Using Cliplets in your PowerPoint Presentations

We need to constantly find new ways to impress our audience and creativity is important during this process. Visualization tools helped a lot to keep the people focused in a PowerPoint presentation and it is well known that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, here we propose you another way to add original content to your presentations using Cliplets.

Using Cliplets in your PowerPoint Presentations

What Are Cliplets?

Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that gives users the power to create Cliplets. A Cliplet is a type of imagery that sits between stills and video, including imagery such as video textures and cinemagraphs. The application developed by Microsoft Research provides a simple, yet expressive way to mix static and dynamic elements from a video clip.

You can mix the static and dynamic content into a PowerPoint slide. In this video below for example, you can see a live cliplet in action.

Now, it is time to insert the video into a PowerPoint slide.

First, go to a blank or existing PowerPoint presentation file and click Insert -> Video -> Video from file. Now you need to choose the file from your computer.

If you are inserting an mp4 video and you get the following message: “PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file. Verify that the neccessary 64-bit codec for this media format is installed, and then try again.”, then you’ll need to install the codec first. This can happen when you try to add videos on any of the following formats.

  • MPEG-4 video (*.mp4)
  • MPEG-4 audio (*.m4a)
  • QuickTime Movie (*.mov)

To work around this issue, you can convert these video or audio files to the Windows Media Video file format (*.wmv) by using a third-party video or audio file converter.

Additionally, you can try to download and install the codecs from this page or use the Shark 007 codecs 64 bits (Windows 64 bit is required) or the Shark 007 codecs 32 bits. Here are things the Shark pack does that other packs cannot do:

1. Full color thumbnails including FLV’s and 10bit MKV’s
(also allows users to select at what point by percentage to grab the thumbnail)
2. Enable the Preview Pane for ALL newly enabled filetypes such as MKV and FLV.
3. Explorer properties are displayed for non native filetypes such as MKV and FLV
4. Updated often – and has update notification builtin
5. Allow use of the PDVD12 decoders for 32bit LiveTV
6. Supports the use of Xbox360 as Extenders to playback MKV files
7. Allows singleclick setup of Bitstreamed Audio
8. Support playback of MOD audio files and M4A files containing ALAC
9. Supports playlist creation for use in Media Center
10. Allow users to Enable/Disable codecs installed on their system
11. Funtionality such as Win7DSFilterTweaker builtin.
12. Support ‘Add to Windows Media Player List’ using rightclick on all files such as MKV.

Finally, you can now add new cliplets to your presentation. Here is an example of the pool billiards template that we have created using the cliplet.

cliplet powerpoint

You can download other free samples and free PowerPoint stuff to make awesome presentations.

Learn more about Cliplets here: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/cliplets/gallery.aspx

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