If you’re trying to embed a YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation, there are several ways to do it. The easiest way is to just copy the embed code from the YouTube video and paste it into PowerPoint. However, this option requires an active internet connection during the presentation as the video will be streaming from the internet.
The second option is to download the video from YouTube and then embed it as a movie file in PowerPoint. This is a more complicated process because you will need to find a website or tool to download videos that are not supported by YouTube officials, other than uploading your own videos. Then you will need to convert the files to AVI or WMV format as PowerPoint does not support the default format in which YouTube videos are encoded.
In this article, I will show you how to transfer YouTube videos to PowerPoint using both of these methods, however, you will have to search Google and find a way to download YouTube videos yourself.
Method 1 – use the include code
If you are using PowerPoint 2010 or later, there is now a really good option that allows you to embed videos from video sharing websites like YouTube. Open PowerPoint and click “Insert” on the ribbon.
You will see a Video button, and if you click on it, you will see the Video from Website option. A window will appear asking you to insert the embed code. Now you need to get the embed code from YouTube. To do this, go to the video and click Share and then Insert.
Copy the code from the box that starts with
Click Insert and your video should appear on your PowerPoint slide. You can move and even resize it like any other PowerPoint object. When you play a slideshow, the video starts playing when the slide rises.
Note that in custom versions of PowerPoint, you will need to follow Method 2, which means you will need to download the video, convert it, and then insert it into PowerPoint. The second method is also suitable for anyone who wants to play YouTube videos but does not have an Internet connection while playing a slideshow. Without the Internet, the video will not stream.
The second method – download and convert
As I mentioned above, uploading your own YouTube videos is very easy. Log into your YouTube account and click on your image at the top right. Then click on Creator Studio.
Now click on “Video Manager” in the left menu and you will see a list of all your videos. Click the little down arrow next to the Edit button and select Download MP4.
When you return to PowerPoint, this time you will click Insert, Video, and then Video from File. Find the downloaded movie and it will be inserted into the presentation. Again, by inserting a video this way, you will be able to play it even if you don’t have an internet connection.
If you want to download someone else’s YouTube, you first need to search it on Google. After downloading the video, you can visit any of these two free sites to convert Flash video to MP4, AVI or WMV.
Supported video formats may vary depending on the version of PowerPoint, so below is a breakdown by version:
PowerPoint 2013 – AVI, MP4, M4V, MOV, MPG, MPEG, SWF, or WMV. You don’t need to install anything to embed these formats.
PowerPoint 2010 – SWF, AVI, MPG, MPEG, WMV. If Apple QuickTime is installed on the computer playing the presentation, it can also support the MP4 and MOV file formats.
PowerPoint 2007 – AVI, MPG, MPEG, WMV
Convert the video to the format that matches your version of Office, and then paste it using the method I showed above. That’s all! If you’re having trouble adding video to your PowerPoint presentation, please leave a comment and we’ll try to help. Enjoy!