Videos

Learning Objectives

  • Add videos.

As mentioned already, PowerPoint is a versatile presentation tool. It can display text, tables, and graphics, and even can be used to play audio and video clips inside a presentation. The process for adding a video is not much different from adding an image or SmartArt graphic.

To add a video, insert a new slide. For our purposes, it is helpful to start with a Title and Content slide, but remember you can always change the format of your slide later.

Method 1

  1. Click inside the content box so that it becomes the active portion of the slide.
  2. If you hover your mouse over any of the icons shown in the green box below, you will see a description of what type of object you can insert.
  3. Select Insert Video, the bottom-right icon.
    A blank Microsoft Powerpoint is open. The content box on the first slide is highlighted by a green box. There is a green arrow pointing to the video icon in the content box.
  4. You will see the window below appear. You can use any of the available options to find videos on your computer, to search for them online, or to embed the code from an online video you have already found.
    A basic pictures videos folder has opened showing options on where to upload a video from.
  5. Once the video is inserted, the Format and Playback tabs appear. From these tabs, you can change options on your video, such as its size or whether it loops after playing. You can also trim a video in the Playback tab if you only wish to use a small portion of it.
A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with a video on the first and only slide. It is displayed in the format tab on the ribbon.
A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with a video on the first and only slide. It is displayed in the playback tab on the ribbon.

Practice Question

Method 2

Another way to add a video to a slide is to use the Insert tab, Media option. This method will actually allow you to add audio clips easily, including recording a new audio clip.

A Microsoft Powerpoint is open with a video on the first and only slide. There is a green arrow pointing at the record audio feature which has appeared from the dropdown menu of audio from the dropdown menu of media.

Practice question