Embed Video – Embedding a YouTube Video – Top Tip
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Note: I have tested this in Office 2010 and 2013 on 7 Feb 2014 and this process still works well.
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Embed video like apro. Let’s have a bit of fun with Microsoft Word. I am going to use Word 2010 here but this applies to 2003/07/10.
I have been asked, how do you embed a YouTube video in a Word document? It is quite easy to do but probably not the way that you would expect.
Here are the steps to embed video:
- First we need to create a temporally PowerPoint file that hold the video. We can delete this file later.
- Add 2 slides to the file.
- Select the second slide in the file and click on the Developer tab on the ribbon.( If the Developer tab is not visible the go to File / Customise the Ribbon/on the right hand pane tick the box next to Developer)
- Click the Developer tab/in the controls section select Legacy Tools/Active X Controls/More Controls
- Scroll down until you can select Shockwave Flash Object
- Draw a box to cove the second slide.( Leave some margins)
- Right click inside the box and choose properties.
- Change Embed Video to true
- In Movie add the URL for the YouTube video
- In the URL delete Watch? And change = to / and save the document.
- On the first slide add an image that you want to represent the video on the word document. You can take a screenshot of the video or us any image that you want .It does not matter. Save and close the document.
- Now open the Word document that you wish to contain the video.
- Select the location to embed the video. Then On the ribbon select Insert/Object/from an Existing File/make sure the box to link to the file is unchecked and the apply Icon box is also unchecked.
- Browse to locate the PowerPoint file that you have just created and insert it in to the document.
- Resize the object to your needs.
- Save the document.
- You can now delete the original PowerPoint file if you like because the file is fully embedded in the Word document.
You can now send the file to anyone that you want and it will work for them as long as they have Microsoft Word and PowerPoint installed on their computer. They must also be connected to the internet.
Can you embed a video I do not own?
Here are my comments on the matter. This is an opinion I am not a legal expert.
When you upload a video to YouTube one of the options is to allow embedding. How can you tell if a video meets these criteria? You will see a button under the video called Share if you click that button and it provides you with an embed code then that indicates that the owner has allowed embedding. Do not use this embed code in you documents it will not work. Use the modified URL that I mentioned earlier.