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How to Change PowerPoint Video Speed

Increasing or decreasing the playback speed of a video is pretty simple in Microsoft PowerPoint as long as you follow the correct process. If you are using the 2016 or later version of the app, you are required to enable the Developer tab that allows you to add customized instances of Windows Media Player, and modify the speed rate of the clips from there.

When several instances of Windows Media Player are added, the speed of each instance can be configured individually to play a separate video clip. This approach could be helpful to make the entire PowerPoint presentation more dynamic and lucrative that further keeps the audience engaged throughout the session.

Part 1: How to Change PowerPoint Video Playback Speed to Speed up Video

The process that is given below explains how you can modify (increase or decrease) the playback speed of a video in PowerPoint:

Step 1: Enable the Developer Tab

Launch Microsoft PowerPoint on your Windows computer (Microsoft PowerPoint 2019 on a PC running Windows 11 is used here for illustrations), and start with a blank presentation. Next, go to File from the menu bar at the top, and click Options from the bottom of the navigation bar on the left.

powerpoint options

From the left pane of the PowerPoint Options box that opens up, click to select the Customize Ribbon category, and from the Main Tabs list in the right window, check the Developer box. Click OK from the bottom to save the changes.

enable powerpoint developer option

Step 2: Add a Windows Media Player Instance

Back on the main interface, go to the Developer tab. Click More Controls from the Controls section of the ribbon.

powerpoint controls

When the More Controls box appears, scroll down and click to select Windows Media Player, and click OK from the bottom.

powerpoint more controls windows media player

Back on the canvas, click and drag the mouse to the scale that you want the size of Windows Media Player to be.

place windows media player window powerpoint

Click Enable ActiveX when PowerPoint prompts for, to add a new instance of Windows Media Player.

powerpoint enable activex

Step 3: Select the Source Video and Customize the Playback Speed

Right-click anywhere on Windows Media Player, and click Property Sheet from the context menu that comes up.

powerpoint property sheet

From the Properties box, double-click the Custom option from the Alphabetic tab.

customize powerpoint properties

On the Windows Media Player Properties box, make sure that you are on the General tab, click Browse from the Source section, and browse for and select the source video.

windows media player properties setting powerpoint

Next, go to the Advanced tab, and increase the value of the Rate field that is present in the Controls settings section. Click OK when done to save the changes and close the box. Close the Properties box as well. Finally, press F5 on the keyboard to preview the presentation with the increased video speed.

media player properties advanced settings powerpoint

Note: Defining 2 in the ‘Rate’ field increases the playback speed of the video by 2x. Likewise, specifying the 0.5 value reduces the speed to half.

Note: Make sure to save the file as ‘PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation’ to retain the customized preferences of Windows Media Player.

Part 2: How to Change the Speed of a PowerPoint Animation

In addition to modifying the playback speed of the video that you have imported to PowerPoint presentation, you can even customize the overall duration of the animations that each of the slides the app has.

Although you can customize the speed for each object individually, increasing or decreasing the animation speed in a single go not only saves you a lot of time but also simplifies the entire customization process as well.

The method that is given below explains how you can change the speed of a PowerPoint animation of a slide:

Step 1: Get to the Target Slide

Launch Microsoft PowerPoint and open the presentation that has the animations that you want to speed up, and go to the target slide.

Step 2: Change the Speed of the Animations

Go to the Animation tab from the top. Press Ctrl + A to select all the objects on the canvas. Now, modify the value in the Duration field that is present in the Timing section of the ribbon.

Where increasing the duration slows down the animation speed, decreasing it speeds up the animation. Simply put, the value in the duration field is inversely proportional to the speed of the animation.

change animation speed powerpoint

Note: You can follow the same procedure to manage the animation speed for all the slides in the presentation.

Part 3: FAQs About Change PPT Speed

Q1) Why is my video lagging in PowerPoint?

A1) There could be several reasons for this. Some of the common ones are listed below:

  • You may have not configured the playback speed correctly (To fix this, go to the Windows Media Player Properties box as explained earlier, and configure various resolution and speed options accordingly)
  • Your GPU is old, and doesn’t support the resolution of the video clip (To fix this, go to File > Info > Compress Media and choose a lower resolution) (Choose Presentation Quality on the Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 – PowerPoint 2016 versions)
  • Hardware acceleration is turned off. (To fix this, go to File > Options > Advanced > Display and uncheck the ‘Display Slide Show hardware graphics acceleration’ box)

Q2) Why I cannot insert video in PowerPoint?

A2) You may want to check if the video is of a compatible format. It would be good to use an MP4 video as it integrates seamlessly with most applications.

Q3) Which video format is best for PowerPoint?

A3) Listed below are some of the formats that PowerPoint supports:

  • *.asf
  • *.avi
  • *.mp4, *.m4v, *.mov
  • *.mpg, *.mpeg
  • *.wmv

However, considering the popularity and compatibility, MP4 is the format that is suggested by many professionals.

Q4) Why PowerPoint cannot play media?

A4) Some most common reasons for this issue include:

  • Incompatible Media – To fix this, go to File > Info and click ‘Optimize Compatibility’ (The tile will automatically appear if the presentation has an incompatible media file)
  • Unrecognized Format – To fix this, check if the format of the video is supported by PowerPoint. If not, consider using an effective converter like Wondershare UniConverter to convert the clip to a compatible format before importing
  • Missing Codecs – To fix this, install the required codecs on your PC. Nevertheless, if you’re using an MP4 file, it is unlikely that you encounter such an issue
  • Overly Populated ‘Temp’ Folder – To fix this, type %TEMP% in the search box, and press Enter. Now, press Ctrl + A to select all the contents, and hit Delete to get rid of them. Next, restart the computer and try again to see if the issue is fixed

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