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Playing QuickTime Movies in PowerPoint Presentations (For PC)

You can't insert Quicktime movies into PowerPoint for PC using the "insert movie" method, but It is possible to insert a Quicktime player into a PowerPoint slide and have a MOV file play inside its own window. (Although you may well find it easier and more reliable to convert your MOV files to a suitable format.) - converting your files to wmv or mpeg, will be more reliable than trying to make Quicktime movies play. Most movie editing software packages should achieve this. (--but not Windows Movie Maker) - A very reliable (Free) and user friendly video converter is available from

The instructions below are designed for PowerPoint 2007 but apply similarly to earlier versions. Things are quite different for PowerPoint 2010 - you can at last play QuickTime from within you presentatiom. See my Movies in PowerPoint 2010 pages

1) You need to acces the developer tab on the PowerPoint Ribbon. if the developer tab is not present, click on the "Office Button" - (at the very top left of the PowerPoint screen), select Powerpoint Options and in "Top options for working with PowerPoint" tick "Show developer tab in ribbon" and click ok.
2) Save your PowerPoint presentation and the required MOV file in the same directory.
3 ) Within the Developer tab click on "more controls" (A)
From the list that appears, B select "Apple QuickTime Control 2.0" .
4) A crosshair appears, D - click and drag to the size of window you require for the movie. This can be changed later. Right click within the area you have drawn and select properties.
5) The QTControl properties window appears E. Click in the row "sizing" and from the drop down menu that appears, select option one, "qtMovieFitsControl".
6) In the same properties window, in the row "URL" type the address of the movie. This must be an absolute path e.g. "Z:\MyDocuments\qtmovie\" as in example F, rather than a relative path "" Beware of differences in drive letters on machines. You may have a home machine set up with the hard drive as "C" and DVD/CD drive as" D" but a networked machine at work which has the hard drive as "D" and maybe the DVD as "E"
7) Close the properties box and save your presentation.

Control   Apple Control Crosshair
A   B C

Quicktime movie in PowerPoint

If you have been successful, when you launch your presentation you will see the movie with its own play/pause control. (It might not appear until PowerPoint is in Slide Show mode) There may be a few seconds delay before the movie appears

This is one of those techniques where it is vital that you try the presentation on the machine you will be using on the day. There is no guarantee that it will work on all PCs given the different operating systems, software and security measures within you organisation. I welcome feedback

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