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New: Full Control Over YouTube Videos

Embedding videos to a presentation can give extra value to a talk. Film is indubitably the most powerful story telling tool, choosing to present your ideas with the aid of an embedded video can add a dramatic effect to your topic. We kept this in mind when we have developed YouTube integration to Prezi. Many presentation tools can handle video files, you can upload them from your hard drive to the presentation. With Prezi, you can do this too of course. However it was a logical step for Prezi - an online presentation tool - to go beyond this approach and offer a much simpler and faster solution.

Embedding YouTube videos to prezis opens new possibilities for the presenter. You just need to create a new textbox by double clicking the canvas, then paste a YouTube video URL and press OK. That's it. Should it be a spectacular ballroom presentation that you have created to stun your audience, or a business meeting where you need to deliver hardcore data and information, this option always comes handy.

Our recent upgrade allows you to play, pause, adjust and control the volume of embedded YouTube videos right in the editor or in show mode while you present. Prezi's new navigation bar for YouTube videos is a feature we have just released, so check the screencast below, and try it out with your editor now!

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Reader Comments (18)

I really like youtube but it can have some bad things on it. Like with copyright and things.

March 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaime Starck

I think support should be added for EduTube videos. ;Þ

March 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEric

How about a support for the videojug ones?

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCláudio Rocha

Hi Claudio,

Please add this as an idea on to see if other Prezi users would like to have it too.


April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Arvai

Is there a way to play the embedded youtube video not in full-screen mode? I would like to be able to show a text box next to it. Even though the prezi path is pointing to a frame around video and text box, the video always zooms to full screen as soon as I hit play.



August 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Yes, you can add a frame around the video and then add the path to the frame. This way however the video will not start automatically you have to click the play button to start.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoli Radnai

I have a question about embedding a youtube video in the presentation. I have followed the instructions, using the text for the URL, clicking OK, but no video appears. Nothing appears. I tried embedding other websites other than youtube, with no results as well.

Even though I am on-line, during my attempts, the lack of response is similar to working off line.

I have tried adding "v" to the url ie. httpv, with no results.

Any tips?


September 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhrkirkham

I have embedded a youtube video of just a picture with music playing in the background for a Spanish project... and I was hoping that the music would play throughout my presentation, however it stops as soon as I move on to the next item. Is this supposed to happen or it is some sort of glitch with my computer?
Thanks so much! A quick reply would be very much appreciated!

November 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

It sounds interesting as far as I understood , but if anyone could translate this to Spanish, it would be foxy for me to understand better. I hope to come back and check this out again.

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarya Shifflett

There are many different Manual translations out there. If there was someone who could do it in Spanish, we would be happy to cooperate. However we don't have resources right now to support localized webpages of Prezi.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZoli Radnai

I totally agree with you on this.

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I know you can start YouTube videos at a certain time but how about stopping them at a certain time or playing a certain time frame (like 1:03 to 1:56)?

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda C

Yes, you can add a frame around the video and then add the path to the frame. This way however the video will not start automatically you have to click the play button to start.

I don't get it. Sorry. Can you elaborate a little on this. Thanks.

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamsmyth

It says that the video is private when I try to play it.

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCB

Youtube is the best source of entertainment. I like online videos but due to heavy traffic some time I get frustrated. Some time I need to use different plugins and player. Thanks to you I will be able to watch videos without disturb. Lovely post I will remember this post for long time and will share it with my friends.

December 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSEO Forum Posting

I was following you until the "press OK" not sure what you mean by that. Enter does not work and just leaves the url in the text box? Wheres the OK button to press?

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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