How to insert FLV into PowerPoint

I knew how to put a flash animation into PowerPoint, and now I’m concentrating on such things for a Sunday, it turns out the same principle works for FLV files too.

So this is what you do in PP 2007, similar in 2003.

1. Download and install VideoLAN VLC player on your computer. I’m a big fan of VideoLAN:  http://www.videolan.org/

2. Download FLV Video from YouTube or other video sharing web sites: http://www.savevid.com/ is an easy way of doing this.  Rename the FLV video to something unique, e.g. name.flv. The most important is that the downloaded video can be played back normally. So try it now.

3. Find the Control Toolbox in PowerPoint. Click Office button ->PowerPoint Options -> Popular -> tick "Show Developer tab in the Ribbon".

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3. Click "Developer” on the ribbon bar, click the icon "More Controls" which is displayed as hammer and wrench in the Controls column.
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Then select "VideoLAN VLC ActiveX Plugin v2" in the pop-up dialog box.

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4. Click the position in your PowerPoint slide where you want to display the shape, press the mouse button and resize the area.

5. Right click the area you drew and go to Properties tab, and manually complete the value of attribute "MRL" with the full path of the YouTube Flash video file, e.g C:\Temp\2008\name.flv, then close the tab. Now the YouTube Flash video on your hard drive is ready to play in your presentation.

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