Inserting Video Files (also from YouTube)

This support page is about Prezi Classic. If you’re looking for help with Prezi Next, please click here.

Prezi Classic has a built-in, standalone video player that allows you to control playback. You can either insert one of your own videos or add one from YouTube. Check out the tutorial to learn how.

Note: You can insert the following video file formats into a prezi using both the online editor and Prezi Classic for Windows/Mac: FLV, MOV, WMV, F4V, MPG, MPEG, MP4, M4V, 3GP. Prezi Classic does not support animated GIFs or SWF animations. We also do not suggest using AVI with Prezi Classic because it can sometimes cause difficulties.

How it works

Prezi Classic has a built-in, standalone video player that is compatible with the video formats listed above. After uploading a video, you can control the playback using the play button and bar that appear whenever hovering your cursor over the video.

You can also add videos directly to your path. In this case, videos will start automatically when you reach the point in your presentation that you have placed them. They will stop playing as you move along your path.

Inserting a video

Select Insert from the top menu. If you want to upload from your computer's hard drive, select From File (PDF, video)... and find the file that you want to upload.

To insert a video from YouTube, select YouTube video... and paste the video's URL into the window that appears. You can also just paste a YouTube URL into a text box. You’ll need an active Internet connection to play the video when presenting.

Once you have inserted the file into prezi, you can manipulate it as you would an image file using the Transformation Tool.

Note: When presenting a video, make sure your cursor is at the side of the screen if you don't wish to see a play progress bar at the bottom of your video.


If you experience problems with video uploads, please try converting the file to an FLV or F4V (Flash video formats). These are MPEG-4 video formats defined by Adobe Systems, and we have found that they work best.

To convert a video file to this format you will need to use video conversion software. Many free and paid-for packages exist. is an example of a free online video converter.

If you would like more information on troubleshooting with YouTube, please click here.

File size limit for video uploads

  • For Public, Enjoy and Edu Enjoy users: 50 Megabytes.
  • Pro, Edu Pro, and ProPlus users have unlimited storage, but we suggest against inserting individual files of more than 50 MB.

For more information on Prezi Classic plans, please visit here.

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