Subject: Windows can (PowerPoint can not) work properly with an .avi file
Date: 26 January 2006 16:39:14 GMT
To: a colleague
Taking the hint from Microsoft I saved the movie
- in AVI format
- using the Cinepak codec
- with no audio compression
Cinepak, 784 x 576, Millions
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Mono, 22.050 kHz
On Windows XP:
- the .avi movie plays (in Windows Media Player)
- the .ppt PowerPoint file (which links to the same movie) reports an error
- a PowerPoint package (recommended) suffers the same error.
Jumping through hoops, instructions that don’t work, the usual.
I shouldn’t trust PowerPoint.
I recommend a DVD comprising the separate elements of your presentation.
Don’t rely on PowerPoint as a ‘container’.