Videos: Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint

Created: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, posted by Geetesh at 2:41 pm

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After inserting a video within your presentation, you may see a blank/black rectangle instead—caused by the file format of the video clip inserted on the slide. Not all the formats show these blank/black rectangles. In fact, you may also see the first frame of the video clip in some cases. However, if you do see this blank/black rectangle, do note that it may look professional. With PowerPoint’s Poster Frame option, you can easily overcome this limitation, and change the black rectangle to a picture of your choice by selecting a frame from the video itself, or even a picture from a different source.

To learn more, choose your version of PowerPoint:

Microsoft Windows:

Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint 2016

Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint 2013

Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint 2010

Apple Mac

Poster Frames for Videos in PowerPoint 2011

PowerPoint Video Poster Frame

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