So I have to create a PowerPoint presentation for my company, which will be used at multiple locations. We want to use some video on a DVD. Problem: the license terms for the DVD specifically forbid "digitizing or encoding" the material, so I can't just cut out the clip(s) I want, and we don't want to play the whole 56-minute video. (Each location will have a paid-for copy of the DVD.)
I don't want our presenters to have to load their DVD software, manually cue up the correct segment, and switch programs. The goal is for everything to flow smoothly.
I also can't install additional software like Onstage DVD or the equivalent. Corporate environment, it would take months to be approved at best.
I tried creating a Windows Media Player ActiveX object on the slide, with the URL set to the VIDEO_TS.IFO file, but it doesn't actually play. (This would still have the problem of requiring the presenter to know how to open the object's properties and manually enter the drive letter of his/her DVD drive.)
So I'm wondering: is there a way to do this? I don't know VBA, but I'm wondering if it is possible to write a script that will play a clip from a local DVD?