How to embed a YouTube video in Google Slides

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How to make your presentation go from boring to fun and engaging? Use video!

Your presentation is important, so it’s just as important for your audience to stay engaged to learn and understand your key messages. Video is a key attention-grabbing element that can help keep your audience engaged and attentive through the speech. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about how to embed a YouTube video in Google Slides. It’s so quick and easy, you’ll never forget to embed ever again! 

  • Benefits of embedding YouTube videos in Google Slides 

  • How to add a YouTube video to Google Slides 

  • An easy way to make a video for your Google Slides presentation

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Learn how to keep your audience entertained through YouTube video embedment below:

Benefits of embedding YouTube videos in Google Slides

Using video within your Google Slides presentation is an effective and quick way to convey your message and keep your audience's attention.

  1. Videos capture the audience's attention immediately: Showing a video at the start of your presentation rather than in your outro captures the engagement of the room from the very beginning.

  2. Videos appeal to different learning styles: Videos appeal to all levels of learners as no matter what level of education you are at. A video can also be edited to meet the needs of a specific group of learners. 

  3. Videos provide a break for both the presenter and audience: Speeches are often broken up with visuals to give the audience something to watch and engage with, rather than listening to someone going on and on. The presenter is also able to take a short break from speaking, giving them a moment to check their notes or have a drink of water. 

  4. Videos generate discussion among the audience: Videos can motivate viewers to engage in further discussion and share their personal opinions after watching the clip. 

  5. Videos are easy to use and watch: With direct access to an Internet connection, you can show any video within Google slides to your audience. It’s that easy!

How to add a YouTube video to Google Slides

Let’s learn how to embed a YouTube video in a Google Slides presentation. It will only take a few moments! 

Step 1. Open your Google Slides presentation

Head over to your Google Drive and select the presentation you have chosen to add a video to. Double click on your presentation to open. 

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Step 2. Select a Slide to Add Video

Once you have successfully opened your current presentation, click on the slide you would like to add the video to. Open a specific slide by clicking on the side panel. 

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Step 3. Add a YouTube Video to Google Slides

Now let's add a video! Click on the Google Slides Insert > Video drop down menu option.

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The Insert Video screen will appear automatically. You will be presented with three different upload options. 

  1. Search: Search a title of a YouTube video to insert.

  2. By URL: Type in the URL of the video you want to upload. 

  3. Google Drive: Select a non-YouTube video from your Google Drive. 

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We have chosen to insert the video's URL. Copy and paste the YouTube video's URL into the box. The video will automatically appear. Click Submit if you are happy with the video that appears. The video will be placed on your selected slide. 

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Step 4. Move and Resize your Video

Now that your video has been inserted into the slide, you’re able to move the video around the page or resize it if you desire. 

Click on the video to select it. A blue box with handles will appear around the video. Click on the video (avoiding the play symbol and blue handles) to drag and drop around your slide. 

If you would like to resize the video, click the blue handle and drag in and out. 

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Step 5. Set Video Options

A videos option panel will automatically appear on the right hand side of the screen when the video is selected. Here, you can set the video to autoplay during the presentation. You can also set a start and finish time on your video. 

You can also alter the Size and Rotation, Position, and Drop Shadow under the Format Options bar.

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You’re all finished! Don’t forget to play your presentation to test your new added feature. 

An Easy Way to Make a Video for Google Slides

Not sure how to create an entertaining video and upload it to YouTube? Don’t worry!

We have made many easy tutorial guides to help you. From video marketing to video editing, we’ve got you covered. 

How to use Clipchamp Editor:

Follow along with our video tutorial on how to use Clipchamp Create. It’s fast, easy to use, and free! If you don’t have a specific video in mind to create for your presentation, check out our ready to use video templates. Get inspired with hundreds of unique video templates to choose from.

Getting to know YouTube Videos:

Before creating your YouTube video to share with your audience, check out our Ultimate Guide to YouTube Videos for all the tips and tricks you need to know. Create a professional video in minutes with our YouTube video templates

How to Upload to YouTube Faster:

If you have a slow internet connection at times, uploading videos to social media, especially YouTube can be a long and frustrating experience. Follow along with our How to Upload Videos to YouTube Faster tutorial to learn more about our compressor feature! 

You’ve now (hopefully) learned how to put a YouTube video into Google Slides.

Whether you’re presenting as an educational teacher, business owner or student, engaging your audience should always be the main priority. Make your presentation memorable and effective by adding a video to a slide or two. They don’t have to be lengthy, even a quick 30 seconds to 1-minute video is all you need. 

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Written by Christie Passaris on November 8, 2020
About the Author

Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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