There are a couple of ways to get a YouTube video into PowerPoint; both are relatively easy and both are ways to add some pizazz to your presentation.

YouTube Video on PC

1 .The first method assumes you have downloaded a YouTube video to your computer desktop or other easy-to-find location. Select, and Save as is usually takes for those videos that can be freely copied to be downloaded, or Added to Favorites.

2. The video may need to be converted before embedding it in PowerPoint, depending on your software version or the YouTube video itself. Check the PowerPoint Insert Movie Dialog box for compatible formats. You could insrt MPG or mpeg 2 video or other formats. Check the size of the file. If you need, there are free YouTube download and converter programs easily searchable and available on the Web.

3. Open your PowerPoint program, and open an existing presentation or create a new slide.

Go to Insert -> Movie ”“> “Movie from file” and search for the downloaded or converted file. (PowerPoint 2007).

Or, for PowerPoint 2003, select Insert menu, point to Movies and Sounds, and then click Movie from File. Search, select and click OK

4. You will be prompted to select how you want the movie to start in the slide show, Automatically or When clicked. Automatic is recommended; When clicked will show a black box on the screen that you and everyone else can see.


Save the downloaded or converted video in the same folder as the PowerPoint presentation it’s used in. If you move the PowerPoint presentation to another folder, storage device or computer, make sure the video goes with.

There’s a link in PowerPoint that connects to the video file, so keep them together. You may want to double check on a new PC, just in case. Embed the video again, steps 3 and 4 above, if needed.