Microsoft PowerPoint on the Web Has a New Video Feature

PowerPoint on the web now allows users to insert videos stored on their own devices, instead of only being able to embed videos from online platforms. This makes it easier to personalize presentations with your own content.

Benefits of the New Video Feature

There are several key benefits to being able to upload your own videos in PowerPoint on the web:

1. Customize Presentations

You can now insert videos that are more relevant to your presentation, like videos of your products, services, team events, etc. This allows you to better connect with your audience by using videos that resonate more with them.

2. Avoid Reliance on Internet Connectivity

With embedded online videos, you need an internet connection for them to play properly. With uploaded videos, the files are stored within the presentation so internet access is not required for playback.

3. Flexible Video Sources

The feature supports various common video file formats like MOV, WMV, AVI, M4V, and MP4. As long as the file size is under 256 MB, you have flexibility in the types of videos you can use.

How to Upload Videos in PowerPoint on the Web

Uploading your own videos into PowerPoint presentations in the web version is easy:

  1. Open an existing or create a new PowerPoint presentation in the web version.
  2. Click on the Insert tab.
  3. Select Video > Video from device.
  4. Choose the video file you want from your computer.
  5. Click Open to insert the video onto the slide.

Once inserted, you can resize, move, or apply effects to the video like any other object within PowerPoint.

Formatting Recommendations for Best Results

To ensure your videos play properly and have the highest quality, follow these tips:

  • Use MP4 video files for maximum compatibility.
  • Keep file sizes under 256 MB to comply with the limits.
  • Insert smaller video files for optimal performance. Larger files may load slowly.
  • Compress videos if needed to reduce file size using a third-party converter tool.

Creating Accessible Presentations with Captions

You can also make your presentations more inclusive by adding closed captions to inserted videos in PowerPoint on the web.

To do this:

  1. When inserting the video, also upload the captions file in WebVTT format.
  2. After uploading both files, select Video > Insert Captions in the menu.
  3. Choose the captions file to pair it with the video.

Captions make content more accessible to all users. Try adding captions in multiple languages to expand your global reach!

Presenting Videos in PowerPoint Slideshows

The ability to add your own videos enhances presentations shown in PowerPoint slideshow mode. Videos will play directly within slides.

Review PowerPoint slideshow features like transitions and timing to polish slideshows containing videos.

Differences from Desktop PowerPoint Video Features

While PowerPoint on the web now allows local video uploads, the desktop versions still have some additional capabilities:

  • Desktop PowerPoint can insert much larger video files beyond the 256 MB web limit.
  • Desktop versions also support more video editing such as trimming.
  • Only desktop PowerPoint can directly insert videos from a webcam recording.

So if you need to work with very large or complex videos, the desktop app will still provide greater video handling functionality.

Create Engaging Presentations with Videos

Emphasize important points in your next PowerPoint presentation by incorporating videos matched to your specific needs and audience.

The ability to add locally stored videos instead of just embedded online clips helps customize and enhance your slideshows. Use videos effectively to boost engagement and understanding for viewers.

Try out the new video insertion feature in PowerPoint on the web today to make your presentations more unique!