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Video Styles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to apply preset Video Styles to video clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






Similar to Shape Styles that you apply to shapes, PowerPoint provides you with Video Styles for your inserted video clips. These pre-built Video Styles add edges, shapes, and effects to videos, and apply with just a single click. Your videos no longer need to be rectangular. Some of the Video Styles make the video clip to play within an oval or a rounded rectangle. Video Styles also transform the look of your inserted videos by applying borders, 3-D effects, shadows, frames, etc. around your video clip. Follow these steps to apply Video Styles to a selected video clip in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Open your presentation, and select a slide where you have already inserted a video clip. Just select or double-click the video clip to bring up the two Video Tools tabs in the Ribbon. These two tabs are Format and Playback. Click the Format tab to activate it, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in blue).

    Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 1: Video Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
  2. When you insert a video your slide, it may display a black rectangle on the slide (see Figure 1, above). If your video clip does not show a black rectangle, then directly proceed to Step 3.

    If you see the black rectangle in place of the video clip, then you will not see any Live Preview of the video styles you choose. This is because you see a black rectangle instead of a frame associated with the video clip. To make sure you see a video frame during Live Preview, add a Poster Frame to your video clip. This makes you see a video frame in the place of black rectangle, as shown in Figure 2.

    Video clip with a poster frame added
    Figure 2: Video clip with a poster frame added
  3. Once you have made the video frame visible, select the Video Tools Format tab, and locate the Video Styles group. Then click the More button (the down-arrow highlighted in red within Figure 3).

    More button within the Video Styles group
    Figure 3: More button within the Video Styles group
  4. This brings up the Video Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4. This gallery displays a collection of pre-built Video Styles that are ready to use. Just hover the cursor over any of the style previews within the Video Styles drop-down gallery to see a Live Preview of the style previews on the video clip, as shown in Figure 4. Make sure that the video clip is not covered by the Video Styles drop-down gallery so that you can see the Live Preview as you hover the cursor over different styles.

    Video Styles drop-down gallery
    Figure 4: Video Styles drop-down gallery
  5. Click on any of the preview thumbnails within the Video Styles drop-down gallery to apply the style to the selected video clip. Figure 5 shows the selected video with a Video Style applied (compare Figures 2 and 5).

    Video Style applied to the video
    Figure 5: Video Style applied to the video
  6. Click on the Slide Area away from the video to deselect it. Play your video clip to see the difference.
  7. Make sure you save your presentation.

See Also:

Video Styles in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Movie Styles in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Video Styles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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