Insert Video in Impress Presentation


Embedding videos in an Impress presentation is bit tricky depends on what is your system and other factors. This article take a deep look into this and would help you insert a video inside a slide in Impress and play it.

Inserting videos in LibreOffice impress have its own troubles (for some users). Being an open source and free project, sometimes the features and bug fixes are delayed. Inserting videos were bit difficult back in time due to format issues (e.g. mp4 etc) and platform (Windows/Linux) issues. However with the recent release of LibreOffice, it is now easier to insert videos in Impress.

LibreOffice doesn’t support media files directly. It relies on Operating system’s installed media support. If your OS supports the media with available codecs then you can insert any video into the presentation.


In Windows systems, LibreOffice /Impress uses DirectShow for media playback. Windows, by default comes with pre-installed media support. However additional media can be supported using K-Lite codec pack which contains most of the codecs and container formats.


In Linux based systems, LibreOffice /Impress uses GStreamer for media playback. GStreamer comes with basic codecs in Linux systems including Ubuntu based derivatives. You can have additional codec and format support via installing extra packages.

Inserting a Video in Impress

To insert a video, from menu select Insert -> Audio or Video.

Impress Insert Video Menu
Impress Insert Video Menu

From the file selection dialog box, choose the video to be inserted.

If the video is supported, you would see it inside the slide.

Video Inserted in LibreOffice Impress
Video Inserted in LibreOffice Impress


If the video is not supported, you would get a message ‘The format of the selected file is not supported’.

Video Not Supported by Impress
Video Not Supported by Impress


For Windows, you may install additional K-Lite codec pack for more media support.

Download K-Lite codec pack for Windows

For Linux, install below packages – if your distro uses gstreamer 0.10. You can get those install via apt, synaptic in Ubuntu.

gstreamer0.10-plugins-good, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad, gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly, gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg, gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3, libav-tools


Current List of Supported File Formats – Windows and Linux

As LibreOffice Impress is constantly evolving and being enhanced along with Windows and Linux, it is always wise to check what are the actual file types are supported. Refer below wiki pages which contains the supported lists.

Linux Supported – Tested List

Windows Supported – Tested List

Playing the Video

While not in presentation mode, you can control the playing via Media playback tools via sidebar (View -> Sidebar).

During presentation mode, the video is likely to be full screen and may flicker sometimes. I feel this is a bug. 

Note: Impress does not store the embedded videos inside the presentation files. So, if you remove the video from the path or distribute the presentation to others, make sure to distribute the inserted video files as well along with it.

Removing the Video

You can simply select the video inside the slide and click delete to remove. 

Watch Video

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This is the most easy way to insert any video in Impress presentation slide. Make sure to install the codecs required and save the file. If you are carrying your presentation via cloud/Drive or USB stick, make sure to take the video file as well and keep the video in the same place of the Impress file.


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Thanks for this.
But gstreamer0.10 my Ubuntu 19.04 has gstreamer1.0 is this a typo or I should downgrade several editions?


To get rid of the flicker in linux you can set the env item SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN to “gen”. On Ubuntu I added the following line to /etc/environment


and then logged out and back in


I have a curious problem – I create presentations with Impress and they work very well – during presentations. But if someone opens this :

a. via Google Drive
b. or on their PC using Powerpoint

the videos are not seen on the slide, and consequently not playing.

What could be the issue ?

With regards


I have a similar problem. I can hear the sound of the video, but the video is opened in another screen. How can I change that? The video files are in the same location as the presentation.