How to Insert and Embed YouTube Video in PowerPoint

Last updated on June 3, 2018 by Cindy Smith

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How to Insert and Embed YouTube Video in PowerPoint

insert youtube video into powerpointThere must be many times you need to show a video during your PowerPoint presentation as videos are more effective and vivid both in explaining info and entertaining audiences. Looking for ways to insert YouTube video into PowerPoint for a better effect? Now you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will show you how to embed YouTube video in PowerPoint in different ways.

In general, you can add YouTube videos to PPT presentation either for live streaming or play offline. For the live streaming method, you can either copy the YouTube link or the embedding code. However, this option requires that you have fast and stable internet connection during your pitch since the video is streamed from the internet. The other way to insert and play YouTube video on PowerPoint is to get the YouTube video onto your computer’s hard drive and then insert it to PPT. In this way, you don’t need to worry about the video getting choked in the middle of your presentation as it’s a local video file. Just have a look at the details about these 2 easy ways to embed YouTube videos in PPT.

Embed YouTube Videos in PowerPoint from Online

When you link an online video to your PPT, the video can only be played if you have the internet network connected. Otherwise, it can’t be streamed and viewed. So please make sure you have a great internet connection when delivering the presentation.

If you are using Microsoft 2010 or higher versions, you will find it quite simple to insert online videos to PowerPoint. Simply lick Insert > Video > Online Video and you will see the Insert Video window as below.

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From YouTube

You can now simply paste the YouTube video link in the first address bar. Or type keywords to search the video you need on YouTube directly. After the video thumbnails have been loaded, you can then click on any to insert into your slide and adjust the video size as you like.

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From Video Embed Code

You can use this more advanced way to embed online YouTube video in PPT as it allows you to customize the video parameters. You can navigate to YouTube and find your target video and click Share > Embed to copy the whole video embed code and then paste the code in the From a Video Embed Code field to insert the YouTube video.

If you’re using Microsoft 2007 or earlier versions, then the above easy way to embed a YouTube video in your PPT is not available. Of course, you can install some YouTube plug-ins like YouTube Video Wizard to help you add video from YouTube to PowerPoint. Due to the tricky procedures, it’s recommended that you turn to method 2 to insert and play YouTube video on PowerPoint even with no internet.

Insert YouTube Video into PowerPoint from Hard Drive

If you want to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint presentation and be able to play the video when the internet access doesn’t exist or the internet connection is unstable, you can download the YouTube video first and then insert it as a local video clip. As most YouTube videos are in FLV and MP4 format while the default FLV and MP4 YouTube videos are not compatible with PowerPoint, you will have to convert YouTube video to PowerPoint highly compatible WMV format for smooth insertion.

It seems a little hard, right? No need to be confused! With the all-in-one video downloader and converter – Video Keeper, all tasks become as easy as A-B-C. It not only allows you to download any video from YouTube, but also enables you to convert downloaded video to WMV format so you can easily embed any YouTube video in any of the PowerPoint versions from 2003 to 2016. You can download the free trial below and follow the steps to download and add YouTube video to PowerPoint for offline presentation.

Step1 Download and Install Video Downloader

First, please download the video downloader program and install it on your computer.

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Step2 Download YouTube Video to Your Computer

Now you can open the desired YouTube video wish to embed into your PowerPoint presentation in browser you and copy the video url. Go to the video keeper’s main interface and click the Paste URL button on the top left corner.

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Step3 Convert YouTube Video to PowerPoint Supported WMV

After the downloading is completed, you can click on the Downloaded tab to find the video and then click Convert and select WMV as the output format to convert the downloaded YouTube video to PowerPoint friendly WMV format.

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Tips: PowerPoint 2013 and 2016 well supports AVI, MP4, MOV, MPG, MPEG, SWF, WMV and M4V. For PowerPoint 2010, compatible video formats include AVI, SWF, MPEG, WMV and MPG. MP4 and MOV are compatible when QuickTime is installed. And for PowerPoint 2007 and previous versions, only AVI, WMV, MPG and MPEG video formats are supported. For more info about PowerPoint supported video and audio formats, you can refer to

Step4 Insert YouTube Video into PowerPoint

You can then create a folder on your computer hard drive to save the PowerPoint presentation and move the YouTube video you want to insert into it to the same folder. No matter you’re using Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 or 2003, you will be able to insert the YouTube video to your PPT presentation as a local video. Simply go to the ribbon and click Insert > Video > Video on My PC and then select the converted YouTube video to be inserted.

That’s it! You’ve embedded an offline YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation. As long as the video remains in the same folder as the PowerPoint project, it can be set for automatic play or play only when you click on it as the presentation occurs.

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Embed YouTube to PPT Sum Up

As you see, there are different ways to insert a YouTube video into a PowerPoint presentation. If you have a good internet connection, you can try those easy and fast ways to add simple links or embedding codes. But if you want to embed YouTube videos into PPT and be able to play and view the videos even when there is no internet connection, then the way to download YouTube video first and then add it as a local video file is recommended. Just get through the better way for you to insert YouTube video clips for a more dynamic and engaging PowerPoint presentation.

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Last updated on June 3, 2018

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