MP4 in PowerPoint - How to Insert MP4 into PowerPoint to Play MP4 in PowerPoint?

Three Popular Solutions to Embed MP4 in PowerPoint 2013/2010/2007/2003/2000 for Playback

Jun 12, 2014, Updated by Shirley White

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"PowerPoint couldn't insert a movie from the selected file. Either the file is non-standard, or QuickTime is not properly installed." Many people encountered error message when they tried to insert MP4 file into PowerPoint slide, no matter PowerPoint version is 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 or 2000. 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.

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: 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.

The following article will show you three popular solutions to smoothly embed MP4 in PowerPoint 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 and 2000.

Solution One: Play MP4 in PowerPoint with No Restriction

In order to play MP4 in PowerPoint without any hassle, I strongly recommend Faasoft 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.

Performing as a professional Video Converter, Faasoft MP4 to PowerPoint Converter can easily batch convert MP4 files to PowerPoint compatible formats like WMV, AVI, ASF, and MPG (MPEG-1) to let you insert MP4 into PowerPoint with ease.

Besides, Faasoft MP4 to PowerPoint Converter does not only support converting MP4 to PowerPoint recognized formats but also transforming MOV, FLV, 3GP, WTV, OGV, WebM, M4V, MXF,DV, Apple ProRes, etc to PowerPoint sensible formats.

If you want to add FLAC, OGG, APE, VOC, 3GA, M4A, AC3, DTS, RA, M4B, QCP, CAF to PowerPoint, Faasoft MP4 to PowerPoint Converter is also your best choice, with which, just change these audio formats to PowerPoint recognizable audio formats like MP3, AIFF, WAV, WMA, etc, and then you can play them in PowerPoint.

Detailed Guide to Convert MP4 to PowerPoint Supported Formats

Step 1 Import MP4 file to Faasoft MP4 to PowerPoint Converter
Click "Add File" button to open MP4 file that you want to convert. Or just drag and drop MP4 file to the main interface of Faasoft MP4 to PowerPoint Converter. The selected MP4 files will show in the "Task List".

Step 2 Select the output format
Click the drop-down button beside "Profile" on the interface to select PowerPoint compatible video formats.

Tips: For Windows user, please choose WMV or AVI as the output formats; for Mac user, please select MOV or H.264 MP4 as the output formats.

Step 3 Convert MP4 to PowerPoint
Click big "Convert" button to start the MP4 to PowerPoint conversion with high quality and fast speed.

One Step to Insert MP4 into PowerPoint

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.

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.