Formatting the appearance of a video
Much like pictures, PowerPoint allows you to format the appearance of a video by applying a video style, adding a border, changing the shape, applying effects such as 3D rotation, making image corrections, and adjusting the color. You can also add a poster frame, which is the placeholder image your audience will see before the video starts playing. The poster frame is often just a frame taken from the video itself, but you can also use a different image if you want.
To create a poster frame:
- Select the video.
- Start playing the video. When you see the frame you want to use, click the Play/Pause button to pause it.
- From the Format tab, click the Poster Frame command. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Select Current Frame.
Adding a poster frame
- The current frame will become the poster frame.
The new poster frame
If you want to use a picture from your computer, you can select Image from file from the menu.
To apply a video style:
- Select the video. The Format tab will appear.
- Select the Format tab.
- In the Video Styles group, click the More drop-down arrow to display all of the video styles.
Viewing all of the available styles
- Select the desired style.
Selecting a Video Style
- The new style will be applied to the video.
The updated video
For information on corrections, color adjustments, borders, shapes, and effects, check out our lesson on Formatting Pictures.