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Including media in your animation sequence is a great idea. In PowerPoint 2011 for Mac, you’re no longer restricted to having movies play on top. Movies now behave nicely in their own layer and can be animated just like any other object. Movies can even overlap and follow motion paths as they play.

Just remember that as you add animations while a movie plays, a more powerful graphics card and more processing power might be required to keep things playing smoothly. Playing high-definition movies simultaneously requires a lot of computing power!

As with other animation effects, you can use the Ribbon and the Toolbox independently or together.

Inserting media and controlling it on PowerPoint slides

Media objects such as movies have some different animation effects. Although these are event-triggered actions such as play, pause, stop, and so on, PowerPoint still includes these options within the Animations tab of the Ribbon.

In this example, a movie is inserted for animation:

  1. Open a new, blank presentation in PowerPoint.

  2. Click the Ribbon’s Home tab, and in the Layout group, click Title and Content.

    Your slide now has a title and a content placeholder.

  3. On the Standard toolbar, click the Media button.

    The Media Browser displays.

  4. Click the Movies tab on the Media Browser.

    Your iMovie library displays.

  5. Drag a movie from the Media Browser into the Content placeholder.

Automating media play with an Emphasis effect in PowerPoint 2011

When you select a media object on your slide, the Animations tab’s Emphasis Effects group changes to allow you to control your audio or movie using an animation effect sequence.

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These media effects work with both movies and audio clips. To apply one of the media effect options, take these steps:

  1. Select the audio or movie object on your slide.

  2. In the Emphasis Effects group, click Play, Pause, or Stop.

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