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.”
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Nethul Nanayakkara on May 31, 2018:
Can i play this presentation in another computer???
jeff on February 23, 2018:
It worked but I can't make the trim function to appear. I get draw but not video tools etc. Thanks, Jeff.
Eric on November 06, 2017:
I've been using videos in PowerPoint XP, 2003, 2007, and 2010 for over 10 years and never knew this!
In the past, we've always had to convert MP4 and MOV files to WMV in order to play them correctly. This is a nice workaround for our standard H.264 MP4 files without having to convert them each time.
Ariel on July 26, 2017:
I completely agree with Ryan. This article saved Ryan's school presentation four years ago and it has saved mine here in 2017. Thanks so much for sharing!
steve on July 21, 2017:
also using the compression option would work
Jolene on June 08, 2017:
It's a lot of messing around, but it does the trick! Thank you!
WWright on May 15, 2017:
This is a great fix well stated, thanks Regan Clem, but you may find that after setting the movie object's property to fullscreen=true, it keeps reverting to false . Here is a good fix for that problem:
Ian D on May 12, 2017:
Genius! I've been trying to solve this for ages. Thanks Regan!
Michelle on April 29, 2017:
This was a huge help - saved my corporate presentation. Thank you!
Brendan Lynch on April 28, 2017:
This article is fantastic! In an organisation with over 2000 employees I've had to teach many of my colleagues this trick for embedding videos.
Wabash on February 08, 2017:
Worked great but have a problem. There is a very large black area completely around the video. Have tried to set the play in full but it resorts back to false.
mia on December 30, 2016:
I APPRECIATE THIS !!
Nick on October 26, 2016:
This was a lifesaver for me - I had been struggling for hours trying different codecs and settings to get mp4 files to play smoothly in power point 2013. This was the only answer that actually worked.
Ed on August 09, 2016:
Worked a treat!
CYNTHIA on July 23, 2016:
First time EVER I found something tat actually works. THANKS A LOT
Josh on July 18, 2016:
Thanks for this! If you set the "uimode" to "none" then the controls are hidden.
MDB on July 03, 2016:
Any way to do this in 2016 version?
of on July 12, 2015:
Great tutorial. Very easy to follow and solved a very annoying problem
Colin on July 13, 2014:
This is excellent, really solves a true problem. Thank you.
Steve V on May 10, 2014:
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
hcodlerag on April 04, 2014:
Another way is to convert video files to PowerPoint suppoted formats with Faasoft Video Converter.
dim1119 on March 20, 2014:
Thank you! You helped me a lot!
Ryan on May 11, 2013:
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.