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Insert Online Videos (Movie Clips) Into PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to insert online video or movie clips into PowerPoint 2010.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7

Date Created: November 9, 2010
Last Updated: March 22, 2013







Stop Press: Post an update issued by Microsoft, these techniques may not work -- please explore our Missing “Video from Web Site” Option in PowerPoint 2010? tutorial to learn more and resolve this issue.

In our previous tutorial we learned how to insert a video from local drive into you PowerPoint slide. Now, you can also link clip that you have uploaded to a web site, such as YouTube, etc. In this tutorial we'll explore how to insert an online video clip in PowerPoint 2010, follow these steps to get started:

Note: If you want to insert a video uploaded by someone else, make sure that you obtain the owner's approval before using the video.


  1. Open your presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to insert the online video clip. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.

  2. Now, access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and within the Media group, click the downward pointing arrow on the bottom of the Video button to bring up a drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 1. From the drop-down gallery choose the Video from Web Site option (see Figure 1 again).

    Video from Web Site option to be selected
    Figure 1: Video from Web Site option to be selected

  3. This brings up the Insert Video From Web Site dialog box (see Figure 2).

    Insert Video From Web Site dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Video From Web Site dialog box

  4. Browse to any online video web site which has an Embed option -- these include YouTube, SlideShare, authorSTREAM, SlideBoom, Scribd, etc. For this tutorial we have used one of Indezine's uploaded videos on YouTube. On the web site, locate the video, and then locate and copy the Embed code. For example, in YouTube -- click Share button, as shown in Figure 3 (highlighted in red). Thereafter, click the Embed button highlighted in blue within Figure 3, below.

    Share and Embed buttons within YouTube
    Figure 3: Share and Embed buttons within YouTube

    Note: The location of embed code will differ depending on each web site. And, some videos do not have an embed code, and therefore you cannot link to those videos. To be clear, even though they are called 'embed codes', you are actually linking to the video and not embedding it in your presentation.


  5. Within YouTube, this brings up the embed code using the new iFrame tag, characterised by the ''<iframe...'' starting tag, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4, below. PowerPoint does not support the iFrame embed code -- therefore you need to choose YouTube's older embed code which begins with the Object tag, characterised by the''<object...'' starting tag. To get the old embed code, select the Use old embed code check-box highlighted in blue within Figure 4.

    New embed code in YouTube
    Figure 4: New embed code in YouTube

    Note: In YouTube there are two styles of embed codes available for videos. The new embed code begins with ''<iframe...'' and supports both Flash and HTML5 video. The older style of embed code begins with "<object..." and only support Flash playback.


  6. This now shows the older embed code with the Object tag, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5, below. You can also choose the embed video dimension from the available size or you can even have a custom dimension. (highlighted in blue within Figure 5). Note that the code changes based on your selection.

    Old embed code in YouTube
    Figure 5: Old embed code in YouTube

  7. Now, copy the embed code and paste it into Insert Video From Web Site dialog box, as shown in Figure 6. Once done, click the Insert button highlighted in red within Figure 6.

    Old embed code pasted within the Insert Video From Web Site dialog box
    Figure 6: Old embed code pasted within the Insert Video From Web Site dialog box

  8. This will place the online video into your PowerPoint slide (see Figure 7). You can also resize this video as required, by dragging the handles.

    Online video inserted on PowerPoint slide
    Figure 7: Online video inserted on PowerPoint's slide

  9. Now, run the slide show to view the video playing, there will likely be a delay while your video loads.

    Do you get an error when you play your online YouTube video? Are you asked to install a newer Adobe Flash Player? To resolve this issue, look at PowerPoint MVP John Wilson’s solution page: Insert Video From Website Suddenly Will Not Play.

    Note: You must be connected to the internet when you play your movie within the presentation. Also, do remember that any video formatting you add such as shapes or video effects will not work with inserted web videos. Also, do remember that any video formatting you add such as shapes or video effects will not work with inserted web videos.


  10. Save your presentation.

See Also: Insert Online Video Clips in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

 

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