Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Add fades, part of PowerPoint: Audio and Video.
- [Instructor] Perviously, we looked at how to trim the ends of a video clip in order to shorten it, or edit it down, in your presentation. Now, doing so, can sometimes create an undesired abruptness to the start of ending of the video. You might've noticed that with the video selected, under the playback tab, here, next to the trim video tool, we also have settings to apply fades to the beginning, and end, of the video. The way this works in PowerPoint is, that when you apply a fade-in or fade-out duration, that creates an animated transition between the first frame of your video, and the frame that falls at the time you set for the duration.
So if you set a two second fade-in, you'll see a transition between the first frame, and the frame that appears two seconds into your video. This basically creates a blur effect. Let me show you here. I'm going to set the fade-in duration to two seconds. Now let's see how it looks when I click play. - Hansel and Puddle has been, for years, providing me the most- - [Instructor] So we have that sort of blurring effect. It definitely softens the abruptness of the beginning of the video, but in my opinion, it looks a little bit strange. I'd much rather have a more traditional fade-in from black, but unfortunately, there's not easy way to do that with the fade tools here.
In order for that to happen, I would need to have a black frame at the beginning of my video, but since I trimmed the video earlier, it starts right on my scene, with no black frame. However, if you really want to be able to create a fade-in, or fade-out, effect, there is a slightly involved work-around. So I'm going to show you how to do that now. First, I'm going to remove the fade-in value, since we're going to be creating a fade-in, in a different way, and the next thing I need to do is to set this movie to play automatically. So here in the Playback Ribbon I'm going to change the start from In-Click Sequence here, to Automatically.
The next step is to create a black box over my video. I'm going to go to the Insert Tab, and under Shapes, I'm going to select a rectangle. I'm going to drag this to the exact dimensions of my video clip. Next, I need to change the color to black. So I'm going to go up to Drawing Tools, Format, and here I'll click on Shape fill, and I'll select black. You can make it another color if you want to fade-in from something else, like white, or blue, or any other color you like.
Alright so, to create the appearance of my video fading in from black, I need to have this rectangle fade-out as my video begins to play. So with it selected, I'm going to come up to the Animations Tab, I'm going to click this More button here, under the Animation Effects, and here under Exit Animations, I'm going to find fade. And I'm going to set it's duration to one and a half seconds. I can also say I need to adjust the size of the frame here just a little bit. Here we go.
So one and a half seconds will be the length of the fade. Next, I'm going to open up the Animation Pane, and I want this fade out animation to happen at the same time the movie starts playing. So, with rectangle two selected here, I'm going to come and change this from start on click, to start with previous. So it'll start fading at the same time my movie starts playing. So that's how to create a fade-in effect. We'll see that in action momentarily, but I also want to create a fade-out. So I need to create another black rectangle and have it slowly appear at the end of my clip to cover the video.
Kind of makes you wish Microsoft had just add the ability to fade-in and fade-out from black, but anyway. So I'm going to click on my rectangle, I'm going to right click on it, copy it, and I'll right click again, and paste. I'm going to leave this slightly off-center so we can tell the difference between the two rectangles for now. So with it selected here, I'm going to change it's effect option to fade-in, here under Entrance. And I want this to happen after the other effect.
So I'm going to change it to start after previous. And again, I'll up the duration to one and a half seconds. And now I'll move it back on top of the other rectangle, and it should just snap into place. So there's the fade-in. So now let's play our slide and see it works. I'll click on Slideshow. - Hansel and Puddle has been- - [Instructor] So there's the fade-in - The most amazingly, beautiful - [Instructor] And, we'll watch it through the end to see the fade-out. - Often, I'll come in here, and I'll be stressed out from work, and I just need to get something.
And I'm always greeted with a smile, they always provide excellent recommendations, and they never fail to send me out of here with an amazing bouquet, or an amazing product. And you just can't beat the price. - [Instructor] And there's the fade-out. Okay, so there you have an involved work-around for getting a fade-in and out from black, if your video doesn't have black frames at the beginning and end. Honestly though, this is one of those cases where if you do have the ability to edit your video before importing it into PowerPoint, you'll have a much easier time adding you fades, and making your edits, in your movie editing program, then doing the work-around, here in PowerPoint.
But, at least now, you know how to do this, if you can't edit your original video.
Note: This course was recorded on PowerPoint for Office 365. Most of the course contents will also be useful to those working with the most recent standalone versions of Office, including Office 2019 and 2016.
- Comparing linking and embedding methods
- Inserting videos in presentations
- Trimming video
- Cropping video
- Adjusting brightness and color
- Resizing video
- Applying effects
- Adding audio clips to presentations
- Looping video
- Triggering playback with objects
- Saving multimedia presentations