a bit abrupt, consider also using the Fade In and Fade Out techniques covered in a later lesson. If you need to make any adjustments, you can go back into Trim Video and make your changes.

I'll cancel this window. Now that I've trimmed the length of my clip, you can save some file size by using the Compress Media feature. Compress Media will delete the unused portion of your video. Once you've compressed your media clip, that trimmed material will be gone and if you change your mind about trimming points though, you'll need to start over again with a fresh import. We'll explore Compress Media in detail later in this course. Now, there is another way that you can start your video playback from a point other than the beginning beyond using the Trim tools.

Go to the Animations tab and open up the Animation Pane so that you can see your video on the right-hand side. Now, notice right now, this is in on-click-Pause mode. Change this in an Animation Gallery to Play. Then go to the drop-down button to the right of your video clip and choose Effect Options. Now, here's an option for Start playing. From beginning is its natural place and we've set the trim so that the trim point is the new beginning.

You also would have the ability to start it from last position. What that means is that if you return to a video that you had already started playing but stopped, it would pick up where it left off. You also have this option here, From time. We started our trim at 03.608, so this is another method that I could use to do essentially the same thing. However, I wouldn't be able to change the end the way that I can with the Trim tools. I'll go ahead and click OK. I'll click on my video again and go back to my Playback tab and shut my Animation Pane.

Now, here are a few troubleshooting tidbits for you. The first is that some video formats like Flash don't allow you to trim in PowerPoint. If your Trim Video button is grayed out, you'll need to perform the trim in the third-party application. If you inserted your video when you were using PowerPoint 2007 and then haven't used the Conversion utility that we'll talk about later in this course, this button may also be grayed out. And in some circumstances, you may trim several seconds from the beginning of your video and your file size goes up. One theory is that PowerPoint keeps the start code for your video even if you don't use it, to ensure that the video will play properly under any circumstances.

In other words, PowerPoint has to store additional instructions to play a video clip that doesn't include its original starting point. The ability to quickly and easily trim the beginning and end points of your video clip right inside PowerPoint will save you hours of time now that you don't have to open up video editing software for quick edits.

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