How to Embed a Video in PowerPoint

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There are many ways to avoid “death by PowerPoint” (i.e. boring your presentation audience to death). One great way to draw attention, and wake listeners up, is to include a video. Depending on the nature of your presentation, a video can demonstrate something you wouldn’t be able to otherwise, break up you talk, or add depth using another person’s point of view.

PowerPoint allows you to embed videos stored on your computer into your presentation slides. Use the steps below to embed a video in PowerPoint.

Embedding a YouTube video involves a separate process not covered in this post.

Note: The following instructions are for PowerPoint 2016, 2013, and 2010, and PowerPoint 365.

How to Insert Video into PowerPoint on a PC

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

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

  2. Open your PowerPoint presentation.

  3. At the place in your talk where you want to use the video, insert a new slide by right-clicking between two other slides in the thumbnail view in the left column of the screen. Select New Slide, then, when the new slide appears, right-click it and select Layout > Blank.

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  4. On the Insert tab, within the Media group, select Video > Video on My PC.

    In PowerPoint 2010, you'll instead select Video from file.

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  5. In the navigation box, select your video, select Insert. The video will appear in your slide.

  6. While holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard, drag the corner selection handles on the video element to expand it to fill the entire slide area.

  7. Notice that a playback bar accompanies the video. You can now use it to control video playback.

  8. Select the video element and, on the Playback tab, in the Video Options group, select Automatically from the Start drop-down menu. This option will allow the video to play automatically when you reach it in your presentation, instead of having to select it to play.

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  9. Within the same tab and group, check the box next to Play Full Screen. This option will allow the video to play 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 on Mac

The following instructions apply to PowerPoint for Office 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. In the Insert tab, click Movie from File.

  3. In the dialog box, choose the file you want, then click Insert. A video frame will appear on the slide.

  4. To format the video: First, select it. On the Video Format tab, click Start, then click Automatically to make the video play automatically when you reach that slide in your presentation.

  5. To give your video more emphasis: from the Video Format tab, click Video Effects and select the effect you want.