My movie plays too slowly or is choppy

Here are some solutions that might help you improve the performance of a movie in your PowerPoint presentation.

Cause: Formatting or effects were applied to the movie

Solution:    Remove the formatting or effects from the movie object

Adjustments to the movie that are made by using corrections, color, or crop may cause the movie to play at a slower frame rate in normal view, or when you play the slide show. In addition, applying effects such as 3-D rotation, reflection, or shadow can cause the same problem.

  1. On the slide, click the movie that you want to change, and then click the Video Format tab.

  2. In the Adjust group, click Reset.

    Screenshot shows the Adjust group on the Video Format tab with options of Corrections, Color, Poster Frame, and Reset.

    All formatting and effects that were applied to the movie object are removed.

Cause: The movie was resized on the slide

Solution:    Delete the movie, and then add it again

Increasing the size of the movie on the slide can cause it to play at a slower frame rate and vice versa. For best results, keep the movie at the size it was inserted to the slide.

  1. On the slide, click the movie that you want to delete, and then press DELETE .

  2. To add the movie again, do one of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Insert a movie from a file

    On the Insert tab, click Video, and then click Movie from File.

    Screenshot shows the Movie Browser and the Movie from File options available from the Video drop-down control. Select an option to insert a movie into your PowerPoint presentation.

    Select a movie file, and then click Insert.

    Insert a movie from the Movies folder, iMovie, iTunes, or Photo Booth.

    On the Insert tab, click Video, and then click Movie Browser.

    On the pop-up menu, click iMovie, Movies, Photo Booth, or iTunes, and then click a movie and drag it onto the slide.

    Note: Photo Booth and iTunes display if you have photos in your Photo Booth or iTunes folder.

Cause: Formatting or effects were applied to the movie

Solution:    Remove the formatting or effects from the movie object

Adjustments to the movie that are made by using corrections, color, or crop may cause the movie to play at a slower frame rate in normal view, or when you play the slide show. In addition, applying effects such as 3-D rotation, reflection, or shadow can cause the same problem.

  1. On the slide, click the movie that you want to change, and then click the Format Movie tab.

  2. Under Adjust, click Reset.

    Format Movie tab, Adjust group

    All formatting and effects that were applied to the movie object are removed.

Cause: The movie was resized on the slide

Solution:    Delete the movie, and then add it again

Increasing the size of the movie on the slide can cause it to play at a slower frame rate and vice versa. For best results, keep the movie at the size it was inserted to the slide.

  1. On the slide, click the movie that you want to delete, and then press DELETE .

  2. To add the movie again, do one of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Insert a movie from a file

    On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie from File.

    Home tab, Insert group

    Select a movie file, and then click Insert.

    Insert a movie from the Movies folder, iMovie, iTunes, or Photo Booth.

    On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie Browser.

    Home tab, Insert group

    On the pop-up menu, click iMovie, Movies, Photo Booth, or iTunes, and then click a movie and drag it onto the slide.

    Note: Photo Booth and iTunes display if you have photos in your Photo Booth or iTunes folder.

The movie is embedded to the presentation. When you embed your movie, you don't have to worry about lost files when you deliver your presentation because the movie becomes part of the file.

See also

Add a video to your PowerPoint for Mac presentation

Resize or change the visual appearance of a movie

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