Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Specifying Playback Options
Send Backward. You can send the clip behind other objects on the slide. This
makes it possible to use overlapping lines, shapes, and text boxes to annotate
the video clip window. You can also Bring Forward to move a clip in front of other
The Reset Design button on the Video Tools Format tab resets everything you have done to a clip’s formatting except
the setting of the poster frame. To reset the poster frame, choose Format
Poster Frame
Specifying Playback Options
Playback options are the options that control when and how the clip plays. Unlike the for-
matting options you learned about in the previous sections, these controls affect the action
of the clip, the unique qualities it has as a motion video object rather than a static image.
Displaying or Hiding Playback Controls
By default, when a video clip plays in Slide Show view, playback controls appear below
it. They make it easy to start and stop the clip and to skip to a different section of it (by
clicking on the timeline below the clip).
You may sometimes want to hide those controls, however. To hide them, on the Slide Show
tab, clear the Show Media Controls check box. Note that this setting applies to the entire
presentation; you unfortunately cannot disable or enable playback controls separately for
individual clips.
Choosing a Start Trigger
There are a number of ways to specify when a clip starts playing. Let’s take a look at some
of these.
Making a Clip Play Automatically or On Click
A video clip’s default playback setting is On Click, meaning that it plays during Slide Show
view only when the clip itself is clicked. You can change this behavior, so that it plays
automatically when it appears, by changing the Start setting on the Video Tools Playback
tab, as shown in Figure 15.9. (You can also set this on the Animations tab, or you can right-
click the video clip, click the Start icon, and choose a setting from its menu.)
If you set the clip to start automatically, you can optionally specify a number of seconds that should pass before that
occurs. On the Animations tab, enter a number of seconds in the Delay box to build in this delay. You’ll learn more
about delaying the start of an animation event in Chapter 16, “Creating Animation Effects and Transitions.”
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