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How to Insert MP4 into PowerPoint for Playing

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Many people like to insert some media to make the PPT more interesting and appealing to make presentations using PowerPoint. You may have tried to add some MP4 videos to PowerPoint slide. However, you may encounter error messages like "PowerPoint couldn't insert a movie from the selected file. Either the file is non-standard, or QuickTime is not properly installed" or "Cannot play back the file. The format is not supported" when you play the video during a presentation.

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Why can't we insert MP4 into PowerPoint successfully? First of all, let's take a look at the supported media files of PowerPoint.

PowerPoint 2007/2003/2000: 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.

There are 3 ways for you to use MP4 in a PPT, check them out to smoothly embed MP4 videos into PowerPoint 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 and 2000.

Method One: Convert MP4 for Embedding into PPT (Highly Recommended)

In order to play MP4 in PowerPoint with no restriction, 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.

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Detailed Guide to Convert MP4 to PowerPoint Supported Formats

Step 1: Directly drag & drop the MP4 files to the converter, or click "Add Video" button to load the MP4 phone files.

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Tip: If you want to edit your MP4 videos before conversion, you can click the "Edit" button to open the Video Editor window. Here you can trim, crop, adjust video effect, add watermark and clip, etc. are provided. All the editing can be real-time previewed so as to ensure the video quality and effect.

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Step 2: Click the drop-down button beside "Profile" on the interface to select PowerPoint compatible video formats from "Common Video" category. For Windows user, please choose WMV or AVI as the output formats; for Mac user, please select MOV or MP4 Video as the output formats.

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Step 3. Start MP4 to PowerPoint conversion

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

Step 3. 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.

Method 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.

Method 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.