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Embedding Videos

Adding dynamic content to your documents is easier than ever, and by dynamic, I mean video clips. You can watch the clips without having to exit the Word document. This means other people who open the document file can watch the clip as well. Let’s use that example about the iguana report again—say you want to include a video clip of the newly discovered lizard to show your readers what it looks like climbing a rock. You can insert the clip and treat it as a graphic element, which means you can move it, resize it, and apply some stylistic attributes (such as a border). The clip automatically displays a Play button that you, or another user, can click to play the clip.

Inserting a video embeds within the document. This means its information is included as part of the file when you save the document. Prior to this new feature, you could only insert links to videos. Of course, you can still insert links to videos stored elsewhere, but it’s just a link and not an actual embedded clip.

You can insert video from the following sources:

  • Bing Video Search Use this option to search for videos on the Web using Microsoft’s Bing search engine.
  • From a Video Embed Code Use this option if you know the specific embed code for the clip from its website.
  • YouTube Use this option to look for clips on the YouTube site. This option isn’t set up by default; you’ll have to click the YouTube icon at the bottom of the window to include the service in your video options list.

To insert a video from an online source, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Insert tab.
  2. Click Online Video to open the Insert Video tool (see Figure 15.16).
    Figure 15.16

    FIGURE 15.16 Start by choosing a source and typing in a keyword or words.

  3. Click in the Bing Video Search field and type in a keyword or words for the type of video you’re looking for.
  4. Press Enter or click the Search icon.
  5. A search results page lists any matches, similar to what’s shown in Figure 15.17. Use the scrollbar to look through the thumbnails.
  6. When you find one you want, click it.
  7. To download and embed the video, click Insert.
    Figure 15.17

    FIGURE 15.17 Look through the search results to find the video you want to use.

When the download is complete, Word inserts the video clip as a picture in your document, much like Figure 15.18, and displays the Format tab for working with the image. As always, you can resize and reposition the clip image area, if needed, or control the flow of text around the clip box.

Figure 15.18

FIGURE 15.18 Word downloads the clip and inserts it for you.

To play the clip, click the giant Play button in the center of the clip (see Figure 15.18). Another window opens, as shown in Figure 15.19, along with additional playback controls. Click the Play button again to start the clip. You can click the Pause button to pause the playback, or click the Volume button to adjust the sound. To exit the clip, click anywhere outside the window.

Figure 15.19

FIGURE 15.19 An embedded clip plays in its own special window.

To remove a clip you no longer want, select it and press Delete.

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