Adding a Youtube video to a PowerPoint presentation

There have been times when I’d like to borrow some content from YouTube to make a point in a presentation… or just to have some opening music before the show starts. This tip shows you how to accomplish that.

In your slide, select Insert > Video > Online Videos:

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This gives you the chance to search YouTube for your content, or to insert an embed code from another video source if they offer you one. In this case, I want the video Roundtable Rival by Lindsey Stirling:

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YouTube gives me a number of choices, and the first one is exactly what I want. So I click on it to highlight it and then click Insert:

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The video is now inserted on my PowerPoint slide. It is rather small, but I can resize it by clicking and dragging along the edges:

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Also, now that I have it resized, I can (if needed) use the Video Tools Ribbon Bar option to play with various tweaks for where it starts, if it fades out, etc…:

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Now when I start my presentation, I have the normal YouTube icon I can click to start the video, and I can groove out to Roundtable Rival while I’m waiting for things to get started:

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One caveat here… This *does* assume you are connected to the internet in order for the video to play. If you do not have an internet connection, this process isn’t going to work. You’ll have to try “alternative methods” to get a copy of the video on your computer that has the presentation, and then you can insert it from your computer.

 

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