Why can’t I insert or play MP4 videos in PowerPoint?

When you make presentations using PowerPoint, you always insert some media to make the PPT more interesting and appealing, right? However, many people encountered error message when they tried to insert MP4 file into PowerPoint slide, no matter PowerPoint version is PowerPoint 2016, 2010, 2003, 2007 or lower version. Things could get even worse, you successfully embed a MP4 movie in PowerPoint, but you still get a “Cannot play back the file. The format is not supported” message when you play the video during a presentation. So what’s the matter? Well, read on to learn details.

Why we can’t insert an MP4 video into PowerPoint 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.

So what are the steps we need to take for the .mp4 files to show up on the PowerPoint? An fix to play MP4 in PowerPoint without the issue? Searching from Google and got some recommended solutions.

Possible ways to solve “Can’t insert MP4 to Powerpoint” on Mac or Windows

Solution 1: 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.

Solution 2: 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 3: Play MP4 in PowerPoint with No Restriction

In order to play MP4 in PowerPoint without any hassle, the simple and efficient way is to convert MP4 to WMV (with WMV8 codec), AVI (with some ancient codec) or MPG format, which are universal formats among all versions of PowerPoint. This solution will ensure that you can insert MP4 into PowerPoint slide successfully.

Recommended Tool: Brorsoft Video Converter ( Video Converter for Mac )

This is a nice small took kit that lets you transcode between AVI, WMV, MKV, TS, VOB, MPG, MTS, M2TS, MOV, MP4, TOD, MOD, TiVo, etc. It also features basic editing features such as trimming, merging, cropping, watermarking, and audio replacing facility. By using the trimming action you can clip a specific duration from a video clip and turn it into PowerPoint preferred format.

Simple clicks to convert MP4 to PowerPoint supported formats

1. Load MP4 videos

Click the”Add Files” or “Add From Folder” button to load MP4 files from your computer or other devices like USB device, camcorder, MP4 player, etc. You can also directly drag the files you want to convert to the main interface. Note that batch conversion is supported so you can add as many files as you like at one time.

2. Select output format

Click Format bar and choose your desired format. To embed MP4 to PowerPoint, you can choose WMV or AVI format from Common Video profile list.

3. Edit the MP4 videos (Optional)

Click the “Edit” button and edit your videos before processing format conversion. There are main seven functions available: Trim, Crop, Text Watermark, Image/Video Watermark, Effect, Audio Editor, and Subtitle.

4. Start the conversion

Click “Convert” to begin converting MP4 to PowerPoint compatible video files. After the conversion, you will get the desired videos in the destination folder.

4. Insert your converted MP4 video to PowerPoint

Open your PowerPoint presentation and click “Insert”. 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, choose Movie and select the video clips. For PowerPoint 2003, select “Movie and Sounds” > “Movie from File” to choose the video clips.

Done! In this way, you can play any kind of MP4 file in PowerPoint without the limitation! Enjoy.

1 Response(s)

  1. Dingmatt says :

    July 12, 2017

    I think I’ve found out the simplest way from your post.


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