Including videos in PowerPoint presentations truly enhances your presentation. It’s a great way to add variety, make the information more relatable and easier to remember. Whether you create a video specifically for your presentation, use a video you’ve already created, or have a third-party company create one for you – your presentation needs video.
Let’s dig into this further below.
Considerations When Adding Video to PowerPoint Presentations
When you’re ready to add video to your PowerPoint presentation there are some things to think about.
Keep copyright laws in mind. Don’t use any third-party content without permission. So, either make sure you have permission or stick to 100 percent original content in your videos.
You should also know exactly what you want to achieve with your presentation. Whether you’re adding video to quickly and clearly make a point or you’re looking to entertain your audience, knowing your intent will help you choose a concise video. After all, you don’t want one that’s too long or you’ll lose your audience.
Also, if you’re using third-party video, make sure you have it stored on your computer in case you don’t have Internet access at your event. This is actually how you will need to play embedded video if they aren’t connected to the internet. While it’s called “embedded,” it doesn’t mean the video literally exists there. Instead, it simply means your presentation has a link to the video. So, you’ll probably still need the Internet for your video to run properly. Having a backup plan ready so you look professional is always a good idea.
When you choose to create your own videos for your presentation, there are some important tips to remember here as well. For instance, if you’re adding a video with sound, make sure the audio is working and synced with the video to avoid something going wrong when you place the video into the presentation itself. Furthermore, you may also want to look into adding various effects to enhance the videos themselves.
Inserting Video Into PowerPoint Presentations
Once you sort out the technical practicalities of placing a video in your PowerPoint presentation, you’ll want to know how to insert video into PowerPoint, but with tools like LiveSlides this is relatively easy to do. Simply download an add-in and install it. You’ll then be ready to embed anything you want into your PowerPoint presentation by simply copying and pasting the video’s web address. While all of this sounds familiar to what you’d do with YouTube videos, it’s actually easier and faster. Plus, it also walks you through the whole thing to ensure the video works seamlessly with your presentation.
You can a walkthrough of how this would work if you were to use the LiveSlides integration player.
Speaking of a seamless integration, there are also some other tips to remember as you put together your presentation. These include:
- Each slide needing to contribute to the presentation’s main point.
- Keeping your presentation short so your audience understands and remembers it. If you find a slide that doesn’t contribute to your main point, either remove it or place it within the background materials section instead.
- Narration working best when you’re creating a video that your audience won’t watch in your presence.
- Making your presentation unique so it gets the attention it deserves. Some ways of doing this is by having a mascot in it and using word balloons, but make sure the presentation reflects your business’ style nonetheless.
- Using graphics and pictures to focus your audience’s attention. These types of illustrations allow you to do away with many words in your slides, which is great since people tend to lose interest in text-heavy presentations.
You can also do something similar and insert music into your presentation instead of simply playing a track in the background. While the aforementioned tips for video also work well for music, there are a few other things you’ll also want to think about to create an outstanding presentation experience for your viewers. For instance, using music to create emphasis or impact is great in capturing your audience’s attention, especially when it may have already strayed. Of course, if you want to play music throughout your entire presentation, you can do that as well. There are as many options here as with videos.
Now that you understand how easy it is to include a video in your PowerPoint presentation, it’s time for a minor word of caution: while people enjoy seeing videos embedded into presentations, you don’t want to get too carried away. Instead, make sure you only use this tool as needed. Choose times when it will create impact, not simply adding time to a presentation that’s already lacking. You want a captivated, entertained, well-informed audience. So, don’t overdo it or you won’t accomplish any of these things with your audience.