One sure and simple way to enhance a PowerPoint presentation is to add a video from YouTube. This website is chock-full of educational and entertaining videos that can add a dynamic element to your content. Whether you want to use your own footage or “borrow” it from somebody else’s channel, here are the three ways to insert a YouTube video into a PowerPoint presentation.
- Insert it as an online video
- Use an embed code
- Screen capture a YouTube video
- How to choose the best method
1. Insert it as online video
Starting from version 2010, PowerPoint includes a built-in tool to insert a YouTube video onto a slide. Here are the steps on how to use it:
- Go to YouTube and find the video that you would like to embed into your presentation.
- Copy the link from the address bar.
- Open your presentation and select the slide where you would like to place the video.
- Go to the Insert tab and choose Video → Online Video.
- Paste the link in the first address bar of the opened window. Using this field, you also can search for a video on YouTube directly. Click on the magnifying glass or press Enter on your keyboard to search.
- Click on the thumbnail of the video and press Insert.
- You can adjust the video size just like with any other slide object.
- Fast, easy to do.
- Requires viewers to have an Internet connection, the playback is not customizable. Cannot be done in PowerPoint 2007.
2. Use an embed code
A more advanced way to add a video from YouTube is to use the embed code. This technique allows you to customize video’s attributes by using the YouTube API parameters.
To insert a video using an embed code, follow the steps below:
- Go to YouTube and find the desired video. Click on Share → Embed underneath the video and copy the whole string.
- Open your presentation and select the slide. Go to Insert and click Video → Online Video.
- Insert the code into the From a Video Embed Code field. Then click on Insert or press Enter.
QuickTip: Before you place the video onto the slide, you can add some parameters into the code.
For example, add autoplay=1 to make the video start automatically.
<iframe src="" width="300" height="150" frameborder="" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rWmYgqwDyt4?autoplay=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
This video will be played automatically after opening the slide it’s placed on. The first parameter should be added into the code with “?”. Each following parameter needs to be separated from the previous one with “&”.
The following parameter will make the video start from 1:20 and stop at 1:40. Also, the Related Videos screen will not be shown after the video ends: ?start=80&end=100&rel=0
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rWmYgqwDyt4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rWmYgqwDyt4?start=80&end=100&rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
You can read more about the available YouTube API parameters here.
- More control over the video playback and appearance with the help of parameters.
- Takes more time than inserting with a link. Requires viewers to have an Internet connection.
3. Screen capture a YouTube video
While all the above tips require viewers to have an Internet connection, you can make your presentation internet independent by inserting a video from your computer.
To record your YouTube video, download Free Cam.
- Copy the link within the quotes from the embed code on YouTube.
- Open a blank tab in your Internet browser and paste the link into the address bar. To make the capturing process easier, you can hide most of the YouTube player elements from the video frame. To remove the video title and the player controls from the frame, add ?controls=0&showinfo=0 to the link. Next, press Enter:
- Let’s move to the screen capturing part. Run Free Cam using a shortcut on your desktop or find the application in the list of the installed programs. Click on New Recording.
- Open your Internet browser and adjust the capturing frame to the size of the video.
Click on Settings (the gear icon) and make sure that Record system sounds is selected.To prohibit microphone recording, unselect the Microphone checkbox.
- Click on the red button to start recording. The app will show a 3-second countdown before it starts capturing the video.
- After you’ve captured the video, click on Done or press the stop key on your keyboard (Esc by default. You can change the assigned key in the Free Cam settings).
- After a preview of the recording has been created, you can edit the video by clicking on Edit. You can read more about the iSpring Audio/Video Editor here.
- After you’ve finished polishing the video, click on Save as Video.
Locate the folder where you would like to save the video file.
- Now open your PowerPoint presentation and insert the file as a local video.
- Video can be played in offline mode.
- The quality of the captured video is worse than the original version, and requires more time compared to other techniques (time required depends on the duration of the video that you would like to capture).
How to choose the best method
Even if you haven’t made it to the end of the instructions, take a look at this chart. It compares the pros and cons of all described methods, so that you can choose the best one according to your needs.
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Video quality (compared to original)
Allows appearance and playback customization
Can be played when offline
There’re several ways to insert a YouTube video into a PowerPoint presentation. Each of them differs in terms of requested time, playback options, and other factors. The fastest solution is to go for the YouTube feature. If you want to customize the video playback, stick to Embed Code. Finally, if your task is capturing an online video and inserting it into an presentation that will be played offline, try recording it with Free Cam.