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Troubleshooting for Playing Embedded Video in PowerPoint

Get in trouble on playing video in PowerPoint? Here I'd like to teach you how to settle it and will also tell you 5 issues that caused those video playback issues.
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Let's Check the Common Problem on Playing Video in PPT

Q: I inserted a .wmv video file into my PowerPoint slide presentation. When I play the video file, it does not play. However, the audio plays as expected. Is WMV the PowerPoint video format? Please help!

Q: When I try to play MPEG files in PowerPoint, I just get a blank (White) screen. What has gone wrong?

Q: I have a MP4 video, it works well in PowerPoint 2013 of my own computer. When I try to play the embedded video in the presentation from a different computer, it doesn't work. Why?

Q: I have a short .avi video file which is listed as being compatible with PowerPoint 2013, but when I embed video in PowerPoint, it still doesn't play correctly. How can I do it?

Play Video In PowerPoint

Play Video In PowerPoint

When it comes to embed video in PowerPoint, most of us will simply go to "Insert" tab and select the movie or video icon. However, also you are likely to meet such situations above when you embed video in PowerPoint slide presentation. Those are the issues which are very tricky and time-consuming to troubleshoot. You may get frustrated and don't know how to solve the problem for video not playing in PowerPoint. This article will show you the root of these problems and corresponding solutions.

The Most Common Reason Causing the PlayBack Issue-Format and Codec Incompatibility

The most prevalent issue about embedded video won't play in PowerPoint is that your video is not encoded in a format which your version of PowerPoint supports. The following table shows the video and audio file formats you can use in each PowerPoint version over years.

PowerPoint Version 2013 2010 2007 2003
Video Format .asf
.avi
.mp4, .m4v, .mov
.mpg or .mpeg
.swf
.wmv
.asf
.avi
.mpg or .mpeg
.swf
.wmv
.mp4, .mov, and .qt (Apple QuickTime player required)
.asf
.avi
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv
The PowerPoint application itself does not play media files. Microsoft proprietary formats are required, Windows Media Player and DirectX need to be installed
Audio Format .aiff
.au
.mid or .midi
.mp3
.m4a, .mp4
.wav
.wma
.aiff
.au
.mid or .midi
.mp3
.wav
.wma
.aiff
.au
.mid or .midi
.mp3
.wav
.wma
The PowerPoint application itself does not play media files. Microsoft proprietary formats are required, Windows Media Player and DirectX need to be installed

For PowerPoint 2007 and earlier versions, you can only embed video in WMV, AVI, ASF or MPG/MPEG formats.

For PowerPoint 2010, videos in the .mp4, .mov, and .qt formats can be played if the Apple QuickTime player is installed.

P.S. PowerPoint 2010 64-bit is not compatible with 32-bit versions of QuickTime or Flash. You must install a 64-bit version of QuickTime or Flash, or a 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010.

For PowerPoint 2013 and later version, you can embed and playback many different video and audio file formats. For the best video playback experience, .mp4 format encoded with H.264 (a.k.a. MPEG-4 AVC) and AAC audio is highly recommended. For audio, it’s best to use .m4a format encoded with AAC audio.

If your video is in one of the formats above, it may work well in PowerPoint. But here is another case, although your PowerPoint video format has the same file extension as one listed in the table, it may not play correctly. E.g. Even though you get an .avi video file, it won’t play in your presentation. Similarly, MKV is really one of Samsung TV compatible video formats. However, you can find various issues about "Samsung TV won't play MKV".

Solution: You know, media file is now encoded in many different container formats (e.g. avi, mp4, mkv), each of which can make use of different codecs. It means video won’t play in PowerPoint if the correct version of the codec is not installed. Once you experience such problems, one quick and simple solution that works in many cases is to convert the video to a format and codec that PowerPoint supports. We have similar articles about “Convert Video to Android Video Format”, “Convert Video to HTML5 Formats”. So here comes the best free video conversion tool - Free HD Video Converter Factory.

How to Convert Video to PowerPoint Supported Formats

In order to embed video in PowerPoint and play correctly without any hassles, download and install Free HD Video Converter Factory, then launch it. Only 4 steps to make your video to be played smoothly in PowerPoint presentation.

Step 1 Add a Video File

Press "Add Files" button or you could just drag the video you want to convert into this program.

Note: This program also lets you directly download YouTube Videos resource. just click “Download Video” on the main interface and follow the guilding words on it.

Add Video File

Add Video File

Step 2 Select the Right Format

Click the profile image of output format on the right, It will give you a wide range of formats and devices choices. Then choose WMV/AVI/ASF/MPG under “Video” tab.

Note: For PowerPoint 2013 and later version, you can select MP4 format which has already been preset as H.264/AAC by default.

Choose the Correct Format

Choose the Correct Format

Step 3 Start the Conversion

Target your destination folder and press the big “Run” button to start the PowerPoint video format conversion.

After done, find your output file and embed video in PowerPoint.

P.S. If needed, this freeware also enables you to add external subtitle to video, reduce video size, merge multiple videos into one single file, etc.

Start to Convert

Start to Convert

The workflow is convenient and flexible in spite of the PowerPoint version you are using. Now, everything should run as smooth as clockwork. Just enjoy your vivid PowerPoint slide presentation.

Now, please download the Free HD Video Converter Factory to complete your jobs.

And some of you may be encountered with other circumstances that results in "video is unplayable in PPT" . Keep reading.

Other Reasons Resulting in "Embedded Video Won't Play in PowerPoint"

Issue 2. Video File Corrupted When Transferring

Because of network and file structure, the header information of document file and streaming media file is most likely to get corrupted. That means your PowerPoint embedded video is possibly damaged during data transfer.

Solution: Therefore, it's best to use Zip tools to pack into a compressed file when transferring your PowerPoint slide presentation.

Issue 3. File Root Path Problem

When you transfer your PowerPoint slide to another computer, the file root path is also changed. Besides, all relevant files must be transferred together with the presentation file as well.

Solution: Develop a good habit to copy all relevant files including video files into the same folder as the presentation. Then embed video in PowerPoint again on a different computer.

Issue 4. Video Plays as A White Rectangle.

If your video shows up a white rectangle box in presentation slide but works well outside of PowerPoint, it means your file path is too long. (e.g. E:\Computer\ASicAche\WhirlCache\outputvideo\...\A\Very\Very\Very\Long\Name)

Solution: Since PowerPoint can only handle media files with the file paths of 128 or fewer characters. So shorten the file path and move to the same folder as the presentation, then the video works.

Issue 5. Video plays as A Black Rectangle.

If you want to play high-quality videos in your presentation, you may find that only audio plays but no image with a black rectangle window there. It is probable that your hardware accelerator is incompatible.

Related Topic: How To Remove Audio From Video | How to Extract Audio from Video | How to Fix Audio Sync Problems

Solution: Disable hardware acceleration as following steps:

#1.Click on Start > Control Panel. #2.In the classic view, double click on the Display icon. #3.Select the Settings tab and click on the Advanced button. The Advanced Settings dialog box appears. #4.Click on the Troubleshoot tab. #5.Move the Hardware acceleration slider to None. Click Apply, and then click OK two times.

So here is the whole tutorial. Hope you have found the solution for your question and if you thnk it's helpful, please share the tip with others.

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