How to Insert a Video Into PowerPoint Presentations


Of all the elements that can be placed into a PowerPoint presentation, perhaps nothing grabs the audience's attention like well-placed, well-edited video footage. Placing a video into PowerPoint might seem to be a daunting multimedia task that takes much expertise and editing experience, but Microsoft makes it easy not only to insert a video clip into a slide, but to re-size as well. PowerPoint is compatible with many digital video formats, so it's not hard to find footage to spice up your slide show.

  • Open a new or existing PowerPoint presentation. Click on the "View" tab, then select "Normal" view.

  • Click the "Insert" tab, then click the "Video" down arrow in the "Media" group. Select the source of your video from the pop-up menu.

  • Click on "Video From File" to insert your own video clip from your computer.Click on "Clip Art Video" to select a video clip from the Microsoft Clip Art organizer. Click on "Video from Web Site" to insert a video clip from an online source.

  • Click on your video file to insert it into the slide.

  • Set the timing for playback by clicking on "Video Tools Playback" tab by clicking the "Video Options" group, then the "Start" down arrow. Click on "Automatically" to have the video start when the slide is displayed after the transition. Click "On Click" to manually start the movie at your mouse click command.

  • Preview your clip for quality and timing by clicking "Preview" on the "Preview" group. Click on the video box on your slide to move it to your desired spot. Click on a box handle then drag it to to enlarge the video window, or push the handle inward to reduce the size.

Tips & Warnings

  • PowerPoint is compatible with WMV, AVI, MPEG, Flash, ASF and QuickTime media. Other formats, including Real Video format, must be converted to one of the compatible formats prior to adding it to your slide.


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