Add a poster frame to your video

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A poster frame is a preview image of your video, which can help your audience anticipate the content of the video you'll show them during your PowerPoint presentation. This article describes how to add a video from your computer to your presentation and then select a poster frame for it.

There are two options for making a poster frame:

  • Capture a single from the video

  • Use an image file you already have

Note: Selecting a poster frame is only available for videos you've inserted from your computer. It isn't available for videos you've inserted from the web.

Insert a video from your PC

  1. In Normal view, select the slide you want the video to be in.

  2. On the Insert tab, select Video, and then click Video on my PC.

  3. In the Insert Video dialog box, locate the video you want, and then click Insert.

Use a frame from your video as a poster frame

  1. Click Play to play the video until you see the frame that you want to use as your poster frame, and then click Pause.

  2. On the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Poster Frame, and then click Current Frame.

    shows poster frame video option in powerpoint

Use a picture as a poster frame

  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. Under Video Tools, on the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click Poster Frame, and then click Image from file.

Insert a video from your 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.

Use a frame from your video as a poster frame

  1. Click Play to begin playing the video.

  2. Play the video until you see the frame that you want to use as your poster frame, and then click Pause.

  3. On the Video Format tab, in the Adjust group, Select Poster Frame, and then select Current Frame.

Use a picture as a poster frame

  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. On the Video Format tab, in the Adjust group, Select Poster Frame, and then select Image From File.

  3. In the dialog box, navigate to the picture file that you want to use as a poster frame. Select the image file, and then select Insert.

Insert a video from your 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.

Use a frame from your video as a poster frame

  1. Click Play to begin playing the video.

  2. Play the video until you see the frame that you want to use as your poster frame, and then click Pause.

  3. On the Format Movie tab, in the Movie Options group, Select Poster Frame, and then select Current Frame.

Use a picture as a poster frame

  1. Select the video on the slide.

  2. On the Format Movie tab, in the Movie Options group, Select Poster Frame, and then select Picture from File.

  3. In the dialog box, navigate to the picture file that you want to use as a poster frame. Select the image file, and then select Insert.

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