Movie Tools

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The Movie Tools allow you to apply formatting to movies (.SWF .FLV and H.264 encoded .MP4 files) on your question slide.

To manage the Movie Tools:

  1. Select and open an existing question in your quiz or survey or create a new question.
  2. Click the Slide View from the top ribbon.
  3. Select a movie on your slide.
  4. Select the Format Tab which appears on the menu with the label Movie Tools.

The Movie Tools are divided into four sections:

  1. Play
  2. Movie Options
  3. Arrange
  4. Size

Play

The Play section consists of a single Preview button which plays the selected movie so that you can preview it. Clicking on the Preview button again stops the movie.

Movie Options

This section allows you to make various settings for your inserted movie.

  • Movie Volume: Change the volume of the movie. The following four levels are available:
    • Low
    • Medium (default)
    • High
    • Mute
  • Play Movie: Two choices are available:
    • Automatically: Play the movie automatically upon switching to this slide. When the user reaches this slide, the movie begins automatically.
    • When Clicked: Play the movie only when the user clicks the movie. The movie does not play automatically when the user reaches the slide. The user must click on the play button next to the movie for it to begin.
  • Show Movie: Two choices are available:
    • In the slide: Play the movie in the main slide
    • In new browser window: Play the movie in a new browser window.
  • Show Movie Controls: Check the box if you want movie controls to show for the selected movie.

Clicking the small arrow at the bottom right of the Movie Options section launches the Flash Movie Options dialog box. This dialog box basically groups together the above options and allows you to specify the volume more precisely for your movie. It is the same dialog you see when you insert a new Flash movie into your quiz slide.

Arrange

This section allows you to organize and set the object layers with which your slide will be viewed and the alignment and rotation of objects within your slide including your movies. The following options are available::

  • Send to Back: Send the selected movie behind all other objects. Clicking on the right arrow gives the option Send Backward. This sends the object one layer down rather than straight to the very back.
  • Bring to Front: Bring the selected movie in front of all other objects so that no part of it is hidden behind another object. Clicking on the right arrow gives the option Bring Forward. This brings the object one layer forward rather than right to the very front.
  • Timeline Pane: Show the Timeline to help select individual objects and to change their order, visibility, and timing.
  • Align: Align the edges of multiple selected objects. You can also center them or distribute them evenly across the slide. You will also find options to View Gridlines and set Grid and Guides options under this menu. Grid and Guides options include the following:
    • Snap to:
      • Snap objects to grid
      • Snap objects to other objects
    • Grid settings:
      • Spacing
      • Display grid on screen
    • Guide settings:
      • Display drawing guides on screen
    • Set as Default

Size

This  section allows you to define the width and height (in pixels) of your movie. You can input the size in pixels directly or use the arrows to reach the desired values.

Clicking the small arrow at the bottom right of the Size section brings up the Size and Position dialog box. Options include the following:

  • The Size tab gives you extra detailed options on rotation, scaling and cropping, including the following:
    • Size and rotate (height, width, rotation)
    • Scale (height, width, lock aspect ratio)
    • Crop from (left, right, top, bottom)
    • Original Size (height and width details)
    • Reset button
  • The Position tab allows you to specify the position of the movie relative to either the top left corner of your slide or its center.