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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Inserting Video in PowerPoint (part 3) - YouTube Videos

So many good videos are found on YouTube rather than through other media sources. How can you get those viral videos that make everyone stop and stare at a computer screen up on the big screen during your PowerPoint?

The first way to do this is by embedding the YouTube video into your PowerPoint presentation as a streaming video. This means that you will need to have an active connection to the internet during your presentation for the video to play correctly.

Open up PowerPoint and click on the circular Office button in the upper left hand corner, then click on the PowerPoint Options button. Click the Popular link on the left then check the box next to Show Developer Tab and click OK. Now you can click on the Developer tab from the main page. Click on the icon that looks like a hammer crossed with a wrench (for More Tools) then scroll down to Shockwave Flash Object and click on OK. Click-drag a box on the slide to define the area for your new object.

Jump on over to YouTube and grab that video of a baby panda sneezing double rainbows. Click the Share button and grab the URL code by copying it. Head back to PowerPoint and right click on that object you just made. Click on Properties then click Movie. Paste in the embed code from YouTube. Delete "watch?" and replace the "=" with "/" then click the "X" and close it down. You can now play your presentation with the YouTube clip right in it.

Check out the video below for a tutorial to get you up and running.

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