How to Embed a Video in Powerpoint 2010

Including video in your PowerPoint presentation can make it pop, but before we begin there are a few points to keep in mind:

  • PowerPoint 2010 will support QuickTime (.Mov, mp4) and Adobe Flash (.swf) files when you have installed the QuickTime and Flash players.
  • There are some limitations when using Flash in PowerPoint 2010 though.
  • PowerPoint 2010 64-bit is not compatible with 32 bit versions of QuickTime or Flash. You must install a 64-bit version of QuickTime or Flash, or a 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010.

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, follow the steps below to learn how to embed your video:

  1. Under the Insert menu, click Video and then Video from file.


  1. Locate the file you would like to embed.
  2. If you click the Insert button or the arrow and then Insert, the video will be stored with your PowerPoint presentation.
  3. If you click the Arrow and then select Link to to File, you can reduce the size of your PowerPoint file – but be certain that the video resides in the same folder on your disk as your PowerPoint file!


That’s pretty easy now isn’t it?

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