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Seeing something unexpected is a great way to hook your audience. When I showed this slide at a conference earlier this month, there were murmurs of “What’s that?” Granted, this is not ground-breaking, but it’s different enough for folks to take notice. The cool thing is what people are going to do with this new way of showing slides.
I’m talking about video backgrounds in PowerPoint. It’s part of the updated photo and video tools in PowerPoint 2010 and something you will see more about in these blogs this year.
Let’s break it down. If this was a template you might use, it’s okay:
But hang on, it’s a video:
I combine the video and rewrite the text and the final result is far more compelling.
You can download this video template (or find a few more video templates) at Office.com. Each template contains complete instructions on how to create and change it (like the amount of pause between each point). Or you just might want to retype the text for your presentation (the text is already neatly skewed and sized for each line), as I did here for this short video on the photo and video tools in PowerPoint:
Go to Office.com to read more about video in PowerPoint and find an index of articles on the photo tools in Office 2010, including remove background and artistic effects.
This video still chops out... It plays for 3-5 seconds, stalls for 5-10 seconds, then plays for 3-5 seconds... etc, etc, etc...
mjpalm: Hmmm, I checked the videos at YouTube and they seem fine. Try F5 to refresh the page.
I am creating a presentation in which I desire a video to play in the background across all slides. I was able to get the video to play from beginning to end. However, the photos and text that I applied to the slides are showing up behind the video. Needless to say, they are not visible. What do I need to do to get the content on the slides to show up in front of the video?
ybpunk. Hmm...sounds like it might be a problem with layers; your video might be covering up your other objects. Try: