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Fade Effect for Video Clips in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to fade in or fade out your video clips in PowerPoint 2013.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






When you insert a video clip in PowerPoint, you may find that the inserted video starts playing abruptly when started within the Slide Show view, causing a jarring interruption to the flow of your slides. Not only can the sudden movement within the video clip area disrupt the flow, but the instant playing of a video clip may appear as a surprise. This sort of disruption can be worse if you have trimmed your video clip. Clearly this is not a very professional or acceptable state of affairs. Fortunately, this is avoidable if you opt to add Fade In and Fade Out effects to the beginning and end of your video clip (see sample presentation slides with these Fade effects at the bottom of this page). This option not only edits your video clips to make them appear and finish smoothly, but also provides a more enhanced look.

Follow these steps to add Fade effects to the start and end of a video clip in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. 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 contextual 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).

    Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
  2. Now, within the Video Tools Playback tab, you'll find the Fade Duration options, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    Fade Duration options
    Figure 2: Fade Duration options

    These are the two Fade Duration options:

    1. Fade In: To add a timed fade effect at the beginning of the video clip. Within the Fade In box, directly enter the exact number of seconds you want the clip to fade in. Alternatively, use the Up and Down arrows besides the box to increase or decrease the Fade In duration.

    2. Fade Out: This option adds a timed fade effect at the end of the video clip. Within the Fade Out box, directly enter the exact number of seconds you want the clip to fade out. Alternatively, use the Up and Down arrows besides the box to increase or decrease the Fade Out duration.
  3. Experiment with different values to get the effect you want. Play your video clip to preview the difference. Make sure you save your presentation.

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See Also:

Fade Effect for Video Clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Fade Effect for Video Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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