You’ve carefully planned and crafted your PowerPoint presentation, with clear information and good content flow. You want to include strong visuals that will really engage your audience, and you’ve got a breathtaking video that will do just that. Now you’re ready to place it in your slide show. PowerPoint 2010 makes it incredibly easy to add videos right to your presentation—and edit them to get them just right.1
Add your video to your slides
With just a few clicks, you can embed a video in your slide deck or link to a video that you’ve posted to a website.
It’s a great idea to directly insert your video, because then you don’t have to worry about lost files or broken links, since your video file is in your presentation. If file size is a concern, (for example, if you need to email your slide show), it’s easy to compress your video file.
Add and play a video in a presentation
Embed a video in your presentation
Compress your media files
Make your video even better
OK, now you’ve got your video in PowerPoint and you want to make some changes to it. It seems a little long, and to have the biggest impact on your audience, you want to tighten it up. You can trim your video right in PowerPoint—cut out the beginning or the end, as much or as little as you choose, until your video is just the length you want it to be.
Perhaps your video is a little too dark and you want to brighten it up so your audience can see it better. Maybe you even want to change its color. You can change the style of your video, or you can even make it play in a different shape. Instead of a rectangle, put your video in an oval, octagon or cube frame (or any other shape that is in the Video Shapes list).
Note: Trimming and special effects work only with embedded videos.
Trim a video
Apply special effects to your video
Recolor a video
Start or end your video with a fade effect
Play your video in a shape
1 PowerPoint will support QuickTime (.mov and .mp4) and Adobe Flash Player (.swf) files when you have installed the QuickTime and Adobe Flash players. PowerPoint 2010 64-bit is not compatible with 32-bit versions of QuickTime or Flash. You must install a 64-bit version of QuickTime or Flash, or a install 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010.
There are some limitations when using Flash in PowerPoint 2010, including the inability to use special effects (such as shadows, reflections, glow effects, soft edges, bevels, and three dimensional rotation), the fade and trim capabilities, and the ability to compress these files for easier sharing and distribution.