Inserting Videos

You can play videos in PowerPoint presentations easily. Learn to use the PowerPoint insert video function in this free lesson.

Editing and formatting videos

Video: Editing Videos in PowerPoint 2010

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The Playback tab has several options you can use to edit your video. For example, you can trim your video so it will only play an excerpt, add a fade in and fade out, and add bookmarks that allow you to jump to specific points in the video.

Most of the features on the Playback tab can only be used with videos that are inserted from a file. They will not work with embedded videos.

To trim the video:

  1. From the Playback tab, click the Trim Video command. The Trim Video dialog box will appear.
    The Trim Video commandThe Trim Video command
  2. Use the green and red handles to set the start and end times.
    Moving the green and red handlesMoving the green and red handles
  3. To preview the video file, click the Play button.
    Previewing the videoPreviewing the video
  4. Adjust the green and red handles again if necessary, then click OK.

To add a fade in and fade out:

  1. On the Playback tab, locate the Fade In and Fade Out fields.
  2. Type the desired values, or use the up and down arrows to adjust the times.
    Adjusting the Fade InAdjusting the Fade In

To add a bookmark:

  1. Click the Play/Pause button to play the video, and when you have located the part you want to bookmark, pause it. You can also click the timeline to locate the desired part of the video.
    Locating the desired part of the videoLocating the desired part of the video
  2. From the Playback tab, click Add Bookmark.
    Adding a bookmarkAdding a bookmark
  3. A small circle will appear on the timeline to indicate the bookmark.
    The new bookmarkThe new bookmark
  4. You can now click the bookmark to jump to that location.

To remove a bookmark:

  1. Select the bookmark.
  2. From the Playback tab, click Remove Bookmark. The bookmark will disappear.

    Removing a bookmarkRemoving a bookmark

Video options

There are other options you can set to control how your video plays. These are found in the Video Options group on the Playback tab.

The Video Options groupThe Video Options group