Besides adding static graphic images, you can also add movies to a slide so that they play as part of your presentation. You can add two types of movies: simple graphic animations (animated GIF files) included with PowerPoint or movie files that you can download off the Internet or capture with a digital video camera.
Adding an animated cartoon to a slide
PowerPoint includes a library of simple animated cartoons that you can place on a slide for added visual emphasis. To include one of these animated cartoons on a slide, follow these steps:
1. Click the slide (in either Slide or Outline view) to which you want to add an animated cartoon.
2. Click the Insert tab.
3. Click the downward-pointing arrow underneath the Movie icon in the Media Clips group.
A pull-down menu appears, enabling you to choose whether to select a movie from a file stored on your hard disk, or to select a movie from PowerPoint's clip organizer.
4. Choose Movie from Clip Organizer.
A Clip Art window appears on the right side of the screen, as shown in Figure 11-13.
5. Click a cartoon.
PowerPoint displays your cartoon on the slide. (You may need to move or resize it.)
You won't see the animated cartoon in action until you view your presentation by pressing F5.
Adding a movie to a slide
PowerPoint slides can also display a movie. When you store a movie on a slide, you can resize its size and move it anywhere on your slide. As soon as your slide appears, you have the option of having the movie play automatically or wait until you click the mouse first.
The Clip Art window displays a variety of animated cartoons
You can add to a slide.
PowerPoint can use movies stored in common Windows video formats such as AVI, MPEG, ASF (streaming video), and WMV files. If your movie is stored in a different file format, such as QuickTime, you have to convert the file first before you can add it to a PowerPoint presentation.
To add a movie to a slide, follow these steps:
1. Click the slide (in either Slide or Outline view) to which you want to add a movie.
2. Click the Insert tab.
3. Click the Movie icon in the Media Clips group.
The Insert Movie dialog box appears.
If you click the downward-pointing arrow underneath the Movie icon, a pull-down menu appears. Choose Movie from File.
4. Click the movie file you want to add and then click OK.
PowerPoint displays a box on your slide where your movie will appear along with a dialog box, asking whether you want the movie to play automatically or when you click the mouse, as shown in Figure 11-14.
5. Click Automatically or When Clicked.
6. Move the mouse pointer over the movie.
Choose to play the movie automatically or when you click the mouse.
The mouse pointer turns into a four-way pointing arrow.
7. Hold down the left mouse button and drag (move) the mouse to place the movie where you want it to appear on the slide.
8. Move the mouse pointer over one corner of the movie until the mouse pointer turns into a two-way pointing arrow.
9. Hold down the left mouse button and drag (move) the mouse to resize the movie.
You won't see your movie play until you view your presentation by pressing F5.