In this Properties window, we’ll have to make a few changes and additions to embed our YouTube video. Although this is optional, it’s a good idea to change the title of your object in the (Name) field. While not completely necessary, this could help later on if you plan to embed several videos within one presentation.
The most important addition to make is to add the URL of the YouTube video to the Movie field. You will have to make a couple of changes here to ensure that your video plays correctly. In our example, we are adding a video from ZSL that gives close-up footage of a baby giraffe. The original URL of this video on YouTube is:
Before adding this URL to the Movie field, delete the “watch?" text and replace the “=" that follows the “v" with a “/" character. The resulting URL would look like this:
You may also choose to make other changes in the Properties window, depending on how you want your video to play. In this example, we’ve changed the Loop field to False since we only want the video to play through one time. In addition, we also changed the Playing field to False because we’d rather manually start the video than have it automatically begin to play when the slide is shown. Once you’ve finished making your modifications here, click on the “x" in the upper right-hand corner of the window to close it. All of your changes will be saved.
To check that you’ve set up everything correctly, hit F5 to preview your presentation. Remember that you need to have an internet connection in order for the YouTube video to be played.
Tip: If you find that you’ve made a mistake in modifying the Shockwave Flash Object properties for the YouTube video, it’s usually better to delete the current object, and start over by creating a new one. While you may be able to go in and modify the properties a second time, PowerPoint does not always seem to recognize this second set of modifications. This may cause the video to be blacked out when you try to preview your presentation. Deleting the object and starting from scratch will alleviate this problem.
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