Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Video
Working with Video
Video clips can be embedded in your presentation. Embedding a video clip eliminates the
need to send or store additional files with your presentation. But doing so increases your
overall presentation’s file size, which could lead to performance issues. Another option is to
link to a video stored in a generally accessible location (like the Internet or your hard drive).
To embed a video, click Video on the Insert tab (in the Media group at the right side of the
tab), and then click Video From File, as shown in Figure 18-18. Choosing Video From Web
Site gives you a dialog box that lets you paste a link to a video stored on a website such as
YouTube or Hulu. The Clip Art Video option gives you access to video stored within the Clip
Figure 18-18 Clicking Video From File allows you to embed a video or create a link to a video
stored locally on your computer.
Clicking Video From File doesn’t mean you have to embed a video in your presentation.
When you select the video in the Insert Video dialog box, click the arrow next to the Insert
button and choose Link To File. The video looks like it’s embedded, but your presentation
file size won’t be significantly affected.
You can insert animated GIF files as well as other standard video formats. PowerPoint also
supports QuickTime and Flash videos, although playing back either of these formats
properly requires that you install separate, stand-alone players for QuickTime and Flash.
Note that when you insert a Flash file, you lose a few key features. For starters, you can’t
use special effects and fade or trim options on a Flash file. Additionally, you don’t have the
ability to compress your file size with embedded Flash files as you can with embedded files
using video formats such as Windows Media Video or QuickTime.
New in PowerPoint 2010 is the ability for you to make edits to videos that have been
embedded in or linked to your presentation. One of the first features you’ll notice is the
video control panel that shows up at the bottom of inserted videos in both Normal view
and Slide Show view. On this panel, you can play or pause your video, jump to a specific