We have a large PowerPoint presentation, and several RealPlayer multimedia files which must play from within the presentation. The current method we are using to accomplish this is to install RealPlayer on the presenting machine, copy over all the RealPlayer files, and activate these files from within the presentation by way of an action button. The problem with this is the RealPlayer window which will open up to play the file. We would like to have the files play as a window within the slide, and we definitly do not want to be required to install the suite, or even the player for that matter, on the target system.
I've looked through much research on the topic, and Microsoft has virtually nothing to say about it (no surprise). The one thing Microsoft was generally clear on is that embedding the files is not a possibility...I will always have external files to keep track of. However, I've seen reports of being able to embed the files with no problem. This is ideal, but not necessary.
So my question has two parts:
1) How can I embed or link a RealPlayer file (not a stream!) into a PowerPoint presentation in such a way that I do not need to have RealPlayer installed? Failing that, a way to embed or link the file without needing the RealPlayer window and associated app running, even minimized in the background.
2) Is it possible to embed these files into the presentation file? Are there size or quantity restrictions?
Part 1 is my main focus...part 2 would just be a nice bonus.