Songs won't play


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Stan

Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav’s that I have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go through
Slide Animation using “other sound” when Custom Animation doesn’t work.
Some songs just won’t play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
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Michael Koerner

Could be a whole number of things. like file size, if the max setting for wav files is exceeded, the sound is linked, and not embedded. Which the path length may exceed the max number of characters allowed for path length. Best to put the sound file into the same folder as the presentation. and finally have you tried Inserting Sound from File as an option?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint




Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav's that I have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go through
Slide Animation using "other sound" when Custom Animation doesn't work.
Some songs just won't play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
S

Stan

Program is set fo 50mb size wav, path length is short. in fact I placed the song on the desktop to shorten the path. The songs are from file so all your conditions have been met and still some songs work and others don't. Very peculiar. Thanks for trying.
Stan
Could be a whole number of things. like file size, if the max setting for wav files is exceeded, the sound is linked, and not embedded. Which the path length may exceed the max number of characters allowed for path length. Best to put the sound file into the same folder as the presentation. and finally have you tried Inserting Sound from File as an option?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint




Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav's that I have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go through
Slide Animation using "other sound" when Custom Animation doesn't work.
Some songs just won't play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
M

Michael Koerner

Putting the song does not necessarily shorten the path. Do the songs that work reside in the same folder as the songs that don't?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint


Program is set fo 50mb size wav, path length is short. in fact I placed the song on the desktop to shorten the path. The songs are from file so all your conditions have been met and still some songs work and others don't. Very peculiar. Thanks for trying.
Stan
Could be a whole number of things. like file size, if the max setting for wav files is exceeded, the sound is linked, and not embedded. Which the path length may exceed the max number of characters allowed for path length. Best to put the sound file into the same folder as the presentation. and finally have you tried Inserting Sound from File as an option?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint




Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav's that I have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go through
Slide Animation using "other sound" when Custom Animation doesn't work.
Some songs just won't play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
S

Stan

Yes they do.
Stan
Putting the song does not necessarily shorten the path. Do the songs that work reside in the same folder as the songs that don't?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint


Program is set fo 50mb size wav, path length is short. in fact I placed the song on the desktop to shorten the path. The songs are from file so all your conditions have been met and still some songs work and others don't. Very peculiar. Thanks for trying.
Stan
Could be a whole number of things. like file size, if the max setting for wav files is exceeded, the sound is linked, and not embedded. Which the path length may exceed the max number of characters allowed for path length. Best to put the sound file into the same folder as the presentation. and finally have you tried Inserting Sound from File as an option?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint




Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav's that I have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go through
Slide Animation using "other sound" when Custom Animation doesn't work.
Some songs just won't play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
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Echo S

I don't know, then.

Digital Rights Management is when a file gets some kind of restriction
attached (like encryption or something) in an effort to prevent copying or
playing on "unauthorized" devices.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management explains better.

If the files played in a PPT presentation you received, though, chances are
there's no DRM attached.

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


Followed your suggestions. Shortened the name to S3 (can't get much
shorter). The 50mb setting is constant for over a year now and no song I use
is over 3 or 4 mb.
As far as I know none of my problem songs started out as mp3's that were
treated with CDex. These songs are those I took out of PowerPoint shows sent
to me so obviously they do work.

As for DRM I don't know what that means. How would I know if they were
involved?
Stan
Just to be on the safe side, try putting the sounds and the presentation in
a folder like C:\test.

You might also try shortening the actual names of the songs -- to, for
example, a.wav, b.wav, c.wav, etc.

(Path length shouldn't be an issue with embedded sounds, but it won't hurt
to be on the safe side with short path lengths as you embed them.)

The setting for size (50MB) had to be set before the sound is inserted. It's
not a "retroactive" setting.

WAVs that started life as MP3s and were set up to "fake it" as WAVs via
programs like CDex often won't play in PPT. Any chance something like that's
happening here?

Additionally, songs with DRM (digital rights management) embedded may not
play. Any chance that's the issue with the specific songs that won't play?

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


Yes they do.
Stan
Putting the song does not necessarily shorten the path. Do the songs that
work reside in the same folder as the songs that don't?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint


Program is set fo 50mb size wav, path length is short. in fact I placed the
song on the desktop to shorten the path. The songs are from file so all your
conditions have been met and still some songs work and others don't. Very
peculiar. Thanks for trying.
Stan
Could be a whole number of things. like file size, if the max setting for
wav files is exceeded, the sound is linked, and not embedded. Which the path
length may exceed the max number of characters allowed for path length. Best
to put the sound file into the same folder as the presentation. and finally
have you tried Inserting Sound from File as an option?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint




Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav's that I have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go through
Slide Animation using "other sound" when Custom Animation doesn't work.
Some songs just won't play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
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S

Stan

I appreciate your efforts. Thank You
Stan
Echo S said:
I don't know, then.

Digital Rights Management is when a file gets some kind of restriction
attached (like encryption or something) in an effort to prevent copying or
playing on "unauthorized" devices.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management explains better.

If the files played in a PPT presentation you received, though, chances
are there's no DRM attached.

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


Followed your suggestions. Shortened the name to S3 (can't get much
shorter). The 50mb setting is constant for over a year now and no song I
use is over 3 or 4 mb.
As far as I know none of my problem songs started out as mp3's that were
treated with CDex. These songs are those I took out of PowerPoint shows
sent to me so obviously they do work.

As for DRM I don't know what that means. How would I know if they were
involved?
Stan
Just to be on the safe side, try putting the sounds and the presentation
in a folder like C:\test.

You might also try shortening the actual names of the songs -- to, for
example, a.wav, b.wav, c.wav, etc.

(Path length shouldn't be an issue with embedded sounds, but it won't hurt
to be on the safe side with short path lengths as you embed them.)

The setting for size (50MB) had to be set before the sound is inserted.
It's not a "retroactive" setting.

WAVs that started life as MP3s and were set up to "fake it" as WAVs via
programs like CDex often won't play in PPT. Any chance something like
that's happening here?

Additionally, songs with DRM (digital rights management) embedded may not
play. Any chance that's the issue with the specific songs that won't play?

--
Echo [MS PPT MVP] http://www.echosvoice.com
What's new in PPT 2007? http://www.echosvoice.com/2007.htm
Fixing PowerPoint Annoyances http://tinyurl.com/36grcd
PowerPoint 2007 Complete Makeover Kit http://tinyurl.com/32a7nx


Yes they do.
Stan
Putting the song does not necessarily shorten the path. Do the songs that
work reside in the same folder as the songs that don't?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint


Program is set fo 50mb size wav, path length is short. in fact I placed
the song on the desktop to shorten the path. The songs are from file so
all your conditions have been met and still some songs work and others
don't. Very peculiar. Thanks for trying.
Stan
Could be a whole number of things. like file size, if the max setting for
wav files is exceeded, the sound is linked, and not embedded. Which the
path length may exceed the max number of characters allowed for path
length. Best to put the sound file into the same folder as the
presentation. and finally have you tried Inserting Sound from File as an
option?

--
Michael Koerner
MS MVP - PowerPoint




Windows XP Home and PowerPoint 2003. I frequently embed music in PPT and
then save as a PPS. I use only wav files and almost always wav's that I
have
copied from shows I have received so I know they may be used. These songs
will play for me using Windows Media Player but I cannot get them to play
in
PowerPoint. I can insert other songs so I know the show I am working on
will
accept music. I normally insert through Custom Animation but also go
through
Slide Animation using "other sound" when Custom Animation doesn't work.
Some songs just won't play while others do. Any help will be appreciated.

Stan
 
A

Austin Myers

Stan,

As others have tried to explain, PPT has a problem with media that has a
long path/name. Create a folder in C:\test. Move the presentation and the
sound files to it, delete the media from the presentation and reinsert it.

If that fails, the wav files may be in a format (non-PCM) that PowerPoint
can not deal with. If that is the case you will need to convert them and/or
install the codec required to play them in the MCI player used by PPT. For
more information here is a tutorial on media and PPT.
http://www.playsforcertain.com/tutorial.htm


Austin Myers
MS PowerPoint MVP Team

Provider of PFCPro, PFCMedia and PFCExpress
www.playsforcertain.com
 
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Stan

The link you gave me looks very interesting and I will study it thoroughly.
Meanwhile I am happy to say I solved my problem with a workaround. I really
don't know much about these things but I fiddle and sometimes I get lucky! I
used the converter called Switch to change a wav song into an mp3 and then
changed the mp3 back into a wav and though it is inexplicable to me, it
worked. I tried this with several songs and it worked every time. I have no
idea what Switch did to change the original wav to a wav that then is
accepted by PowerPoint. Perhaps someone in this ng can explain but in any
event I am very happy.
Thanks to all who were kind enough to offer their help.
Stan
 

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