"The Steps to Play Movie in PowerPoint 2007 and the Setting Options Involved"


Do you know how to play movie in PowerPoint 2007? Actually, the steps just like how to play sound in your presentations.

Video clips are like sounds whereby you can specify that they should play when you point at them or click them, or you can make them play automatically at a certain time.


To play movie on mouse click or mouse over

  • Click the movie clip icon on the slide.
  • On the Insert tab, in the Links group, click Action icon.
  • From the Action Settings dialog box displayed, choose either Mouse Click or Mouse Over tab.
  • movie action settings dialog box

  • Under the Action on click section, choose the None option if you want no action, or choose the Object Action option if you want it to play in either case.
  • Click OK.


To control the movie volume

  • On the Movie Tools Options tab, in the More Options group, click the Slide Show Volume icon and choose either Low, Medium, High, or Mute option.
  • Alternatively, you can click the Movie Options dialog box launcher from the Movie Tools Options tab.
  • PowerPoint movie options box

  • From the Movie Options dialog box displayed, click the Sound Volume button and adjust the volume.
  • Other options in the dialog box included:
  • Loop until stopped: Repeat the clip until another animation event stops it or until the next slide appears.
    Rewind movie when done playing: Return the movie to its first frame after playing.
    Hide while not playing: Hide the clip when it is not playing.
    Zoom to Full Screen: Play the clip full-screen, temporarily obscuring the rest of the slide.

  • Click OK.


To understand the Custom Animation task pane symbol

  • When you place a movie clip on a slide, an entry for it is created on the Custom Animation task pane.
  • custom animation task pane symbol


Note: If you choose to set the clip to play automatically when you insert the clip initially, two entries appear in the Custom Animation task pane: Play and Pause. If you choose to set the clip to play on click, only the Pause entry appears.


To control when the movie will play

  • On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation to open the Custom Animation pane.
  • From the Custom Animation pane, select the video clip.
  • Click the clip drop-down arrow and click Timing option. The dialog box opens with the Timing tab displayed.
  • Set the timing options as needed:
  • play movie timing options

    Start: Choose a choice to start play the movie.
    Delay: This is the delay in seconds between the previous animation event and this one.
    Speed: For animation effects, this controls the speed; for a movie clip, it is unavailable because you cannot change the speed at which the movie plays.
    Repeat: Choose how many times you want the clip to repeat before it stops. This is available only for Play Movie.
    Rewind When Done Playing: If you want the last frame of the movie to remain on-screen after it completes, leave this check box unmarked. If you want the first frame to reappear, mark this check box. This is available only for Play Movie.

  • Click OK.


To set the start and stop points for a movie clip

  • On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation to open the Custom Animation pane.
  • From the Custom Animation pane, select the clip that represents Play
  • Click the clip drop-down arrow and click Effect option. The dialog box opens with the Effect tab displayed.
  • In the Start playing section, choose one of the option:
  • From beginning: Starts the clip from its beginning.
    From last position: Starts from whatever point the clip was paused or stopped earlier. If it was not paused or stopped earlier, this is the beginning.
    From time: Starts at a certain number of seconds into the clip by entering the number of seconds in the seconds box.

    play movie effect options

  • In the Stop playing section, set up the video to stop on click, after the current slide, or after a specified number of slides.
  • Click OK.


To resize the video clip window

  • Click on the video clip's that you wish to resize.
  • Drag the video selection handles to resize.


Related Topics:

2 Ways to Embed Movies into PowerPoint 2007 Presentations

Adding Sound Files to Your PowerPoint 2007 Presentation

How to Play Sound in PowerPoint 2007 and the Settings Involved?



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