Dear Amy: I am doing a PowerPoint presentation in class and want to add a video clip from my favorite movie. How do I do this? —Harold S., Bloomer, Wis.
Dear Harold: Opening a presentation with a funny or informative clip is a great way to capture your audience’s attention. The first thing to consider when adding media to a presentation is whether you are allowed to use a copyrighted work in this manner. Fortunately, extracting a video clip from a DVD is allowed for educational purposes under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. You can read more about this at copyright.gov/1201/2010.
Handbrake, handbrake.fr, is software that allows you to capture clips of your favorite DVDs and convert them to a format that you can add to your project or slideshow presentation. After you get your parents’ permission to use the software, determine the Title and Chapter of the video clip on your DVD. Next, open Handbrake, go to Source, and select the clip or clips you want to use. Then click Start to begin downloading them to your computer. For a detailed tutorial, go to chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/how-to-rip-dvd-clips/26090.