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How to Embed YouTube Videos in PowerPoint

No, you can’t do it automatically and it is kind of a pain in the butt. After a lot of trial and error I have my method down, so I thought I would share it with you all.

1. Use KeepVid to download the YouTube video as an .flv file.

2. PPT won’t recognize FLV files as movies — you can’t embed Flash in PowerPoint, apparently– so you need to convert it to MPG. I use a program called Riva FLV Encoder.

While Riva converts to FLV by default, it can convert from FLV as well.

Install the program and select the FLV you just downloaded in the “Input Video” box.

The “Output Directory” will be automatically selected, as will the filename for the “Destination Video File.” By default it is the .flv extension, but just change this to .mpg.

3. Click “Encode”. This will take a while depending on how powerful your machine is.

4. Open Windows Movie Maker (hey, it’s free and it comes installed on XP by default). Click “Import Video”.

This can also take a while. For some godawful reason Windows chops up certain videos into lots of little bits. If you’re editing down the file for a presentation, this can be really useful, however. Just drag whatever bits of the video you want on to the Video storyboard, etc. This program is made for 11 year olds, so you should find it pretty simple.

5. When you’re done, click “Save to my Computer” and go through the wizard.

6. Now you can import the .mpg into PPT as an embedded video. NOTE: POWERPOINT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY SAVE THE VIDEO AS PART OF THE PRESENTATION, so if you’re going to be running the presentation off a CD/someone else’s computer you’ll have to fiddle a bit.

The easiest thing I’ve found is to select the “Package for CD” option, which will make a CD including the .ppt file and all linked files. Click “options” and make sure you select “embedded TrueType fonts” if you’re not using one of the standard Windows fonts.

All this rigamarole should be completely unnecessary soon, as I’m sure Google’s PowerPoint clone will include YouTube video embedding as standard. Keep your fingers crossed.

Happy finals to everyone!

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29 Comments

  1. Chief

    thank you so much!!! i have been trying to do this for two days with other sites!! You made it so simple. It took me 10 minutes! Thak-you so much!! I really appreciate it!!

  2. Bella Aron

    Many thanks for this info. It helped me look like a star, second day into a new job.

  3. Sofie

    Hey…THANK TOU!!! I wanted a clip from youtube.com in my powerpointpresentation, and you have helped me to get it. It was very important, cause it’s the biggest assignment that school-kids (- in what we call “Folkeskolen” – you go there from you are 6-16 years old) here in Denmark have to make.

  4. angie

    i tried this so many times in vista and the encoder didn’t work but it did with xp, any suggestions? is it the vista or could it be something else?…I’m in need of your tech-savvyness.

  5. saurabh vijay gupta

    PLEASE SEND ME ALL PPT OF BLOG AND PICTURES.

  6. Jaime C

    WOW! You are frickin awesome…bowing down to you. Genius! Thanks a million, it is because of people like you that this technology stuff is so marvelous. KUDOS on all the work you did to post it for us totally incompetent users.

  7. Rabia Mahmood

    Thankyou sooo much. Life saver!

  8. Gabbie

    Genius!! Thanks SO much! My presentation is gonna be awesome!

  9. debora

    I have followed all the instruction to the letter. However, when I import the MPEG Video into the Windows Movie Maker, the last minute of the video is missing. I’ve re-recorded it several times and each time the end gets cut off. HELP!

  10. max0211

    YouTubeRobot.com today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from YouTube.com onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

    YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

    Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

    Product page: http://www.youtuberobot.com
    Direct download link: http://www.youtuberobot.com/download/utuberobot.exe
    Company web-site: http://www.youtuberobot.com
    E-mail: support@youtuberobot.com

  11. kiki

    Judith, are you sure that you can upload your presentation diretory on YouTube? I usually use windows movie maker to do this and the disadvantage is my anmation and sound disappeared
    maybe i will have a try on yours

  12. steveking

    YouTubeRobot.com today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from YouTube.com onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

    YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

    Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos

    Product page: http://www.youtuberobot.com
    Direct download link: http://www.youtuberobot.com/download/utuberobot.exe
    Company web-site: http://www.youtuberobot.com
    E-mail: support@youtuberobot.com

  13. Thia

    I love you !!! you just saved my life.. =D

  14. Farwa

    OMG! I freaking love you!! So helpful! THanks :)

  15. Jesse

    I usually don’t leave comments like this but, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Richie

    I don’t know why so many people are ignoring this comment. VLC is the most amazing little piece of software I’ve ever used. I recommend that people use VLC to skip a few steps. Then again, VLC is not exactly the easiest piece of software to learn how to use. Oh, and greasemonkey is amazing too. Go get VLC and greasemonkey.

  17. Mike

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

    This was great!

  18. Annie

    thank you so much!!! you helped save my life, hahah

  19. I love you.
    Marry me Alice?
    Big help for english major.

  20. Sarah A Malik

    You just saved my sanity in a simple, easy to follow process.

    Keep rocking!

  21. Блеск! спасибо огромное!

  22. hi , I am so happy to have chance to read this article , I have found the way of inserting video to ppt for a long time .thank you so much.

  23. it is so good, I have download many youtube video from website, with your post, I can embed them into powerpoint mow.

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