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2 Free and Easy Methods to Fix “PowerPoint Cannot Insert a Video from the Selected File” Issue

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Update on December 30, 2019

In the century of videos, a PowerPoint presentation with vivid videos as side dishes does seem a cut above than the old-school ones, it’s not just more impressive and more digestible as well. But you might come across “PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file” problem while adding a video to PowerPoint - and the video is alright because you’ve checked it already. If you have no idea what gives, but would care for an easy solution, this page is the right place.

Why Can't I Add Videos to PowerPoint 2010/2013/2016/etc?

Typical SymptomsTypical Symptoms

Whatever the version it is, PowerPoint supports certain types of video formats, thus not all videos can be directly inserted into PowerPoint. Adding unsupported videos into PPTX will bring about error messages like what’s shown on the left picture. But we can still implement the video inserting, by changing video format to a PowerPoint-friendly type, or installing the proper codec as required.

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What's the Best Video Format for PowerPoint?

According to Microsoft Office support.office.com:

Supported video formats: .asf,.avi,.mp4,.m4v,.mov,.mpg or .mpeg,.swf,.wmv.

Recommendations:

PowerPoint 2010: .wmv

PowerPoint of later versions: Video encoded with H.264 video + AAC audio, wrapped in MP4 container (.mp4)

Method 1. Convert Videos to PowerPoint Formats Using Free HD Video Converter Factory

Load Videos into the Video to PowerPoint Converter

Before start, please free downloadfree download the software.

Step 1. Load Unsupported Videos into the PowerPoint Converter

Install WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory, click “Add Files” button to load videos you want to convert into the program. Then define the output file folder at the “Save to” box underneath.

Convert Videos to PPT Video Formats

Step 2. Convert Videos to PowerPoint Video Codec

Click on the output format section on the right side of the main workplace, then click the video section from the category box above. Now, if you’re using PowerPoint 2010, click WMV icon to convert videos to WMV (WMV2 video/WMAV2 audio by default); If you’re using a later version (2013/2016/etc), click “MP4” icon to convert videos to MP4 (H.264 video/AAC audio by default). After that, hit “Run” to start the conversion. Once the conversion is down, the output videos will be perfectly supported by your PowerPoint, just re-insert and proceed your works.

Method 2. Install a Proper Codec Pack for Windows PC

Installing a codec pack from a third-party source will grant your PC the compatibility to these originally unsupported videos, that compatibility includes: playing; using in programs like PowerPoint, WMP; etc. The recommended codec pack here is K-lite codec pack, it’s one of the best codec packs and its practical and reliable - completely free and clean.

(Compatible with: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.)

Download a Proper 32/64-bit Codec Pack for PowerPointDownload a Proper 32/64-bit Codec Pack for PowerPoint

Step 1. Navigate to the safe download source: https://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

Step 2. As you can see, four different variants of packs are provided, these packs all include 32-bit and 64-bit codecs for PowerPoint, and the later contains the more comprehensive codec sets. “Basic” pack will suffice in most scenarios, so hit “Download Basis”

Step 3. If there’s any former codec pack, remove it.

Step 4. Launch and install the K-Lite Codec Pack to your Windows PC.

Step 5. Re-insert unsupported videos into PowerPoint, they should be nicely supported this time.

At last...

These two solutions are as easy as you can see, just follow the tutorial to get your problem solved! And you won’t be bothered by some “PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file” message anymore. Cheers.

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