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Add a live camera feed with cameo in PowerPoint for Mac

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Hi, Office Insiders! My name is Rolly Seth and I’m a Program Manager on the Office Graphics team. I’m thrilled to announce that the ability to integrate live camera feeds directly into your slides with the cameo feature—something users have enjoyed for the past couple months in PowerPoint for Windows—is now coming to PowerPoint for Mac.

Live camera feeds in PowerPoint for Mac

With cameo in PowerPoint for Mac, you can seamlessly embed live camera feeds into your slides and create a more immersive experience for your audience. Doing so can also help you be more prepared for your live presentation (such as presenting in Teams).

Cameo gives you full control of live camera feeds. Just as with images, you can move, resize, crop, and apply transitions or styles to the camera feed and use Designer to enhance the look of your slides that use cameo.

How it works

1. Create a presentation or open an existing one in PowerPoint.

2. To insert a live camera feed into your current slide, select Insert > Cameo.PowerPoint for Mac ribbon with Insert Cameo commands called out.

3. To turn the camera on and off, simply click on the cameo object (you can also use the Camera Preview button on the Camera tab).PowerPoint for Mac screenshot showing cameo live video feed with buttons on the feed and on the ribbon to activate video.

4. To change the source of the camera feed, click the Camera Preview down arrow (found on the Camera tab) and select the option you want.PowerPoint for Mac screenshot showing how to change the camera source.

5. After you’ve inserted cameo into your slide(s), go to Slide Show/Presenter view to preview your presentation.

PowerPoint for Mac screenshot showing Slide Show/Presenter view.

Known issues

Camera on/off settings are not currently enabled in PowerPoint Slide Show & Presenter View.

Scenarios to try

  • On the Camera tab, select different camera shapes and styles.

    PowerPoint for Mac screenshot showing live video feed with different camera shape and style options.


  • Apply different types of transitions to your live camera feeds, such as Morph.

    GIF showing the Morph effect in placing a live camera feed into a PowerPoint for Mac slide (cameo feature).


  • Select Design > Design Ideas to choose from different slide designs.

    Screenshot showing Design Ideas screen with cameo feature in PowerPoint for Mac.


  • Experiment with placing content in front of or behind the camera feed.

    Screenshot in PowerPoint for Mac showing cameo live feed feature with text overlaid on video.


To use this feature, you must have granted camera permissions to PowerPoint in your computer’s privacy settings.

Mac screenshot showing interface for granting camera permissions to PowerPoint.     Mac Security & Privacy settings screenshot showing granting camera permissions to PowerPoint.

Coming soon

Be on the lookout for the cameo feature in PowerPoint Live in Teams.


We will be rolling out live camera feeds in PowerPoint to Office Insiders running Beta Channel Version 16.60 (Build 22032100) or later.

Don’t have it yet? It’s probably us, not you.

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