Converting Quicktime MOV files for use in PowerPoint
Geetesh Bajaj of www.indezine.com recently wrote a great article on converting QuickTime MOV files using a free video tool program. Read the whole article at: http://www.indezine.com/products/video/convertquicktimetoaviwithradtools.html . I downloaded the tool he suggested and tried it on one of my slide makeover video podcasts and it worked very well.
I would suggest you follow his suggestion to convert to the AVI format, but don't stop there. Then use Windows Movie Maker to convert the file to a Windows Media Video (WMV) format file. Why? Because it it much smaller than an AVI file. In my test, a 3.56 MB MOV file was converted to a 272 MB AVI file, which is so much larger because it is essentially uncompressed. I then used the default settings in Windows Movie Maker to convert it to a 8.04 MB WMV file. The WMV file can then be easily used in PowerPoint because it is the default format for video files in PowerPoint.
Another benefit to this extension of the conversion process is that you can then edit the clip if needed because Movie Maker has editing features.
Try the above procedure the next time you are given a QuickTime MOV file to use in your presentation.