How to Embed a Skype Webcam Into a PowerPoint Presentation

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How to Embed a Skype Webcam Into a PowerPoint Presentation
Webcams can stream video directly into a PowerPoint presentation. (webcam image by RéGIs Verger from Fotolia.com)

A PowerPoint slide can find use as a canvas for information beyond bullet points and chart images. Embed the video from your Skype webcam and turn a PowerPoint slide into a live video feed. Microsoft offers the free Expression Encoder software, which replaces the older Windows Media Encoder, and gives you access to streaming video within another program.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Webcam
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • .NET Framework 4
  • Microsoft Expression Encoder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the webcam to the computer and ensure the device is powered on.

  2. 2

    Download the Microsoft Expression Encoder installation file from the Microsoft website. Expression Encoder requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or later. If you need a newer version of .NET Framework, download and install it before proceeding.

  3. 3

    Open the installation file and follow the on-screen directions to place Expression Encode on your computer. Open the software when installation is complete.

  4. 4

    Select the "Live Broadcasting Project" from the start-up window and click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click the "Add a Live Source" button in the Preview window. In the left panel Video Device drop-down menu, select the connected webcam. Press the "Cue" button in the webcam preview's top-left corner.

  6. 6

    Click "Select an output type" in the preview window and check the "Streaming" box in the right panel. Click the "Broadcast" radio button and then press "Start."

  7. 7

    Open Microsoft PowerPoint. Create a new slide, or select the slide you wish to use the webcam with. Click the "Insert" menu and choose "Object."

  8. 8

    Scroll down the list and select "Windows Media Player." Click the "OK" button. Right-click the Media Player item and select "Properties."

  9. 9

    Select the top row labelled "(Custom)" and click the "..." button. In the "File Name or URL" box, enter the text "http://NAME:8080" without the quotation marks, and replacing NAME with the name of the computer. You can find the computer name in the "System" section of the Control Panel. Press "OK."

  10. 10

    Close the properties box and start the slideshow from the "Slide Show" menu or by pressing "F5." The Media Player slide will buffer briefly, and then automatically display the webcam video.

Tips and warnings

  • The "8080" portion of the URL for the Media Player object refers to the default port number used by Microsoft Expression Encoder. If you wish to use a different port, enter it in the "Port" box in Expression Encoder, and change the URL to match it.

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