How to Insert YouTube Video into PowerPoint

Adding YouTube videos to your PowerPoint presentations can be an excellent way to engage your audience and illustrate key points. However, if done incorrectly, embedded videos can appear unprofessional, play poorly, or distract from your presentation’s core message.

This article will walk you through the entire process of inserting a YouTube video into PowerPoint, from finding the right video clip to customizing its playback settings. We’ll also cover some best practices to ensure your embedded video enhances rather than detracts from your presentation.

Step 1: Find an Appropriate YouTube Video

The first step is finding a YouTube video that effectively supports the key points in your presentation. You want your video to:

  • Be relevant to your presentation’s topic and goals
  • Be concise, generally less than 5 minutes
  • Use simple, easy-to-understand visuals and language
  • Come from an authoritative, reputable source
  • Engage viewers without unnecessary flashy elements

Take some time to search YouTube and evaluate video options against these criteria before settling on one to embed.

Step 2: Copy the Video’s Embed Code

Once you’ve found your video, it’s time to copy its unique embed code:

  1. Navigate to the video on YouTube and click the “Share” button below the video frame.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, click the “Embed” tab.
  3. Highlight and copy the entire embed code. It will look something like this:
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Step 3: Paste the Embed Code into PowerPoint

Now it’s time to add your video to a PowerPoint slide:

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation and navigate to the slide you want to add the video to.
  2. Select the “Insert” tab and click the “Video” dropdown menu followed by “Online Video”.
  3. In the dialog box that appears, paste your video’s embed code into the text field.
  4. Click the arrow button or press Enter to insert the video.

Your video will now appear on the slide, ready to be played back during your presentation!

Step 4: Preview and Adjust Playback Settings

Before finalizing the video’s addition to your presentation, it’s important to preview its playback and adjust settings accordingly.

To preview, simply click the video thumbnail and press play. Pay attention to:

  • Video quality and smoothness
  • Audio clarity
  • Aspect ratio/fit within the slide

To adjust settings:

  1. Click on the video thumbnail to open Video Tools/Format
  2. Here you can set options like when to start/stop, looping, autoplay, and more
  3. For aspect ratio, right click the video and select “Format Video” then adjust size/positioning under the “Size” tab

Take the time to tweak settings until your video looks and sounds great during playback.

Step 5: Consider Customizing Appearance

Don’t forget that you can customize the appearance of your video within the slide to match your presentation’s look and feel:

  • Resize the video: Click and drag the corners of the video thumbnail to make it bigger/smaller
  • Re-position: Click and drag the video object to any area of the slide
  • Trim length: Cut down the start/end time in the Video Tools/Playback tab
  • Add effects: Shadows, reflections, glows, and more under Video Tools/Format

Just be careful not to go overboard with effects or sizing adjustments. You want the video integration to still feel natural.

Conclusion & Next Steps

And that’s it! By following these five key steps, you can seamlessly integrate YouTube video content into your PowerPoint presentations.

A few next best practices to keep in mind:

  • Test video playback before actual presentations
  • Build in contingency plans for spotty internet connections
  • Place videos strategically within your slide deck’s narrative
  • Only use videos when they truly supplement your content

Adding well-placed and produced video clips to your presentations can really take your slides to the next level. Use the strategies in this guide to do it right!