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Video production software is used to make movies, but the native file formats may not be compatible with PowerPoint. If you can't find a compatible codec, try an ActiveX control to view the file inside your presentation. I'm working on slide 6 in my exercise file. I am going to go over to our exercise files in Windows. For our example, we're going to work with an Adobe Director file. Adobe Director is one example of moviemaking software. Its regular file output won't work in PowerPoint, but with a few extra steps you can get your finished clip to play.
This same procedure will work with any number of third-party formats. We have saved our director movie as a Shockwave Director file with the DCR extension and put it in the same folder as our PowerPoint file. Because you'll be linking to the file, I recommend saving the movie file here, so that if you move the presentation, you won't orphan the media clip. Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and then right-click on hnp_logo and choose Copy as path. Now, go back to your presentation.
The first thing that we need to do is make sure that PowerPoint's Trust Center will allow ActiveX Controls. Go up to the Office button in the upper left-hand corner and then click on PowerPoint Options in the lower-right corner. Click on the Trust Center, the second-to-last option on the left. Next, click on the Trust Center Settings on the right-hand side, in the middle. Click on ActiveX Settings in the middle of the left-hand column. Make sure you're on one of the settings that allows ActiveX controls.
The level of security is up to you; just make sure you're not on Disable all controls without notification. I'll click OK. Next, we need to add the Developer tab to the Ribbon. The top option in the left column is Popular, and the third check mark down says Show Developer tab in the Ribbon. Click OK. On your new Developer tab, click on the More Controls button in the Controls group. It's the one that has a hammer and a wrench with a dot, dot, dot on it.
In the list of controls, scroll down to the S's and click on Shockwave ActiveX Control. If you don't see it, that means you need the latest version of Shockwave; go to adobe.com/products/ shockwaveplayer to download and install it. Once you've installed it, check to see if it's on the list and if it's not, you may need to quit PowerPoint and restart your computer--but it should come up automatically. So I have clicked on Shockwave ActiveX Control, and I'll click OK. Now, drag on the slide where you want to draw the control, starting in the upper left-hand corner and ending in the lower right.
This is one time when you do want to be as precise as possible. You can't actually resize an ActiveX control later. Once you have it on your slide, click on the Properties button. You can resize the Properties pane by dragging in the lower right-hand corner. Find the SRC property; that stands for source. I'll click on it and then right-click on it and paste. Delete the quotation marks at the end and at the beginning. This is also your last chance to resize the control.
I'll change my Height to 325. Then I'll scroll down to the very bottom of the window and find the Width and change my Width to 350. I'll close the Properties pane and then pick up my control. I'd like to use my up, down, left, and right arrows on my keyboard to perfect the location. Now, let's play our slide show. I'll click on the Slide Show button at the bottom, and I am going to get an alert message. ActiveX controls can potentially be used to propagate viruses, so it wants to know, do I want to allow it this one time, do I want to allow this movie anytime it wants, or I could choose Don't Ask Again, and allow all ActiveX controls unfettered access to my computer.
I am going to choose Allow Future Access by This Movie and click the Allow button. My Director movie worked perfectly. Press Escape to go back to normal view. Now do note that if you're going to be packaging your presentation for CD in order to make a self-running slide show, ActiveX menu controls may not play properly in the movie. You will need to convert the file to WMV or another native PowerPoint 2007 media format, instead of using this technique.
But if you made your movie yourself and are limited to a few media formats that don't work natively with PowerPoint 2007, turning them into a Shockwave ActiveX control may be exactly the workaround you need.
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