Add Trigger for Audio and Video Media Actions in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add trigger animations for sound and movie actions in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
An interactive PowerPoint presentation always interests audiences since it gets them involved actively
navigating the slides. However, the audiences for whom these interactive slides are intended must be aware
that some interactivity has been included so that they can click a slide object to cause an action to happen.
animations, you click on a PowerPoint shape (or even an
Action Button or any other slide
object) to cause an audio or video clip on the same slide to play, pause, resume, or even stop.
We assume that you have already added some actions to play, pause, or stop your media -- depending upon the type of media you are using, explore the following tutorials to learn how you can add actions to them:
The procedure explained in this tutorial is for a video clip, but these techniques work the same way for audio clips:
- Go to the slide that contains an audio or a video clip with some
Audio Actions or
added. Now, insert three shapes which will work as navigation buttons -- for our tutorial example, we
inserted three rectangle shapes that had text reading Play, Pause/Resume,
and Stop within them, as shown in Figure 1. Also note the video clip on the
Figure 1: Slide with a video clip and shapes used as navigation buttons
Tip: You can also use Action Buttons instead of regular shapes.
- Within the Animation Pane, right-click any of the Video Actions (or Sound Actions) --
we chose a Pause action. From the resultant menu, chose the Timing option,
as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Timing option for the selected action
- This brings up a dialog box with Timing tab selected. In our
example, the Pause Video dialog box was brought up since we selected Pause
action for a video (see Figure 3). Locate and click the Triggers button
that you can see highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Triggers button within the Timing tab of the Pause Video dialog box
- Within the options that come up, select the Start effect on click of radio button
(highlighted in red within Figure 4). Thereafter, click the
down arrow (highlighted in blue within Figure 4) to bring up a
list containing names of objects on the same slide (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: List of slide objects displayed for the Start effect on click of option
Within this list, you will find the name of the object through which you want to trigger the selected Action. In this case, we have chosen the shape with Pause / Resume written on it.
Tip: The words Pause / Resume written in this case are merely the text contained within your shape. Similarly, any text you type in the shape will show up in the Start effect on click of: drop-down list.
Click the OK button to apply the effect and get back to the slide.
- Now play your slide in
Slide Show view, and make sure you play the
video clip. While the clip is playing, click the shape that has the text reading Pause / Resume -- you will find that
this now causes the video clip to pause.
- You can similarly add a Play action to the previous shape (the shape that contains the
Play text, shown in Figure 1, above). When done, play your slide -- you
will find that:
- Clicking the Play button plays your video clip.
- Clicking the Pause / Resume button pauses your video clip.
- Clicking the Pause / Resume button again resumes your video clip from the point where you paused it.
- Clicking the Stop button does nothing as of now, since you still need to add it as a
trigger for the Stop Action -- we do that next.
- Add a Stop action to the final shape (the shape that contains the Stop
text, as shown in Figure 1). When done, play your slide to ascertain that the
Stop action now works.
- Save your presentation often.
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