Embedding video from screencast.com into powerpoint doesn't work

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Currently the embed code from Screencast.com will not work in Powerpoint so it would be beneficial if this could be resolved, since embed code from Youtube does work.
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Hi canderson,

I don't think this is something that we can fix in Screencast.com, as our embed codes are not really any different than YouTube's. PowerPoint would need to support embed codes from Screencast as it does with YouTube. After digging for a bit I found documentation that outlines what services are supported: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/why-can-t-i-embed-a-video-in-powerpoint-9f0fc0c7-d163-4c8a-b3b0-e70a80d78a7f

It seems that only YouTube is supported in certain versions of PowerPoint, with only some offerings allowing for Vimeo and Microsoft Stream videos in addition to YouTube.

I'm sorry I could not be of more help here.

- Paul
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To link a Screencast Internet video into PowerPoint try this ----------

Find your video in your Screencast account

Click on "View"

A window comes up with your video

Click on "Details" on the right side of the page

RIGHT click on the download button

Choose "Copy Link Address"

Copy it to a text file

You will see this: ?downloadOnly=true  AT THE END of the video address.


Your link address should look something like this:


In Power Point -------------

Pick a point on the page you want the video.

Click on "Insert" from the menu at the top of the page.

Click on "Movie"

A window pops up

Copy the address of your video into the "File Name" box.

It may take a minute or so to insert. Wait for it.

The video should be inserted on the page you selected.

To verify --------------------

Hit "F5" to play the slide show with the video embedded.

* Remember, you must be connected to the internet to access the video.

* If you want to play your Power Point WITHOUT being connected to the internet, simply download the video to your computer and link to PowerPoint from there.

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Thanks for your help Pat, I followed your instructions ,but from the Power point instruction 'Click on Insert' my Power point option is 'Video' (Office 365) and the drop down options are 'Online Video' or 'Video on my PC'.

If I use the 'Online Video' option, there are two possibilities offered, 'Youtube' and 'From a Video Embed Code' and neither of these works. 

If I use the 'Video on my PC' option, it works but it downloads the video and inserts it into the Powerpoint file (so its 70Mb).  I was hoping to find a way that I could play the video over the internet from within Powerpoint, but I still can't seem to do that, even following your instructions.

Thanks again

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Chris, here's a four minute PP 365 video embed tutorial that should help: 

Also, I'm using Power Point 2007 here.

You can test the embed codes below.  The YouTube code should work. The other two are tests. You might wind up having to upload your video to YouTube. Unfortunately software updates can sometimes take away options that were previously available. Looking for work-arounds is always an issue.

You Tube Embed Test:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5TXvwOgroQE"; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

ScreenCast Embed Test:

<iframe class="embeddedObject shadow resizable" name="embedded_content" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" type="text/html" 
        style="overflow:hidden;" src="https://www.screencast.com/users/Pat_Sheehan/folders/laxemedia2015/media/d5069255-337a-4fb6-9e76-1a7...; height="720" width="1920" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>

ScreenCast/YouTube Embed Test:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.screencast.com/users/Pat_Sheehan/folders/laxemedia2015/media/embed/d5069255-337a-4fb6-9e...; frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Many thanks Pat
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Having embedded video in presentations for more than two decades, I can tell you there are only two certainties: 
  • Non-local (YouTube, Screencast) videos fail a LOT
  • Powerpoint videos fail a LOT
Combining these two is not a formula for reliable presentations. Here's what I do: 
  1. Download all videos from online sources. Use the original source if possible, otherwise use a YouTube downloader to get a local video. 
  2. Link that video in PowerPoint, from the SAME FOLDER with the powerpoint presentation.
  3. (the most controversial) If you must copy the PPT and videos to a USB drive or other media, you must open every single video in the presentation and relink it. Do not just test it, relink it. 
Feel free to skip any of these steps. Your most important presentation will fail.

Ways my presentations have failed even if you follow these steps:
  • At a large conference, the AV staff moves your presentation to a new folder or new drive a new computer or decides to change everything to the corporate font and edits your PPT file.
  • Host computer is a dual-boot machine with two folder hierarchies and PowerPoint gets confused
  • WiFi fails or gets overloaded (this happened famously to Steve Jobs)

And if you are on a Mac, use Keynote! 

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Many thanks for all the info! :-)