PowerPoint Tutorials: Working with Audios and Pictures (Page 185)
Collection of PowerPoint tutorials on working with Audio and Picture options, followed by PowerPoint conversations.
We bring you detailed synopses of two keynotes from the just concluded Presentation Summit at San Diego - these are for keynotes delivered by Nolan Haims and Mike Parkinson. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn more from a bunch of Audio (Sound) tutorials.
Do you want to remove a sky, a wall, any backdrop, or something else in a photograph so that the slide background shows through within the removed parts of the picture? The Remove Background option may be just what you need to remove the background from an inserted picture.
When you insert an audio clip on your slide, you can see a sound icon that represents the audio clip. Of course, it rarely matters what the icon looks like if you have set your audio clip to play automatically. However, if you actually plan to click on this picture to play your audio clip -- then you might want to use another picture instead.
When you insert an audio clip into a PowerPoint slide, you can control its volume, set it to play looped, or even hide the audio icon. These are some of the advanced options available for any inserted audio clip in PowerPoint. Remember that these advanced options only exist so that you can use them when they are required, rather than using them just because they exist! Let us explore all these advanced audio options in PowerPoint 2013.
Once you insert an audio clip into your presentation, you may find that it is too long, or there may be parts in the clip that you don't want the audiences to hear. Or maybe you just need a small bit to play -- like the sound of that trumpet blowing! Fortunately, PowerPoint's Trim Audio option can make this easy for you.
Tuesday's keynote at the Presentation Summit was delivered by Mike Parkinson of Billion Dollar Graphics. Mike's keynote topic was "Listen, Learn, Share, Succeed". He started with a video directed by Brock Mitchell of Shot at the Dark about a young man who had to decide to let his mother go, and live every moment of the remaining time he had with her. This awesome video was the beginning of a learning session. Mike explained that real stories are felt, not heard. He also emphasized that emotions bring change.
Insert an audio file within your PowerPoint slide, and choose to play it either with a click, or set it to play automatically. Whichever option you choose, some files can sound loud and unexpected! Have you not experienced the sudden scare or shock when a shrill voice interrupts an almost silent environment? Rather than shake the soul of your audiences, you can use PowerPoint's fade options to add a gradual increase to the volume of your audio files. PowerPoint provides both Fade In and Fade Out effects that you can add to the beginning and end of your audio clips. These fade options make your audio clips sound smoother and more subtle.
This year's Presentation Summit at San Diego began with a keynote from Nolan Haims. After careers in theatre and the circus, Nolan Haims moved into the world of presentation, designing presentations for Fortune 500 CEOs, leading financial institutions and all the major television networks. Nolan started his keynote by comparing two famous movies: Star Wars and The Phantom Menace. The audience agreed that the former was a better movie, and Nolan emphasized that this was because Star Wars had so much simplicity, and comparatively, The Phantom Menace had complexity.
Once you add Bookmark(s) to an audio clip, you may want to edit or remove the Bookmark altogether. In PowerPoint you can't edit a Bookmark -- for example, you cannot change the time position of your Bookmark from 30 seconds to 28 seconds. To achieve this change, you have to delete the earlier Bookmark, and then add a new Bookmark on the time position that you want.
We bring you two exclusive products this time – a new set of Irregular Shapes, plus a set of fall themed leaf shapes. Both these sets of shapes are PowerPoint native. PowerPoint 2013 users can learn about Pictures and Video. And don't miss the new discussions and templates of this week!
One of the very important abilities in PowerPoint 2013 relates to you being able to play your audio files from a certain point within the clip. To do so, you need to use the Bookmarks feature. Bookmarks in PowerPoint are similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you read. In the same way that you can easily access a particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmark option within an audio clip becomes an indicator of the position you want to play the clip from.
These Fall Leaves Clip Arts for PowerPoint are ready to use clip-art graphics that you can use within your PowerPoint presentation slides. These clip art graphics are available in black and white colors -- both variations are contained within two separate sample presentations you can download. Copy the clip art graphics of your choice from the downloaded presentations, and paste them into your PowerPoint presentation slide, or you can also paste them into a Word document or an Excel worksheet. Additionally, these Fall Leaves graphics are vector shapes, so you can easily edit them within your Microsoft Office program.
Once you add an audio/sound track to your PowerPoint presentation, you can let the inserted audio span across all your slides from the first one to the last by selecting the Play across slides option. That's great if you need the same music playing on all your slides. But what if you want the music to play only across some successive slides? What if you want the music to play from slide 1 to 12, and let all slides thereafter play without any music? Or you may want to add another audio clip for the next set of slides? Either way, it is possible to limit the number of slides that your music will play across.
After inserting an audio file such as a sound track within your PowerPoint presentation, do you want to play this sound track across slides without any interruption when you move from one slide to another? Of course you must first be sure that the sound track you are using is suitable for this purpose. You can opt for a soothing background music score to play across your presentation slides without distracting your audience. Of course, if a live speaker is spearheading the presentation, then you don't want to add a sound that spans across slides. This will distract the audience, and also the speaker.
There are many, many options as far as inserting pictures from online sources within PowerPoint are concerned. After exploring the Office.com Clip Art and the Bing Image Search options, the third option we will learn about is Flickr. Flickr is probably the greatest online resource of pictures uploaded by photographers and enthusiasts all over the world.
You can insert an audio file from your PC into your PowerPoint slide. PowerPoint 2013 even enables you to insert an audio file from online sources without any need to open your web browser.
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