Videos can make presentations even more interesting or intriguing. This is easy to do if you want to add a video to your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. We’ll show you how.
Embedding video vs. linking to videos.
In PowerPoint, you can either embed a video or link to a video from your presentation. If you embed a video, your video becomes part of the presentation, increasing the overall size of the presentation file.
If you link to a video, PowerPoint only includes a reference to that video in your presentation. The downside of this method is that if you share your presentation with someone, you need to send the video file separately. We’ve written a guide on how to send PowerPoint presentations with video, so check it out.
In this guide, we’ll focus on embedding video in your presentation so you don’t have to worry about sending separate files. And, if you want to add a YouTube video to your presentation, there’s a way to do it.
Related: How to embed YouTube video in PowerPoint
Video formats supported in PowerPoint.
PowerPoint supports a variety of video formats, including ASF, AVI, MP4, M4V, MOV, MPG, MPEG, and WMV. If your video is already in one of these formats, you can quickly add it to your presentation.
If your video is in another format, you can convert it to a supported format and then add it to your presentation.
Related: How to use handbrake to convert any video file to any format.
How to insert a video into a PowerPoint presentation.
First, make sure the video you want to include in your presentation is stored on your Windows or Mac computer. Then, open your presentation with PowerPoint on your computer.
In the PowerPoint window, in the left sidebar, click the slide you want to add the video to.
At the top of the PowerPoint window, “Enter” Click on the tab.
“Enter” In the tab, “media” Under the section (which is on the far right of the interface), “video” Click on
Now you “Insert video” A menu will appear. Here , “This device” Select.
The standard of your computer “Open” A window will open. In this window, access the folder that contains your video file. Then double-click to add your video file to your presentation.
You will see your selected video in your presentation. To resize this video, click on it and use the handles around the video to resize it. Then drag the video to the desired location on your slide.
If you want to test the video, in the bottom left corner of the video, click the play icon.
And you are ready.
Manage playback of embedded video in PowerPoint.
Now that you’ve added a video to your presentation, you’ll want to change the way it plays in your slides. In PowerPoint, you have several ways to change the playback of your video.
To access these playback options, first click on your video in your presentation. Then, at the top of the PowerPoint window, “Playback” Click on
“Playback” In the tab, “Video options” Under the section, you will find various options for managing the playback of your video.
For example, to change how your video starts playing in your presentation, “Start” Click on the drop-down menu and select one of these options:
- In click order.: It plays your video in a click format. This means that if you press the button for the next slide, your video will play.
- automatically: This option automatically plays your video when the slide opens with your video.
- When clicked.: Select this option to play your video when you click on it.
There are other options “Play full screen” , Which opens your video to full screen, and “Loop stopped” Which plays your video over and over again until you pause it manually.
Before turning off PowerPoint, make sure you save your presentation so that your embedded video is protected with it. Click File> Save to PowerPoint in the menu bar.
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