How to insert snagit video capture into powerpoint

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I want to add a video screen capture from snagit (not camstasia or screencast!) which is saved as mp4 directly to a powerpoint presentation.  I tried to insert a video using the powerpoint video placeholder and I get an error message "Powerpoint cannot insert a video from the selected file.  Verify that the path and the file format are correct and also try installing the latest version of the apple quicktime player, restart powerpoint and then try again.".

Seems weird that powerpoint would not insert a mp4 file.  I don't want to do anything special or fancy.  I just did a simple video screen capture using snagit, about 1 minute long.  No audio. no webcam.  saved the file as a mp4.  Is this not allowed in Powerpoint?  Does techsmith allow you to save the mp4 as another file type?
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oshunj

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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Does the MP4 use any "odd" or unusual characters in the file name? If so, edit the file name and remove any accented or odd characters.

Where is it saved? If it's on a LAN drive and not on the local C drive, try copying the MP4 to a local drive.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick Stone

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Another thing to ask is if you have ever in the past inserted an MP4 into PowerPoint successfully. If you have never tried it, perhaps something is generically wrong about your specific setup that needs to be addressed.
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oshunj

Don't know what version of Snagit you are using but the Powerpoint output in Snagit doesn't support sending a video to Powerpoint. You can only output images. At least it doesn't in newer versions of Snagit.



In Powerpoint a Snagit captured video works just fine as a normal video insert or inserted into a media placeholder.

In the Powerpoint Slidemaster I created a media placeholder shape.



Then in normal view I inserted a video from Snagit that was saved to my computer
normally and in the placeholder.

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There is NO reason Quicktime should have anything to do with inserting a video into Powerpoint
unless you are using a really old version of Powerpoint Than that could be a different situation
that I'm not aware of.

:)
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Thank you for the comment.  I guess that was my original question.  Is this an inherent feature that just is not supported.  It sounds like it is supported.  I am just doing something incorrect or some 'easy button' has not been added.

BTW: I am on Powerpoint 2010, somewhat old.  Cannot blame the organization since I am supposed to be upgrading to Windows 10 and probably the office suite as well.  And it's my own procrastination that is in the way of doing that....Let me check some more things.
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In Powerpoint 2010 you should be able to add videos to slides.

If you are using a slide that has placeholders click on the icon that looks like a film reel.



Or in the ribbon click on the  Insert tab and then at the right side of the ribbon click on Video



Either of those should allow you to add a video to your slides.

There all kind of Youtube videos on how to add video to Powerpoint.

Search Youtube for your adding video for your version and you should be go to go.


:)
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Hi Oshunj,

This is not as easy as it would seem to be.

You can insert embed code into a PPT from either YouTube or Vimeo. That's is it as far as I know. You cannot just embed a video from your desktop that was made in Camtasia.

It's not the video file format you are using. PP just doesn't allow you to do this.
 

PowerPoint really wants you to host your video somewhere, then add the LINK to that video. Or, add the embed code from the two supported sites. YouTube and Vimeo.

You can also add a PLAY button icon to your presentation, then add or attach the URL link to the video within that button, so you click the button and the video plays.

Maybe search the internet for more information on how to add a video directly to PP, and perhaps you might find a hacked way to do what you want.


Here is an article on the YouTube / Video method:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/insert-or-link-to-a-video-on-youtube-8340ec69-4cee-4fe1-ab9...

Kelly
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I have to beg to differ.

You can insert a Camtasia video into Powerpoint that has been saved to your computer.

Mp4 video made in Camtasia inserted in to Powerpoint.



And as I posted above you can also insert a Snagit video in to Powerpoint.

I'm on Powerpoint 2019 but could do this in Version 2016 on.

It was that older versions of Powerpoint this was not doable.

:)
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Yeah, seems oshunj is using PPT 2010. Bummer.

Although, the article linked below seems to suggest it's possible in 2010, so it may be worth a look.

https://www.wikihow.com/Embed-Video-in-PowerPoint

Cheers... Rick :)
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Dubie

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After following up on this video could be added since 2007 that I could find.

:)
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi all,
THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. And the workflow, Dubie!! It's very helpful.


So, for others PLEASE IGNORE my post/comment if you do see the video icon on your slides, or, its a simple to figure out procedure like that which others have posted here. If that is the case it works for you!! And, you see it is very simple to do. (And, you most likely would not have come here to ask how to do it!)

However, if you find, with your version of PP, that it is NOT SO SIMPLE, then it could be your version of PP doesn't support this workflow. In that case, you might not be able to hack it together to get this to work. If so, you will have to use a link, or embed code, to get it to work.

Sorry for the confusion..

And thanks again Dubie and Rick!
Kelly
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No worries Kelly, All good

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Rick Stone

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Hopefully oshunj will reply back to tell is if they were able to make it work, and if so, what it turned out tobe that was hindering them.
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