Why can’t I embed a video in PowerPoint?

Why can’t I embed a video in PowerPoint?

You can embed only YouTube videos in PowerPoint at this time.

Note: If you'd like PowerPoint to support videos from other channels, please send us your feedback.

Error: "PowerPoint can't insert a video from this embed code"

To work correctly, the code you use to embed your video must begin with either <iFrame or <object. If your code begins with http, you get the "PowerPoint can't insert a video from this embed code" error message.

To work correctly, the code you use to embed your video must begin with either "iFrame" or "<object".
If your embed code begins with "http", your video won't be embedded successfully.

See the following procedure for instructions on copying the embed code from YouTube.

Embed a YouTube video (the only video type PowerPoint supports)

  1. Find the YouTube video that you want to insert.

  2. Below the video frame, click Share, and then below that, click Embed.

    Click Share, and then click Embed

  3. Right-click the embed code, and click Copy.

    Copy the iFrame embed code

  4. In PowerPoint, on the Insert tab of the ribbon, do one of the following:

    • In PowerPoint 2013 or 2016, click Video > Online Video. Right-click the From a Video Embed Code box, click Paste to paste the embed code, and click the arrow.

      The button on the ribbon for inserting an online video in PowerPoint
    • In PowerPoint 2010, click Video > Video from Web Site. Right-click the Insert Video From Web Site box, click Paste to paste the embed code, and click Insert.

      The button on the ribbon for inserting an online video in PowerPoint 2010

      Important:  If you don’t see Video from Web Site in the Video drop-down menu, double-check that you have installed the required Office updates. However, if you see Video from Web Site in the drop down menu but it is disabled or grayed out, make sure you have Adobe Shockwave Player installed.

  5. On the Slide Show tab, click From Current Slide to view and play the embedded video. You may need to click the video placeholder to get the preview image to appear the first time.

    Note:  If your video doesn’t embed correctly, read Requirements for using the PowerPoint YouTube feature and ensure that you have the necessary updates installed for your version of PowerPoint.

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