How to Embed a Video in PowerPoint (8 Simple Steps)

In this quick tip you'll learn how to embed a video in PowerPoint so that you can improve your presentation by mixing it up with visual elements.

Embedding videos and other interactive media is a great way to add variety to your presentation, and use different mediums to get your point across.

The advantage of embedding videos directly from your computer (instead of from online sources like YouTube which you can learn how to do here) is that you have more control over how your embedded video plays in your presentation.

Before you get started: Inside of PowerPoint, add a new slide to your presentation or rearrange a slide where you want to add your video. Because you can use the playback option Play Full Screen, there is no need to resize your video to fit your entire slide.

Step #1: Navigate to the Insert tab in your PowerPoint ribbon.

Click the Insert tab in your PowerPoint ribbon

Step #2: In the Media group, click Video to open your video drop down options.

Click the video command in the Media group

Step #3: Select Video on My PC to open the Insert Video dialog box. The advantage of adding a video from your PC is that you have more control over the formatting and playback options.

Select video on my PC to add a video from your computer

Step #4: Use the Insert Video dialog box to find and select the video you want to embed into PowerPoint. For example, my video is the Documents -> Presentation Video folder.

Navigate to and select the video you want to insert in PowerPoint

Step #5: With your video selected, click Insert to embed your video into PowerPoint.

Click insert

Step #6: Use the White Dots around the edge of your embedded video to resize the video to fit your slide layout.

Use the white dots around your video to resize the video to fit your slide

Step #7: With your video selected, use the Video Tools Playback tab to determine how your video plays during your presentation. For example, this is where you can choose to Play Full Screen.

With your video selected, use the video tools playback tab to adjust how your video plays in your presentation

Step #8: With your video selected, use the Video Tools Format tab to format your video (if necessary). For example, this is where you can make Corrections, change the Color of your video and/or add a Poster Frame.

With your video selected, use the video tools format tab to format your video