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Video Borders in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn to add and edit borders for video clips in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can format the video borders in so many ways, with color choices, dashes, and thickness values.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X



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After inserting a movie clip on your PowerPoint slide, you can do so much more to enhance its look. You may want to apply corrections, or recolor your movies. Additionally, you can apply preset Movie Styles, a quick and easy way to add some character to your movie clip without spending too much time. Further, there are small niceties that PowerPoint 2011 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 movie by using the Border option.

Follow these steps to add and edit borders for video clips in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Open your presentation, and navigate to the slide where you have already inserted a movie clip. Select or double-click the movie clip to bring up the Format Movie tab in the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1, below.
  2. Format Movie tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Format Movie tab of the Ribbon
  3. Notice that our movie clip, as shown in Figure 1 has a Poster Frame applied. A Poster Frame can be applied to your movie clip if you see just a black rectangle on your slide at the time of inserting the movie clip. If you see just a black rectangle, you will have to play the movie every time to see how the selected border looks on your movie clip. Applying a Poster Frame is entirely optional, and has no relation to your being able to follow the rest of this tutorial.
  4. At this point, you can add a border to your selected movie 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 Video Border button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2, below, and not the down-arrow in it, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, below. Doing so adds the default border that you can edit later.
  5. Border button within the Format Movie tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Border button within the Format Movie tab of the Ribbon
  6. After adding a border to your selected movie, you can edit the applied border, using border editing options. To do that, locate the Border button within the Format Movie tab and click the downward pointing arrow next to it, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2, above.
  7. Doing so opens the Border drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3, below.
  8. Border drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Border drop-down gallery
  9. Let us explore all options within the Border drop-down gallery, as marked in Figure 3, above. For more information on how to use these options, refer to the linked tutorials below. Although these linked tutorials discuss the Line options for Shapes, the procedures explained applies to movie borders as well:
  10. A. No Line

  11. Choose this option to remove the border altogether from your selected movie clip.
  12. B. Theme Colors

  13. Here, you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation for the movie border. You can also select any of the 5 tints and shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes.
  14. C. Standard Colors

  15. 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.
  16. D. Recent Colors

  17. 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!
  18. E. More Colors

  19. This option is to summon the Mac OS X Color picker, as shown in Figure 4, below. You can choose any color from the color wheel. Thereafter adjust the selected color's luminosity using the long, thin slider on the right. Once you are happy with the color attained, click the OK button to get back to your slide. Your selected movie border will then be recolored monochromatically using the color chosen.
  20. Mac OS X Color picker
    Figure 4: Mac OS X Color picker
  21. F. Line Effects

  22. Selecting this option will summon the Format Movie dialog box along with the Line option selected within the sidebar, as shown in Figure 5, below. Here you can make any changes to the selected line using the options available.
  23. Format Movie dialog box with movie border editing options
    Figure 5: Format Movie dialog box with movie border editing options
  24. Also, if you want to apply gradient style to the border, you can do so using the options within Gradient tab of this panel. Gradient line options in this dialog box have been explained in our Gradient Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.
  25. G. Weight

  26. Change the thickness of the border from hairline to a chunky, thick line. Learn more about line thickness in our Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac — Weight tutorial. Although the linked tutorial is about shape borders, the procedure explained in the tutorial applies to movie borders as well.
  27. I. Dashed

  28. These are different dash types for the movie border. Learn more about these options in our Dashed Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial. Again, although the linked tutorial is about shape borders, the procedure explained in the tutorial applies to movie borders as well.
  29. Once you have edited the movie border, remember to save your presentation. In Figure 6, below, you can see a border added to the selected movie. Compare Figures 1 and 6.
  30. Movie border added and enhanced
    Figure 6: Movie border added and enhanced
  31. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

14 02 07 - Video in PowerPoint - Basics: Video Borders in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

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