Sunday, July 5, 2009

Insert or embed videos in PowerPoint files

Similar to audio, video can be inserted in two ways in PowerPoint. Either you can insert video from your computer or you can use flash embed of some video sharing website like YouTube, Vimeo, Revver etc. Contrary to audio, embedding of video file is not possible in PowerPoint. Video files are always linked and play from the path stored in PowerPoint slide.

Steps to insert movie file/video in PowerPoint

1. In Normal view, click the slide to which you want to add a movie.
2. On the Insert tab, in the Media Clips group, click the arrow under Movie.

3. Do one of the following:
  • Movie from File, locate the folder that contains the file, and then double-click the file that you want to add.
  • Click Movie from Clip Organizer, scroll to find the clip that you want in the Clip Art task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), and then click it to add it to the slide.

For more details visit Microsoft office online help.

Embed YouTube, Vimeo or Revver videos in PowerPoint
Problem with inserting video in PowerPoint is that when you share such PowerPoint files; video don't ship with PowerPoint file until you send a zip file containing video file and zip file having a video is always so big in size that sharing it through email is almost impossible. In most cases users are not aware of the fact that video file which plays fine in PowerPoint sideshow on their machine will never play on other machines until video file is sent along with PowerPoint and is saved on same path(say c:\desktop\video\abc.wmv) to which slide refers to(i.e. the path from where original video was inserted by creator of presentation).


Upload videos to be used in PowerPoint on some video sharing websites like YouTube, Revver, or Vimeo. Get the video URL from video sharing website and insert in your PowerPoint as described in Presentation below and share:

Embed Videos in PowerPoint Presentations

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by Slideshows | Upload your own presentation

Alternatively you can use authorSTREAM Desktop to embed YouTube or Vimeo videos in slides. authorSTREAM desktop works well with PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010.
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Anonymous said...

Thanks mate. Job's a good un.

Steve Boyes said...

Doesn't work for me. I'm trying to embed one of my own Vimeo videos but the code does not look anything like that. Where is this 'moogaloop' reference from? My own URL only has followed by the 8-digit reference...and the embed code doesn't look anything like that either.

Admin said...

@Steve Boyes we suggest that you use free PowerPoint add-in authorSTREAM Desktop to insert Vimeo videos.It's pretty easy tool. Learn more at

Anonymous said...

@Steve-try using the old embed code. I had the same problem.

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