Set movie options

Whether you have a linked or embedded video in your presentation, you can resize or hide it.

Resize a video frame

When you do not want to play a video at its original resolution, you can resize a video frame on a slide by dragging a corner sizing handle to increase or decrease the size, or you can specify precise height-to-width proportions.

  1. In Normal view, select the video that you want to resize on the slide.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To adjust the formatting:

      • Click a corner sizing handle until you see a two-headed arrow, and then drag to size the frame.

        A sizing handle is a two-headed arrow


        • To keep the center of the video in the same place, hold down CTRL while dragging. By default, this maintains the proportions (locks the aspect ratio) of the video as you drag.

        • Typically, most videos with a 640 x 480 resolution have a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is also the aspect ratio for most PowerPoint presentations. If the aspect ratios of the presentation and the video differ, your video will look distorted when it plays.

    • To specify precise height-to-width proportions of a video:

      1. Under Video Tools, on the Options tab, in the Size group, click the Size and Position Dialog Box Launcher Icon image .

      2. Click Size, and then under Scale, select the Lock aspect ratio check box.

      3. Under Size and rotate, enter sizes in the Height and Width boxes.

      4. Under Scale, in the Height and Width boxes, enter the percentage of size that you want, relative to the video's original size.

Tip: To prevent videos from skipping when they are played, under Scale, select the Best scale for slide show check box.

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Hide a video when it's not playing

If you select the option to hide a video when it is not playing and you have selected the Play Full Screen checkbox, and the video will not appear to be on your slide at all (though you may see it flash on the slide before it plays full screen). To prevent the brief flash, drag the video frame off the slide.

Important: If you drag the video frame off the slide or hide the video frame, you must set the video to play automatically or by some other kind of control, such as a trigger. A trigger is something on your slide, such as a picture, shape, button, paragraph of text, or text box that initiates an action when you click it.

  1. In Normal view, click the video frame on the slide.

  2. Under Video Tools, on the Options tab, in the Video Options group, select the Hide While Not Playing check box.

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