Tuesday, January 19, 2010
If you are using PowerPoint 2010, go to this post - Embed Video in PowerPoint 2010. It is much easier in 2010, and you also have more options for formatting and editing.
Have you ever found a really great video clip on YouTube and wished you could embed it in a PowerPoint presentation? It is a great way to give a presentation a little life. PowerPoint can be a great tool and, at the same time, can potentially be the biggest bore imaginable for a presentation. The key is to incorporate different elements…too many bullet points can kill a presentation.
One of those elements is video. You can pull out your handy-dandy Flip camera or your cell phone and record your own videos and photos. By the way, using the canned Microsoft clipart over and over is a huge complaint about PowerPoint. It makes your presentation look like everyone else’s and gives the impression that you didn’t have time to put together a “real” presentation. Using your own photos and videos gives the presentation a more custom look and feel. With your own video you don’t have to rely on an Internet connection either.
But, what if you’ve found the perfect clip on YouTube and would like to use it? You can always just type the URL onto your slide, but again that’s kind of boring and looks a lot like all of the other text on the slide. You also have a couple of other options.
The first is to use a free converter to download the clip in a .wmv or .avi file. There are a couple of converters that work pretty well. One is ZamZar.com. It is completely online and does not require setting up a username and password. The site will convert your file and send you an email when it is ready to download. Just be careful that you do not open any attachments that come with the email. The download will come as a hyperlink within the message. Another option is ZillaTube.com. This is a program that you download and install on your computer. It will download YouTube videos and convert them to other video formats. They have a free trial version of the software, but it is reasonably priced at $29.95 if you want the fully licensed version.
The second option is to embed the video. With this option you will need an Internet connection when you present your PowerPoint. Speaking of YouTube, I found a great video that walks you through the process of embedding a clip in a slide. Here it is –
Posted by Andrea Compton at 7:29 PM