How Do I Embed a Video in PowerPoint Without Losing Quality?

Are you looking to add a video to your PowerPoint presentation without losing its quality? Look no further! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of embedding a video in PowerPoint while maintaining the video’s quality.

Step 1: Choose your video format

The first step in embedding a high-quality video in PowerPoint is choosing the right format. To maintain the best possible quality, it is recommended to use the H.264 video codec with an MP4 file extension. This format is widely supported and can be played on almost any device.

Tip: Before adding your video to PowerPoint, make sure it is saved in the correct format.

Step 2: Inserting your Video

To insert your video into PowerPoint, navigate to the “Insert” tab and click on “Video.” You can choose to insert a video from your computer or from an online source such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Once you have selected your video, drag and drop it onto your slide. You can resize and reposition the video as needed by clicking on it and dragging its handles.

Adjusting Video Playback Settings

Step 3: Set Video Playback Options

To ensure that your embedded video plays correctly during your presentation, you may need to adjust some playback settings.

Click on the “Playback” tab that appears when you select the inserted media file. From there, select “Automatically” or “On Click” for when you want the video to start playing.

You can also set whether you want the audio to play automatically with the video or not by ticking/unticking ‘Play audio’ box.

Optimizing Video Quality

Step 4: Optimize Your Video Quality

To ensure that your embedded videos are of high quality during playback, follow these tips:

  • Keep your video file size to a minimum to avoid video compression and loss of quality.
  • Avoid embedded videos with a resolution that’s higher than your presentation’s resolution.
  • Use the correct aspect ratio for your slide to avoid distortion.


With these simple steps, you can embed high-quality videos into your PowerPoint presentations without losing any of their quality. Remember to choose the right format, adjust playback settings, and optimize video quality for the best results. Happy presenting!