Add Bookmarks to Video Clips in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add Bookmarks to video clips in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
If you want your inserted video clip to play from a certain point within the video clip, you can actually trim the video so that it only plays the parts you want. However, there is another elegant solution that lets you achieve the same results, and do even more. This feature is called a Bookmark - it is similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you are reading. Just like how you can easily go to that particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmark you add to a video clip becomes an indicator of the position you want to go to.
You can thus quickly access that position within the video clip without having to manually scrub within the Player Controls bar. In addition, you can also combine Bookmarks with Trigger animations, so as make a click result in playing a video clip from the Bookmark position you added.
Follow these steps to learn how to add a Bookmark to video clip in PowerPoint 2013:
- Open your presentation, and navigate to the required slide where you have already
inserted a video clip. Just select
or double-click the video clip to bring up the two Video Tools tabs in the
Ribbon. These two tabs are
Format and Playback -- click the Playback tab to activate
it, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
- Now, ascertain where you want to add the Bookmark -- there are three ways to do so:
- Click the Play button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 1, above) to play the video clip. While playing, the Play button will
become the Pause button. Now click the Pause button at the position where you
want to add a bookmark -- in Figure 2, below you can see that our position is set at 04.30.
- Scrub the video by dragging within the Player Controls bar to the exact position you
- Click inside the Player Controls bar, highlighted in red
within Figure 2, below, and then use the Move Forward and
Move Back buttons (highlighted in blue within
Figure 2, below) to fine-tune your position.
Figure 2: Video paused to add a Bookmark
- Click the Play button (highlighted in blue within Figure 1, above) to play the video clip. While playing, the Play button will become the Pause button. Now click the Pause button at the position where you want to add a bookmark -- in Figure 2, below you can see that our position is set at 04.30.
- Now select the Video Tools Playback tab in the Ribbon, and click the
Add Bookmark button, highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Add Bookmark button within the Bookmarks group
- This adds a Bookmark, represented by a yellow dot on the video time line within the
Player Controls bar to indicate the bookmark location, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Bookmark is added on the video time line within the Player Controls bar
- Once you start playing the video to preview, or even if you scrub again -- you will find that your
Bookmark added in the preceding step shows a white dot rather than a yellow dot (see
Figure 5, below). This indicates that the Bookmark is no longer selected. To select it
again, just click on the white dot, which will turn yellow again to indicate that it has been selected.
Figure 5: Bookmark no longer active within the Player Controls bar
- You can add as many Bookmarks as you like. The selected Bookmark is always highlighted with a yellow dot,
as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Selected Bookmark depicts a yellow dot within the Player Controls bar
- Once you are done with adding bookmarks, you can play the slide in
Slide Show view. Hover your cursor
over the video clip to see the Player Controls bar, containing the Bookmarks. You can see all
the three bookmarks we added in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Bookmarks displayed within Slide Show view
- Assuming you are still in Slide Show view, you can click on any of the Bookmarks to
select it, and then click the Play button (see Figure 8) to run the video
clip from that position onwards.
Figure 8: Play video clip from the Bookmark position in Slide Show view
- Make sure you save your presentation.
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