AuthorStream Desktop is a free software from AuthorStream. It is a downloadable desktop application to embed YouTube videos to your PowerPoint presentations for free.
AuthorStream Desktop is an advanced plugin for Microsoft PowerPoint. As of writing of this article, it works only with PowerPoint 2007. When you have AuthorStream Desktop installed, you can embed YouTube videos in your PowerPoint presentations.
AuthorStream Desktop gives you the option of directly specifying the video URL of YouTube video that you want to insert in your Powerpoint. AuthorStream Desktop also provides a built-in search functioanlity to directly search for YouTube videos, and add those to your Powerpoint presentation. AuthorStream Desktop uses search powered by Google and Bing to find YouTube vidoes to insert in PowerPoint.
AuthorStream Desktop does not downloads the YouTube videos that you choose to embed. Instead, it adds an object to Powerpoint presentation that refers to the video URL you have selected. To play the YouTube videos that are embedded in your presentations, you will need to be connected to internet.
You can share the Powerpoint presentation embedded with YouTube videos with anyone, and they do not need to have AuthorStream Desktop installed on the system. However, they need to be connected to internet to be able to play YouTube videos.
Apart from YouTube videos, AuthorStream Desktop also lets you emebed images in your PowerPoint presentations. You can search for images also using the built-in search.
AuthorStream Desktop also gives an option to directly upload your PowerPoint presentations to AuthorStream to share with others.
AuthorStream Desktop works well, and is totally free. Download link, and video tutorials at the end.