Insert Movies in PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 for Windows
Learn how to insert a video or movie clip in PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003
OS: Windows Vista / XP
Date Created: February 10th 2007
Last Updated: February 26th 2009
In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can bring in movie clips in PowerPoint:
- Navigate to the slide where you want the movie clip
to be inserted.
- Choose Insert | Movies and Sounds| Movie from File, as shown
in Figure 1.
Figure 1 : Insert a movie from file
- This will summon the Insert Movie dialog box that you can see
in Figure 2. Navigate and choose the movie
file you want to insert, and then click the OK button.
Figure 2 : Insert Movie
Remember that PowerPoint only allows you to insert a limited range of movie file types such as WMV, AVI, MPG, etc. If you need to insert a movie in another format, you'll have to convert it to a format that PowerPoint accepts.
Note: Although PowerPoint may list QuickTime MOV in the "File of type" dropdown box (refer to Figure 2 above), be aware that this support is only for QuickTime movie files encoded around a decade ago -- read here for more info...
- This get you back to your slide -- PowerPoint prompts you with
a dialog box as shown in Figure 3, asking
whether the movie to play Automatically or When
Clicked in the
Figure 4: How do you want to play your movie?
If you choose Automatically, PowerPoint will play the movie the instant that the slide containing the movie is shown in slide show view.
If you choose When Clicked, the presenter will have to click on the movie clip that PowerPoint places on the slide to play the movie.
- Whichever option you choose (as explained above), PowerPoint
will place a black rectangle representing the movie at the center
of the slide. You
can right-click this rectangle to display the context menu shown
5. To tweak more advanced options, choose Edit
Figure 5: Edit Movie Object
- This opens the Movie Options dialog box, as
shown in Figure 6, which allows to change several
- Change the sound volume of the audio in the movie
- Make the movie loop and rewind during playback
- Hide the movie while it is not playing during slide show
- Zoom the movie to full screen (available only in PowerPoint
Figure 6: Movie Options
You'll also be able to find out how long the movie plays, and the path to the the movie file.
- After making changes as required, click OK to apply the changes -- or click Cancel to return without making changes.
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