Use a video as a background for your slides

Now that you can embed videos in your presentations, you may want to use one of your videos as a background for your slides.


  • PowerPoint will support QuickTime (.mov, .mp4) and Adobe Flash (.swf) files when you have installed the QuickTime and Adobe Flash players.
  • There are some limitations when using Flash in PowerPoint 2010, including the inability to use special effects (such as shadows, reflections, glow effects, soft edges, bevels, and 3-D rotation), the fade and trim capabilities, and the ability to compress these files for easier sharing and distribution.
  • PowerPoint 2010 does not support 64-bit versions of QuickTime or Flash.

To embed from a file and use it as a background on a slide, do the following:

  1. In Normal view, click the slide in which you want to embed a video.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Media group, click the arrow under Video, and then click Video from file.
  3. In the Insert Video dialog box, locate and click the video that you want to embed, and then click Insert.

Embed video from file

  1. On the slide, select the corner sizing handles of the video frame, and then drag each so that you cover the slide with the video frame.