Everyone knows that videos can add spark to a web page. Did you know they can spice up your Google Slide video presentation?
No matter how well thought out and informative your presentation is, it is difficult to keep the audience’s attention.
Adding attention-grabbing elements like embedding videos in Google Slides can make your slides more interesting, interactive, and grab your audience’s attention so they focus on your message.
Why the video?
Some of the many benefits of embedding video in your Google Slides presentation include:
- This is easy to do if you have Internet access.
- Videos can generate emotional responses and motivate viewers.
- Gives the audience the ability to change the pace.
- Makes your presentation easier by giving you a short break during video playback, especially for longer presentations.
Choose the right video
Do not randomly select a video or paste it onto a slide. Choose a video that:
- matches your presentation content and adds value.
- Not too long (should be between 30 and 60 seconds)
Do not overdo it. If you have too many videos or other multimedia effects, it will distract you from your message and lose your appeal.
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Now that you know why and how videos can help your presentation, let’s show you several ways to embed videos in Google Slide.
Embed YouTube Video in Google Slides
Since Google owns and integrates with YouTube, you can add videos without leaving your slide deck.
- Start by navigating to the slide you want to add the video to.
- In the top navigation bar, click Insert> Video.
- In the pop-up that opens, you will see three options:
- By URL
- Google Drive
- If you are not referring to a specific video, enter the relevant keyword in the search box and press Return to find the video you want to use.
- Browse the results in the search box by clicking the video play button. When you find the one you like, click Select to insert it into the slide.
- Move the video by clicking and dragging it to a location that makes sense and looks good on the slide. Resize it to one of the four corners around the video to maintain its aspect ratio.
- If you know which YouTube video you want to use, select the By URL option when pasting the video.
- Paste the URL of the YouTube video into the box and click Select.
- If you know the YouTube video you want to use, select the By URL option when inserting a video.
- Paste the YouTube video URL into the box, then click Select.
- Click Insert> Video. Select the Google Drive option. You will see thumbnails of the videos on your Drive.
- Click the one you want to use and then click Select to embed it. If the video is on your computer, you can upload it to your Drive and then use it.
- To upload a video to Google Drive, go to your drive and click Create> Upload File in the upper left corner. -hand corner. You must be logged into your Google account. Make sure this is the same account that you create your slides with.
- Find the video file on your computer and double-click it. If you have a lot of data on your Drive, you may need to refresh the page.
- Video processing will take a few seconds. When it’s ready, you will see a thumbnail of the video.
- Return to the slide you want to add the video to, click Insert> Video and select Google Drive. The video that you have uploaded to your drive will be one of the options to choose from.
- Click on the video and press Select to insert it onto the slide. Resize and move it until it is where you want it.
- Mute the sound
- Adjust the position
- Maintain the aspect ratio of the aspect ratio of the video
- Change video position
- Blur Radius
Embed Video Through YouTube URL
Embed Google Drive videos in Google Slides
Some companies are blocking access to YouTube over the Internet. So what if you don’t have access to YouTube? Luckily, you can stream from Google Drive and still embed videos on one or more slides. If you already have a video in Google Drive, it’s easy to add it to your slide.
Set your videos to autoplay
When giving a presentation in front of an audience, set the embedded videos to autoplay for a smoother viewing experience.
This simple process works for videos added from YouTube search, URL, and Google Drive.
Click on the video on the slide and then on Format Options located above the video. In the pane that opens on the right side of the slide, click the carrot next to Play Video and select the Autoplay On Presentation check box.
When you go to a slide with an embedded video, it plays automatically without the need to press any buttons.
How to cut and edit an embedded video
Start by choosing the video you want to edit. Click Format Options on the top toolbar. This will open the same sidebar that you saw when setting up autoplay video.
You can set the start and end time of the video. If it is a long video, you can trim it by adjusting the time accordingly.
Other options include:
The ability to trim videos is a useful feature. This is especially useful if you only want to show a short clip from a longer video.
Remember that you can also change the size and position by clicking the video, grabbing the corner to resize it, and dragging it across the slide to reposition it.
The final editing option allows you to add shadow to your video. Select:
Be ready for your presentation
Practice your presentation before presenting it to a live audience. Know in advance which slides you embed the video on and make sure they make sense in the context of your message.
Make sure the location where you will be giving your presentation has an Internet connection and sufficient bandwidth to process video.
Add spice to your presentation by inserting video directly into Google Slides for a smoother viewing experience.