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Old 08-29-2018, 02:44 PM
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I inserted a movie into a powerpoint presentation, and it works simply by clicking the mouse. However, when I try to use it on another computer, it just doesn't respond. Both computers run on Windows 7 and both have Powerpoint 2003 installed. I can get the movie to play on the second computer by opening Windows Mediaplayer, locating the file and running it from there, so the problem is not that Windows media on the second computer can't run the movie (although that's what it says when I try to run it in Powerpoint on the second computer). It's a puzzle. Any suggestions?
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2003 0r 2013?

In 2003 Movies are always linked. The link in Computer B will not work if the video is on computer A.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:37 AM
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It worked OK on a previous second computer I used. Also, the movie works OK on the second computer if I just open Windows media and then open the movie file from there. On the first computer, the the file is just inserted into Powerpoint - it is not linked to it.
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:48 AM
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You still didn't say 2003 or 2013??
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Old 08-30-2018, 06:07 AM
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Sorry - it's 2003
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Old 08-30-2018, 07:34 AM
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It's not possible to embed video in 2003 so the video WILL be linked.
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That's curious. I have just saved a duplicate copy of the Powerpoint file in Computer B, and have replaced the errant videos by inserting the relevant mp4 files in their place, and that now works. I would have thought that inserting a file, be it a movie file or a jpeg or whatever, means that it is embedded in the presentation.


Also, if what you say is correct, it would mean that it would be impossible to create a powerpoint presentation containing movie files on one computer and show it on a different computer, although in fact, I have for years been doing just that!


When you say that it is a link, what do they link to? If I remove the mp4 files from the folder they were in on computer B, does that mean that they won't work any more in the powerpoint presentation. Also, how is it that even when the movie wouldn't move, the initial picture was there - it's just that it wouldn't move!
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It's not impossible in 2003 but you must send the ppt and the linked file. If you start with the vid and ppt in the same folder and then insert THEN send the FOLDER it should work. Truly embedded video came with version 2010
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Many thanks for that information. I have done as you suggest and it seems to work! It's a pity it isn't available anywhere else i.e. not on the Help link in Powerpoint, nor in the Powerpoint Bible (unless I've missed it). It's also strange that you should need to do that. It seems obvious to me that if you insert something it should be there!
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Seems obvious but before 2007 all video and all sound except .WAV was linked.
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