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PowerPoint Video Formats - Selecting the Best Video Format For PowerPoint

Author by Michelle

July 14th , 2020

A video playing within the PowerPoint would always add to the aliveness of the presentation. Yet when you try to insert a video into your PowerPoint, you might come across video incompatibility issues since the specs for PowerPoint video formats vary from version to version. To solve this matter, this article has listed all the compatible video formats for each version of PowerPoint so you'll know what video format you can insert into PowerPoint.

In addition, if you find no match to your video type, you could convert it to the recommended format with this freeware below:

Many people might have come to problems like "PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file" or video can't be played in PowerPoint. The factor that lies behind this mainly rises from wrong video formats that are not supported by your PowerPoint. So if you want to successfully embed and play your video in the PowerPoint, you should first look up the corresponding PowerPoint video formats that are listed in the following part.

Also read: Codec Unavailable PowerPointFix PowerPoint QuickTime Not Available Issue l How to Put a YouTube Video in PowerPoint

Part 1. Video Formats for PowerPoint in Different Versions

  PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 PowerPoint 2019 PowerPoint 2016 PowerPoint 2013 PowerPoint 2010 PowerPoint 2007 and lower versions
Windows .asf
.avi
.mp4, .m4v, .mov
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv
.asf
.avi
.mp4, .m4v, .mov
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv
.asf
.avi
.mp4, .m4v, .mov
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv
.asf
.avi
.mp4, .m4v, .mov
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv
.asf
.avi
.m4v, .mp4, .mov
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv
.asf
.avi
.mpg or .mpeg
.wmv

macOS

.avi or .vfw
.mp4, .mpg4
.m4v
.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15
.m2v
.ts
.mov or .qt
.dif
.avi or .vfw
.mp4, .mpg4
.m4v
.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15
.m2v
.ts
.mov or .qt
.dif
.avi or .vfw
.mp4, .mpg4
.m4v
.mpg, .mpeg, .mpe, .m75, .m15
.m2v
.ts
.mov or .qt
.dif
# # #

Note:

PowerPoint 2010 can only play an .mp4 or .mov file when a QuickTime Player is installed on your computer.

These data are collected from Microsoft Office Support.

In sum:

Recommended Video Formats for PowerPoint for Windows:

PowerPoint 2010 and older versions: .wmv

Newer versions of PowerPoint: .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Recommended PowerPoint Video Formats for macOS:

.mp4 files encoded with H.264 video and AAC audio

Part 2. Convert Unsupported Video File to the Best Video Format for PowerPoint

If none of the above-listed formats matches your video type, you could try to convert the one in your hand to the recommended format aforementioned. Here a third-party video converter like the well-remarked software - WonderFox Free HD Video Converter Factory is a must. It is clean and safe, and completely free and easy to use. I will demonstrate to you how to use this tool to convert a media file to PowerPoint-friendly format at below:

Convert Video Files to Supported PPT Video Formats

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Step 1. Run the freeware and open “Converter” > click “+Add Files” to load or directly drag and drop the file into the program.

Step 2. On the right side of the Video Converter workplace, click on the thumbnail to change the output format to WMV or MP4 or other preferred formats. (You could check the audio encoder in “Parameter settings” underneath the output format icon)

Step 3. Click on “Run” to start conversion.

At last...

Don’t be shocked by these PowerPoint video formats. Though they might seem to be a bit of work, they are actually none of your concern. All you need is just to ensure your media file is correctly encoded in a suitable video format for PPT. Hope this article can be helpful to you!

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