How do I setup PowerPoint to play different sections of a video?

The steps outlined here show how to setup trigger shapes in PowerPoint to start a video at different times.

In PowerPoint, after inserting the video, do the following:

  1. Add a shape (say, a Rectangle shape) on the same slide as the video.
  2. Select the movie shape that you inserted on the slide.

  3. In PowerPoint 2007, select Animations tab, click Custom Animations button.
    In PowerPoint 2003/2002, right-click the selected shape and select Custom Animation... menu item.

  4. In the Custom Animations pane, click Add Effect | Movie Actions | Play menu item.
  5. Select newly added play animation dropdown box and select Effect Options... menu item. The play animation for a video looks like the right arrow head: Video Play

  6. Select From time in the Start playing section and enter the time when you want to start your video in that box.

  7. Select Timing page and click Triggers button.

  8. Select Start effect on click of and select the newly added Rectangle shape from the list.
  9. Click OK button.

This will make PowerPoint start the video at the time you configured in step 6 when you click the rectangle shape. You can add more shapes and follow the steps 2 through 9 to add more start times or bookmarks to the video.

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