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Embed MP4 in PowerPoint 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003/2000 nicely

March 22 2016 , Written by Bonnie

Outline: Many people encountered error message when they tried to insert MP4 file into PowerPoint slide, no matter PowerPoint version is 2016, 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 .mp4 file. The format is not supported" message when you play the video during a presentation. Here gives you the solution for it.

According to Microsoft PowerPoint supported formats, PowerPoint can play MP4 files with the condition that MP4 file to be Apple QuickTime MP4 movie as well as with the Apple QuickTime player installed. Another issue is that PowerPoint 2010 64-bit version is not compatible with 32-bit versions of QuickTime; you must install a 64-bit version of QuickTime or Flash, or a 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010. So, no matter you uses PowerPoint 2012 or early version of PowerPoint, sometimes you will encounter the issue that “Can’t insert MP4 to embed MP4 to PowerPoint”, let alone to play MP4 in PowerPoint successfully.

After many times tested, it can be concluded that the most compatible format for PowerPoint of each version is MPG (MPEG). For Windows users, WMV is another choice, while MOV is good for Mac users. 

How to Play MP4 in PowerPoint with No Restriction?

In order to play MP4 in PowerPoint without any hassle, I strongly recommend popular MP4 to PowerPoint Converter - Pavtube Video 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, this easy-to-use 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, it does not only support converting MP4 to PowerPoint recognized formats but also transforming MKV, H.265, 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, Pavtube Video 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.

Mac version: Pavtube Video Converter for Mac

Free Download and install the powerful MP4 to PowerPoint Converter, then launch it, the following interface will appear.


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Simple Guide to Transcode MP4 to PowerPoint Supported Formats for playing

Step 1. Add MP4 videos

Drag and drop or click "File" button. Batch conversion is available if necessary.



Step 2. Customize PowerPoint supporting format

Now you should go to the Output Format drop-down list, choose "MPEG-1 Video(*.mpg)" as the output format on the Format > Common Video list.

Tips: Adjust MP4 video

If you need more unique settings, please click the "Edit" button. Some edition functions will surprise you like trim or crop, merge or split, add special effects, add subtitle etc. And you can click "Settings" to change audio channel, change video resolution, adjust bitrate, etc.

Step 3. Finish the MP4 to PowerPoint conversion

Click the start conversion button at the right bottom side to finish convert MP4 to PowerPoint. After that, you will easily embed the converted MP4 files to PowerPoint.

How 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.

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