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How to Add Video Background to PowerPoint

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2024-05-22 13:36:15 • Filed to: PowerPoint Tips • Proven solutions

PowerPoint is such a nifty tool for creating presentations. The sky is the limit for your presentation. You can add narration, animation, even video background. What is the point of adding video background? Well, for starters, you can add a music video to play in the background. Or you can just add a video like beach waves to go along with your presentation. Today, we will learn how to add video background to PowerPoint. The task is rather easy, and you can make motion background for PowerPoint, or PowerPoint video transparent background.

Tip: If you also need to add video to PDF, you can try Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor, which lets you add text, images, video, links and more to PDF files.

How to Make Video as PowerPoint Background

Before we start with the guide, we have to stress some things. To begin with, you have to choose a royalty-free video for your presentation, or a video you have permission to use. You do not want to get tangled into a legal battle over copyrights. With that in mind, here is the quick guide for how to make PowerPoint video background.

  • Step 1. Open the PowerPoint presentation and click on the slide where you want to add video as background.
  • Step 2. Go to the “Insert” tab, and then click on “Video” in the “Media” filed.
  • Step 3. Then click on “Video on My PC” if you want to insert a video from your computer or a file share.
  • Step 4. Now, an insert video dialog box will open. Locate and click on the video that you want to embed as a background, and finally click “Insert”.
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If you want to insert a web video from an online source, you can follow these steps. Newer versions of Microsoft Office allow YouTube links, Vimeo links, and even online videos from Microsoft Stream, a video service for enterprises.

  • Step 1. Launch your preferred web browser and locate the video that you want to insert, and then copy the URL of the web page.
  • Step 2. Launch PowerPoint, and select the slide where you want to place the video.
  • Step 3. In the “Insert tab”, click on the“Video” > “Online Video” option.
  • Step 4. Paste the URL you copied, and then select “Insert”. Now, you can play the video in either Normal view or Slide Show.

As you can see, adding a video as the slide's background is rather easy. There are also some tricks you can use. PowerPoint makes the video background the default bottom layer of the slide. Make sure to choose a slide background color that matches the video for a seamless look.

Note: To adjust any settings, go to the "Video Tools Playback" tab. It is located near the top of your screen. Then you can click on the drop-down arrow next to the "Start", and change it to "Automatically" if you want to make the video play automatically. By default settings, the video plays "On Click".

How to Add Video in PDF Documentt

PDFelement can be used to add videos to PDFs. In the same way you add video as background to PPT, you can add videos to your PDF file to make it more powerful. Here is how to add videos in PDFelement. You can do this with any PPT/PPTX file.

Step 1. Open the PDF File

Launch the PDFelement in your computer and then open the PDF doucument that you want to add videos.

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Step 2. Add Videos to the PDF

Go to “Edit” > “Add Link”. Now, “Add Link” dialogue box will pop up. You can enter the link of the video file and click Apply to insert the video to the PDF file.

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Or you can click "Comment" > "Attachment" and add the video file to PDF as an attachment.

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