by AJ George
I am often asked how to get YouTube videos into a PowerPoint presentation, and, unless you're using the latest version (PowerPoint 2010), it's an understandable question... it's not a simple process. Over the next few weeks I will show you how to insert YouTube videos into PowerPoint 2007 (both with and without an internet connection) and PowerPoint 2008 for the Mac.
Insert YouTube Videos into PowerPoint 2007 with Internet
- In PowerPoint click the Office button.
- Click the PowerPoint Options button.
- From the Popular category, select Show Developer Tab in the Ribbon.
- Click the OK button.
- Go to YouTube and locate the video you would like to insert into your PowerPoint presentation.
- Copy the URL for the video.
- Back in PowerPoint, select the Developer tab and from the Controls group, select More Controls.
The More Controls dialog box appears.
- Scroll down and select Shockwave Flash Object.
- Click the OK button.
Your cursor should now look like a cross, an indication that you can draw a box.
- Draw a box on your slide and size it as desired to contain your video. Do not worry about making it perfect, you will be able to size it later just like any other shape.
- With the box you have just drawn selected, click Properties on the Developer tab.
The Properties window appears.
- Locate Loop and select False from the drop-down menu.
This step will keep your video from looping.
- Locate Playing and select False from the drop-down menu.
This step will keep your video from playing automatically.
- Locate Movie and paste in the URL for the video you would like to use.
- Find in the URL where it says watch? and delete it.
- Change any instance of = in the URL to a /.
Example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bmhjf0rKe8 would be changed to http://www.youtube.com/ v/0Bmhjf0rKe8.
- Close the Properties window.
- When you play your slideshow, your video will appear just like it would on YouTube, ready to be played.
PowerPoint 2007: Insert YouTube Videos, Part 2 (without internet)
About the author: AJ George is IconLogic's lead Technical Writer and author of the book "PowerPoint 2007: The Essentials" and "PowerPoint 2008 for the Macintosh: The Essentials." You can follow AJ on Twitter at http://twitter.com/andrayajgeorge.