Thursday, February 28, 2013

2 Methods to Mute Video in a PowerPoint Presentation

How to Mute Video in a PowerPoint Presentation
This is one of the frequently asked questions for PowerPoint: How to play a sound across multiple slides in PowerPoint? It's easy to be solved with the guide. On the contrary, some PowerPoint users may want to mute video clip while the presentation is playing. Then how on earth to do this? Actually there are at least 2 ways to mute sounds in a presentation. Let's take a look and learn.

Method 1 Mute directly in PowerPoint
Open your PowerPoint file with Microsoft PowerPoint. Click Video button in the toolbar, select Video from File to insert a video into the slide.
Insert video from file

Click Video Tools and select the Playback tab. Then Click the Volume button and check Mute option. Of course, you can simply click the volume icon in bottom right corner of the video screen.
Mute video in PowerPoint

Note: You can only mute one object (video clip or audio) per time with this method. If you have lots of objects inserted to the presentation, the following way may be a better solution.

Method 2 Convert PowerPoint to video and mute

Besides the first method, we can also convert the whole presentation to a video format with sound muted. To start the process, we may install Moyea PPT to Video Converter, a free download program that enables user to convert PowerPoint to different video formats with transitions, animations, audios and videos remained. By following the 4 steps marked below, you can do the conversion simply.
Convert PowerPoint to video

Before step 4, we can use a function to mute audio in PowerPoint with this software. On the user interface, click Customize button to enter the Customized Settings window. In the Presentation tab, choose Audio tab and then check the Ignore the audio in PowerPoint file box.
Mute audio with the converter

Once you check the box above, all inserted objects in the PowerPoint file could be sound muted. You can also convert multiple PPT files to videos in a batch.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Wallpapers of Daniel Day-Lewis & Jennifer Lawrence, the Best Actor/Actress Winners of Oscars 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz
Congratulations to Daniel Day-Lewis, who wins a record third best actor Oscar for his performance in movie Lincoln. We also congratulate Jennifer Lawrence, the first best actress Oscar who was born in 1990s.

Here I've found some free download wallpapers of the best actor and actress. They can also be used as PowerPoint backgrounds.

Daniel Day-Lewis wallpapers 1024 *768 pixels

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Jennifer Lawrence wallpapers 1024 * 768 pixels
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

How to Play Flash Animations on PowerPoint 2010

How to Play Flash on PowerPoint 2010?
How to Play Flash Animations on PowerPoint 2010?
PowerPoint presentations can not only integrate slides, videos, music as well as Flash animations into one. That is to say, we can insert SWF files into PowerPoint. Today I'll show you how to do this on PowerPoint 2010.

Step 1 Create a new or open an existing PowerPoint presentation with PowerPoint 2010.

Step 2 Click File tab in the tool bar, then choose Options.

Click File tab and select Options
Click File tab and select Options
Step 3 A new PowerPoint Options window pops up. Go to Quick Access Toolbar and double-click Developer Tab from the Choose commands from drop-down menu.
Choose Developer Tab
Double-click More Controls to add it to the right toolbar. Click OK button to confirm and return.
Choose More Controls
Step 4 Now we can see a More Controls icon in the main menu. Hit the icon and select Shockwave Flash Object from the list. Now use your mouse to draw a control on a slide for the Flash animation. The position and size can also be resized.
More Controls icon
More Controls icon
Shockwave Flash Object
Select Shockwave Flash Object
Step 5 Right-click on the control and choose Properties. In the Properties window, paste a full path of your flash file to the Movie property. You can add a local flash file (like mine) or use an online resource.
Right click the control and choose properties
Right-click the control and choose properties
Properties setting
Properties setting

To make the Flash movie play automatically when the slide is displayed, we can set Playing property to True.

To loop Flash movie playback while the slide is displayed, we can set Loop property to True.

Step 6 Close the Properties window. We can save the presentation or view it as slideshow. Click Slideshow button in the View tab or simply press F5.

Play flash animation on PowerPoint 2010
Play flash animation on PowerPoint 2010

Related articles:

How to insert SWF file into PowerPoint 2003/2007

How to Set Background Music in PowerPoint 2010

How to embed Youtube video into PowerPoint 2010

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Top 10 Free Music Download Websites

Free Music Download Websites
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Music lovers, are you looking for free download music on the Internet? Today I've collected some websites which provides free and legal music for your downloading. You can listen to music on your computer or mobile devices. Of course, using some of these music as PowerPoint background music is also available.

No.1 Jamendo
Jamendo is a multilingual site accessible to global users. The music available is free and legal to download. Over 32,000 albums are available to download. The site incorporates tags and reviews to help users find music.

No.2 Free Music Archive
Free Music Archive
The Free Music Archive is called the library of high-quality music downloads. All the tracks have been pre-cleared by the rights holders and are free for listening and educational use. Music can be browsed by curator or genre.

No.3 allows artists to upload music and fans to download free music. The site has an easy search function which helps users seamlessly browse through music by genre or time period.

No.4 ccMixter
CCMixter is a community music site that promotes remix culture and makes samples, remixes, and a cappella tracks licensed under Creative Commons available for download and re-use in creative works. The site contains over 10,000 samples from a wide range of recording artists.

No.5 is a music recommendation service where you can discover new music, track your listening habits and download free MP3s.

No.6 Pure Volume
Pure Volume
PureVolume is a website for the discovery and promotion of new music and emerging artists. Fans can find music downloads as well as the latest on independent festivals and new artists here. Search for music to download by checking out featured artists, top songs, top downloads and past features.

No.7 Stereogum
Stereogum was one of the first MP3 blogs and remains the leading online community for independent and alternative music news, downloads, and videos. Many songs on the site are directly from artists, giving them an air of exclusivity.

No.8 NoiseTrade
Noise Trade is a music-sharing site where artists can upload and share music. Music fans can download songs for no charge or tip. They can also browse through top downloads or check out the most recent shares.

No.9 Bandcamp
Bandcamp is an online music store. Similar to Stereogum, this site is also a platform for independent artist promotion. Artists on the site have a customizable micro-site with the albums they upload. All tracks can be played for free on the site and some artists offer free music downloads.

No.10 Dogmazic


Created in 2004, Dogmazic is a French-based free music download website. It maintains a database of work by roughly 2000 artists.

Related article:

How to Play a Sound across Multiple Slides in PowerPoint 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

PowerPoint Tips: How to Set Background Music in PowerPoint 2010

Background Music in PowerPoint 2010
Yes, I know the newest Office 2013 has been rolled out for a while. Before the new version becomes popular, we'll still continually use and talk about Office 2010. As we know a PowerPoint presentation is made up of several slides. When you insert a music to the presentation, it's default inserted to a specific slide. When you advance to the next slide, the music will stop. Some of my friends have asked similar questions on twitter. So our topic today is "How to play background music across multiple slides in PowerPoint 2010".

Step 1 Open PowerPoint file. Click Insert tab and choose Audio.Then choose Audio from File to insert music. PowerPoint 2010 supports 14 audio formats such as mp3, wma, wav and so on.
Insert audio file

Step 2 Click the music icon on the slide, you can see a new Audio Tools tab in the toolbar. Click Playback sub-tab under Audio Tools. Then select the Play across slides option from the "Start" drop-down menu.
Play audio across slides

Step 3 Now click Animations tab and select Animation Pane. You can see the emerging Animation Pane window on the right. Right-click the audio file and choose Effect Options from the drop-down menu.
Animation Pane

Step 4 A new Play Audio window pops up. In the Effect tab, make your choice at Stop Playing-After XXX slides. For instance, you want the background music to play from the first slide and stop before advance to the eleventh slide, you can simply fill in "10" . Lastly, hit the "OK" button to confirm.
Stop playing setting

Step 5 Press F5 key to preview the presentation and check whether the background music works.

That's all. Now you can try to set background music and make it play across multiple slides in your PowerPoint presentation.

For the more older PowerPoint 2003/2007, the background music setting may be a little different, please visit here to get more info.

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Free Download Oscar Academy Awards PowerPoint Backgrounds

The 85th Oscar Academy Awards Ceremony will be held on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre (formerly named Kodak Theatre). Which movie/actor/actress is the best in your mind?

The nominees are shown on the official website.

Here I've collected some Oscar Awards PowerPoint backgrounds for our friends.

Related: Download Free PowerPoint Backgrounds!

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