Make ho-hum Power Point presentations exciting presentations with video! It’s easy and will give your show a WOW factor! Assuming you are a PC user and using Power Point 2010 (older versions differ slightly from the steps below) here are the steps…
Select Your Video. You must have a compatible format of video for Power Point before you start. Power Point accepts the following formats: avi, wmv, swf, asf, mpg and mpeg. Additionally it will accept Mac video versions (mov, mp4, qt) if you have the free Quick Time Player Application installed on your PC.
Need to Convert Your Video? Windows Media Encoder is available as a free download and there are also Pro versions available with more features. I prefer the free Squared 5 MPEG Streamclip Video Converter available for PC and Mac. This converter has a simple interface to allow you to convert videos to multiple formats. I frequently use it to convert Quick Time mov files to Power Point friendly avi files. It also allows me to quickly export any single frame of video as a still image (very handy for small web site images).
Insert Your Video. You can insert your video into the Power Point presentation or simply link it to another file on your computer (or even an online URL address if you have a good web connection). Open the slide you wish to insert the video.
If you create a’ New Slide’ you will see an icon (video reel) for adding a Media Clip. Click on the icon and a browser window opens to select your video. If your video is not a compatible format it will tell you – you will need to convert it to a suitable format (see above). You can resize your video directly in the slide. Hold the shift key down and drag with your cursor on a corner of the video. This way will preserve the aspect ratio of the video and not ‘skew’ it. Position the resized video where you want it on the slide. Video can be placed within a ‘text box’ or directly into a blank slide.
Adjust the Look. In Power Point 2010 you can adjust the border and look of your video with the screen icons at the top of the menu bar. This will also add default player controls which is slick compared to older Power Point versions.
Also, along the top menu bar you will find options for placing the video in a shape, adding borders (of any colour), and creating video effects – even reflections. Remember, sometimes ‘less is more’…just because you found a new effect using it might be a little over-the- top or gaudy. Its best to keep a consistent look throughout your presentation…a ‘theme’.
In the top left corner of Power Point you will find colour corrections and effects (if you are in the Video Tools-Format tab) you can add to your video. These work well and can simulate effects you might apply in a video editing program. Remember, a little goes a long way.