Set movie options

If you added a movie to your presentation, you can resize the movie, hide the frame, delay the movie's start, or rewind the movie.

What do you want to do?

Resize a movie

Hide a movie frame

Delay the start of a movie

Rewind a movie after it plays

Resize a movie

If you don't want to play a movie full screen, you can resize it to the dimensions that you want.

  1. In Normal view, click the movie that you want to resize.

  2. Under Movie Tools, on the Options tab, in the Size group, click the Dialog Box Launcher Icon image.

    Movie Tools Options tab

  3. To maintain the movie's height-to-width proportions, click the Size tab, and then under Scale, select the Lock aspect ratio check box.

  4. Do one of the following:

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

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

Tips    

  • To prevent movies from skipping when they are played, select the Best scale for slide show check box.

  • You can also resize a movie by dragging its borders. To keep the center of the movie in the same place, hold down CTRL while dragging. By default, Office PowerPoint 2007 maintains the proportions (locks the aspect ratio) of the movie as you drag. Typically, most movies 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 movie differ, your movie will look distorted when it plays.

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Hide a movie frame

You may want to make a movie frame invisible to keep it from appearing during the presentation, and make it disappear from the slide after the presentation. If you set this option and the Play Full Screen option, the movie 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 movie frame off the slide.

Important     If you drag the movie frame off the slide or hide the movie frame, you must set the movie 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 movie frame on the slide.

  2. Under Movie Tools, on the Options tab, in the Movie Options group, select the Hide During Show check box.

    Movie Tools Options tab

Note   Although the movie frame is always visible in Normal view, you can drag the movie frame off the slide to hide it.

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Delay the start of a movie

You can adjust the settings for when a movie file plays. For example, you might want to start five seconds into the movie, rather than at the beginning of the movie.

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

  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animations group, click Custom Animation.

    Animations tab image

  3. In the Custom Animation task pane, click the arrow to the right of the selected movie, and then click Effect Options.

    The movie icon, which looks similar to the symbol on the play button of a VCR or DVD player, appears above the trigger bar.

    Movie effects in the task pane list

  4. Click the Effect tab, and then under Start Playing, click From time, and then enter the total number of seconds for the delay.

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Rewind a movie after it plays

When you set a movie to rewind, it automatically goes back to the first frame and stops after playing once.

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

  2. Under Movie Tools, on the Options tab, in the Movie Options group, select the Rewind Movie After Playing check box.

    Movie Tools Options tab

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Applies To: PowerPoint 2007



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