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Can't add MP4 videos into a PowerPoint Presentation? The Solutions


When you make presentations using PowerPoint, you always insert some media to make the PPT more interesting and appealing, right? But when you try to import some MP4 videos to PowerPoint for playing, only to encounter some error messages, right? If you are in such issue, you are in right here! In this article, I will analyse why can't we directly use MP4 in PowerPoint and share some tips and tricks to embed all kinds of MP4 files into PowerPoint for presentation.

Why can't we insert MP4 into PPT successfully?

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.

Therefore, we usually encounter difficulty in inserting MP4 to PowerPoint, let alone to play MP4 in PowerPoint successfully. Then how to get mp4 files easily embedded and played in PowerPoint? Below I will show you three popular solutions to smoothly embed MP4 in all PowerPoint versions (including PowerPoint PPT 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 or lower version).

Solution One: Play MP4 in PowerPoint with No Restriction

In order to play MP4 in PowerPoint without any hassle, I strongly recommend Brorsoft MP4 to PowerPoint Converter to ensure that you can insert MP4 into PowerPoint slide successfully -convert MP4 to PowerPoint WMV (with WMV8 codec), AVI (with some ancient codec) or MPG format, which are universal formats among all versions of PowerPoint.

Except for MP4, you can also change almost any popular file format including MKV, VOB, MOV, AVI, MTS, WebM, etc. to PowerPoint compatible video format with fast encoding speed and excellent output quality. After the conversion, you can easily use your movie files in any version of PowerPoint Presentation including PowerPoint 2016, 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000, 2002, 2005 or even PowerPoint 95, 97. If you're using a Mac, please turn to the Mac version. Below is a brief guide to convert MP4 to PowerPoint with the best MP4 to PPT Converter.

Detailed Guide to Convert MP4 to PowerPoint Supported Formats

First, launch the MP4 to PPT converter. Click the Add Files button on the main interface to import MP4 files to the app. The MP4 Video converter supports batch conversion, so you can add a pile of videos to enjoy the fast conversion speed.


Then you should go to the Output Format drop-down list, choose WMV, AVI or MPG 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.


Finally, after everything is ready, you should press the big, shiny "Convert" button to begin the MP4 video conversion.

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

Solution Two: Insert QuickTime MP4 into PowerPoint 2010

If you are using PowerPoint 2010 and want to add QuickTime MP4 to PowerPoint, there are two prerequisites:

Prerequisite One: The QuickTime player must be installed on your computer, and then you can insert an Apple QuickTime movie (.mov, .mp4) file.

Prerequisite Two: A 64-bit version of QuickTime or Flash, or a 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010 must be installed, if your PowerPoint is 64-bit version.

Solution Three: Change the File Extension to Insert MP4 into PowerPoint

Changing the extension is not a general approach since this method doesn't always work. Even so, still many people would like to give it a try because it's the cheapest way so far.

Now, pick the best path for you to create a vivid slide show.

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