Animated GIF's do not work properly in Powerpoint 2010


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Wim VAN PAEPEGEM

Dear all,

I am using animated GIF's for many years in my Powerpoint 2003 version. I never had problems with animations on conferences, presentations abroad, running my presentation on other computers, etc.
However, the last months, I experience more and more problems when I have to present my Office 2003 presentation with embedded animated GIF's on another computer with Powerpoint 2010 installed.
Some animated GIF's work, but others don't, and also in editing mode, some animated GIF's show the first frame of the animation, other GIF's give an error message and do not show up at all.
I did some searching on the internet, and other people report the same problem (for example http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...05?msgId=8a9225d0-7c56-4533-93ab-8b9ef49869d2).

Some people seem to see more problems when the animated GIF's are larger, or when the automatic compression of embedded images is turned on in Powerpoint 2010 (default option). Also saving the animated GIF's for infinite loopanimation or a single loop makes a difference.
I followed all these advices, but I still experience the problem when my Office 2003 presentation is loaded in Powerpoint 2010, without re-saving the presentation in Powerpoint 2010.
Further, the errors are not reproducible. Some animated GIF's work and others don't, and on the Powerpoint 2010 version that is installed at our university server, all animations work correctly, but sometimes on conferences, none of the animations works properly in Powerpoint 2010.

Does anybody have a solution for this ?
Best regards,
Wim
 
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santituarte

Wim,
I am ahving the same problem, and it seems there's no answers out there. With 15Kb files it works OK, but not with larger files... When I open the presentation in a previous version of PP (2003), it works perfectly.
 
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santituarte

Dear Wim,
I have found a way arround the problem, maybe you found it too.
I inserted the .gif file as a "VIDEO from file". In tools>reproduction, youhave to set it to start automatically and to repeat playback.
Regards,
Santi.-
 
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I think I have a solution, it’s kind of a Rube Goldberg way of doing it but it seems to work. I drag the GIF file into the frame twice so there is one copy I plan on displaying and another one that I keep off screen and use to activate the gifs. The one off screen I attach a fade in animation and increase the time for as long as I want the Gif to play. I have tried to import it as a video file and all it does is turn white. I don’t know how complex you can make the timing or integrate it into what you are trying to accomplish but it seems to work at least on a basic level.
 
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To end up with problems GIFs in Powerpoint (any version), use the free software, "FormatFactory" to convert GIF WMV (Windows media player). And how to insert video in Powerpoint, ended up problems.
 

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