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Homework Help: Placing a video of a collision b/t the Milky Way and Andromeda Galaxy into a PPT

  1. Jul 29, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    We are not allowed to use any videos from youtube. They have to be a realiable source. We are having difficulty copying the embeded link to the power point presentation.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    First, we right click on the video to copy it by clicking on the option "Copy embeded html". But when we go to paste it into the power point, another message comes up saying "Power point cannot insert a video from this embeded code. Check to make sure the code is right. Try again."

    Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated. My husband has to give a persuasive speech on Why We Should Continue Space Exploration on Tuesday (7/31/12)

    Thank you,
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  3. Jul 29, 2012 #2
    Which version of PowerPoint are you using?
    And moreover, are you allowed to download the video and insert it in PPT?
  4. Jul 29, 2012 #3


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    I'm just curious as to why you think a video of the Milky Way colliding with the Andromeda Galaxy is relevant to a discussion on space exploration.
  5. Jul 29, 2012 #4
    Pranav-Arora, We are using PPT version 2010. Regarding "are you allowed", well, the teacher said he needs to use a power point presentation. He wants to use a video. Do you mean does he have permission from the website? Perhaps you are correct...if he gets permission, then it will work. Perhaps there are websites that allow unlimited usage of their videos or images. Otherwise, you are correct. He would need to contact someone (administrator?) to gain permission. Thank you for your reply. Any further information is helpful.

    Phyzguy, The speech is mainly stating that the sun will eventually burn up and that, as the sun loses its mass, it will lose its gravitational effect on earth thereby allowing earth to drift. Eventually, when the sun becomes a 'red giant', if earth is nearby, it will be consumed. The point of the speech is to convice people that, while these events may not take place for millions/billions of years, it is in the best interest of our future offspring to continue space exploration to locate another earth-like planet that will sustain life. Thank you. *I need to add that part of his speech is regarding the collision of the two galaxies destroying our earth and that, in part, is why he feels that space exploration is important to the future of humanity.
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  6. Jul 29, 2012 #5
    Well, i am not sure about the permissions but i have the solution to both the situations.
    If you want to directly insert the youtube videos without having to download them and insert, follow this link: http://www.dvd-ppt-slideshow.com/blog/embed-youtube-video-to-powerpoint-2010/

    If you have downloaded the video, make sure its in one of those formats which PowerPoint supports. Go to insert>Video>Video from file. Insert the video from the dialog box. When you give the ppt to your teacher, include the video file in the same folder where you have your PPT.

    (I am not sure if the solutions i posted provide backward compatibility, i.e you may experience problems if you run the PPT in PowerPoint 2007.)
  7. Jul 29, 2012 #6
    Thank you SO much! Your information has been very helpful.
  8. Jul 29, 2012 #7


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    I agree that space travel is important to the future of humanity, but this is not a good argument. When the Milky Way and Andromeda "collide", we will probably not even notice, and it will certainly not "destroy the Earth". Galaxies are mostly empty space, and the space between stars is huge, so when two galaxies collide and merge, stars almost never collide. In fact, the Milky Way is currently in the process of merging with several smaller galaxies, including the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy.

    Also, when the sun goes Red Giant, it will definitely not lose enough mass for the Earth to be set adrift.
  9. Jul 29, 2012 #8
    Phyzguy, thanks for your reply. It's all very interesting to me. There is so much to learn! :)
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