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Two alternative methods to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010. Samples, screenshots & detailed instructions. Created on a Windows 7 computer.

Two alternative methods to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010. Samples, screenshots & detailed instructions. Created on a Windows 7 computer.

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  • Zamzar no longer works. I also do not have the option 'Insert video from web' under my insert ribbon...
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  • The zamzar solution no longer works per this error message:

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    At the request of Google we have had to remove support for the downloading of YouTube videos on Zamzar.

    You can still use Zamzar to convert hundreds of other file formats and we promise to continue introducing cool new features such as the ability to convert files by email.
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  • A video has been successfully embedded in this slideshow. However, the video cannot be played/viewed when watching the slideshow at You must download the slideshow and view it from your hard drive in order to watch the embedded video.
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  • This PowerPoint created on a Windows 7 machine using Microsoft Office 2010.
  • Here I tried Insert > Video > From Web. But at the YouTube site, after clicking share and embed code, I clicked on a choice (near bottom) of “use old embed code”. Note results in black box. Note also you can choose a size for Video Display – I chose 640 x 510, but should have chosen the larger size of 960 x 750. In normal or editing view, If double click on black box, will get pictorial video with Play Arrows.If running as a slide show, you will see the video picture with a Play Arrow button, ribbon below to Pause, etc.See tutorial at which verifies that one must use the “old embed’ code from YouTube.
  • Here I used Insert Video from file and inserted the same Corvida Raven video that I had previously downloaded from YouTube i.e., “CorvidaRaven Geek Girl_YouTubeWmusic_viaZamZar.wmv”Note how much more attractive it looks than the black box one gets when using the Insert>Video>from Website method. Again, one must hover mouse over the video to get a ribbon at bottom where one can click Play Arrow.Note: if run this PowerPoint in Vista, will NOT get a ribbon at bottom where on can click Play, Pause, etc.
  • Screen shot made and annotated with FastStone Capture app.
  • Again, screen shot made and annotated using the FastStone Capture app.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Adding a YouTube Videoto PowerPoint 2010:Alternative Methods
      Prepared by Pat Samuel
      Aug. 9, 2011
      At request of SCSU Faculty Member
    • 2. Two Methods
      1. Can use Insert > Video > Video from Web.
      Be sure to select “Use Old Embed Code” at YouTube – otherwise won’t work
      2. Download video to your hard drive
      & use Insert > Video > from File
      This method gives you more options in displaying video
      Use to download the YouTube video in WMV format
      Samples and detailed instructions follow. Both examples use same Corvida Raven video from YouTube at
      Embedding videos in earlier versions of PowerPoint is more complex. A useful tutorial for PowerPoint 2007 at
    • 3. Sample: Using Insert>Video>from Web& Selecting “Use Old Embed Code” at YouTube
      While only this black box shows when running PowerPoint in editing mode, will see a more pictorial version with ribbon for Play, Pause, etc. if run in Slideshow mode.
      Here I chose the 640 x 510 size (in YouTube dialog box), but one can choose the larger 960 x 750 size.
    • 4. Sample: Embed Video after Downloading to Hard Drive
      This method results in more attractive view in Editing Mode. In both Editing & Slideshow mode, if hover mouse over the video, a ribbon appears below for playing, pausing, etc.
    • 5. Details: Insert Video from Web
      In PowerPoint 2010, after you display the Insert ribbon and choose Video from Web site, a dialog box appears where you need to paste in the Embed Code.
      Go to YouTube and display the video you want to insert.
      Select Use Old Embed Code & choose size of video display.
      Copy embed code & paste into PowerPoint 2010
    • 6. Download a YouTube Video to Hard Drive
      1. Display your video at YouTube
      2. Open a second window or tab in your browser and go to
      3. Follow the directions, choosing WMV as the video format you want.
      4. Wait for notice to appear in your email that video is ready – may take only 10 minutes; might take an hour or more.
    • 7. Inserting Downloaded Video
      Click on Insert > Video > from File
      Navigate to the video file you want and click on it
      Video will appear on your slide.
      Note the Drawing Tools in center above ribbon. Can click to display a toolbar with options for resizing video, trimming, placing fancy frames, etc.
      A useful tutorial for using the Video Tools to trim or change color or add effects, etc. to your video can be found at
      Another tutorial covering inserting video from hard drive, from web site and from ClipArt at
      THE END