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Adding and playing a video in Prezi Video

Want to make your video even more moving? You can add mp4 files to your video or import your Prezi presentations with locally uploaded video files and convert them in the Prezi Video desktop app to go live or record yourself and your content on the screen. Add your short clips and make them an integral part of the interactive experience that is Prezi Video! 

Please note: Adding video files to your presentation and recording in the Prezi Video desktop app are available for users with a Plus or higher Prezi plan. Luckily it's a breeze to upgrade your license and get access to this and all the other great features our Prezi plans have to offer. 


Adding a clip in Prezi Video

1. With the online editor or the desktop app open, click the + icon in the side panel to add your first slide. 

2. Click the image icon in the slide thumbnail to open the "Add visual" sidebar. 

3. Select Add from computer to upload your own mp4 file or add your clip from your Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox cloud storage.

4. You can also drag and drop supported files from your computer to the editor. If you drag and drop multiple items, they will be added as separate slides. 

5. Depending on the file size, it might take a few moments for the video to load but once it does, you'll see it appear on your slide. 

6. To remove or replace your video, click the three dots in the slide thumbnail and select either Remove visual or Replace visual


Importing from Prezi Present

To play a video in Prezi Video when converting a Prezi Present presentation, you'll need to add it to a presentation you've created in Prezi Present. 

Pro Tip: To learn more about Prezi Present, check our dedicated Knowledge Base!

1. Navigate to the place in your presentation where you’d like to add the video.

2. Click the Insert button at the top of your screen, then select Video.

3. In the sidebar, you can either:

  • Add a video from your own library
  • Upload a file from your computer by clicking Upload video
  • Click the arrow next to the button to select a file from Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive

4. After the file uploads, you can move, resize, and rotate the video as needed. 


Make sure the file's extension is ".mp4" before uploading it and we recommend adding video files that are no more than 50 MB in size to avoid a possible decrease in performance.

Please note: You need to upload a video file to be able to play it in Prezi Video. Currently, embedded YouTube videos cannot be displayed in your video.

Adjusting content

Since your face should also be visible alongside your content, you might need to rearrange objects on your canvas so nothing covers you when you import your presentation to record a video.

1. Click Create Video in the top toolbar.

2. Use the Adjust content button in the sidebar to automatically shift the layout of the presentation to the right or drag and drop to manually move objects. 

You can still add, delete or modify your content the same way as if you were editing any Prezi presentation and can also freeze or turn off the camera anytime. You can decide to either make a copy of the presentation with the adjusted layout or update the one you are editing.

3. When the presentation is ready, save it and open the Prezi Video desktop application.

Importing the presentation in Prezi Video

1. With the Prezi Video app open, choose Import.

2. Select Prezi, search for the presentation and click Import selected.

This will import all the content in your presentation and remove the background image so you can be seen in the background. 


Playing a clip while recording or live streaming

1. When you're ready, start recording or live streaming

2. Once you get to the slide including the video file, simply click the Play button on the thumbnail in the sidebar or click the video window or the Play button in the video window on screen to start playing your video. You can also mute and unmute your video from the sidebar or from the video window.

3. Double-click on the video window to play it in full-screen or use the Full mode icon at the bottom of the screen. After you finished playing the video, simply click the arrow to move forward to the next slide. You can also pause or mute the video any time from the sidebar or from the video window and go to the next slide.


You should know: While it is okay to use earphones when recording a video with a clip added (since it is the computer audio that is being recorded), make sure to remove your earphones when showing a clip in a video conference as the video's audio is captured by your computer's microphone. For specific instructions on audio settings for popular video conferencing tools, please read our articles on live streaming and video conferencing in Prezi Video.



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