Inserting Videos

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

Formatting the appearance of a video

Like pictures, PowerPoint allows you to format the appearance of a video by applying a video style, adding a border, changing the shape, and applying effects like 3D rotation.

To create a poster frame:

You can add a poster frame to a video, which is the placeholder image your audience will see before the video starts playing. The poster frame is usually just a frame taken from the video itself.

  1. Click the timeline to locate the desired part of the video.
  2. From the Format tab, click the Poster Frame command. Select Current Frame from the menu that appears.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Adding a poster frame
  3. The current frame will become the poster frame.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The new poster frame

If you want to use a picture from your computer, select Image from file.

To apply a video style:

  1. Select the video, then click the Format tab on the Ribbon.
  2. In the Video Styles group, click the More drop-down arrow to display available video styles.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Clicking the More drop-down arrow
  3. Select the desired style.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a video style
  4. The new style will be applied to the video.
    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013The applied style

For information on corrections, color adjustments, borders, shapes and effects, check out our lesson on Formatting Pictures.