Media Clip, MIDI Sequence, and Video Clip ActiveX controls no longer display in the Insert Object list in PowerPoint

Applies to: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

Symptoms


When you open a Microsoft PowerPoint or a Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation, the following ActiveX controls do not load:
  • Media Clip
  • MIDI Sequence
  • Video Clip
Additionally, you may receive the following error message:
Run-time error '429': ActiveX component can't create object.
Additionally, the following objects are no longer available in the Insert Object dialog box:
  • Media Clip
  • MIDI Sequence
  • Video Clip
Additionally, in Microsoft Word, in Microsoft Office Word, in Microsoft Excel, and in Microsoft Office Excel, you receive the following error message on a computer that is running Windows XP if you insert a Video Clip object:
This component cannot be inserted at this location in the document
If you try to play a Video Clip object in Word or Excel on a computer that is running Windows XP, you receive the following error message:
Attempt to create a class object failed
Access is denied

Cause


This behavior occurs after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows XP SP2 classifies several ActiveX controls as unsafe. These include the Media Clip, MIDI Sequence, and Video Clip controls.

When you open a presentation that contains ActiveX controls, PowerPoint determines whether the controls can be loaded. If Windows XP SP2 classifies an ActiveX control as unsafe, PowerPoint does not load the control or make the control available as an object that you can insert onto a slide.

Workaround


How to play a media clip in PowerPoint

To play a media clip (for example, a sound clip, a video clip, or a MIDI sequence) in PowerPoint, follow these steps, depending on the version of PowerPoint that you are using.

PowerPoint 2010

  1. In the Media group on the Insert tab, click Video from file on the Video menu. Or, click Audio from file on the Audio menu.

    Note If you click Audio from file, you can insert a sound or a MIDI sequence. If you click Video from file, you can insert a video clip.
  2. Locate the media clip, and then click Insert.
  3. On the Animations tab, click Animation Pane in the Advanced Animation area.
  4. Set the timing, the effects, the play options, and the display options. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the Animation Pane task pane, right-click the media clip on the list, and then click Effect Options.
    2. Specify the options that you want, and then click OK.
    3. Close the Animation Pane task pane.
    4. To play a sound or a MIDI sequence across multiple slides, follow these steps:
      1. Select the sound icon, and then click the Playback tab in the Audio Tools group.
      2. In the Start box on the Audio Options tab, select Play across slides.
      3. Click to select the Loop until stopped check box.

PowerPoint 2007

  1. In the Media Clips group on the Insert tab, click Movie from file on the Movie menu. Or, click Sound from file on the Sound menu.

    Note If you click Sound from file, you can insert a sound or a MIDI sequence. If you click Movie from file, you can insert a video clip.
  2. Locate the media clip, and then click OK.
  3. Click Automatically or When Clicked to determine how to play the media clip throughout the slide show. If you click When Clicked, the media clip starts only when you click it.
  4. On the Animations tab, click Custom Animation in the Animations area.
  5. Set the timing, the effects, the play options, and the display options. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the Custom Animation task pane, right-click the media clip on the list, click Effect Options.
    2. Specify the options that you want, and then click OK.
    3. Close the Custom Animation task pane.
    4. To play a sound or a MIDI sequence across multiple slides, follow these steps:
      1. Select the sound icon, and then click Options tab under Sound Tools.
      2. On the Play Sound dropdown, select Play across slides.
      3. Click to select the Loop until stopped check box.

PowerPoint 2003

  1. On the Insert menu, click Movies and Sounds, and then click Movie from file or Sound from file.

    Note If you click Sound from file, you can insert a sound or a MIDI sequence. If you click Movie from file, you can insert a video clip.
  2. Locate the media clip, and then click OK.
  3. Click Automatically or When Clicked to determine how to play the media clip throughout the slide show. If you click When Clicked, the media clip starts only when you click it.
  4. On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.
  5. Set the timing, the effects, the play options, and the display options. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the Custom Animation task pane, right-click the media clip on the list, click Effect Options, and then click the Effect tab.
    2. If you are working with a sound or a MIDI sequence, specify the options that you want in the Stop playing area, and then click OK.
    3. Close the Custom Animation task pane.
    4. To play a sound or a MIDI sequence across multiple slides, right-click the sound, and then click Edit Sound Object.
    5. Click to select the Loop until stopped check box, and then click OK.

PowerPoint 2002

  1. On the Insert menu, click Movies and Sounds, and then click Movies from file or Sounds from file.
  2. Locate the media clip, and then click Open.
  3. Click Yes or click No to determine how to play the media clip throughout the slide show.
  4. On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.
  5. Set the timing, the effects, the play options, and the display options. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the Custom Animation task pane, right-click the media clip on the list, click Effect Options, and then click the Effects tab.
    2. In the Stop playing area, specify the options that you want, and then click OK.
    3. Close the Custom Animation task pane.
    4. To play a sound or a MIDI sequence across multiple slides, right-click the sound, and then click Edit Sound Object.
    5. Click to select the Loop until stopped check box, and then click OK.

PowerPoint 2000

  1. On the Insert menu, click Movies and Sounds, and then click Movies from file or Sounds from file.
  2. Locate the media clip, and then click Open.
  3. Click Yes or click No to determine how to play the media clip throughout the slide show.
  4. On the Slide Show menu, click Custom Animation.
  5. Set the timing, the effects, the play options, and the display options. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the Custom Animation dialog box, click the Timing tab. Make sure that the media object is selected.
    2. Click the Multimedia Settings tab, and then click to select the Play using animation order check box.

      Note By default, the Pause Slide Show option is selected on the Multimedia Settings tab. This setting stops the presentation when the media clip finishes playing or when the next slide advances. To play a sound or a MIDI sequence across multiple slides, click Continue Slide Show.
    3. In the Stop Playing area on the Multimedia Settings tab, click After <number_of_slides> Slides, and then type the number of slides on which you want the sound file to play before the sound file stops playing.

How to play a media clip inside Word or Excel

To play a media clip inside Word or Excel, follow these steps:

Word 2007 and Excel 2007

  1. Word 2007: In the Controls group on the Developer tab, click the Legacy Tools icon, and then click the More Controls icon.
    Excel 2007: In the Controls group on the Developer tab, click Insert, and then click the More Controls icon.
  2. Scroll down, select Windows Media Player, and then click OK.
  3. If the control is not displayed, draw the control on the page or worksheet.
  4. Right-click the control, and then click Properties.
  5. Click (Custom), click the ellipsis button (...) next to (Custom), and then click Browse.
  6. Select the media clip, and then click the Open button.
  7. Click OK to close the Windows Media Player Properties window.
  8. Close the Properties window.
  9. Click Design Mode in the Controls group to exit Design Mode.

Word 2003 and Excel 2003

  1. On the Tools menu, click Customize.
  2. On the Toolbars tab, click to select the Control Toolbox check box, and then click Close.
  3. Click the More Controls icon in the Control toolbox.
  4. Scroll down, and then select Windows Media Player.
  5. If the control is not displayed, draw the control on the page or sheet.
  6. Right-click the control, and then click Properties.
  7. Click (Custom), click the ellipsis button (...) next to (Custom), and then click Browse.
  8. Select the video clip, and then click Open.
  9. Click OK to close the Windows Media Player Properties window.
  10. Close the Properties window.
  11. Click the Exit Design Mode icon in the Control toolbox.

Status


This behavior is by design.