Video editing in PowerPoint: Part 2

PowerPoint is full of neat tricks that you can play around with. One of these would be the great variety of video editing features. Bookmarking video is one feature where you can create interactions with the audience or complex trigger during your presentation. To do so, first insert a video. Double click the video to bring up the Video Tools bar. Under Video Tools, select Playback. Next, play through your video to a segment where you want to bookmark it. Pause the video and click Add Bookmark. Once a bookmark has been added, you can then leverage on the bookmarked segment by using Animation feature.

The bookmark tool is a feature that accompanies the animation trigger. It works similarly to start on click of/start after animation/with animation, thus allowing an object to animate only when the video reaches a particular segment that you have bookmarked. This makes it a great feature for those who want to have their video interacts with their presentation content such as external subtitles or captions (which you can also overlay it on top of the video) similar to YouTube. With the Bookmarking feature, you can then create complex trigger involving video! This is also something that cannot be achieved in older versions of PowerPoint (e.g. PowerPoint 2007 and earlier). To do so, first select an object (e.g. shape, image, etc) that you want to animate. Add an animation to it, then have it triggered on bookmark of the video segment. 

Video editing in PowerPoint: Part 1

Inserting and interacting with videos in PowerPoint have improved greatly over the years, with newer versions providing many great features. In PowerPoint 2010 for instance, you have the ability to format your videos just like images. To do so,  first insert your video, then right click on it and select Format Video. From here, you can then set the video’s brightness, contrast, recolor it, crop it and etc. You can also style your video through video tools by double clicking on the video to bring up the Format tab. From there, set a shape of your preference so that your video takes a unique frame, add a border, or even give it a video effect just like an image. Likewise, objects can now overlay on top of the video, opening up new options such as adding captions, subtitles, annotations and many more.

On top of that, you can also add a Poster Frame to the video that acts like a preview thumbnail before the video begins playing or even trim video instead of using the animation effect to control it’s playback segment. These features, along with newer versions of PowerPoint that provide the ability to save your presentation as video demonstrate an interesting trick PowerPoint can do. This means that PowerPoint has transformed into an advanced tool that allow it to become a simple and easy to use video editor! To achieve this for instance, you can insert multiple videos, modify the videos with various effects, and add animations to them so that they transition from one video to another nicely after playing. Resize your videos so that they cover the entire slide and appear full screen, then save your presentation as a .mp4 or .wmv video and voila, you just modified your videos without utilizing a video editor!

Motion Path in PowerPoint 2013

Editing motion path in earlier versions of PowerPoint can be tedious at times. Reason being, your end path is mostly a wild guess as you are only provided the end arrow which does not exactly show the exact position of where the object will end at. With mutliple complex paths involved, this might become frustrating to play around with. Fortunately, there are add-ins available that help to resolve this issue.


In PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft introduces a translucent image which acts as a projection on where your object will start and stop at. The projections will also appear only when you are editing this particular motion path, thus allowing them to be hidden when you are not editing the motion path. You will also be able to see more clearly where you want your object to start or end when modifying the motion path.