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    rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    I never used PPT but my team members do and I've been asked to create a PPT for an upcoming trade show. I have 5 Flash files that are on our web site and I need to create a PPT that continuously displays these Flash videos in an endless loop. It'll run from a PC in a kiosk type display at the trade show.

    Once I get the actual Flash files, how do I set up PPT to run them over and over again? After this is done, can I just distribute one huge .ppt file or do I also include all the extra files that were used when the Flash was on the web site?

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    To insert the Flash files so that they're embedded, use the technique described at http://www.flashgeek.com/tutorials/index.htm. (See tutorials #1 and #2.) You can set the Embed property to True in the properties of the control. If you embed the files in this manner, you can just distribute the PPT file. (Be sure to test first to make sure they're properly embedded, though!)

    To rewind the SWFs, you'll need to install Shyam Pillai's Flashback add-in on the system where you'll actually run the presentation -- or have someone else install it and activate it if you're not going to be there. This is a free add-in.

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    All really good stuff in those links. <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> I'm working through it all now. One question... when I add the Flash object to the PPT slide and assign a file name for the .swf file I (from the embedded control) actually have multiple .swf files (for one phyiscal Flash) to choose from.

    The flash movies I have were originally on a web site and I got them archived to a CD image. So looking at the CD there are lots of files and sub-directories for one movie. There are several .swf files not just one so I'm confused as to how to do this (pick one file). Maybe I need to someone acquire a different form of the Flash movie (not as it would run on a CD that is). <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> See the attached pix of the file list for one Flash movie on the CD image.

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    Another follow up to my reply to your post....

    To run the Flash from the CD image that I have, I just run 'index.htm' and it works as expected. Maybe all I need to do is copy all 5 of these CD images (directories and files) to my computer and somehow point PPT to run the 'index.htm' file. What do you think? Will this work and how?

    Deb <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    From what your image shows, it seems you have an autorun CD (autorun.INF) where the Flash (SWF) files run in a browser (HTML files). The CSS file is a cascading style sheet -- the HTML uses that. I also see XML and other stuff which is consistent with HTML.

    Basically, all you need from this CD should be the actual SWF files.

    I'd suggest that you copy the SWF files to your C drive and put them in a folder called, say, flashfiles. Then when you're in PPT and typing in the path to your SWF files (since you can't browse from there), you'd just type C:flashfilesmediabar.swf

    If you're confused about what SWF file shows what, you can always right-click one and choose Open With. Open the SWF with Internet Explorer. The image you're showing says that the banner and the mediabar are SWFs, but the rest of the stuff is HTML-related. For example, there are also JS files, which are javascript -- they can make movement on your webpage as well. Somehow this makes me think that you probably want/need the whole HTML page in your slide, not just the individual SWF files. I suspect what you're calling "one movie" is actually one HTML webpage.

    If that's indeed the case, use Shyam's Live Web add-in. It's another freebie, and it will help you just slap the whole HTML page in there. You'd put the index.htm in, and you'd need to make sure that you have access to the CD when you run the presentation. Or you could copy all the files from the CD onto your harddrive and then insert the various index.htm files into the Live Web addin from your harddrive.

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    Yes, I belive running the index.htm is what you really need to do. Check Shyam Pillai's Live Web add-in.

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    Thank you very much, this is what I needed to know. Now I am un <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> and can get this PPT thing done in time for the trade show next week. <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    You're welcome, Deb. Good luck with the trade show!

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    Today is the day I tried to get this PPT thing working with six Flash files and I'm failing miserably <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15> . I can't get it to go through all the slides. I also re-created the PPT twice with the instructions you gave me (in those URLs) and it still only shows Flash movie #1 (on slide 1) over and over (with a big lag time between showings). I can manually run each Flash file but not automatically (past Flash #1 that is).

    I thought 'slide show' meant (by definition) that the slides are shown in order automatically but it seems I have to manually add timers to each slide to make it move. I proved this by creating a dummy PPT with four text slides and added slide timers. I wouldn't think I'd have to do the same thing with the Flash slides as then I'd have to keep track of how long each Flash is and set that time for when to go to the next one. There was nothing in the Flashback add-in URL that said anything about setting these slide times so I didn't do it.

    The only way I could get it to play one Flash after another was to add those slide timers (but have to make them at least as long as the Flash else it's cut off before it's done).

    Do you have any idea why it's not going what I need it to do?

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    You do have to set slide transition timings to each slide so that PPT knows when to move forward. Specify that the timing is "automatic," not manual. If you do this while in Slide Sorter View, it may go faster for you.

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    Re: rotating Flash videos (Office XP)

    Yeh, I tried the 'automatic' mode but when I run slide view (F5) it stops at the end of slide 1. Each slide has its own Flash movie file embedded. Maybe that Flashback add-in is meant for the case when you have one slide with one Flash movie that you want played over and over. I(Is this why in the Shockwave property it wanted me to enable 'loop'?) In my case have 6 slides each with a different Flash and I want the six to play in order (1,2,...6) and repeat again over and over. I ended up adding timers to each slide as I couldn't get it to work any other way. I'm using Office 2002.

    In the 'setup show' dialog, it has a field Advance Slides with two radio buttons, 'manually' or 'use timings if present'. The checkbox 'Loop continuously until ESC' is grayed out and checked.

    Anyway,... with not much time to waste (for start of trade show), I ended up recording times for each Flash movie and just going with that.

    Thnx,
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