Google Slides: Inserting and Editing Videos

Lesson 18: Inserting and Editing Videos


Inserting and Editing Videos

Inserting a video into Google Slides is a great way to engage your audience, and it is simple to add them to any presentation.

Watch the video below to learn how to insert and edit videos.

To insert videos from YouTube:

  1. First, go to the slide where you want to insert the video.
    selecting the slide
  2. Looking at the top toolbar, go to Insert, then click Video from the drop-down menu.selecting video from the drop-down menu
  3. A window pops up that gives you options to insert a video. If you already have a YouTube URL, the By URL option lets you paste it to insert that specific video. 
    looking at the by url option
  4. Search allows you to find a video from YouTube. Start by typing what you are looking for into the search bar then press Enter
    searching YouTube
  5. Click the video that you want to add, then click the Select button.selecting the YouTube video
  6. The video appears on the slide.
    video appearing on the slide

To insert videos from your hard drive:

  1. You’ll first need to open your Google Drive.
    opening Google Drive
  2. Locate the file on your computer. Then, simply click, drag, and drop it into the Google Drive window.
    uploading a video file into My Drive
  3. The video will upload into your Google Drive.
    uploading complete
  4. Now that the file is uploaded to your Google Drive, all you have to do is go to Insert, then click Video from the drop-down menu.
    selecting video from the drop-down menu
  5. Select the Google Drive option. You can access your file there.
    looking at the Google Drive option

To resize videos:

By default, videos will only cover a small part of the slide. We're going to resize and move the video so it fills the slide.

  1. First, we'll zoom out. Click the drop-down arrow next to the magnifying glass.
    selecting the drop-down arrow next to the magnifying glass
  2. Select Zoom out from the list.
    selecting zoom out
  3. Click and drag the video where you want it to go. We'll align it with the left edge of the slide.aligning video corner
  4. Then, use the corner handles to resize the video.
    using resizing handles
  5. Click and drag the video using the alignment lines as a guide.
    click-dragging method with alignment lines
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the video looks the way you want it on the slide.
    completing video resizing to slide

To change the format options:

Google Slides allows you to make various adjustments to the video playback options using the Format options pane on the right side of the screen. If it's not visible, you can open it by selecting the video then clicking the Format options button on the toolbar.

  1. With the Format options pane open, navigate to Video playback.format options video playback
  2. If you only want a portion of the video, you can change the Start at and End at times. In presentation mode, the video will play according to the times that you set.changing start at time
  3. Within the Format options pane, click the Autoplay when presenting checkbox to enable autoplay. The video will automatically play when the presentation goes to that slide.
    autoplay when presenting
  4. If you want to talk over the video, click the Mute audio checkbox to silence the sound.  The video will not have sound in presentation mode.Muting the audio

To present:

  1. Go to the drop-down arrow next to Present.
    drop-down arrow next to present
  2. Select Present from beginning.
    selecting present from beginning
  3. Click the right arrow key on your keyboard to go forward in the presentation. 
  4. As you can see, the video plays automatically when you get to that particular slide, and it starts at the time that was set in the Format options pane.
    video autoplay in presentation mode
  5.  To pause the video, click the mouse.
    pausing video in presentation mode
  6.  To exit the presentation, press the Esc key on your keyboard.

Inserting a video is a great way to explain or add relevant information within your Google Slides presentation. Audience members will enjoy seeing your topic presented in a unique way.