How to Embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint?

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Graphics and animations are the nuts and bolts of a PowerPoint presentation, but you can take things to the next level by inserting animations or videos. Adding a YouTube video can really spice up the presentation and provide a new way to convey information. Not only does it help to transfer knowledge in a shorter period of time, studies have also shown that videos are effective in influencing a person’s choices and actions.

Follow our essential guide to learn how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint and step up your business presentation game.

Before you insert a YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation, you’ll need to consider 3 MAIN THINGS:

  1. Which version of PowerPoint are you using?
  2. Do you want to format the appearance of the YouTube video?
  3. Will you have an Internet connection available for video playback?

Once you’ve established which PowerPoint version you’re using, select the best method you’d like to use depending on your requirements.

If you are using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or PowerPoint 2016, we recommend for you to use method 1 or 2. If you are using PowerPoint 2007, you can try using method 3 or 4.

METHOD 1: INSERTING AN ONLINE YOUTUBE VIDEO

Conveniences

  • Fast and easy approach for PowerPoint Version 2010 onwards;
  • Able to adjust the size of the video in the slide.

Requirements: Internet connection.

Instructrion

  1. Go to YouTube and choose your preferred video;
  2. Copy the URL link from the address bar;
  3. Open your PowerPoint presentation and select the slide to add the video;
  4. Click on the Insert tab, then choose VideoOnline Video;
  5. In the newly opened window, paste your copied URL into the first address bar;
  6. Select the video thumbnail that appears and press Enter on your keyboard;

Or, you can also select a YouTube video directly from PowerPoint:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and select the slide to add the video;
  2. Click on the Insert tab, then choose VideoOnline Video;
  3. Type the name of the YouTube video in the first address bar and click on the magnifying glass icon or press Enter on your keyboard;
  4. Select the correct video thumbnail that appears and press Enter on your keyboard.

METHOD 2: UTILIZING THE YOUTUBE EMBED CODE

Conveniences

  • Moderately fast and easy approach for PowerPoint Version 2010 onwards;
  • More video adjustments available with YouTube API parameters.

Requirements: Internet connection.

Instructrion

  1. Go to YouTube and choose your preferred video;
  2. Click on ShareEmbed below the video and copy the entire string;
  3. Open your PowerPoint presentation and select the slide to add the video;
  4. Click on the Insert tab, then choose VideoOnline Video;
  5. In the newly opened window, paste the embed code into the From a Video Embed Code field and press Enter on your keyboard.

To make adjustments to your video, you can add certain parameters into the embed code.

METHOD 3: USING A WEB-BASED TOOL

Conveniences

  • Efficient method;
  • Applicable for PowerPoint Version 2007 onwards;
  • Able to adjust the size of the video in the slide;
  • Does not require Internet connection.

Inconveniences: Speed is dependent on video size during conversion and download.

Instructrion

  1. Choose your preferred video from Youtube and copy the URL link from the address bar;
  2. Go to clipconverter.cc , paste the URL at Video URL to Download and click Continue;
  3. Select the conversion format and video resolution and click Start;
  4. Once the conversion is done, you can then download the completed file;
  5. Next, open your PowerPoint presentation and select the slide to add the video;
  6. Click on the Insert tab, then choose MovieMovie from File or VideoVideo on my PC;
  7. Locate the saved video and click OK;
  8. Choose whether you would like the video to play Automatically or When Clicked.

METHOD 4: INSTALLING THE DEVELOPER TAB

Conveniences: Able to adjust the size of the video in the slide.

Inconveniences: Moderately hard approach for PowerPoint Version 2007.

Requirements: Internet connection.

Instructrion

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and click on the Microsoft Office button at the top-left corner;
  2. Select PowerPoint Options from the drop-down box;
  3. In the Popular category, ensure that the Show Developer tab is selected and click OK;
  4. Next, select the slide to insert your video and click on the Developer tab;
  5. Choose More Controls;
  6. Scroll down to select Shockwave Flash Object and click OK;
  7. Now, click and drag to draw a rectangle on your slide for your YouTube video (Note: Just remember to draw it on a blank part of the slide);
  8. Go to YouTube and choose your preferred video;
  9. Copy the URL link from the address bar (Note: This will not work for YouTube playlists);
  10. Go to the PowerPoint slide with the Shockwave Flash Object;
  11. Right-click on the Shockwave Flash Object and select Properties;
  12. Scroll down to the Movie field and paste the copied URL link.

Note: To ensure that your video playback works, you’ll need to make 2 adjustments:

  • Delete watch? from the URL link;
  • Replace = with / in the URL link.

QUICK TIPS

For All PowerPoint Versions

  1. To easily resize a video, place your mouse cursor at the edges of your inserted YouTube video and click + drag to resize the video to your preference.
  2. For some basic video adjustments for Embed Code, go to YouTube and select your preferred video. Below the video, click on ShareEmbedShow More and select the options you want. Once you have made your selection, copy the changed embed code to use in your PowerPoint presentation.

For PowerPoint Version 2007

To keep your video from looping:

  1. Right-click on the inserted YouTube video and select Properties;
  2. Mark Loop as False.

To stop your video from playing automatically:

  1. Right-click on the inserted YouTube video and select Properties;
  2. Mark Playing as False.

For Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (same as the PowerPoint 2016 or Office 365)

To add a frame to your video:

  1. Right-click on the inserted YouTube video and select Style;
  2. Choose your preferred frame and you’re ready to go.

Note: Keep in mind to avoid rounded or uneven frames as your video is originally rectangle-shaped.

TO CONCLUDE:

How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2016?

  1. Go to Youtube and copy the URL of the video you want to embed in PowerPoint;
  2. Open PowerPoint and select the slide where you want to insert the video;
  3. Click on Insert tab, then choose Video Online Video;
  4. In the new window, paste the copied URL into the address bar;
  5. Select the video thumbnail that appears and click Enter.

How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2013?

  1. Go to Youtube and copy the URL of the video you want to embed in PowerPoint;
  2. Open PowerPoint and select the slide where you want to insert the video;
  3. Click on Insert tab, then choose Video Online Video;
  4. In the new window, paste the copied URL into the address bar;
  5. Select the video thumbnail that appears and click Enter.

How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010?

  1. Go to Youtube and copy the URL of the video you want to embed in PowerPoint;
  2. Open PowerPoint and select the slide where you want to insert the video;
  3. Click on Insert tab, then choose Video Online Video;
  4. In the new window, paste the copied URL into the address bar;
  5. Select the video thumbnail that appears and click Enter.

How to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2007?

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and click on the Microsoft Office button on the top left corner;
  2. Select PowerPoint Options from the dropdown menu;
  3. In the Popular category, ensure that the Show Developer tab is selected and click OK;
  4. Select the slide where you want to add a video, click on the Developer Tab and choose More Controls;
  5. Scroll down to select Shockwave Flash Object and click OK;
  6. Click and drag to draw a rectangle on the slide to hold the YouTube video;
  7. Go to YouTube and copy the URL of the video you want to embed;
  8. Go to the slide with Flash Object, right-click on the Flash Object and click on Properties;
  9. Scroll down to the Movie field and insert the copied URL.

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