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One of our pillars for PowerPoint 2010 has been crafting a multimedia experience that allows users to effectively harness the storytelling power of audio and video content. With improvements in bandwidth, computing power, and media devices, we’re seeing media – particularly video – used in all walks of life to enrich communication. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on PowerPoint’s video capabilities over the years, and we’re very excited about the features we’re rolling out in 2010 to make this experience not only dependable, but pleasurable too.
In addition to completely revamping our media playback technology, we’ve improved the whole media workflow: insertion, editing, presenting and distribution. To me, one of our most exciting and ambitious goals was to make video feel like an integrated part of PowerPoint; this means that every effect you can put on a shape or picture now work on video during playback, not just the first frame. Respecting the z-order of video is another example of this deep integration. I think we’ve accomplished this goal, but I’ll let this video speak to some of the simple but amazing things you can do with video in PowerPoint 2010:
We’ve also added some slideshow playback controls to give you full control over the video:
But that’s not all! We’ve also added features to help you trim media, integrate with the animation timeline, and even export your PowerPoint presentation to video. Combining the familiar PowerPoint interface with common video media tasks puts basic video editing within the reach of our every customer, rather than a task that’s only possible today for media specialists with high-end video editing software. I, personally, can’t wait to see what you create.
In the coming months, members of the multimedia team will be diving deeper into specific features on this blog. In the meantime, we’d love to hear any questions or comments you might have. We’ll do our best to address them via future posts or in the comments.
Allen Huang Program Manager, PowerPoint
Created powerpoint presentation with audio but when I save as a video, an incorrect audio clip plays at random points. Looks perfect when I preview the slide show just gets messed up when saving as video. Any ideas what is going on?
I have a video file I created that can be inserted and played back in ppt 03 and 07. The ppt file created in 03 or 07 will open and play back the video in ppt 10. However if I attempt to insert the same video file using ppt 10 the file appears to playback (the playback bar moves forward) but the video is completely transparent. The codec used is Lagarith lossless codec.
@Jackie - We'd definitely like to try and figure out what's going on there. If you could share your file with me, that'd help us investigate further. You can send it to allhuan AT microsoft DOT com. Any information yo ucan provide about your setup (what codecs are available, etc.) would also help. @MB: From a quick investigation, it seems like there's some conflict between your Lagarith codec and the QuickTime player. It seems to go away when you uninstall QuickTime. Clearly, this is not an ideal solution, so we're going to investigate this further to understand where the problem's happening and what we can do to address it. Apologies to both of you for the problems you're running into, we really appreciate the comments, though, so please do keep letting us know when we fall short. Thanks!
@MB - We've taken a closer look at this and there's a mismatch between the image types decoded by Lagarith and what we currently support. In PowerPoint 2010, what you can do to get this file to work is to go to the File menu and run "Optimize Compatibility". From here, once the video is optimized, the video should playback and all the video features should be available. Let me know if this doesn't work or you run into any other problems. Thanks for the report, this is something we're going to continue to work on to improve compatibility across many different file types.
I love a lot of the new features of PP 2010 but for some reason I can not get my audio file to play across all the slides. I've checked to make sure I've got it set up correctly, etc... but it stops at the end of slide 1. In 07, it plays fine. Help????
That's definitely unexpected for the audio just to stop. Would you mind sending over the file for me to take a look? My email is allhuan AT microsoft DOT com. Feel free to use a separate service if the file is bigger than 10 MB. I'd definitely like to take a look and try to address what you're seeing.
Is there a way to play an endlessly looped animation eg a spinning logo, over a number of aor all slides in a ppt 2010 presentation? If so, what would be the best format?
I've noticed that when playing back video I see a poster frame (from approx 1 sec in) at the start of the video, anyway to get rid of this?. I've tried using the 'fade in' (which doesn't appear to work) hasn't cured it. Video as a background
If I set the video to run for three slides, when I cue the next slide the video comes to the front - covering the slide contents. Would be really cool if the Video continued to play in the background when you changed slides. Now that .mov seems to be supported, are there any plans to support 32bit video (video + alpha channel)? John L
Hi John, Thanks for your comment, and I apologize for the problems you're encountering in getting video backgrounds to work. The experience around video backgrounds across slides is something we've definitely heard about from you and many other customers, but we, unfortunately, didn't make improvements around this area for PowerPoint 2010. For videos that aren't playing across slides, we should support .mov files as well as transparency and alpha channel. Let us know if you're still running into any of these problems when the video is only on a single slide. As a workaround, you might be able to use our "trim video" feature to insert the same video on several slides to mimic the effect of having the video playing across slides. Thank you again for taking the time to comment. Your feedback means a lot in helping us identify and address the problems you're running into in the future. -Allen Huang
Hello, i have video's that i have used in my 2007 power point, but when i try them in 2010 they stop with a payback error both from a link or embedding them.. they are in a wmv format. they run still fine in 2007 and by themself.