Inserting Videos

You can play videos in PowerPoint presentations easily. Learn to use the PowerPoint insert video function in this free lesson.

Editing and formatting videos

The Playback tab has several options you can use to edit your video. For example, you can trim your video to play an excerpt from the original, add a fade in and fade out, and add bookmarks that allow you to jump to specific points in the video.

Most of the features on the Playback tab can only be used with videos that are inserted from a file. They will not work with embedded videos.

To trim a video:

  1. Select the video, then click the Playback tab on the Ribbon.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Playback tab
  2. Click the Trim Video command.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Trim Video command
  3. A dialog box will appear. Use the green handle to set the start time and the red handle to set the end time.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Setting the start and end time
  4. To preview the video, click the Play button.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Play button to preview the changes
  5. When you're done trimming the video, click OK.

To add a fade in and fade out:

  1. On the Playback tab, locate the Fade In: and Fade Out: fields.
  2. Type the desired values, or use the up and down arrows to adjust the fade times.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Adding a Fade In and Fade Out

To add a bookmark:

  1. Click the timeline to locate the desired part of the video.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting the desired location in the video
  2. From the Playback tab, click the Add Bookmark command.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the Add Bookmark command
  3. The bookmark will appear on the timeline. Click the bookmark to jump to that location.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The added bookmark

Video options

There are other options you can set to control how your video will play. These are found in the Video Options group on the Playback tab.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The Video Options group