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You have a 5-minute video or audio clip playing on your slide. And exactly after the clip has played for 30 seconds, you want some text to appear superimposed over the video clip. Alternatively, you may want to show other objects on the slide while your audio clip is playing. All this while, the original audio or video clip should continue playing. How do you achieve this result?
When you select an inserted audio clip in PowerPoint, you see two contextual Audio Tools tabs: Format and Playback. Once you explore the options within the Format tab, you’ll wonder why there are options to adjust, arrange, resize, and apply picture styles. Also, why does PowerPoint provide picture format options for an audio clip? That’s because an audio clip is represented by a sound icon. When you select the sound icon, the Player Controls bar is activated. Clearly, there’s so much to explore and learn.
Insert an audio file within your PowerPoint slide, and choose to play it either with a click or set it to play automatically. Whichever option you choose, some files can sound loud and unexpected! Have you not experienced the sudden scare or shock when a shrill voice interrupts an almost silent environment? Rather than shake the soul of your audiences, you can use PowerPoint’s fade options to add a gradual increase in the volume of your audio files. PowerPoint provides both Fade In and Fade Out effects that you can add to the beginning and end of your audio clips. These fade options make your audio clips sound smoother and more subtle.
Once you insert an audio clip into your presentation, you may find that it is too long, or there may be parts in the clip that you don’t want the audiences to hear. Or, maybe you just need a small bit to play, like the sound of that trumpet blowing! Although you can scrub the clip using the Player Controls bar to ascertain where you want the clip to begin and end, that option may become monotonous and inaccurate. Additionally, it also looks very unprofessional if you try scrubbing an audio clip right in front of your audience. Fortunately, PowerPoint’s Trim Audio option can make this easy for you. Follow these steps to explore how you can trim an audio clip right inside PowerPoint.
Once you add Bookmarks to an audio clip, you may want to edit or remove one or more Bookmarks altogether. In PowerPoint, you can’t edit a Bookmark. For example, you cannot change the time position of your Bookmark from 30 seconds to 28 seconds. To achieve this change, you have to delete the earlier Bookmark, and then add a new Bookmark on the time position that you want.
PowerPoint lets you play your audio files from a certain point within the clip using the Bookmarks option. Bookmarks in PowerPoint are similar to the conventional bookmarks you place within the pages of a book you read. In the same way that you can easily access a particular page with the help of a bookmark, the Bookmark option within an audio clip becomes an indicator of the position you want to play the clip from.
When you select an audio clip in PowerPoint, you will see two extra contextual tabs on the Ribbon. One of these tabs is the Audio Tool Playback tab that provides options to configure properties that define how your inserted audio will play: whether it will play automatically, or will it play audio across slides? Let’s assume that you want your audio to play as a background score across multiple slides. Typically you would have to make four separate choices, but PowerPoint Audio Styles feature lets you automatically apply these four settings at once!
We have already explored the Eyedropper tool in PowerPoint that lets you sample colors from any object within your PowerPoint slide and use that same color as a fill or outline for a shape. But what do you do if the color you want to use exists on a web page, your desktop wallpaper, or anywhere else? The technique to capture a color from outside PowerPoint is little different. In this article, we will explore how you can copy a color from somewhere outside PowerPoint and use it as the fill and outline color of a text.
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