Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Add a video from your computer, part of PowerPoint: Audio and Video.
- [Instructor] Most of the time, you'll have the video files you want to add to your PowerPoint presentation saved somewhere on your computer. We've already briefly touched on how to add a clip to a slide, but let's look at the process again here and check out some of the other options and ways to do it. I'm going to go to the fourth slide of this presentation. Notice the six images in the middle of the placeholder. The bottom right icon has a movie reel on it, and when I roll my mouse over it, it says Insert Video. But this really represents any kind of multimedia file. I'll go ahead and click that. And since I want to insert a video that's stored on my computer, meaning it's not currently out on the internet or some other cloud-based location, I'll choose From a File.
I'm going to browse into the chapter two folder of my exercise files, and the one I want here is ad_45sec. Notice the file type menu here is video files, and if I click on that, we see this long list of file types I can choose from if I only want to see specific types of files. For example, if I only wanted to see my QuickTime movies, I could select that. I don't have any in this case, so we don't see anything. So you'll want to keep video files selected to see all available file types. And again, with that selected, we can either choose to insert this movie, which will embed it into the file, or we can choose to link to it.
I discussed the differences between these two options in the previous chapter. In this case, I want the video to be embedded, so I'll choose Insert. And now we see the video here on the slide. While working here in normal mode, meaning the mode in PowerPoint where you're working on and building your slides, you'll see a play button and other controls here under the video so you can preview it. (gentle country music) When you're presenting though, in slideshow mode, the controls don't show up until you roll your mouse over the video itself.
And that sort of helps to de-clutter your slide a bit. With the controls, you can use the playback bar area to jump around the video, and even control the volume with the controls over here. I'm going to press Escape to go back to the normal view. If necessary, you can adjust the size and position of your video. Just drag a corner to increase or decrease its size. And then you can drag it around to reposition it.
Just be aware that, depending on the native size of your video, making it larger may pixelate the playback if you drag it beyond its original size. Alright, so we added this video by using the media placeholder that was on the slide, but you can also easily add videos to slides that don't contain placeholders. Let's jump up to slide two. So, there's no placeholder for media content here. Let's add a video anyway. I'm going to come to the Insert tab, and over here on the far right, we'll find Video. And from here, you can choose to insert a video from an online source, which we'll look at how to do in an upcoming movie, but for this example, I'll use another one that's already stored on my computer.
So I'll choose Video on My PC. And from here, the process is the same as we just saw. I'm going to select the lilies video this time. And I'll click Insert again. And the movie shows up right in the middle of the slide covering up my text, but again, it's easy to resize and move it. And I can play it from here. Now, there are a lot of things you can do to your videos to enhance or change them once you've added them to your slides.
And you can see a preview of some of those options here in the Format tab when your video is selected. We'll be looking at these options later in the course, but for now, that's how to add video files that are saved on your computer to your PowerPoint presentations.
Note: This course was recorded on PowerPoint for Office 365. Most of the course contents will also be useful to those working with the most recent standalone versions of Office, including Office 2019 and 2016.
- Comparing linking and embedding methods
- Inserting videos in presentations
- Trimming video
- Cropping video
- Adjusting brightness and color
- Resizing video
- Applying effects
- Adding audio clips to presentations
- Looping video
- Triggering playback with objects
- Saving multimedia presentations