If you want to add a YouTube video in PowerPoint to make your PowerPoint presentations more creative and attractive! Look at here! Here’s 4 easy ways on how to insert YouTube videos into PowerPoint presentations, no matter what PowerPoint version you are using.

“How to insert a YouTube video into PowerPoint presentation” is a commonly-searched problem when users tried to add online videos in their slides. YouTube has a variety of rich educational and entertainment content. You can easily find videos suitable for your presentation on YouTube to enrich your presentation. However, it’s not straightforward though to add a YouTube video into a PowerPoint presentation. Since we can not download video from YouTube directly.

Insert a YouTube video into a PowerPoint Presentation

In this article, you are going to learn how to embed a YouTube Video in PowerPoint presentation in 4 different ways. Whether you want to use your own material or “borrow” it from someone else channel, you can refer to this full guide to complement your presentation with nice videos. After that, you will find how it easy to insert a Youtube video into your Powerpoint presentation.

Way 1. Insert YouTube video into PowerPoint via Video Link

Starting from the 2010 version, PowerPoint has added a built-in tool that can insert YouTube videos into slides. Here are the simple steps to insert an online YouTube video to PPT:

Step 1. Go to YouTube on browser and find the video that you want like to embed into your PPT, then copy the video link from the address bar.

Step 2. Pick the slide where you would like to place the video, then click “Insert” tab, and select “Video” > “Online Video”.

Insert online video to ppt

Step 3. Paste the video URL in the first address bar of the opened window. Tap on the “Magnifying Glass” or press “Enter” to get the video source.

paste online video link to ppt

Step 4. Click the thumbnail of the video and tab “Insert”.

insert online video to PowerPoint

You can adjust the size of the YouTube video on the slide as you need.

Way 2. Insert YouTube video into PowerPoint Using Embed Code

Another more advanced method is to add YouTube videos by using embed codes. You can also use YouTube API parameters to customize the attributes of the video as needed.

Step 1. Go to YouTube and open the video you want to embed. Click “Share” under the video, then select the “Embed” option and copy the HTML code of the video.

share YouTube video link

Step 2. Open your presentation and pick the slide. Go to “Insert” tab, and select “Video” > “Online Video”.

Insert online video to ppt

Step 3. Paste the code into the “From a Video Embed Code” field, and then press on “Insert” or “Enter”.

paste YouTube embed link

The above two methods are not suitable for all versions of presentations and require a stable and fast Internet. Moreover, not all the PPT versions in Windows or Mac support online videos. For more details, please click the link and refer to Versions of PowerPoint that support online videos.

In addition, PowerPoint’s fade, trim, bookmark, and other playback functions can only be applied to videos inserted from the hard drive in the presentation. Therefore, the best way is to download and save YouTube videos as local videos and add them to PowerPoint, so that you can play the high-quality videos in the presentation even with no Internet connection. Next, you will learn how to embed a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2003/2007/2010/2011/2013 and other versions. No matter which computer system you use, which version of the presentation!

Way 3. Download YouTube Video to Computer to Insert to PPT(Best)

When it comes to download and save YouTube videos to your hard drive, Online YouTube Downloader is your best option. It lets you download videos and audios from popular online video websites, including YouTube, Viemo, DailyMotion, Vevo, Facebook, Niconico, SoundCloud, etc. With its support, you can easily download YouTube video into MP4 format to your computer for adding to your PowerPoint presentation. Besides, you can also directly download the video to MP3 for your music devices. Let’s see how to download YouTube video to local drive for and embed it to your PowerPoint.

Step 1. Copy & Paste the Video URL to Program
Install and launch Online YouTube Downloader on your Mac or Windows. Open a video on YouTube that you want to add to slide. Copy the link of the YouTube video, and paste it to the program, then click “Analyze” button.

paste youtube video link to the program

Step 2. Select MP4 Format for Video
It will pop up a small window, here you can select format and quality for your video. You can select MP4 format in HD quality. This powerful tool supports HD, 2K, 4K, even 8K quality.

Select MP4 Format

Step 3. Download MP4 Video from YouTube to Computer
Just click “Download” to download and save MP4 video to your hard drive.

start to convert youtube video to mp4

After that, you can find the downloaded video in “Finished” section, and click “Open Folder” to view it.

convert youtube video to mp4 completed

Step 4. Insert Downloaded YouTube Video to PowerPoint Presentation
Now open your PowerPoint presentation, tab “Insert” > “Video”, and select “Video On My PC”, then select the MP4 video file.

insert local video to PPT

Way 4. Screen Capture A YouTube Video to Insert to PowerPoint

Another way to insert YouTube videos to PowerPoint is to use a screen recorder. UkeySoft Screen Recorder can do a good job to screen capture a YouTube video on your Mac or PC without quality loss. This powerful video recorder lets you record online YouTube video in MP4, FLV, AVI, WMV, etc. After which, you can add the YouTube videos into a presentation from your local folder.

Here’s how to Screen Capture A YouTube Video on Computer:

Step 1. Get UkeySoft Screen Recorder downloaded on your Mac or PC, and launch it. To capture online video, please select “Screen Recorder” feature.

launch UkeySoft Screen Recorder

Step 2. Open a video on YouTube, then turn to the the main page of the recorder. You can select your webcam in “Target” list like “Full Screen”, “User-Defined(custom recording area)” or “Camera@(record webcam)”.

select Full Screen

For Audio, you can select 4 types of channels, including “Computer sound and microphone”, “Computer sound”, “Microphone” and “None”.

select Computer sound

Step 3. Click the “Settings” icon in the lower right corner. click “Video” menu to select format, quality and resolution, here you can pick MP4. In “Hotkey” menu, you can check the shortcut keys. Finally, hit on “OK” button.

select format in Settings

Step 4. If everything is ready, play the YouTube video and hit on the “Record” button to record YouTube video on your computer.

start to record YouTube video

After that, you can locate folder or use the “Video ToolBox” feature of UkeySoft Screen Recorder to edit the recorded YouTube videos as needs.

Step 5. Now open your PowerPoint presentation and insert the YouTube video file as a local video. Hit “Insert” > “Video”, and tab “Video On My PC”, then select the video file.

insert local video to PPT


Above are 4 ways to insert YouTube videos into PowerPoint. No matter what PowerPoint versions you are using, the best way is to insert a YouTube to presentation from local folder for offline playback, try 4kFinder. 4kFinder can help you download online video and audio from 1000+ popular sites. If you need to edit the YouTube to match your PPT, UkeySoft Screen Recorder is also a good choice.

Insert YouTube Video into a PowerPoint Presentation