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Video Borders in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to add and edit borders for video clips in PowerPoint 2010.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Once a video clip is inserted on your slide, you can do so much to enhance its look. Probably, you may want to apply corrections, or recolor your videos. Additionally, you can also apply any of the preset Video Styles available -- this is a quick and easy way to add some character to your video without spending too much time. In addition, there are small niceties that PowerPoint 2010 provides, such as adding a border to your video clip. In this tutorial, we'll explore how to add a frame like effect to your video by using the Border option. Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. 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).

    Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon

    Notice that our video clip, as shown in Figure 1 has a Poster Frame applied. 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 Borders, it is good to see a live preview of the actual video clip being applied with those Video Borders, 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.
  2. At this point, you can add a border to your selected video using any of the two ways mentioned below:

    1. Apply a Video Style that includes a border, and edit it later, as required.

    2. Click the Border button (not the downward pointing arrow in it), as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, below. This adds the default border that you can edit later.

    Video Border button within the Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Video Border button within the Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
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  4. After adding a border to your selected video, you can edit the applied border -- using border editing options. To do that, locate the Video Border button within the Video Tools Format tab and click the downward pointing arrow next to it (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above).
  5. This opens the Video Border drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3, below.

    Video Border drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Video Border drop-down gallery

    Let us explore all options within the Video Border drop-down gallery, as marked in Figure 3, above:

    1. Theme Colors: Here, you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation for the picture border. You can also select any of the 5 tints and shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes here.

    2. Standard Colors: Here you can choose from any of the ten standard colors -- these ten standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit yourself to either the Theme colors or Standard colors, as we'll show you in the next options, although it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.

    3. Recent Colors: Here you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched PowerPoint and created a new presentation, the Recent Colors option may be entirely absent since you haven't selected any color recently!

    4. No Outline: Choose this option to remove the border altogether from your selected video clip.

    5. More Outline Colors: This option is to summon the Colors dialog box as shown in Figure 4. This dialog box has two tabs: Standard and Custom -- first select the Standard tab (again, refer to Figure 4).

      Standard tab within the Colors dialog box
      Figure 4: Standard tab within the Colors dialog box

      This tab offers 127 colors in a honeycomb style palette, 14 gray shades, black and white. You can even change the transparency value of the selected color in the Transparency slider below. If you want more color choices, then select the Custom tab of the same dialog box, as shown in Figure 5.

      Custom tab within the Colors dialog box
      Figure 5: Custom tab within the Colors dialog box

      In this tab, you can chose any color from the spectrum and later adjust the selected color's luminosity with the slider on the right. You can even enter specific values of RGB and HSL to create a specific color -- all these combinations provide 16 million color choices!

      Again, you can even change the transparency value of the selected color by using the Transparency slider below. Choose any color and click OK to apply it.

    6. Weight: Change the thickness of the border from hairline to a chunky, thick line. Learn more about line thickness in our Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 -- Weight tutorial. Although the linked tutorial is about shape borders, the procedure explained in the tutorial applies to video borders as well.

    7. Dashes: These are different dash types for the video border. Learn more about these options in our Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 -- Dash tutorial. Again, although the linked tutorial is about shape borders, the procedure explained in the tutorial applies to video borders as well.

  6. Once you have edited the video border, remember to save your presentation. In Figure 6 you can see a border added to the selected video. Compare Figures 2 and 6.

    Video border added and enhanced
    Figure 6: Video border added and enhanced
  7. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Video Borders in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Video Borders in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Video (Movie) Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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