Add a video to your PowerPoint for Mac presentation

You can embed or link to a video from your computer into your presentation. Embedded videos are convenient, but because they're stored in the presentation, they increase the size of your presentation. Linked videos keep your presentation's size smaller, but links can break if you move the file without moving the video. To breaking a video link, copy the video into the same folder as your presentation, and link to it there.

You can link to a Vimeo or YouTube video from your presentation with the help of the Web Video PlayerOffice add-in. Such videos also keep your presentation's size smaller, and don't need to be copied to your computer. The link simply points to the video on the website where it lives.

Insert a video stored on your computer into PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

  1. In Normal view, select the slide you'd like to add a video to.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Video, then click Movie from File.

  3. In the Choose a Movie dialog box, select the file you want to insert.

    • If you want to embed the video on the slide, simply click Insert.

    • If you want to put a link to the video on the slide, click Options at the lower left corner of the dialog box, and then select the Link to file box, and then click Insert.

Once you've added a video to your presentation, you can add effects and choose whether the video plays automatically or when it is clicked. See Format a video in your PowerPoint 2016 for Mac presentation for more information.

Tip:   PowerPoint 2016 for Mac supports the playback of video with multiple audio tracks. It also supports closed captions and subtitles that are embedded in video files.  For more information, see Make your PowerPoint presentations accessible.

Insert a web video into PowerPoint 2016 for Mac by using LiveSlides

To embed web-based videos (online videos from, say, YouTube or Vimeo) in your presentations in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, first you need to install an app named LiveSlides that's made by a different company than Microsoft. Here's how:

  1. In your web browser, go to LiveSlides.com and follow the instructions on that site for downloading LiveSlides.

  2. Drag the LiveSlides icon into your Application folder.

Now you are ready to embed a web video in your presentation.

To insert a web video, you need a link (also called a URL) to the page where the video lives. Find the video on the web site, then click the Share button. That opens a window where you can copy a link for the video. (The link will look like "https://youtu.be/..." or "https://vimeo.com/...".)

Insert a web video

  1. Start PowerPoint 2016 for Mac and the LiveSlides app from your Applications folder.

  2. In the LiveSlides app, paste the link for the video that you have chosen.

    A LiveSlides placeholder for the video is inserted slide, filling it completely.

To watch the video, start Slide Show, and open the slide containing the video.

Link to a movie file from your computer in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.

  2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  3. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie from File.

    Home tab, Insert group

  4. Click the movie file you want, and then select the Link to file check box.

  5. Click Insert.

    • If you send the presentation to other people, be sure to include the movie file that is linked to the presentation; otherwise the movie will not play during the slide show.

    • To play the movie without having to search for it on your computer, place the linked movie file in the same folder as the presentation.

Embed a movie into PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.

  2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  3. Do one of the following:

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Insert a movie from a file

On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie from File.

Home tab, Insert group

Select a movie file, and then click Insert.

Insert a movie from the Movies folder, iMovie, iTunes, or Photo Booth.

On the Home tab, under Insert, click Media, and then click Movie Browser.

Home tab, Insert group

On the pop-up menu, click iMovie, Movies, Photo Booth, or iTunes, and then click a movie and drag it onto the slide.

Photo Booth and iTunes appear if you have photos in your Photo Booth or iTunes folder.

See also

Insert media into your document

Resize or change the visual appearance of a movie

Graphic file types you can insert and save

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