Woo Hoo – 3D Video Effects in PowerPoint 2010

Full disclosure: This is way off topic for my blog and I just wanted an excuse to embed a Simpsons episode in a powerpoint presentation.

Inspired by this post on the PowerPoint MSDN Blog and its associated YouTube video, demonstrating the ability of PowerPoint 2010 to use DirectX and hardware support for its rendering engine. Great effects can be achieved smoothly. Like a lot of us (most unwilling to admit), I’m impressed by reflection of a video as it plays.

Slide Show Preview

Slide Show Preview

Setting up the 3D Rotation Effects were also easy:

Format Video

Format Video

Same goes for the Reflection effect:

Format Video Reflection

Format Video Reflection

Enjoy:

Reflection Overflow

Reflection Overflow

Now saving this pptx file showed me that in-fact the video file is embedded, so it’ll make moving the pptx file easy (so long as it doesn’t require to be emailed).

File Size

File Size

Once a video is added you can make use of it on several slides, and use the ‘Trim Video‘ feature to select a section of it for each slide.

Trim Video

Trim Video

2 Slides each with a segment of the video:

Reusing Video

Resuing Video

The presentation file along with the video that was embedded, there is only 1 copy of the video in the pptx file.

File Size of Multiple Video Copies

File Size of Multiple Video Copies

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