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Best way to download videos off of YouTube and embed them on a PowerPoint?

Asked by squidcake (2634points) May 19th, 2010

I’m doing a presentation for school next week, and I want to have some videos on my powerpoint.
The videos I want are on YouTube, and I can tell you I’ve used pretty much every “YouTube Downloader” there is and none of them seem to work.
So, what’s the easiest, most reliable way you’ve found to download YouTube videos?
My second problem is that I haven’t had experience embedding videos on a Powerpoint, so, any ideas for that too?

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LeotCol's avatar

This question has been asked so many times. I’d say your best bet would be to go with Realplayer or Video DownloadHelper add-on for Firefox. The problem with adding videos into powerpoint is that they probably have to be a certain video format to work.

Video DownloadHelper has a converter build into it so you can choose what format you want to convert the video to. So that will help getting your videos into powerpoint. Though if the video is quite long then you will have to wait a long time for the conversion to complete.

squidcake's avatar

@LeotCol
I know it’s been asked a lot, I mostly needed help with the PowerPoint part.
Thanks for the advice, I’ll try both of those.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I have PowerPoint 2007, so this may not apply to you, but it’s simple: Insert—>Movie from file—>Insert Movie box opens (choose folder)—>(choose movie)—>OK

PowerPoint 2007 will allow you to drop in a .flv file, which is what YouTube videos are. Earlier versions of PowerPoint may not, so to be on the safe side, convert the YouTube video to something your PowerPoint can handle. When you choose the folder, and you get that “Insert movie” box, note that on the bottom, there’s something called “Files of type”, and that’s where you find out what sorts of video files your version of PowerPoint can handle.

Good luck!

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@aprilsimnel
Thanks so much!
Yes, I’m using PowerPoint 2007.

lifeflame's avatar

Zamzar.com (free, online) converts youtube videos into any format you need (e.g., mpeg, etc); which you can then insert into the powerpoint.

Note that powerpoints generally link videos rather than embed it in the actual file, so make sure you keep the video in the same directory, and copy the whole directory if you are transferring via USB or something).

aprilsimnel's avatar

Yay interwebz! This shows step by step how to embed a video to keep the link from breaking.

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