We’re really used to presenting data by means of video in the twenty-first century. And, of course, Google Slides allow you to insert a video into your presentation. Here we do that and overview the features of this function.
Different Inserting Methods
To insert a video into Google Slides, on a particular slide, we naturally go to the Insert item on the toolbar on top and press it, then go down to the fourth item. This is “Video”
And here our options are to search for a video on YouTube straight from this search field like you normally do on YouTube
Then you can paste a direct link to the video right here
Or select one from your Google Drive, pressing it. This means that the video has to be pre-uploaded to your Drive beforehand. And when you’re on this menu, it will show you all videos that you have on your Drive. No matter what folder it is located in, it will just show you all results
Or you search for it by its name. Here is ours, a single video we have on our Drive in the main folder. Though, you can also get it from “Shared drives”, “Shared with me,” and “Recent” files that you have used earlier
Inserting Video in Google Slides
We click on the video and then press “Select” at the bottom of the window
Here it is inserted above everything on the slide. Concerning its placement on the doc, it is no different from how you do it with images. You can click-hold it and move it over the working area. You can expand it by pulling either edge of the figure and decrease it with the same technique
Also, as you can see, when the element is highlighted, there’s this button in the corner with a link in it that leads directly to the file on the Drive if you press it
Back to the presentation. And here is how you insert a video into Google Slides.
Formatting the Video
Similar to images, you have some format options. They either appear just when you have dropped the video onto the doc, or you can select the element
And here, on the toolbar on top, you can create the border for the element
Increase its weight
And change the border dash
But then there are advanced format options here. We press this item (you will see on the screenshot below), and that opens the format menu on the right
Video Play Settings
What’s awesome here is that you can preview your video first up. And this option here is exactly to let you set which part of the video you want to show on the presentation when you select the video and dismiss other parts of it
This instrument allows you to set the start and end points here, making only a part of the video on the demonstration. Let us show you. We will just set the end point at 3 seconds, and then we will click on the play button in the middle of the element
So, it made the video stop at the third second
And you can set any start and end points. Or you can set these points by pressing anywhere on the timeline
And below the field, press “Use current time” for the start point. It will put the position here, and the same concerning the end point, where we press anywhere on a timeline again. But then “Use current time” below the “End at” field, which is a really nice feature. And now you know how to use it
Concerning other elements on the format menu, there’s “Size & Rotation”, which, as usual, allows you to manually adjust the dimensions of the element centimeter by centimeter and change its scale
On the next menu item, you can adjust the figure position more finely on an XY axis
And the last item is the “Drop shadow” option, which is adjustable with these sliders. Basically, making the object cast a shadow to make it look deeper and stand out from other elements, which is commonly used with text, word art, and images
NB! And we`d like to mention that you can animate the video just like all other objects, but with that difference that you can make the video start automatically when you switch to a slide with it, which can really come in handy.
And to delete the video, select it, and then press the Backspace or Delete button
We hope this tutorial will help you learn how to insert a video into Google Docs. Good luck!
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