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212 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2012 2:00 PM by peedeeag RSS
peedeeag Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 5, 2012 7:19 PM

Planning to create a PowerPoint (using Office 2011 for Mac). It is necessary that I use PP (and not Keynote, which I also have).

I have already created an iMovie with the mp4 file type. It has visuals and audio sound-effects.

Before creating the final PP presentation, I can imagine that I may have to convert the iMovie film file to a file type that I can embed into this PP presentation, so that it can be sent to and reviewed in advance by a PC user (i.e. I will want to embed this film into a PP presentation, and the PC user will have to be able to see the controls on that slide and use them).

If this is so, can you tell me (1) what the PC-oriented file type should/might be that a PC user can see, and (2) is there a converter that integrates well with Mountain Lion and can convert a video file to one that can be seen/controlled by a PC user?

A related question would be: can a PP presentation from 'Office for Mac' even use and embed a file type that a PC user can watch/control?

MacBook Air, iOS 5.0.1
  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Nov 5, 2012 7:43 PM (in response to peedeeag)

    My Windows 7 (cough!) machine has Windows Media Player 12.0.7601. It just played an mp4 music video. So, you may not have to do any transcoding. Do a small test PP presentation with mp4 video on the Mac, and then test it on Windows 7 with latest Office PowerPoint. If your audience is still running on XP, Vista, or W8, you may have additional work cut out for you.


    For the Mac, you may want to install VLC and/or HandBrake. Just in case.

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 4:45 AM (in response to peedeeag)

    Here is a link on Microsoft's PP support site, regarding the use of Trim on the first few frames of an mp4 to get the video to play within PP. There are also questions in that link sidebar, that may also be of further knowledge. One of the responses furnished a link to supported PP audio and video file formats as well.


    The interesting challenge will be the end user environment where different versions of Windows, Powerpoint, and Windows Media Player may exist, including quite possibly, Macs and mixed tablets. I suspect you will need to format the video to play on Windows, Macs, and tablets, in the priority that best fits your audience and your time.


    Good luck.


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