Using Videos in PowerPoint : Part 1 – Quick Recap


Yes – I am starting with a recap. There is so much you can do with Videos in PowerPoint (2010 onwards), that it will require many articles. In this article, I will explain ALL that you can do with videos. Later we will cover specific features in-depth.
In one word you can do “EVERYTHING” with a video that you can do with a picture or a shape. That is immensely sophisticated yet very easy to do …

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Did you know? You can insert YouTube videos into PowerPoint?

Insert – Video – Online Video – Choose the source: YouTube, SharePoint, OneDrive (personal), Facebook, or just paste embed code from anywhere. That’s it. Sometimes the aspect ratio goes for a toss – which you have to adjust manually. You need internet connection WHILE PRESENTING. Check this before you start the presentation.


Ability to insert an online video is just a convenience. Earlier we had to insert browser object and fiddle around with its properties. That part is now eliminated. However, most of the video effects, formatting and animation DOES NOT WORK with online videos. It may appear to work on the thumbnail but when the video actually runs, it does not sustain.

Inserting a physical video file into a slide is infinitely more powerful. We will cover that separately in a series of articles. The coverage of video features is long overdue.