Embedding is a means of physically inserting a video clip into an application so that it plays within the presentation.
Many educators would like to use multimedia files in their Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. This may seem like a daunting task if you’ve never done it before. However, using the new PowerPoint 2007, accomplishing this couldn’t be easier. Here’s how:
Embedding Or Linking Video To PowerPoint
We are assuming you already have the video you wish to embed in your presentation somewhere on your desktop or hard drive.
- Create a folder and label it “Presentation” (you can name it whatever you like).
- Drag or copy the movie file(s) you plan to use in that folder. (WMV works best)
- Open a PowerPoint Presentation and save it to that same folder.
- When it’s time to insert movie files to your presentation, select them from this same folder.
- When you are finished you should have all files you need in one folder.
The actual process of inserting a video clip is really easy.
- In PowerPoint create a new presentation or open an existing one
- Choose which slide you want the presentation to be in or add it to an existing slide
- From the top menu, click on the Insert ribbon. Then choose Movie & Sound – Movie From File.
- In the popup box, search for your movie file (in the folder you created) and add it.
- You can resize, move, & pretty much position video where you want on the screen.
If you will be presenting on another computer, you have to make sure you have the movie file in the same folder as your presentation. PowerPoint DOES NOT save the movie file all together.
This is a video of the same step by step instructions from above.
That’s all there is to it. Pretty simple huh?
Downloading & Adding YouTube Videos To PowerPoint
If you don’t want to depend on an internet connection, you can convert YouTube Video with Zamzar’s Online service and then use the instructions above. Make sure you convert the video to WMV, since it works the best! If not, Powerpoint will not recognize it and you won’t be able to see it.
Videos make presentations a little more dynamic and used thoughtfully add the perfect touch to your message. Always test your presentation before beginning your keynote.