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Playing Video Across Slides in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to play a video clip across slides in PowerPoint 2013.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Do you want to add a video clip to your PowerPoint slide so that it continues to play across subsequent slides? This actually means that when you move from one slide to another, the video continues playing without any interruption. In PowerPoint 2007, the Play Across Slides option was available in interface -- but in PowerPoint 2010 and 2013 it has been removed within the interface -- however, we found a workaround to get this option back, as explained in this tutorial.

Remember: As far as possible, work with a presentation saved at least once. Also, any videos you add using this tutorial will cover anything else on the slideā€”so use this technique only for videos that do not cover your entire slide area.

Follow these steps to play your video clip across slides in PowerPoint 2013:

  1. Navigate to the slide where you want the video to begin playing. Insert the video clip within this slide.
  2. 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 Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
  3. Within the Video Options group, click to open the Start drop-down list, and select the Automatically option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2 , below. Optionally, select the Loop until Stopped (highlighted in blue within Figure 2) check-box if you want your video to start playing all over again after it completes.

    Automatically option and the Loop until Stopped check-box selected
    Figure 2: Automatically option and the Loop until Stopped check-box selected
  4. Now, access the Animations tab of the Ribbon. Click the Animation Pane button, highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Animation Pane button
    Figure 3: Animation Pane button
  5. This brings up the Animation Pane Task Pane, as shown in Figure 4.

    Animation listed for video clip within Animation Pane
    Figure 4: Animation listed for video clip within Animation Pane

    Note: The Animations Pane button works as a toggle option as far the visibility of Animations Pane Task Pane is concerned. The first time you click the Animation Pane button (highlighted in red within Figure 3, above), the Animations Pane Task Pane becomes visible. If you click the same button again, this causes the task pane to be hidden.
  6. Within the Animation task pane, you may see more than one animation associated with your video clip. You need to use the option that has a Play action associated with it (highlighted in red within Figure 4, above) -- double click this animation.
  7. This brings up the multi-tabbed Play Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 5.

    Do you want the video to span 999 slides?
    Figure 5: Do you want the video to span 999 slides?

    Within the Effect tab, select the After radio button, and type in a value within the box here:

    1. If you know how many slides you want your video clip to span, enter the number of slides as the value -- this can be a regular number such as 5, 8, 16, etc.
    2. If you want the video clip to play until the end of the presentation, enter 999 as the value, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5. We typed in 999 because this is the largest number that PowerPoint can accept for spanning video clips across slides.
  8. Click the OK button to apply changes, and get back to your slide. Preview your presentation and the video playing across slides.
  9. Make sure you save your presentation often.

See Also:

Playing Video Across Slides in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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