Embedding YouTube videos into PowerPoint – Thank you TubeChop!
– Thank you TubeChop!
I always loved the PowerPoint feature that let me embed YouTube videos into a presentation. That way I wouldn’t have to leave an IE window open during my presentation, fumble with ALT-TAB keystrokes, and then get back to my presentation. Too much! But I noticed a few years ago that the embedding got harder and harder, to the point that it just didn’t work.
So I’m super excited that I tested out TubeChop – and it worked! TubeChop is better known for taking YouTube videos and only streaming the clip you want to show. This is a good way to just show a snippet of a longer film or eliminate parts that may not be suitable to your audience. It’s different than Viewpure which lets the user show the video in a window with no suggested videos or ads. We’ve all had (I’m sure) an embarrassing moment with the suggested videos drawing more interest than the one we were showing.
TubeChop couldn’t be easier. Head to YouTube to grab the URL for your video. At the TubeChop page, just paste the URL and start chopping. You get to determine the start and end point of the clip, and get a unique URL for showing or sharing. Most people will find this useful enough, and you could end your use of the service there.
But there’s more! Take that embed code over to your PowerPoint presentation. On the ribbon, find the “
Insert” tab and choose video. Select “Video from Web Site” and past the TubeChop embed code. A dynamic content box is pasted on your slide, which you can resize and move as you like. When you view the slideshow – presto! Your video streams.
The benefits are great. No setting up your presentation early to make sure the YouTube clip is loaded. No toggling between IE and the PowerPoint. No minimizing/maximizing/jazzercising moves to make things appear seamless. One and done steps for embedding. Now – to be fair – I do include the direct URL that TubeChop gives me, just in case. But this method works, and I hope you find it useful.
Need step by step instructions? Here you go:
Richard Snyder, NBCT Librarian
NCCE Board President-Elect