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Advanced Video Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Explore advanced video options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

After inserting a video clip into PowerPoint, you can play the clip with minute control over its volume, looping, rewinding, etc. Rather than create smaller tutorials that explore these options, we are exploring them all on this page. Before we do so, it's important to understand that these abilities only exist so that you can use them when they are required, rather than using them just because they exist!

In this tutorial, we'll explore all these advanced options for video clips in PowerPoint 2016:

  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 contextual Video Tools tabs in the Ribbon. These two tabs are Format and Playback. Click the Playback tab to activate it, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in blue).

    Video Options group within the Video Tools Playback tab
    Figure 1: Video Options group within the Video Tools Playback tab
  2. Within the Video Tools Playback tab, locate the Video Options group, as shown in Figure 1, above. Within this group you'll find all the advanced video options that are explained below, as marked within Figure 1, above:

    A. Volume

    This button enables you to set the volume for your video clip. Click the down-arrow of the Volume button to bring a drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 2. Within the Volume drop-down menu, choose one of the following options: Low, Medium, High, and Mute.

    Volume drop-down menu
    Figure 2: Volume drop-down menu

    Note that you are restricted to setting the volume at only the Low, Medium, and High levels using the Volume drop-down menu. On the other hand, you can set the volume to whichever level you want by clicking on the Volume button on the Player Controls bar below the actual video clip on the slide, as shown in the bottom right of Figure 3.

    Volume button in the Player Controls bar
    Figure 3: Volume button in the Player Controls bar

    B. Start

    Here you can specify how you want your video to start during your presentation. Click the Start list to bring up a drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 4.

    Start drop-down menu
    Figure 4: Start drop-down menu

    There are two options within the Start drop-down menu:

    Automatically: Plays your video when the slide (containing the video) appears in Slide Show view, automatically. If other events are set to occur before your video plays, you can find them all within the Animation Timeline.

    On Click: Plays your video by clicking on the video itself in Slide Show view.

    Note: There was one more option in PowerPoint 2007 with in the Start drop-down list called Play Across Slides, that has been removed in PowerPoint 2010, 2013, and 2016. Fortunately it is easy to get back that option with a workaround we explain in our Playing Video Across Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial.

    C. Play Full Screen

    Select this check-box to play your video clip so that it fills the entire screen area in Slide Show view. Note that once the video clip has finished playing, the sequence moves back to the active slide so that you can move to any other slide, as required.

    Note: The full screen option works differently for different video formats and individual files. Formats such as AVI and MOV typically play full screen. Other file formats such as MPG, MP4,and WMV video clip may fit the height or width of the screen.

    D. Hide While Not Playing

    Select this check-box to hide your video clip in Slide Show view. This option makes sense only if you set the Start option for the video to be Automatically.

    E. Loop until Stopped

    Plays your video repeatedly and continuously when the active slide is shown.

    F. Rewind after Playing

    Select this check-box to rewind your video after playing during your presentation. Choosing this option is helpful if you need to play the same clip more than once during your presentation.
  3. Choose options based on your requirements. Make sure you save your presentation.

See Also:

Advanced Video Options in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Advanced Video Options in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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