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YouTube has become the de facto destination for publishing and sharing video content, from entertainment to instruction manuals. PowerPoint 2007 allows you to show a YouTube video right inside your slide show. The first and most obvious way to show a YouTube video during your presentation is simply the link to it. Type in the link that you want and then when you play your slide show, you can click right on the link, and your favorite browser will open up and play the video. (video playing) If you would rather show the movie right on your slide, it's a little more complex. PowerPoint uses the ActiveX control Shockwave Flash Object in order to play Internet videos within your slideshow.
For Shockwave Flash to work on your computer, you will have to meet some minimum requirements. First, you will have to have an active and fast Internet connection. You'll also need Flash Player 10 and Windows Media 10, or higher. Please do note that if you're going to link to copyrighted material, it's important that you obtain the owner's approval before you use or distribute content that you did not create. In your browser, go to the web site that contains the video you want to link to, click on the URL in the address bar, and then copy it.
Now, I will go back my PowerPoint presentation. Let me hit Escape, and I will go back to slide 4. The next thing that we need to do is add the Developer tab to the Ribbon. Click up on the Office button in the upper left-hand corner and then go down to PowerPoint Options at the very bottom right. In the Popular section, the third check mark down says Show Developer tab in the Ribbon. And click OK. Now you have a brand-new tab. Click on it. Click on the More Controls button in the Controls group.
It's the one that has a hammer and a wrench with the dot, dot, dot on it. In the list of controls, scroll down to the S's and look for Shockwave Flash Object. If you don't see it, that means you need the latest version of Flash; go to adobe.com/products/flash player to download and install it. As soon as you are done, check to see if it's on this list; if it's not, you may need to quit PowerPoint or restart your computer. But once you have Shockwave, click on it and then click OK. Drag on your slide where you want to draw the control, starting in the upper left-hand corner and ending in the lower right.
Don't worry if it's not exactly where you need it to be, or not exactly the right size. If you need to resize the control, you can click on the sizing handles. If you need to move it, pick it up by clicking your arrow in the middle of the box and dragging where you need it to go. You can also fine-tune its location using the up, down, left, and right arrows on your keyboard. Now, go up to the Ribbon and choose the Properties button. You can use the lower right-hand corner to resize it, if it's too skinny. Now click on the Movie property and then right-click on it and paste.
We need to edit this path. Click after question mark and Backspace over watch. Then erase the equal sign and change it to a forward slash. Then close your Properties. Now let's play our slide show. The control goes to the Internet, finds the YouTube video. I'll press Play. When I Play the slide show, my YouTube video appears, and I can click on the arrow in the middle to play it.
(Female speaker: Welcome to Hansel and Petal. We are a full-service florist, specializing in weddings and--) Note that you do have standard YouTube Controls at the bottom; here is volume, for example. Press Escape to go back to Normal view. If you're not confident that you will have a live Internet connection when you give your presentation, an alternative would be to download the YouTube video and insert it directly into your slide show. Now here are a few notes and issues you may run into. First, even though they're called embed codes, you are truly linking to the video, not embedding it in your presentation.
If you don't have an Internet connection, the video will just show as a white square and won't be playable. Before you step in front of a live audience, be sure to test your presentation, to make sure your Internet connection works. As of the publication of this course, PowerPoint for Mac does not yet support direct web video embedding. So if you will be delivering or sharing your presentation on a Mac, your audience may not be able to see this video. Also, PowerPoint's web embedding codes use the Shockwave Flash player. If you're planning to deliver your slide show over the Internet or email, be aware that viewers on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets may not be able see this video.
Last, if you'll be packaging your presentation to a CD as its own stand-alone movie, linked web site videos will not play; you'll need to take another approach. Being able to directly connect to YouTube or other video web sites right inside your PowerPoint presentation opens up a world of possibilities for accessing videos you already have online.
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