These days with products like unitedstreaming, video integration into the classroom seems like it should be a breeze. Hyperlinking and embedding videos into PowerPoint should be as easy as 1-2-3! As we all know, sometimes it’s not as easy as it should be.
Don’t fear, the Discovery Education unitedstreaming Implementation Team is here to help!
Ever get that annoying white screen when you embed unitedstreaming videos into PowerPoint? We’ve got a simple fix for you. Change the video’s file name. I told you it was simple!
When downloading and saving videos, make sure to keep the file and folder names brief. If the file or folder name exceeds 128 character spaces, the file will not load into PowerPoint properly.
Remember when you "Save Target As" or "Download Link As," you can shorten or rename the file names to whatever you want. It’s all in the name!
Need a hard copy of this tip? Check out page 25 of the Discovery Education unitedstreaming User Guide found in the Trainer’s Tool Kit of the Professional Development section.
Have there been times when you are showing your class a video through PowerPoint and the sound is barley audible or not even there? You are stumped because you previewed the video before embedding into the presentation and the sound was fine. Don’t worry, there is a simple solution!
All you have to do is increase the maximum size allowed for linked sound files within PowerPoint.
To do this, go into the Tool menu and then into Options. In the General tab, you can increase the amount within "Link sounds with file size greater than" to 50,000 KB. Once you make this change, you should see a large difference in sound!
Hope these tips come in handy!
Kristine C. Shih
Discovery Education, Implementation