9.4: Adding and Modifying Video
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Video is even more engaging than video because it adds visual appeal in addition to audio sensory stimulation. An appropriate video can provide a lasting memory for the audience, and provide compelling evidence to influence and educate. Videos offer a lot of upside, but they require also require a lot of resources and careful consideration. The overall length of the presentation needs to be considered when deciding to utilize videos with a slide presentation. Videos tend to be lengthy and the presentation should stay focused and on time. Additionally, video file sizes are enormous. Therefore, storage and portability are often major issues to consider if embedding videos into a presentation.
There are a couple of ways to add video to a PowerPoint presentation. You can add a video from your hard drive, embed one from YouTube, or simply linking an image to the video’s location. Inserting a video is very a similar process to inserting an audio file. When clicking the Video drop-down list, decide between inserting a Video on My PC… or Online Video… Either option will open a dialog window to allow the user to navigate to the location of the video file. Like audio files, many media files are available to download royalty-free from online sites like freemusicarchive.org or videvo.net.
To insert a link to a YouTube site, or embed a YouTube video code, choose the Online Video… option. The link to YouTube option will require a strong Internet connection during playback, however this will control the size of the PowerPoint file.
Once inserted, ensure that the video is moved and resized to be legible for the audience during playback. With the video object selected, a new contextual Video Tools tab will appear with Formatting and Playback options. The Playback tab offers many ways to customize the impact of the video.
The first, and most important decision, is to decide whether the video should play Automatically once the slide appears or until a mouse click triggers the playback. A lot of time can be taken to trim and adjust the fade of a video, which can be useful to ensure a snippet of a video plays instead of the entire video file, which can often be too lengthy. There is no denying the impact of videos in today’s multimedia rich world. Nonetheless, careful planning and design is necessary to ensure that the investment of time and resources are worthwhile for use in a PowerPoint presentation. Some common video and audio file formats are listed below.