A subscriber asked how to start playing a video while using a remote.
Let’s say that you want to play a video but you don’t want it to play as soon as you display the slide. You want to explain the point on the slide first, then play the video to validate your point.
Furthermore, let’s say that you are using a remote and don’t want to have to walk over to your laptop and click on the video itself. A remote lets you click the slide, but not any specific object on the slide. (There are remotes that do give you that control, but most don’t.)
Here’s the technique to use if you want to control when the video starts without clicking the video itself.
- Insert the video. Choose Insert tab, Video. If a drop-down menu appears, choose Video from File or Video on my PC. Navigate to the video file, choose it, and click Insert.
- Click the Video window to select it. On the Playback tab that appears, check that the start is set to On Click (this is the default). If you go into Slide Show view now, you’ll see that you have to click the video window (or its Play button) to start playing the video.
- Click the Animations tab. In 2007, click the Custom Animation button. In 2010 and 2013, in the Advanced Animation group, click the Animation Pane button. This opens the (Custom) Animation pane.
- You’ll see the video listed in the pane. Many people don’t know that sounds and videos are listed as animations, but that’s how PowerPoint determines the order in which they play; they are part of the animation sequence. You’ll also see the word “Trigger” above the listing. A trigger requires you to click an object to make something (usually animation) happen. In this case, you must click the video window to play it. Hover over the listing, click the down arrow, and choose Timing.
- In the Pause Video dialog box’s Trigger section, choose Animate as Part of Click Sequence, as shown below. This means that you can click anywhere on the slide to make the sound start.
- Click OK
- Go into Slide Show view. Click with your remote using the same button you would use to advance to the next slide. (You can also click anywhere on the slide with a regular mouse.) The video will start playing.