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Embed and Play MP4 Video in PowerPoint

This article mainly explains why can't we use MP4 in PowerPoint sometimes and introduces the easy solution to embed all kinds of MP4 files into PowerPoint for presentation.

Embed and Play MP4 Video in PowerPoint
Q: How can I insert an mp4 video clip into a Powerpoint slide? This is a video created on my GoPro video camera. I believe this is becoming a modern video standard. Do I have to convert to AVI or is there a patch from Microsoft to allow this to work?

When you make presentations, you may wanna insert some media like a MP4 video to PowerPoint like the above user to make the PPT more interesting and appealing, right? But the point here is, PowerPoint has some limitation on MP4 format:

PowerPoint 2007 and lower version: According to Microsoft, PowerPoint 2007 and lower version only support WMV, AVI, ASF, and MPG (MPEG-1) video formats, that’s why you can’t play MP4 in PowerPoint 2007/2003/2002/2000/97/95.

PowerPoint 2010: Only support .mp4, .mov, and .qt formats if the Apple QuickTime player is installed.

PowerPoint 2013 or 2016: Only support .mp4 videos encoded with H.264 video (a.k.a. MPEG-4 AVC) and AAC audio. If the source MP4 file doesn’t meet the above requirement, PowerPoint won’t play it.

Any solution to Insert MP4 to PowerPoint without hassle? As we all know, the best format that all PowerPoint versions can support are AVI and WMV, which are created by Microsoft itself. So if you want to insert an MP4 video into PowerPoint for presentation, you'll need to convert MP4 to AVI or WMV and then add the converted video to PPT for playing. The following guide instruct you how to add MP4 to PowerPoint.

Part I. Convert MP4 to PowerPoint supported video formats

To accomplish the task, you need to seek help from a MP4 Video converter that supports the MP4 video input and WMV, AVI output. Here Brorsoft Video Converter is highly recommended to help you achieve your task. This program can help you easily and quickly encode MP4 videos to PowerPoint friendly AVI, WMV while keeping the excellent output quality. Plus, with it you can also convert FLV video to any other popular video formats, such as MOV, MPEG, DivX, XviD, 3GP, VOB, etc. Besides, the built-in video editor lets you personalize your video. Now, please download the program and follow the corresponding tutorial.

Step 1: First, launch the MP4 to PowerPoint converter. Click the Add Files button on the main interface to import MP4 videos that you want to insert into PowerPoint. The program supports batch conversion, so you can add a pile of videos to enjoy the fast conversion speed.

Step 2: Now you should go to the Output Format drop-down list, choose WMV or AVI as the output format on the Format > Common Video list.

Tips: If you want to get rid of some part of the video, you can click the Edit button. When enter the edit > Trim interface, you should either drag the slider bar back and forth or set the start time and the end time for the video to get the part you want.

Step 3: After everything is ready, you should press the big, shiny "Convert" button to begin the YouTube video conversion.

Once the video is saved as an AVI or WMV file, switch to PowerPoint and choose Insert - > Movie - > "Movie from file" to put the MP4 video into the current slide.

Part II. Embed converted MP4 video in PowerPoint

Before starting adding video to PowerPoint, you need to create a folder and put both your converted video and your PowerPoint presentation in this folder. Then open the PowerPoint in this folder to insert the converted video file which is just located in this folder.

For PowerPoint 2013, click the Video drop-down arrow, then select Video on My PC. Locate and select the desired video file, then click Insert.

For PowerPoint 2007 and higher, select Insert tab from ribbon, and click Movie and select the converted file to insert into PowerPoint for playback.

For PowerPoint 2003 and lower, from menu, select Insert -> Movies and Sounds -> Movie from File..., and select the converted file to insert into PowerPoint.

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