Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding sound to animation, part of PowerPoint: Builds, Transitions, Animations, and Effects.
Most of the effects that you apply to an element can have a sound effect attached. Now, I'm not a big fan of sounds but if used sparingly, they can be effective. Let's select this element here. And what I want to do is add a big transition. That looks good, and I've set that. And what I want to do is control what's going to happen. So if I double-click on this, you'll note that I could attach a sound.
Now before I do that, let's reuse this animation on these other elements. So, I'll select it, choose the Animation Painter, and paint. There we go. And now, with the double-click, I could add a sound. So there are several sound effects available built-in. And you can audition those as well as adjust the volume. But what I recommend is take advantage of some of your own sound effects. So, let's choose from the bottom of the list, Other Sound.
And for this to work, it needs to be a .wav file. If you download most audio off the net, it's going to be an .mp3, so you'll need to find a conversion program, like Quicktime or Adobe Audition. You can also use several free tools out there, and there are plenty of choices when it comes to audio conversion. Here we go, let's click OK. And it applies it. Next one here, select that. Other sound. There we go.
And our last one. Good. Let's preview that back from the top. And you see that the sound and the animation are synchronized. When it comes to sound effects, I recommend that you possibly skip using them altogether. But if you want to use sound effects, only use them sparingly. The goal here is to use it when you really need the audience's attention. Remember, if you're constantly using big animations and loud transitions, the audience will start to tune out.
So, show a bit of restraint and the occasional use of a sound effect can be quite effective.
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- Choosing a style of animation
- Revealing text and charts
- Setting custom timing
- Playing a video
- Adding sound
- Using transitions between slides