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!

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