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How To Play YouTube Videos In PowerPoint Presentation

Downloaded YouTube videos come in either FLV or MP4 format, neither the format is playable in PowerPoint. To be able to make a video work in your presentation, we will first have to convert it into suitable format.  This will require a handy free application called Any-Video-Converter. This is a complete program that won’t just download the video, but will convert it in a way that will make the video playable right in your presentation.

Visit YouTube and search the video of your choice. Copy the url on the page that displays the video from the address bar.


Open Any-Video-Converter and click on YouTube icon.


Paste the url of the video into the box that appears. Hit OK when finished.


After clicking ok, the name of the video and some details will appear in the main window. Right click on it, and select download Seleced Online FLV. A status bar will appear showing the progress of the download. This will download the video, but keep in mind that it is still in a format that is not playable in PowerPoint.

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After the video has finished downloading, select WMV from the dropdown box on the top right of the program window.


Hit the Encode button. This will convert your video to a WMV file that can be used in PowerPoint.


Open your PowerPoint presentation and go to the page where you wish to play the video. In Office 2007, you will hit the Insert tab, and then select Movie From File.


It will ask you whether you want to play the video automatically or upon being clicked. The video will be inserted on the slide where it can be stretched or placed where you want it.

Do let us know in the comments if  this method worked for you. Feedbacks are welcomed.

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  • Good sharing.
    Here is another article about how to embed YouTube videos to PowerPoint.

    We can also upload our PowerPoint presentations to YouTube for wide sharing, tutorial:


  • Diamond

    Thank you so much! Simple easy instructions, worked like a dream

  • Lala

    I was successful in getting the youtube video into the presentation, and when I tested it out, it did work like a dream. However, when I saved the presentation and tried playing it on another computer, the video wouldn’t play at all – it was just a still image. Any idea why or how I can avoid this in the future?

    • Bella

      Lala – I don’t REALLY know the answer to this but since you have had no other replies you could try the following: When you are saving your presentation to take with you elsewhere (to another computer) save the You Tube download in the same folder.

      I know when I do presentations on another computer, I take all my music on the USB with me in a folder and never have any trouble … I am assuming that it may be the same with the YouTube video. Let me know how you go.

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  • gogo12

    I still cant play it! 🙁

  • edward

    Another way is to convert YouTube to PowerPoint supported format.
    iDealshare VideoGo, the professional YouTube to PowerPoint Converter,
    can easily convert all kinds of downloaded YouTube videos whatever it
    is in FLV, MP4 or WebM format to PowerPoint supported video format like
    AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG and etc. It also support convert YouTube to
    PowerPoint supported audio format like AIFF, MP3, WMA, WAV, AU.

  • Jennifer Appiah

    In order to put YouTube Video in PowerPoint, it will be better to first
    download YouTube video to PowerPoint. When the videos are downloaded,
    convert the Youtube videos to PowerPoint supported ASF, AVI, MPG, MPEG,
    WMV to import YouTube videos to PowerPoint.

    Many converters can finish the conversion. One of them is Bigasoft Total Video Converter which is the professional YouTube to PowerPoint converting tool.

    Just google search at :Successfully Download YouTube Videos to Put/Play/Embed/Insert/Import YouTube Videos to PowerPoint 2013/2010/2007/2003 on Windows 8, Mountain Lion and OS X Mavericks.

    There is a full guide there.


  • atseaconfused

    I use Allavsoft to directly download YouTube video to PowerPoint supported AVI, WMV, MPEG-1, ASF etc.

    Then it is that easy to embed YouTube video to PPT

  • availablespace

    You may aslo use Allavsoft to download YouTube videos to AVI, WMV, etc
    to import into PowerPoint