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Inserting Video and Audio Clips into PowerPoint 2007

Benefits of inserting video and audio clips in PowerPoint slides:

Tip

Keep audio and video clips short and use them sparingly to maximize their impact.

Caution!

Video and audio clips can significantly increase the size of your PowerPoint presentation. If you have a long presentation with several clips, it may take several minutes for students to download your file and it may take you several minutes to upload your file to myWPI. If this is a concern for you, contact the ATC at atc-ttc@wpi.edu or 508-831-5220 to discuss alternatives.

Adding an audio clip to a slide

Note

These instructions only apply to audio files in a common audio format, such as WAV, WMA, or MP3.

  1. Display the slide that will receive the audio clip in Normal view.
  2. From the menu bar, select the Insert tab > Sounds > Sound from File.
  3. The Insert Sound box appears.
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the audio file.
  5. Click on the sound file to select it.
  6. Click OK. A box appears asking you how you want the audio to play during the slide show.

    Click Automatically if you want the audio to play when the slide appears during the slide show.
    Click When Clicked if you want the audio to play only when its icon is clicked during the slide show.
  7. A sound icons appears on the slide. Click and drag it to any location on the slide.

Adding an video clip to a slide

Tip

These instructions apply to digitized video files in a common video format, such as WMV or AVI.

  1. Display the slide that will receive the video clip in Normal view.
  2. From the menu bar, select the Insert tab > Movie> Movie from File.
  3. The Insert Movie box appears.
  4. Navigate to the folder containing the video file.
  5. Click on the video file to select it.
  6. Click OK. A box appears asking you how you want the video to play during the slide show.

    Click Automatically if you want the video to play when the slide appears during the slide show.
    Click When Clicked if you want the video to play only when your click on it during the slide show.
  7. Click on the video clip area and use the resize handles to resize it, if necessary.
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