Animating Slide Objects While Media is Playing in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to animate any object on a slide in PowerPoint 2013 while a media clip on the same slide is still playing.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
You have a 5 minute video or audio clip playing on your slide. And exactly after the clip has played for 30 seconds, you want some text to appear super-imposed above the video clip. Alternatively, you may want to show other objects on the slide while your audio clip is playing. All this while, the original audio or video clip should continue playing. How do you achieve this result?
It might seem difficult, but you can end up with these results quite easily using the Trigger Animation option. These Trigger animations typically happen as a result of a click on some other slide object -- but in PowerPoint 2013, you can now cause Trigger animations to also happen on media playback through a Bookmark.
What is a Bookmark?A bookmark is a saved location on an audio or video clip. You can create any number of Bookmarks on such media files, as explained in our Add Bookmarks for Video Clips in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows and Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows tutorials. Bookmarks were introduced in PowerPoint 2010, and are not available in PowerPoint 2007 or older versions.
Follow these steps to learn more -- while we have used a video clip in this walkthrough, you can achieve the same results with an audio clip:
- Select the video clip on your slide, or if you want to start from the beginning, launch
PowerPoint 2013 -- within the Presentation Gallery that shows up by default, select the Blank Presentation or any other template / Theme. This opens up a new presentation with a blank slide. Thereafter, optionally change the slide layout to Blank, insert a video clip and select it.
- Then, add a Bookmark to the selected video clip as
required. In Figure 1 below, you can see that we have selected a video that already has
a Bookmark added (notice the yellow dot in the Player bar below the video clip) -- additionally, the slide also
has a Text Box, containing the words "Wildlife" -- this has been placed over the video clip. Do note
that no animation has been added to this Text Box yet.
Figure 1: A slide with a video clip and a Text Box
- Now you can optionally select the video clip. Then click the Video Tools Playback tab of
the Ribbon, and select the
Automatically option within the Start drop-down list, as shown in
Figure 2, below. This will ensure that your video starts playing as soon as you play the slide.
Figure 2: Play your video clip automatically
- Now, select the Text Box, and
add an animation –
we added an
animation to this Text Box -- we added a Wheel animation (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Text box selected and animated
- Now locate the Advanced Animation group within the Animation tab of the
Ribbon, and click the Trigger button to bring up a menu as shown in
Figure 4, below. Choose the On Bookmark | Bookmark 1 option,
as shown in Figure 4 to make the selected Text Box animate while the video is playing through
Figure 4: Trigger animation set to happen
Note that you may have several Bookmarks in your video clip -- and can make different Trigger animations happen on these separate Bookmarks.
- Save your presentation and play it. You can see the wheel animation on the Text Box when the bookmarked
point in the video is playing, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Text Box animating at bookmark point
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