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Adding Video to Your Slides
times. You can choose the start and end times by dragging the green start
pointer or the red end pointer over the image of the audio file’s waveform.
Or, you can enter the time (in seconds) in the Start Time and End Time boxes.
Figure 15-4: The Trim Audio dialog box.
Adding Video to Your Slides
Welcome to the MTV era of computing. If your computer has the chutzpah,
you can add small video clips to your presentations and play them at will. I’m
not sure why you would want to, but hey, who needs a reason?
Adding a movie motion clip to a slide is similar to adding a sound clip. A crucial
difference exists, however, between motion clips and sound bites: Video is
meant to be seen (and sometimes heard ). An inserted motion clip should be
given ample space on your slide.
If you think that sound files are big, wait till you see how big motion clips are.
Ha! They consume hard drive space the way an elephant consumes veggies.
The whole multimedia revolution is really a conspiracy started by hard drive
manufacturers. (Be aware that you may have trouble sending a PowerPoint
presentation bloated with large video files to your friends and colleagues via
e-mail because many e-mail servers have limits on the size of e-mail attachments.)
The following steps show you how to add a video clip to a slide:
1. Find a good movie and, if needed, download it or upload it to your
hard drive.
The hardest part about using video in a PowerPoint presentation is finding
a video file that’s worth showing. Use Google or any other search service
to find a video to insert. Then, download the video to your computer.
Or, you can create your own videos using a camcorder and video-editing
software.
2. Move to the slide on which you want to insert the movie.
Hopefully, you left a big blank space on the slide to put the movie in. If
not, rearrange the existing slide objects to make room for the movie.
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