How to Add Video to Powerpoint

In this handy guide, we've outlined how to add video to Powerpoint, so you can captivate and educate your audience with a visual aid. About 65% of the population learns visually, so it's a great way to share complex ideas in a more accessible medium.

Inserting a Video File
1. First, load your Powerpoint project and select the slide where you'd like to add a video. Click the "Insert" tab on the top menu and choose the "Media" section. Here, you'll find a variety of different media files that you can insert in your presentation. Choose "Video" from the list, and then in the submenu, choose "Video on My PC" (or "Movie from File" on Mac).

2. A file explorer will appear, allowing you to locate the video file on your hard drive. Certain file formats aren't compatible with older versions of Powerpoint, but if you have the 2016 or 2013 edition, you shouldn't have trouble with video playback. However, we recommend converting AVI files to MP4 before using them in Powerpoint, because the format requires special codecs to run smoothly. 

3. As Powerpoint embeds your video into the presentation, you'll see a progress bar at the bottom of the screen, so you'll know when it's ready. Click on the video when it's finished uploading, and then go to the "Playback" tab to specify the playback settings. Depending on the situation, you can have the video play automatically or loop on repeat. If you don't change these settings, you'll need to click on the video before it starts playing.  

4. Finally, you can click on the corners of your video to resize it, or drag on the video to move it to a different position. Once you're happy with how the video looks, press CTRL+S to save your progress. If you decide to share the Powerpoint project, you don't need to worry about including the original video, because it will be embedded in the Powerpoint file.   

Inserting a YouTube Video
1. First, load the YouTube video that you want to use. Click the "Share" button below the video, and then choose "Embed" to generate a custom HTML code for that video. Press CTRL+C to copy the code, so that you can paste it into your Powerpoint presentation. 

2. Next, open Powerpoint and select the slide where you want to embed the YouTube video. Click the "Insert" tab, then "Media", and choose "Video" from the options. In the submenu, select "Online Video" (or "Video from Web Site", on older versions of Powerpoint). In the new dialog box, paste your video code in the "Paste embed code here" box and then click "Paste".  

3. Once you see a black box in the slide, the video has finished embedding. Just like with normal video files, you can specify playback settings in the "Playback" tab, so that the YouTube video repeats or starts playing automatically. However, you must be connected to the Internet for the video to play. 

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