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Animating Slide Objects While Media is Playing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Animate any object in PowerPoint 2016 while a media clip on the same slide is still playing.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






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 superimposed over 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 and later versions, 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 2016 for Windows and Add Bookmarks for Audio Clips in PowerPoint 2016 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:

  1. Select the video clip on your slide, or if you want to start from the beginning, launch PowerPoint 2016. 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.
  2. 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 "Starry Night Sky". This has been placed over the video clip. Do note that no animation has been added to this Text Box yet.

    A slide with a video clip and a Text Box
    Figure 1: A slide with a video clip and a Text Box
  3. 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 highlighted in red within Figure 2. This will ensure that your video starts playing as soon as you play the slide.

    Play your video clip automatically
    Figure 2: Play your video clip automatically
  4. Now, select the Text Box, and add an animation. We added Swivel, an Entrance animation to this Text Box (see Figure 3).

    Text box selected and animated
    Figure 3: Text box selected and animated
  5. 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 highlighted in red within Figure 4, below. Choose the On Bookmark | Bookmark 1 option (highlighted in blue within Figure 4), to make the selected Text Box animate while the video is playing through Bookmark 1. If you have more than one Bookmark, you can choose any Bookmark you want.

    Trigger animation set to happen
    Figure 4: Trigger animation set to happen

    Note: Do you have several Bookmarks in your video or audio clip? You can make different Trigger animations happen via these multiple Bookmarks!
  6. 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.

    Text Box animating at bookmark point
    Figure 5: Text Box animating at bookmark point

See Also:

Animating Slide Objects While Media is Playing in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Animating Slide Objects While Media is Playing in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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