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    Embedding a sound (2003)

    I have a presentation that I won't be showing on my own computer, with a sound (in the form of an mp3 file) in one of the slides. The sound file is about 700 kB and I want it embedded not linked. I have tried increasing the limit for linking sound files in options to 2000 kB, but it still only links to the original mp3 file instead of embedding it.

    What can I do to force it to be embedded?

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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    The only type of sound file that can be embedded is .wav.

    You could convert the .mp3 file to a .wav file and embed that, but that would greatly increase the file size, of course.
    Or you could send the .mp3 file together with the presentation. As long as they are stored in the same folder, Powerpoint will be able to find and play it, even if the path of the folder is different than on your PC. You can do this manually or use the File | Package for CD option.

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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    I will definetly encourage you to use the Package for CD method. Once the presentation is packaged it is much more reliable when unpackaged. The nice thing is that it will ensure that the sound file is always unpackaged to the same folder that was used when you created the package. If you do this manually and the path differs, PPT ends up not being able to locate the file, esp. when moved from PC to PC.
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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    Yes I resorted to sending the mp3 file with the presentation.

    I've also now tried converting the mp3 to a .wav and you're right about the file size - it increased from 715 KB to 1,969 KB.

    It wasn't very clear from the Help, I think, that you can only embed .wav files, but maybe I didn't read it very closely.

    Anyway, I've learned something, so thanks.

    Ian

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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    I'll try the package for CD method another time. Thanks.

    Ian

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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    Nice hat!

    You can trick PPT into embedding mp3 sounds (only on a PC not on Macs)
    http://www.pptalchemy.co.uk/embed_mp3.html

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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    Interesting, John. Thanks. I'll have to try that.

    Ian

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    Re: Embedding a sound (2003)

    Thanks John

    This will save me a lot of trouble when emailing presentations, good download

    Cheers

    Steve
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