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Old January 2nd, 2007, 11:31 AM   #1
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powerpoint help please

Hi all,

I am having a problem with my embedded files (AVI, Mpeg2, wmv, and good old QT) in Powerpoint, Office 2004.
Works great on the Mac but when transfered to a PC via data file on disc or server transfer, the PC doesn't see the video.

It is asking for Quicktime and a decompressor for each codec.

I last did this about 2 years ago on FCP 4 it was simply drop and play.
No Issues what so ever.

Our IT dept. is loath to install QT for some unknown reason.
I can get it approved for the computer that needs to play the Powerpoint.
If that solves the problem, it only solves it once.

What am I not doing correctly?
thanks,
-g-
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Old January 2nd, 2007, 05:11 PM   #2
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Hello,

I had this problem in 2005. I solved it by developing the PPT presentation on a spare Windows machine and compressing all of the video using MPEG1. The MPEG1 compressions were nothing fancy, just a slightly modified preset from the Apple Compressor program. I just opened the PTT file on the Windows machine, linked all of the MPEG1 videos (store in the same folder as the PPT file) and I was done. Be sure to keep all of the videos and the PPT file together in the same folder. Drag the folder and burn it to disc or send it to a server. The finished presentation opened up without any problems on the Apple side. I don't particularly like using MPEG1, but then again I don't care for using PPT as a presentation tool for video either. There may be another work around for the codec problem, but I found that using MPEG1 was the simplest cross platform solution.

Good Luck,
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Old January 2nd, 2007, 05:54 PM   #3
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As far as I know Powerpoint for Windows doesn't support Quicktime without a special Active X control whereas Powerpoint for Mac supports Quicktime natively. If you presentation is going to be used solely on Windows based platforms, your best bet is to follow Cale's advice and go with MPEG1.
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Old January 3rd, 2007, 01:53 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses.
I finally found a way to do it, for Office 2004 anyway.
Encode as a cinepak AVI, looks the best.
Insert it using the insert menu.
I knew it was easy, I just got sidetracked trying
solve why the Qt-wmv flip won't work.
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