Chapter 15

Incorporating Motion Video

In This Chapter

Understanding video types
Placing a video on a slide
Managing clip files and links
Changing the video's formatting
Specifying playback options
Troubleshooting video problems

PowerPoint 2013 has great support for motion video. It not only supports many video types (including Flash, which was difficult to integrate with PowerPoint in some earlier versions), but it allows you to trim the clip, bookmark a point in it, and add a wide variety of formatting to it. In this chapter, you'll learn how to insert and configure motion video.

Understanding Video Types

Three cheers for Microsoft for increasing the number of video file types that PowerPoint supports! Presentation developers have long been frustrated by PowerPoint's inability to accept certain file formats, but that problem is largely in the past now. PowerPoint 2013 supports the formats listed in Table 15.1.

Note
What's the difference between a movie and a video? There really isn't any. PowerPoint uses the terms interchangeably.

PowerPoint treats most video types similarly, in terms of how much control you have over their appearance and playback, except for the final two in Table 15.1: Adobe Flash Media and animated GIFs. Both of these deserve a bit of special discussion.

Table 15.1 Supported Video Formats

Format Most Common Filename Extension Other Filename Extensions
Windows Media file .asf .asx, .dvr-ms, .wpl, .win, .wmx, .wmd, .wmz
Windows video file .avi
QuickTime ...

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