I recently had to figure out how to get the webcam attached to my computer (Win XP, MS Office 2003), to show up live in a PowerPoint presentation (without leaving the presentation). With some help from this forum (http://www.pcreview.co.uk/forums/thread-919143.php -Thank you Glenna Shaw and Mike M.), I was able to get my webcam to stream live in a PowerPoint presentation.
What you’ll need:
- PowerPoint (I have PowerPoint 2003)
- Windows Media Encoder (free download)
- I downloaded the Windows Media Encoder.
- Then I opened up PowerPoint and added a new slide.
- In PowerPoint I went to Insert—>Object—> Windows Media Player.
- I opened up Windows Media Encoder and chose Broadcast a Live Event.
- Choose my camera for the video and audio devices. Clicked Next.
- I chose Pull from Encoder
- I decided to click on Find Free Port but 8080 is fine.
- I did not change the Encoding options but you can play around to see what you like.
- I did not archive my broadcast
- I chose No to include Video Files
- Clicked the Finish button
- Click on the connections tab and copy either the LAN address or the Internet address (by clicking on the appropriate button)
- Click the Start Encoding button at the top of Windows Media Encoder.
- I went back to the PowerPoint presentation and right clicked on the Windows Media Player Object and chose Properties
- Click on Custom at the top of the properties and click the button with the three dots.
- Paste the Internet or LAN address into the File Name or URL text box.
- Click OK
- Now play your PowerPoint file and click on the play button on the Windows Media Player.
Please note: I am not sure how secure this is by broadcasting on port 8080. I am also not sure how well this would work on a Mac machine. Also, I had a 5-10 second delay from the encoder to the PowerPoint slide. I hope this helps.