Play videos in PowerPoint through GoToMeeting

Play videos in PowerPoint through GoToMeeting


If you have tried playing videos in PowerPoint during a GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar it would have shown up as a black window to attendees. This is a tricky situation as video in Powerpoint is embedded directly into the PowerPoint video player. Unfortunately, this player does not have any ability to change options or settings. To work around this limitation we will need to ‘trick’ the Windows overlay layer into allowing the video to play. The following steps will work with both Windows XP and Vista, although with Vista you will have to use a media player other than Windows Media Player 11.

First, enable Overlays in your particular Media Player

(Windows Media Player):
1. Click “Tools”
2. Click “Options”
3. Click “Performance”
4. Click “Advanced”
5. Under “Video Acceleration” CHECK “Use overlays”
6. Under “DVD Video” CHECK “Use overlays”
7. Click “OK”
8. Click “OK”
9. Restart the video, attendees will now be able to view it properly.

(VLC 0.9.2): [direct download: http://www.videolan.org]
1. Click “Tools”
2. Click “Preferences”
3. Click the radio button for “All” in the lower left
4. Click “Video” on the left
5. CHECK “Overlay video output” on the right
6. Click “Save”
7. Restart the video, attendees will now be able to view it properly.

(Media Player classic): [direct download: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/guliverkl…mp;big_mirror=0]
1. Click “View”
2. Click “Options”
3. Click “Output” under “Playback” on the left side
4. Under “DirectShow Video”, check the “Overlay Mixer” radio button
5. Click “Apply”
6. Click “OK”
7. Restart the video, attendees will now be able to view it properly.

Now that Overlays have been enabled in your media player, follow these steps:

1. Open a video, any video, in the media player of choice.
2. Mute the media player
3. Minimize the media player
4. Open PowerPoint
5. Play the video embedded in PowerPoint
6. Attendees will now see embedded video.

Further Explanation: Windows cannot handle two overlay layers at once, and in PowerPoint overlay protection is turned on and cannot be turned off by default. So what we are doing here is turning overlay protection on in one of the media players that are installed and then loading a video, once the video is loaded overlay protection is fixed on the media player. As long as that video, and that media player is open and running Windows will ‘protect’ that video. This takes away overlay protections from PowerPoint and allows the embedded video to be seen.

Now that you have your video set up you need to configure the sound so it is transmitted via VoIP to your Attendees. I’ll show you how to do this here.

Being a believer and occasional victim of Murphy’s law, I strongly recommend that you hold a practice session before you attempt this with a live audience.