Add a movie or animated GIF to a slide

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"Movies" are desktop video files with formats such as AVI, QuickTime, and MPEG, and file extensions such as .avi, .mov, .qt, .mpg, and .mpeg. An animated GIF (GIF: A graphics file format (.gif extension in Windows) used to display indexed-color graphics on the World Wide Web. It supports up to 256 colors and uses lossless compression, meaning that no image data is lost when the file is compressed.) file always has a .gif file extension.

  1. Display the slide to which you want to add a movie or animated GIF.
  2. Do one of the following:

ShowAdd a movie or animated GIF file

  1. On the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, click Movie from File, locate the folder that contains the file you want, and then double-click the file.

 Note   A movie or .gif file that you've added to Clip Organizer (Clip Organizer: Microsoft Office program that contains drawings, photographs, sounds, videos, and other media files that you can insert and use in presentations, publications, and other Office documents.) is found in the Clip Organizer folder within the My Pictures folder on your hard disk. Or, go to the original location for these files.

  1. When a message is displayed, do one of the following:
    • To play the movie or GIF automatically when you go to the slide, click Automatically.
    • To play the movie or GIF only when you click it, click When Clicked.

 Note   If you try to insert a movie and you get a message saying that Microsoft PowerPoint can't insert the file, try inserting the movie to play in Windows Media Player.

ShowHow?

  1. In Windows, launch Windows Media Player (from the Start button, on the Accessories submenu).
  2. On the File menu in Windows Media Player, click Open, and then type the path or browse for the file you want to insert, and click OK.
    • If the movie opens and plays, complete the remaining steps in this task.
    • If the movie cannot play, then it won't play when you open the Windows Media Player in PowerPoint, so don't complete this task. You can consult Windows Media Player Help to try to troubleshoot the problem. Also, in PowerPoint, search on "Troubleshoot movies" in the Ask a Question box on the menu bar to get more suggestions.
  3. Display the slide you want the movie on in PowerPoint, and on the Insert menu, click Object.
  4. Under Object Type, click Media Clip, and make sure Create new is selected. If you want the movie to display as an icon, select the Display as icon check box.
  5. Click OK.
  6. On the Insert Clip menu in Windows Media Player, click Video for Windows.
  7. In the Files of type list, select All Files, select the file, and then click Open.
  8. To play it, click the Play button just below the menu bar, on the upper left; to insert it onto your slide, click outside the movie frame.

ShowAdd a motion clip from Microsoft Clip Organizer

  1. On the Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and click Movie from Clip Organizer.
  2. In the Clip Art task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), scroll to find the clip you want, and click it to add it to the slide.
  3. If a message is displayed, do one of the following:
    • To play the movie or GIF automatically when you go to the slide, click Automatically.
    • To play the movie or GIF only when you click it, click When Clicked.

Notes

  • Clip Organizer initially includes a collection of animated GIFs. Other GIF files and movie files you add to Clip Organizer will also appear in the task pane.
  • To do a search for clips in Clip Organizer, fill in the Search for: box, fill in the search criteria and click Go. To get more information about finding the clip you want, click Tips for finding clips at the bottom of the task pane; it gives details on finding files using wildcards and adding your own clips to the Clip Organizer.

ShowTip

To preview a clip: in the Clip Art task pane, in the Results box that displays the clips available, move your mouse pointer over the clip's thumbnail; click the arrow that appears; and then click Preview/Properties.

 
 
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003