Microsoft PowerPoint is a great tool for turning your presentation ideas into reality. But PowerPoint presentations are also a surefire way to bore your audience to death if you don’t make your presentations appealing.
To engage your audience, adding video files to your presentations can be a good strategy, as videos are more engaging than most other types of content.
In this article, you’ll learn how to insert a video into PowerPoint and the benefits of doing so.
How to add a video to PowerPoint from your hard drive
Here are some simple steps to include a video in a PowerPoint presentation:
Go to the Insert tab and click the Video tab.
When you click the Video tab, you’ll get three options in the drop-down menu to insert video from this device, storage videos, and online videos.
Select Insert video from this device.
When you click Insert Video from this device, you’ll be prompted to search for a video from your device. Locate the video file.
Click the Insert tab, the video will be added to your slide show.
When you embed a hard drive video in PowerPoint presentations, you have several options for customizing it.
Select your video and click the Video Format tab, you’ll get a variety of options for video shape, video border, video effects, video size, and more.
Additionally, you can add a poster frame to your video from this section.
Click the Playback tab after selecting your video, you’ll get options to crop the video, set the duration of the mode, and more.
If you want to make sure your video starts automatically, you can set it up by visiting the Clicks tab.
How to add a YouTube video to PowerPoint
The process of adding YouTube videos to your PowerPoint slides is easy. With just a few clicks, you can insert a YouTube video into your PowerPoint slide.
Let’s explore the process.
Go to YouTube and choose the video you want to add to your presentation.
Click the Share tab to copy the link to your video. If you want your video to start at a certain time, play it and click the Share tab at the time you want it to play. Check the Start below box and copy the URL.
Click the Insert button and select the Video tab in the PowerPoint file. You will have three options for inserting a video from. Click Online Videos.
When you click Insert Video from Online Videos, a dialog box opens to enter the address of the online video.
You are currently allowed to embed videos from the following online platforms:
Enter the copied address of the YouTube video and you can preview the video.
Click the Insert button and your video will appear on the slide show of the presentation.
Your linked video will be played from YouTube. Therefore, you must have an internet connection to play videos in your presentation.
To customize it, add YouTube videos to your presentation only offers the Click-to-Click option when you select the video and click the Play tab.
However, you will have the most options when you select the video and click the Video Format tab to customize it. You can add poster frames, change video shapes, and more.
How to insert a Vimeo online video into a PowerPoint presentation
The process of adding a Vimeo video or any other video platform to your presentation is like adding a YouTube video and it only takes a few minutes.
The following are quick steps:
Visit Vimeo and choose the video you want to add to your PowerPoint platform. Then click the Share icon.
Copy the link to your video. Vimeo also lets you choose a specific time to start video playback by setting the time in the Start video to box. In addition, you can also select playback automatically.
Go to the Insert tab and click Video. The Insert Video From pop-up menu appears. Click Online Videos.
Clicking Online Video will open a new window. Enter the copied address of the Vimeo video in the address bar, the video preview will be displayed.
Click the Insert button and your video will be added to the slide show.
You have as many customization options for embedded Vimeo videos as you can for YouTube videos (mentioned in step 5 on how to add a YouTube video to your presentation)
Why you should add videos to your PowerPoint
Here are the key reasons why you should add videos to your PowerPoint presentation:
1. Make your presentation more powerful
Using storytelling in your presentation is a proven tactic to improve the outcome. And the videos make the narration more compelling. Therefore, embedding videos in your presentation can make your presentation more powerful.
2- Set the mood of your audience
Adding appropriate videos (that complement the content) to the slideshow of the presentation can adjust the mood of your audience. When your viewers notice that you have videos embedded in the first few slides, they can assume that the rest of the presentation will not be a boring matter.
3. Keep your audience engaged
People love consuming videos. The growth of video viewers around the world proves it. Therefore, videos embedded in PowerPoint slides can help keep your audience excited about your presentations.
4. Help yourself sell more
Are you using presentation slides to convince your potential customers or customers to buy from you? Adding videos to your PowerPoint presentations can improve your sales. This is because videos increase conversion rates.
Why can’t I add a video to PowerPoint?
Here are some common reasons why you can’t add a video to PowerPoint:
- You are trying to insert an unsupported video from your hard drive
- Your internet connection is disabled if you add a Vimeo or YouTube video
- Your PowerPoint program may be corrupted
- Your movie file may be corrupted
Now that you know how to insert a video into PowerPoint. It’s time to create a great presentation to surprise your audience
Playing videos on PowerPoint slides can make your presentations more powerful and offer great conversion rates. But you should avoid common PowerPoint mistakes and make sure that each embedded video complements the content of the slide.