Troubleshooting Sound and Video
Austin Myers article on how PowerPoint
interacts with multimedia will allow you to understand
the concept well.
Running Smooth Videos
- Don't run any programs in the background that can be avoided
- these include instant messengers, camera or webcam software,
your PDA connectivity application, etc. Also, it's a good idea
to disable your screen saver.
- Close all open programs except PowerPoint.
- Defrag your hard disk often so that it can function optimally.
- Upgrade your video RAM - also upgrade your system RAM if possible.
- Make the next 'event' in PowerPoint something very simple -
you don't want PowerPoint trying to assemble a "zoom" bitmap
while it's trying to play the video.
- Right-click the movie within the slide, choose the 'Edit Movie
Object' option and check the option "Hide while not playing" in
the Movie Options dialog box.
- If you are creating your own video files, try making them "fade
from black" in the actual video file since it helps to hide
the fact that PowerPoint often stutters before playing the video
Check out Microsoft's movie troubleshooters for PowerPoint
2000 and PowerPoint
2003 - and this other article on Microsoft's site explains
how PowerPoint 2003 Plays Multimedia Files in a Presentation...
PowerPoint MVP Echo Swinford has a video troubleshooter on her
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