Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a video, part of PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation.
While photography's great to add to a slide, one of the things I'm a big fan of is a video clip. Now, it's so much easier these days to shoot video than it used to be, you could take out your smartphone or your DSLR or point and shoot camera. And chances are that video recording capabilities are built right in. In the past, video often involved having to convert formats. But newer versions of PowerPoint are much more forgiving and recognize industry standard files like H.264 video which is widely used on most of these point and shoot and phone based devices.
Here's how it works. Let's select a slide and I'm going to add a new slide after it. What I'd like to do in this case is just choose a blank slide. And I'm going to put a video file in full screen. Under insert, there's the video section, so I can click and choose to browse. I'll choose video from my PC, but you'll note that there is the online video option. This allows you to pull something off of your SkyDrive. If you want to pull something from a webpage then you might want to take advantage of actually downloading the video first, rather than trying to put a live connection in.
Let's choose Video on My PC. And I've navigated to a file and chose Insert. Now, I'm a big fan of having QuickTime installed. I recommend this no matter which version of PowerPoint you're using. It just makes media files a bit easier to work with, and unlocks several common formats. With that selected, I'll choose Insert and add it. Now, you'll note in this case, that it filled the slide, which was the desired reaction. And I can click Play to preview it. There's not a lot of fast motion in this clip.
The clouds just slowly float on by. But it does give me a nice presentation. Under the Format option here, you can, of course apply a colorization effect if you do want to tint that. I'll reset that back, but maybe just a little more contrast in there, and brighten up the sharp just a bit. And you see how easy that it is to adjust. I also could crop the image as needed. Now one of the things that's really cool is that you could put text over your video. I'm going to go to this previous section that says Product Scoping Document and just copy that text. Right click, Copy, come on over here, right click, and I'm going to paste that as text only.
There we go. Let's check the formatting for a second. Century Gothic. Alright? Easy enough. I'll select it and choose my formatting. Let's bump that up a bit. And wrap that to three lines. There we go. And all the options that you had before are still there if you'd like to format the text. Now I'm going to go with a simple drop shadow and just drag that into place. But you'll note that the text can be placed over a moving video source. Use video files sparingly, but they do add a lot to a presentation, and remember, it's so much easier to record video than ever before.
Just, of course, like your images, make sure you have the rights to the clips that you choose.
This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington.
- Setting a schedule and goals
- Working in stages
- Building an outline
- Using an outline to create your initial slides
- Formatting text
- Changing templates and themes
- Using photos, shapes, and charts in PowerPoint
- Adding video
- Animating your slideshow
- Consolidating, testing, and rehearsing you presentation