How to Insert and Trim Videos in a PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint 2010 provides us a a very easy option to import and use videos in a presentation. In this article, we will look at how to Insert YouTube Videos and other media files into a PowerPoint Presentation. We will also learn how to Trim and customize a video.

Step 1: Open a PowerPoint Presentation, When you add a new slide (or change the slide layout), you will see the below screenshot. Select the Media option as shown below.

Insert Media Clip onto a PowerPoint Presentation

Step 2: Browse through your local folder and select a video to insert. Once the video is imported. You will see the same on the slide.  In this demo, let me add a Windows Phone 7 Demonstration video. (video courtesy – Chris Pirillo)

A point to note – You will also see the media button and options below the video. This can be used to control the Playback and other Media options.

Media Options by Default - Import Video in PowerPoint 2010Step 3: You can look at a preview of the video by right-clicking on the video file. If the video is a long one, and you do not want to show the entire video in your presentation, then you can trim and show just a section.

Invoke Trim Video Options in PowerPoint 2010Step 4: You can basically, choose the section which you want to show in your presentation. Once the selection is made, Just hit the OK button.

Trimming a Specific Section in a Video - PowerPoint 2010

and Bingo.. the trimmed video will be as a part of your presentation!

Insert Videos from Web Site (YouTube, MetaCafe, BlipTV etc..)

Somes times when you see a nice video and want to include it in your presentation, you dont really want to download it and import. Rather, there is a need to add it directly. Office 2010 provides you an option to import a video from any website. In this example, lets import an YouTube Video.

Step 1: Goto Insert Menu -> Select Video -> Video from Website (as Shown below)

Insert YouTube Video onto a PowerPoint PresentationStep 2: This will give you a dialog to insert a link of the video. You can copy the embed code from YouTube (or any other websites) and paste it into the textbox below (as shown)

Insert YouTube Video Embed Code - PowerPoint 2010On clicking the Insert Button, you will find the YouTube video inserted in the Slide. You can resize it as per your need..!

YouTube Video gets Embedded in a Presentation - PowerPoint 2010You also have options to change the Video Styles, Correct the brightness and Contrast etc..

Video Correction Options in a Presentation - PowerPoint 2010

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