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QTVR ActiveX Control
QuickTime Viewer & Professional
Convert QuickTime To AVI
Convert QuickTime To Older QuickTime
Cross Platform PowerPoint
Disclaimer


QTVR ActiveX Control

You can insert any type of QuickTime content including QTVR panoramas in a PowerPoint slide in Windows if you use the QTVR ActiveX Control created by George Birbilis. There's a full tutorial on this site:

PowerPoint and QTVR

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QuickTime Viewer & Professional

QuickTime Viewer and QuickTime Professional are the same!

The free QuickTime Viewer can be downloaded from quicktime.com - just buy a key number to convert the viewer into QuickTime Professional. Not surprisingly, QuickTime Professional has many aces up its sleeve. It can join movies, save QuickTime movies to AVI or MPEG, change the QuickTime codec from Sorenson to Cinepak and perform many more tricks. At just US$ 29.95, QuickTime Professional is a great steal.

While installing QuickTime, make sure that you associate only a limited number of media types. For instance, if presented with options to choose your file associations, choose only Macintosh type (see screenshot).

I remember this particular case when Jim Kost of Imaging Research Laboratories of John P Robarts Research Institute wanted to know how to get two QuickTime movies on a single slide to start at the same time during slideshow? I did try to find solutions - but ultimately he himself found the best one - here it is in his words (reproduced with permission):

I found another solution - I combined the movies with QuickTime Pro - now there is only one to worry about.

Situations like these are not uncommon - on another occasion, I worked with someone else to help them brighten an entire under-exposed movie within QuickTime Pro. If you would like to learn more about QuickTime Pro, you might want to check up this excellent book from Peachpit Press written by Judith Stern and Robert A Lettieri (you'll find a link to the book on the right column of this page).

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Convert QuickTime To AVI

There may be times when your PowerPoint presentation with an inserted QuickTime movie will travel afar - to other Windows machines beyond your control where QuickTime may not be installed. In such a situation, it makes immense sense to convert your MOV/QT movie to the AVI format - and trust me there's no other tool as simple and dependable as QuickTime Professional to do the job. Here's how: (instructions are using QuickTime Professional 5 - they should work similarly in version 4)

  1. Open your QuickTime movie in QuickTime Professional.

  2. Choose File -> Export.

  3. In the Export drop down box in the resultant dialog box, choose 'Movie to AVI'.

  4. You may want to check the 'Options' button to experiment codecs and other settings. Type a name and location for your AVI output and click 'Save'.

  5. QuickTime Professional will convert the movie to the AVI format.

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Convert QuickTime To Older QuickTime

This can be helpful in a situation when you want to insert a QuickTime movie into PowerPoint using its native format. For all the talk about PowerPoint's acceptance of QuickTime movies upto version 2.5, there remains a certain undiscussed issue - an issue of codecs.

Compared to earlier versions, QuickTime 3, 4 and 5 have been breakthroughs in the areas of codecs and compressions - largely due to the Sorenson compression codec built into QuickTime. Were we to replace the Sorenson codec with Cinepak, PowerPoint would have no problems in playing it back. Here's how:

  1. Open the movie to be converted in QuickTime Professional.

  2. Choose File -> Export.

  3. In the Export drop down box in the resultant dialog box, choose 'Movie to QuickTime'.

  4. Click the 'Options' buton to edit the following settings in the resultant dialog box. Your options should match this screenshot.



  5. QuickTime Professional will convert your movie to an older QuickTime format which PowerPoint will understand.

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Cross Platform PowerPoint

PowerPoint as a presentation is a cross platform format that plays back identically on the Mac and Windows. However, you might have inserted a QuickTime version 5 movie with the Sorenson codec using PowerPoint for the Macintosh. Thereafter, you may want to display your presentation to colleagues on a Windows machine. Guess what - none of your movies play back. If you've read this entire page uptil here, you probably know the reason for the hiccups.

In situations like these you might want to give the techniques to convert to AVI or an older QuickTime movie a try.

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Disclaimer

This is just an experiment. No support can be provided for the techniques listed here. Also, I don't suppose either Microsoft or Apple would offer support on this subject.

However, newsgroups at Microsoft and Apple are well visited and intelligent interactions are possible on the forums.

microsoft.public.powerpoint

QuickTime Discussions

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