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Using a video as a slide background

From: PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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While my slideshow has a nice 3D gradient for background, it might look really nice to have a dynamic background of flowers behind my content. PowerPoint gives you the ability to use a media clip as the background on the slide. Here's how to make it happen. First, decide if you want the media clip to be on the background of just one slide or if you want it to appear on all your slides. If you want it to appear everywhere, go up to the View tab and choose Slide Master on the left-hand side. Click on the top Slide Master so that this change cascades down to all of your slide masters.

Using a video as a slide background

While my slideshow has a nice 3D gradient for background, it might look really nice to have a dynamic background of flowers behind my content. PowerPoint gives you the ability to use a media clip as the background on the slide. Here's how to make it happen. First, decide if you want the media clip to be on the background of just one slide or if you want it to appear on all your slides. If you want it to appear everywhere, go up to the View tab and choose Slide Master on the left-hand side. Click on the top Slide Master so that this change cascades down to all of your slide masters.

Go to the Insert Ribbon and insert your video. We'll insert a video from file and we'll choose our background Lilies. For detailed information on inserting videos, please see that chapter earlier on this course. If you're going to use a video behind other text or images, it's best to choose a movie that doesn't have a focal point. In other words, some sort of landscape or broad view is better than a clip that contains specific subject matter like people or objects. It should also be consistently dark or light so that you can easily find a text color with good contrast.

Once my video is embedded, drag the corner so that the video covers the entire slide. Notice that because we want the image to stay proportional, sections of the clip will overlap the edges of the slide. This is fine because we're only going to actually see the parts over the slide itself, another reason that background videos shouldn't have focal objects. Now go up to the Video Tools Playback tab and on the right, change the Start to Automatically, then put a check in the box in front of Loop until stopped. I'll also set my volume to Mute so that if my video has any sound, it won't compete with my slideshow content.

For more information about these techniques, please see the Applying video effects chapter of this course. Now, go up to the Video Tools Format tab and on the right side in the Arrange group, find the Send Backward button. Use the dropdown arrow and click on Send to Back. Now your video clip moves to the back layer and all the placeholders on the slides reappear. Because you now have a moving picture behind your text, legibility becomes a concern. If your video is dark, consider making your text white or a coordinated light color.

Most text will appear fine over it but I find that Word Art comes in handy to increase contrast and improve readability. Do a Ctrl+A keyboard command to select all of the objects on your slide, then hold down the Shift key and click on this edge of the background to deselect the background. Now, go up to the Drawing tools tab and click on Format. On the right side of the Word Art styles group, click on the more button and come down to this green, glossy word art. Now, go back up to the Text Fill dropdown and fill with it black.

Now, it has extra contrast against my video background. Do check all your other slide masters that you haven't used to make sure the new style cascaded down to all slides. If it didn't, reapply those same color settings. Now go back to your Slide Master tab and close your Master View. Now play your slideshow and now you have a video background on every slide. When you click to advance your slideshow, click on a placeholder.

If you're having trouble clicking and clicking start and stops your video instead, either click somewhere else on the slide or use your down arrow to advance the slides. Depending on your computer, having a perpetual movie and animating your text may tax your processor. You may see jumping animation or pixilation in the background. If that happens, you'll need to apply a text animation that doesn't use up so much memory and resources.

But using a simple video as a background on your slides can create a dynamic slideshow, sure to get the viewer's attention.

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PowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in Depth

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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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