Rewind a Flash Movie?

Created: Friday, August 10, 2007, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:01 am



Why would you want to rewind a Flash movie placed in a PowerPoint slide? That’s because in certain scenarios, the Flash movie you insert might not play right from the beginning of the movie:

  • When the Flash movie plays for the first time you present the slide, it plays right from the beginning. But if you proceed to the next slide (or any other slide) in the PowerPoint presentation before the Flash movie has finished playing , it just stalls the Flash movie and moves on. Get back to the slide that contains the Flash movie again, and it plays from where it got stalled.
  • Or maybe you are viewing the slide that contains the Flash movie, and then exit the presentation. Of course you haven’t shut down PowerPoint altogether, and you reopen the presentation and play the slide that contains the Flash movie. Again, the Flash movie plays from where it got stalled.

These issues may not be very troublesome if you inserted a static Flash movie, or even a Flash movie that plays for a very small duration. In other scenarios, this can be downright irritating!

Fortunately, you can automatically rewind these movies. There are two ways to do that:

  1. You can get over this problem by inserting a little VBA code, and this is easy to do if you follow this tutorial…
  2. Or you could get a free PowerPoint add-in called FlashBack, which does this automatically for you.

Remember: The stalled Flash movie problem does not happen if you shut down PowerPoint altogether, and then launch it again.


Related Post

What is FlashBack? FlashBack is a free PowerPoint add-in from Shyam Pillai, a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP that rewinds a Flash movie so that it plays from the starting fram...
Rewind Flash Movies Using VBA I already discussed why you would want to rewind your Flash movies, the ones you insert into PowerPoint slides.Now let me show you how you can do that...
Insert the Control (PowerPoint 2007) I'm assuming you have the Developer tab of the ribbon enabled, have all the prerequisites installed, and have assembled everything in one folder.Now y...
Enable the Developer tab in the Ribbon The options that allow you to insert Flash movies in PowerPoint 2007 (and maybe later versions) are found in the Developer tab of the Ribbon.By defaul...

Filed Under: Insert, Rewind

1 Comment

Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

© 2007-2019, Geetesh Bajaj - All rights reserved.

blog stats
since September 16, 2009