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Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

Learn how you can insert a video clip on a slide in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows. You can add several video file types, and you can also format the appearance of these video clips on your PowerPoint slides.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher



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In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can insert video clips which PowerPoint calls movie clips, within your slides:

  1. Navigate to the slide where you want the movie clip to be inserted.
  2. Choose the Insert | Movies and Sounds| Movie from File option, as shown in Figure 1, below.
  3. Insert a movie from file
    Figure 1: Insert a movie from file
  4. Doing so will summon the Insert Movie dialog box that you can see in Figure 2, below. Navigate and choose the movie file you want to insert, and then click the OK button.
  5. Insert Movie
    Figure 2: Insert Movie
  6. Before You Begin with Video Files

  7. As far as possible, work with a presentation that’s saved at least once. Remember that PowerPoint only allows you to insert a limited range of movie file types. Also, do explore our PowerPoint Friendly Video Formats page to understand which common and exotic video file types you can insert in your PowerPoint slides. If you need to insert a movie in another format, you'll have to convert it to a format that PowerPoint accepts.
  8. What About QuickTime?

  9. 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.
  10. This step gets you back to your slide, and PowerPoint prompts you with a dialog box as shown in Figure 3, asking whether you want the movie to play Automatically or When Clicked in the slide show.
  11. How do you want to play your movie?
    Figure 3: How do you want to play your movie?
  12. If you choose Automatically, PowerPoint will play the movie clip as soon as the slide containing the movie is shown in Slide Show view.
  13. 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.
  14. Whichever option you choose (as explained above), PowerPoint will place a black rectangle representing the video (movie) clip at the center of the slide. You can right-click this rectangle to display the contextual menu shown in Figure 4. To access more advanced options, choose the Edit Movie Object option.
  15. Edit Movie Object
    Figure 4: Edit Movie Object
  16. This action opens the Movie Options dialog box, as shown in Figure 5, below. Here, you will find several options:
  17. Movie Options
    Figure 5: Movie Options
  18. Change the sound volume of the audio in the movie
  19. Make the movie loop and rewind during playback
  20. Hide the movie while it is not playing during slide show
  21. Zoom the movie to full screen (available only in PowerPoint 2003)
  22. You'll also be able to find out how long the movie plays, and the path to the the movie file.
  23. After making changes as required, click OK to apply the changes, or click Cancel to return without making changes.

See Also:

Video in PowerPoint - Basics: Insert Video Clips (Glossary Page)

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