Jan Schultink, the blogger behind Slides that Stick er… Sticky Slides has a very short post showing how Powerpoint can be told to play multimedia that might normally choke it.

It’s mostly pictures, but here’s a written summary for reference:

  1. Open the Control Toolbox. It will float over your document.
  2. View -> Toolbars -> Control Toolbox

  3. The bottom-right icon (looks like the web designers hammer and sickle motif, with an ellipsis) opens, and you can select ‘Shockwave Flash Object’
  4. An empty placeholder box will appear. Right-click and select ‘Properties’
  5. Powerpoint Control Toolbar detail

  6. A long, vertical properties widow will appear. Key fields to update are:
    • EmbedMovie = True
    • Movie = [the movie name] Keep the flash file in the same directory of the presentation to avoid certain death!
    • Playing = True
  7. That’s it! It may be flaky still, so it’s best to use this method when you’ll be the one presenting the deck