Trim Video Clips in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to Trim a video clip in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
When you insert video clips in your presentations, you may find that the video clip inserted may be too long. Or maybe you just need to show part of the video clip, rather than wasting your audience's time showing them the entire clip. Yes, you can use the Player Controls bar (highlighted in blue within Figure 1, below) to scrub and play the clip from exactly where you want it to begin. However, scrubbing a clip in front of an audience can appear unprofessional. Another way is to trim the video clip outside PowerPoint in a dedicated video program. You have one more option, and that is to use the Trim Video option within PowerPoint to get the results. Follow these steps to trim a 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, within the Video Tools Playback tab, click the Trim Video button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Trim Video button within the Editing group
- This opens the Trim Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. By default,
it shows the first frame of your video, which in some cases may be just a black screen. Also notice that any
Bookmarks you may have
added to your video clip show in this dialog box (highlighted in red within
Figure 3, below). Additionally, you see a sound wave representing your video's sound track --
this is very helpful if you want to trim off areas that may have no sound at all.
Figure 3: Trim Video dialog box
Notice also the green and red markers representing the Start and End positions, highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above. In addition, the positions of these markers at any given time are shown in the Start Time and End Time boxes (highlighted in green within Figure 3, above).
- If you have added
Bookmarks to set your Start and End times, follow further – if not, skip
to Step 5.
Now drag the green and red markers to overlap the Bookmarks, as shown in Figure 4. Notice that the markers will not snap to your Bookmarks, so try to be as precise as you can.
Figure 4: Green and red markers dragged over Bookmarks
- If you have no Bookmarks added, you will have to first play the video to ascertain where you want to start
and end the video clip. Play the video by clicking the large Play button (highlighted in
red within Figure 5, below). When you reach the position where
you want to start playing the trimmed video clip, click the Pause button. Now, go ahead and
set this paused position as the Start position using any of these approaches:
- Place your cursor over the green marker to see the two-headed arrow (highlighted in
blue within Figure 5, below). Then click and drag the green
marker to the same position where you paused.
- Make a note of the time position, and manually enter the time value within the Start Time
box (highlighted in green within Figure 5, below).
Figure 5: Drag the markers to the same point where you paused the video
- Place your cursor over the green marker to see the two-headed arrow (highlighted in blue within Figure 5, below). Then click and drag the green marker to the same position where you paused.
- After setting the Start position, play the video again. When the position where you want
to end playing the video clip is reached, pause the video. Now, set your End position as well
by either dragging the red marker to the paused position, or by manually entering the time value within the
End Time box.
- Before you trim the clip, preview which parts are included by clicking the Play button
again (highlighted in red within Figure 5, above) -- make changes
if you are not satisfied.
- Once you are happy with the parts included in the trimmed video clip, go ahead and trim by clicking the
OK button, highlighted in red within Figure 6,
Figure 6: Press the OK button to trim
- This will take you back to the slide with the trimmed video clip, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Trimmed video clip
- Notice that although the video is trimmed, you have not lost the parts that were trimmed off -- to get
them back, or to change the Start and End points again, just select the video
clip and click the Trim Video button again. This will get you to the same
Trim Video dialog that you saw last in Figure 6, above -- you can actually
drag the green and red markers again to their original positions, and all the trimming will be undone!
Note: You can only edit the start and end points of videos as long as you do not use any of the Compress Media options -- once you compress the video clips, the trimming will be final, and not editable henceforth.
- Make sure you save your presentation.
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