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How to Automatically Play Videos in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 has many new features and options for presentations, including the option to broadcast presentation over the web. You can add videos to PowerPoint 2010 presentations, either from external video sites like YouTube or else you can also add it from your desktop. When you are saving the file as a presentation, then it is desirable that the videos embedded into them plays automatically.

You can set the videos to play automatically in PowerPoint.

Select the video inserted into the slide and you will be able to see additional tab “Video Tools” available at the end, this tab is visible only when you select the video.

Video Tools

In the video tools, select the Playback sub tab and here you will find the option for video playback.

Automatic video play

Under video options group, click the drop down menu and select Automatically against the start. Once you have saved this, your video will start automatically during the presentation. You can also set the video to loop and rewind after playing.

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7 comments

  1. Just adding a tip….

    PowerPoint plays the videos in Windows Media Player.. so formats not supported won’t play.

    To stay on the safe side …. convert video to .mpg format. .mpg will run even on the oldest PC at office, college.

    You can search for “flv etc to mpg” on this site to find the appropriate converter.

  2. Thanks so much for spotlighting this great new feature in Microsoft Office 2010. Video is a great media for presentations, and we’re excited that others will be able to take advantage of it to increase their presentation impact.

    If you’re not already there, it’d be great if you can join the community and conversation at the Office page on Facebook. There’s all sorts of great information and tips to be found. You can join here: http://www.facebook.com/office.

    Thanks again!
    Kim
    Microsoft Office Outreach

    • I’ve gone through this step using both a WMV and an MOV version of the file I need (a 60-second clip). I can play it but it won’t start automatically. PPT 2010 on Windows 7 Ultimate.

      And the folks on the MS help line won’t even reply to the question…

    • Although I’ve clicked the start automatically option, the You Tube video embedded in my presentation won’t start automatically – any ideas? Thank you…

  3. I have embedded video clips and when I playback the file
    sometimes the clip plays and sometimes it doesn’t can you tell me why?

  4. Easy solution to convert and insert video into PowerPoint! With the
    following step by step guide, embedding video in PowerPoint is just so
    easy no matter what kind of videos they are including YouTube video,
    iMovie videos, iTunes videos and more.

    http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-insert-video-to-powerpoint.html

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