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Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how you can insert a video clip on a slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. You can add several video file types, and you can also format the appearance of these video clips on your PowerPoint slides.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher

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If you want to insert a video clip within your PowerPoint slide, spare a thought for why you would insert video clips in the first place. Most of the video clips are just added to grab attention. Before we show you how you can add a video clip to your slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows, let us explore a few good reasons to add video clips.

Why Add Video Clips in PowerPoint Slides?

The Wrong Reasons

Before you proceed, spare a thought for the many wrong reasons why people add video clips to their slides:

  1. Video clips are often added to grab the audience's attention. The presenter or the message of your presentation should be memorable first, and only then, will a memorable video clip help.
  2. Some presenters think that a video clip will add some oomph! However, that’s just not the reason to add video clips.
  3. Other presenters believe that since many presentations contain video, they need to do the same. This herd-mentality won’t help. You must have a compelling reason to add video clips in your PowerPoint presentations.

The Correct Reasons

Fortunately, there are several good reasons for adding video clips to your slides:

  1. You need to show how a machine process works, and a recorded video clip is far more simpler to insert than animating the entire sequence.
  2. An important person cannot attend an event and sends his or her message as a recorded video clip. You insert this on the first slide.
  3. You want to show recorded video coverage to strengthen your point-of-view.
  4. Finally, the video clip should add value to the presentation and be beneficial to your audience.

Before You Begin with Video Files

Some points that you should consider while inserting a video clip in PowerPoint 2013 are:

  1. Your presentation should have been saved at least once before inserting the video.
  2. Your video clip should be in a PowerPoint friendly file format.
  3. Preferably, copy any movie/video file you want to insert to the same folder which includes the presentation.

The last option ensures that your video links always work. Yes, this is less of a problem with PowerPoint 2016 since this version embeds any inserted videos as part of the presentation itself; we explain this further later on this page.

Follow these steps to insert a video clip into your slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Open your presentation and navigate to the slide where you want to insert a video clip. From the Insert tab of Ribbon, click the lower half of the Video button to bring up the drop-down menu shown in Figure 1, below. Within the drop-down menu choose the Video on My PC option.
  2. Video on My PC option
    Figure 1: Video on My PC option
  3. This action brings up the Insert Video dialog box, as shown in Figure 2, below. Locate the folder where your videos are saved, and select any video clip you want to insert by clicking on it.
  4. Insert Video dialog box
    Figure 2: Insert Video dialog box
  5. You can now click the Insert button, as shown in Figure 2, above. Clicking this option adds the movie to the slide and also embeds it as part of your presentation file. Doing so can balloon the file size, and to avoid this bloat, you can just link the video clip rather than embedding it by following the alternative option explained next.
  6. To link rather than embed, click on the down-arrow next to the Insert button, as shown in Figure 3, below. Doing so brings up a menu with three options:
  7. Link to File option
    Figure 3: Link to File option
  8. Insert

  9. This is the default option, and the same as what we have discussed in the preceding paragraph. Yes, this option embeds the video as part of the PowerPoint file.
  10. Link to File

  11. This option links the video file. Note that if you choose to link rather than embed, always copy your video or movie clip to the same folder as your presentation before you insert it within your slide.
  12. Show previous versions

  13. Allows you to open a previous version of the video (if it exists). This option is based on native functionality available in recent versions of Microsoft Windows.
  14. Whichever option you choose, PowerPoint will place the video at the center of the slide, as shown in Figure 4, below.
  15. Video placed on slide
    Figure 4: Video placed on slide
  16. Click on the video to play, or use the Play button on the Player Controls bar, below the video clip, as shown in Figure 4, above. You can also set the video to play automatically during the Slide Show. To do that, select the video. Selecting the video brings up the two Video Tool contextual tabs on the Ribbon. Click the Video Tools Playback contextual tab of the Ribbon to activate it as shown in Figure 5, below.
  17. Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 5: Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon
  18. Contextual Tabs

  19. The Video Tools Format and Video Tools Playback tabs are contextual tabs. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  20. This tab contains different options to control the playback of the video you have selected. Open the Start drop-down list as shown in Figure 6, and select the Automatically option.
  21. Option to start playing video automatically
    Figure 6: Option to start playing video automatically
  22. Test if your video clip plays as expected. Make sure you save your presentation often.

See Also:

Video in PowerPoint - Basics: Insert Video Clips (Glossary Page)

Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 365 for Windows
Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2019 for Windows
Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2019 for Mac
Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
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Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
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Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows
Insert Video Clips in PowerPoint for the Web

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