How to embed video in PowerPoint

Embedding a video in your PowerPoint Presentation is very simple and is as easy as inserting an image

You will find a lot of tips and hints on the internet, but for simple video embedding, the following steps will work just fine. PowerPoint can use a wide variety of video files including Flash, Windows Media Files (asf), Windows Video Files (avi), Microsoft Recorded TV Shows (dvr-ms), Movie Files (mpeg) and windows Media Video Files (wmv) among others.

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Once your presentation comes to the point where you want to insert a video, follow these steps:

  1. Look at your top menu bar. Here you will find Home, Insert, Design etc. Select the Insert button and the look at the sub-menu opening below it. It will look something like this:

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  2. Select the Movie button. It will take you to your files on your computer. Select the place where you saved your chosen video and then insert the file. Your selection menu will look something like this:

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  3. Once you have selected to insert your chosen video, you will be asked whether you want the video start immediately or if you want it to start when clicked on. Select whatever option suits you best. You can always change it later on.

  4. To make changes to your video, look at the top menu bar again. You will see that above the normal Home, Insert, Design etc. Buttons, you will see Table Tools and Video Tools. Click on Video Tools and a sub-menu will open under it. Here is a visual on that:

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  5. In this sub-menu, you can make changes to the sounds and volume, the size of the video, its alignment and even rotate it to certain side.

You also have the option of linking an outside video to your PowerPoint presentation. Now, before you do this, you will want to create a folder in which you save both your presentation as well as the videos. Once you have done this, follow these simple steps:

  1. Look at the top menu bar of your window. You will find the Home, Insert, Design etc. Buttons there. Again, select the Insert button. This is what your menu options will look like:

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  2. Select the Movie option and your file where you videos are saved will open in front of you. Select the folder in which you saved your videos in the beginning of this step-by-step guide and, instead of selecting the Insert Button, click on the arrow and select the Link button.

You are also able to add sounds to your PowerPoint presentation by simply clicking on the Sound button instead of the Movie button.

These steps are all relatively easy, but when it comes to embedding a video from a website, like Youtube for example, you will need the Embedding code.

This can be found in a text box under the video itself. Copy this code and then in PowerPoint, click on the arrow of the Movie button. Select the Video From Website option. You will then be prompted to enter the code, so just paste it in text box provided.

After you pasted the code just click Insert and viola, you video is there.

Related articles:
How to convert PowerPoint to video
How to use animation in PowerPoint

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