When you export a PowerPoint presentation as a video, embedded videos do not play

Symptoms

Consider the following scenario:
  • You create a presentation in Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
  • On a slide, you insert a video.
  • On the Animations tab, you click Add Animation.
  • In the Media area, you click Pause.
  • In the Timing group, in the Start drop-down list, you click With Previous.
  • In the Delay field, you set a delay time for playing the video.
  • On the File tab, you click Save & Send, and then you click Create a Video.
  • You do not change the default settings, you click Create Video, and then you save the movie file.
In this scenario, when you play the exported video file, the movie starts playing. However, the slide transitions before the video finishes playing.

Cause

This issue occurs because the Pause animation effect starts the video and then pauses the video for the Delay time. This does not affect the duration of the slide when you export the presentation as a video. The default setting for slide duration when you export a video is 5 seconds. The slide transitions before the video finishes playing. 

Workaround

To work around this issue, use one of the following methods.

Change the Animation settings

  1. Select the video that you want to play after a short delay.
  2. On the Animations tab, in the Animation group, click Play.
  3. In the Timing group, in the Start drop-down list, click With Previous.
  4. Set the Delay to the time that you want.
  5. Export the presentation as a video.

Set the slide duration

  1. On the Transitions tab, in the Timing group, under Advance Slide, click to select the After check box.
  2. Set the slide duration so that it is longer than the length of both videos combined. This allows for any delay in the playing of the videos.
When you export the presentation as a video, make sure that you select Use Recorded Times and Narrations before you click Create Video.
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Article ID: 982971 - Last Review: Dec 12, 2012 - Revision: 1

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