Video Effects in PowerPoint 2013
Learn about applying Video Effects in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
In PowerPoint 2013 if you want to enhance the look
of your inserted video, you are
certainly not limited to the options we have already explored including
Video Styles, and
Video Borders. In addition to these
options, you can also apply Video Effects such as shadows, glows, bevels, 3-D rotation, etc.
to your video clip. Follow these steps to learn more:
- 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 Format tab to activate it, as shown
in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- When you insert a video on your slide, it may display a black rectangle on the slide (see
Figure 1, above). If your video clip does not show a black rectangle, then directly proceed to
If you see the black rectangle in place of the video clip, then you will have to add a Poster Frame to your video clip, as shown in Figure 2 below.
Tip: A Poster Frame can be applied to your video clip if you see just a black rectangle on your slide, at the time of inserting the video clip. Because, when you are choosing different Video Effects, it is good to see a live preview of the actual video clip being applied with those Video Effects, rather than seeing a black rectangle. Anyhow, applying a Poster Frame is entirely optional, and has no relation to your being able to follow the rest of this tutorial.
Figure 2: Video clip with a poster frame added
- Once the video frame is made visible, select the Video Tools Format tab, and click the
Video Effects button (highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Video Effects button within the Video Styles group
- This opens the Video Effects drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Video Effects drop-down gallery
Let us explore these Video Effects as marked in Figure 4, above. For more information on how to apply these effects, refer to the linked tutorials below. Although these linked tutorials discuss the Effect options for Shapes, the procedures explained applies to Videos as well:
- Preset: This option enables you to use the preset combinations of various effects
available -- these work well most of the time. Refer to our
Effects tutorial for more information on how to use and edit the Preset Effects.
- Shadow: Applies a shadow to the selected video. PowerPoint provides three types of
shadows: outer, inner, and perspective. You can apply any of these, or customize them to meet your
requirements. Refer to our
tutorial for more information on how to use the Shadow Effect.
- Reflection: Adds a reflection to the selected video clip, and you can choose from several
reflection styles. Remember, you may want to avoid using Shadow and
Reflection for the same video clip. Refer to our
Reflection Effects tutorial.
- Glow: Provides a hazed, blurred color perimeter outside the video area. PowerPoint
provides several glow variations; the glow colors are based on the
Theme colors, although you can also
choose any other color as well. Refer to our
- Soft Edges: This effect type makes the video's edges feathered. There are some soft edges
variations available. Refer to our
- Bevel: Applies bevel effects to the selected video clip. You can also customize the
applied bevel. Refer to our
- 3-D Rotation: Imparts parallel, perspective, and oblique 3-D effects to the selected video
clip. Refer to our
3-D Rotation tutorial.
- Preset: This option enables you to use the preset combinations of various effects available -- these work well most of the time. Refer to our Apply Preset Effects tutorial for more information on how to use and edit the Preset Effects.
- Choose and apply any of the Video Effects to your video -- you can apply multiple effects
to the same video. Figure 5 shows the selected video clip with two effects applied
(Bevel and 3-D Rotation). Compare Figures 2 and
Figure 5: Multiple Effects applied to one video clip
- Play your video clip to see the difference and remember to save your presentation often.
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