How to Get Videos to Not Skip in Powerpoint by Embedding Video

This is a picture of the embedded Windows Media Player in PowerPoint. Notice how the media player is stretched so its controls will not appear on the presentation.
This is a picture of the embedded Windows Media Player in PowerPoint. Notice how the media player is stretched so its controls will not appear on the presentation.

I use Powerpoint for presentations in order to make things look prepared and professional. However, when the built-in Powerpoint video program starts hiccuping and stuttering when playing my video during the presentation, any attempt at looking professional is ruined by the technological glitches.

The solution for this problem is already on your computer. You can embed another video player that has the power to handle the video you wish to present into Powerpoint.

Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to do it in PowerPoint 2007.

First, we must unlock a new tab called "Developer."

1) Click the windows icon in the top left.

2) Select "Powerpoint Options" at the bottom next to "Exit Powerpoint."

3) Check the box "Show Developer tab in the ribbon."

4) Click "ok."

You should have the "Developer" tab at the top of your program. It's next to "view."

Now, we will embed Windows Media Player.

5) Select the "Developer" tab.

6) In the "Controls" section, select the hammer and screwdriver icon. It's called "More Controls."

7) Scroll down and select "Windows Media Player." They are in alphabetical order, so "Windows Media Player" is at the bottom. Click "OK."

8) It won't seem like anything has happened. But you should notice that your pointer has turned into a crosshatch. Just click and drag. This will create a Windows Media Player window in your PowerPoint presentation. A trick I use is to hide the bottom controls by making the box large enough that the controls are below what will be presented.

Now, we will set up the video you want into the Windows Media Player window.

9) Right click on the "Windows Media Player" frame and click properties.

10) Get the URL of the video you want to show and put it in the URL spot (4th item up from the bottom). To get the URL from a video that you have on your computer, find the file in “Computer”, shift-right click on it, and choose “copy as path.”

11) Paste (Ctrl-V) the path into the URL slot in PowerPoint.

12) Remove the quotation marks at the beginning and the end.

13) Close out the properties window by clicking on the “x.”

You have now embedded Windows Media Player into your presentation and have prepared it to show the video you want. No more hiccups and slick presentations from this day forward.

The video will start automatically when you switch to the slide it is on.

This file will no longer save as a regular PowerPoint file, you now have to click “save-as” and change the “save as type” to “PowerPoint Macro-Enabled Presentation.”

Comments 10 comments

Ryan 3 years ago

I would just like to say that this article pretty much saved my school presentation, and that I will definitely be using this method again.

dim1119 2 years ago

Thank you! You helped me a lot!

hcodlerag 2 years ago

Another way is to convert video files to PowerPoint suppoted formats with Faasoft Video Converter.

Steve V 2 years ago

You can set the video to full screen, non-windowed rather than fiddle with the size.

The only problem I have is that you can't click the mouse to move the presentation forward, the video control commandeers the mouse-click

Colin 2 years ago

This is excellent, really solves a true problem. Thank you.

of 15 months ago

Great tutorial. Very easy to follow and solved a very annoying problem

MDB 3 months ago

Any way to do this in 2016 version?

Josh 3 months ago

Thanks for this! If you set the "uimode" to "none" then the controls are hidden.

CYNTHIA 3 months ago

First time EVER I found something tat actually works. THANKS A LOT

Ed 2 months ago

Worked a treat!

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