How to Embed a Video in PowerPoint

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Draw attention to your PowerPoint presentation by embedding a video stored on your computer into your presentation slides. Videos demonstrate something you wouldn’t be able to otherwise, break up your talk, or add depth using another person’s point of view.

Instructions in this article apply tor PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010; PowerPoint for Microsoft 365, and PowerPoint for Mac.

How to Insert Video into PowerPoint on a PC

When you have a video stored on your computer or on OneDrive that would make a great addition to your PowerPoint presentation, insert the video onto a blank slide. Then, resize the video so that your audience can view it easily.

Embedding a YouTube video involves a separate process not covered in these instructions.

  1. Save the video you want to insert as a file on your computer, ideally in the same folder as your presentation.

    Microsoft recommends .wmv files in PowerPoint 2010. For later versions, use .mp4.

  2. Open your PowerPoint presentation.

  3. Select the slide where you want to insert the video.

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    To insert a new slide, right-click between two other slides in the Slide pane (in the left column of the screen) and select New Slide. Then, right-click on the new slide and select Layout > Blank.

  4. Go to Insert and, in the Media group, select Video > Video on My PC. In PowerPoint 2010, select Video from file.

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  5. In the navigation box, choose your video and select Insert. The video appears on your slide.

  6. Hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and drag a corner selection handle on the video object to expand it to fill the entire slide area.

  7. Notice that a playback bar accompanies the video. Use it to control video playback.

  8. Select the video element, go to Playback and, in the Video Options group, select Automatically from the Start list. This option plays the video automatically when you reach it in your presentation, instead of having to select it to play.

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  9. Place a check next to Play Full Screen. This option plays the video at full size, no matter how it’s formatted.

  10. To see your video in action, go to the first slide in your presentation and select the Slide Show icon at the bottom of PowerPoint; it looks like a projector screen. Now you can go through your slides in presentation mode.

Because your video is on your PC, you don’t need to be online for it to work within your presentation.

How to Insert Video into PowerPoint for Mac

The following instructions apply to PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 for Mac, and PowerPoint 2019 and 2016 for Mac:

  1. Open PowerPoint and navigate to the slide where you want to place the video.

  2. Go to Insert and select Movie from File.

  3. In the dialog box, choose the file you want and select Insert. A video frame appears on the slide.

  4. To format the video, select it, go to Video Format, select Start, and choose Automatically to make the video play automatically when you reach that slide in your presentation.

  5. To give your video more emphasis, go to Video Format, select Video Effects, and choose the effect you want.