Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Automatically Playing an Embedded YouTube Video in PowerPoint 2013 and PowerPoint 2016

I'm getting ready to teach another PowerPoint class, so I got out my previous class notes.  I teach this class about once a year, and with every new update from Microsoft or Google's YouTube, I know my instructions will be out of date.  Sure enough...

First, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Microsoft has added a “Online Video” option for adding video.  It even has an option to search for a video on YouTube. Great, right?

It’s only great if you want that big red YouTube play icon right in the middle of your PowerPoint show.  You also have to click on the big red YouTube play icon to play your video.  This is not always the easiest thing to do if you are in a presentation hall and using a laser pointer.

My class is beginning PowerPoint, so of course I will show them how to do it with the big red YouTube play icon, but I was sure I could still use the old instructions.  Right?

Wrong again.  The old version used the “Old Embed Code” which is no longer available from YouTube.  I googled and googled for a workaround and found several, but none that were recognized by PowerPoint.

If finally decided to try my limited HTML skills and combine the old with the new, right?  IT WORKED!

These instructions have been updated and work as of August 2, 2016. Tomorrow, you’re on your own.
  1. Using the internet, find your YouTube video
  2. Pause the video (because it’s annoying when it’s running and you’re trying to think)
  3. Click on the word Share below the video
  4. Click on the word Embed below Share
  5. Select “SHOW MORE” below the Embed Code
  6. Select your Video size.
  7. I always deselect “Show suggested videos when the video finishes”
  8. Click the HTML code in the box so it is highlighted
  9. Right click and copy (or Ctrl C)
  10. In PowerPoint, click on the Insert tab>Online Video.
  11. Instead of using the built in YouTube search, click on the Video Embed Code box, and paste the embed code by right clicking and paste (or Ctrl P).  (You can also paste into MS Word or other text editing software to make the change below – then simply copy and paste the new code into PowerPoint.)
  12. Here is the tricky part.  After the video name which is a bunch of gobbledygook like “Oe6lBGO6OSk” you’ll see a question mark (?).  Place your cursor to the right of the question mark and type this:
autoplay=1;

(that is a semicolon, not a colon)  

That's it.  Now hit enter, and a black video box should show up on your slide.   If you get an error message, try again.  As always, preview the current slide in Slide Show tab and to see if it worked.