Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to add a Poster Frame for your video clips in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
After inserting a video within
your presentation, you may see a blank / black rectangle on the slide as placed video clip, as shown in
Figure 1. The appearance of the blank / black rectangle is caused by the file format of the
video clip inserted on the slide -- not all the formats show these blank / black rectangles. In fact, you may
also see the first frame of the video clip in some cases. However if you do see this blank / black rectangle,
your viewers may not find this appearance professional. With
PowerPoint 2013's Poster Frame
option, you can easily overcome this limitation, and change the black rectangle to a picture of your choice by
selecting a frame from the video itself, or even a picture from a different source. Also, the Poster Frame
option presents a good option for displaying a company logo or a picture of a speaker in the video. The Poster
Frame is a frame that appears first when you view the containing slide in Slide Show view.
Figure 1: Inserted video clip appears as a black rectangle
If you see a black rectangle when you inserted a video, or if you want to change the frame visible – then you can add a Poster frame for it in two ways:
- Include a frame from the video itself.
- Insert an image such as an external JPG or PNG picture file.
In this tutorial, you will learn about both these ways to add a poster frame for your video clips:
Add Poster Frame from the Video itself
- Open your presentation, and navigate to the slide that contains a video clip. 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 Format tab to activate it,
as shown earlier in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
- Within Normal editing view, play
the video clip through the Player Control bar (highlighted in
blue within Figure 1, shown earlier on this page). Your video clip
will now play, as shown in Figure 2. When you find the frame within the playing video that you
want to display as the poster frame, pause the video by clicking the Pause button, highlighted
in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Pause button within the Player Control bar
- This pauses the video, and the Pause button will change to the Play
button, as shown in Figure 3. Note that in the paused status of the video, you can see the
frame at which you stopped playing the video. If this is not the frame you want to use for your Poster frame,
you can continue clicking the Play and Pause buttons until you are paused at
the frame that you want to use for your Poster frame.
Figure 3: Paused video shows a frame
- Now, within the Video Tools Format tab, click the Poster Frame button
(highlighted in red within Figure 4) to access the
Poster Frame drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Current Frame option within the Poster Frame drop-down gallery
- Within the Poster Frame drop-down gallery select the Current Frame option
(highlighted in blue within Figure 4, above). This will set the
current frame as the Poster Frame for the active video clip. The Player Control bar now
displays a message that the poster frame is set, as
shown highlighted in red within Figure 5.
Figure 5: Current frame set as Poster Frame
Add Picture as a Poster Frame
Follow these steps to set any picture as a Poster Frame for your video:
- Select the inserted video clip
on your slide. Now, click the Poster Frame button (highlighted in
red within Figure 6) to access the Poster Frame
drop-down gallery. From the Poster Frame drop-down gallery, select the
Image from File option, as shown highlighted in blue within
Figure 6: Image from File option to be selected
- This bring up the Insert Pictures dialog box, as shown in Figure 7. Within
this dialog box you'll find options to
insert picture from a file
(highlighted in red within Figure 7) or
pictures (highlighted in blue within Figure 7). For this
tutorial we used the From a file option.
Figure 7: Insert Pictures dialog box
- Click the Browse hyperlink within the Insert Pictures dialog box (look into the area highlighted in red within Figure 7, above). This opens the Insert Picture dialog box as shown in Figure 8. Navigate to where you have
saved pictures to be used as Poster frames. Select the picture you want to use, and click the
Insert button, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 8: Insert Picture dialog box
- the selected image as the Poster Frame for the video clip. The player controls box now
displays a message that the poster frame is set, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 9: Image set as Poster Frame
- Make sure you save your presentation.
Figure 10: Reset option to be selected
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