Free Ways to Insert MP4 to PowerPoint for Presentation

Diana Joan

Apr 20, 2017 09:08 am / Posted by Diana Joan

A video makes your PowerPoint more attractive and funny. Normally, it is easy to insert a video into PPT. You click Insert tab of the ribbon, on the Media panel, choose the arrow under Video, and then choose the appropriate command for inserting your file. However, you maybe get an error when you inserting a MP4 video to PowerPoint. Doesn't PowerPoint support MP4? It depends actually.

Before to figure out if your PowerPoint support MP4, you should check the version of your PowerPoint cause higher version such as PowerPoint 2013 and later support MP4 well while PowerPoint 2010 and lower won't be compatible with MP4 well. You can see the supported video and audio files of PowerPoint 2013 and later below.

Video and audio formats supported in PowerPoint

You can watch what files formats PowerPoint supports by clicking each OS button. You can totally believe this chart cause that this is from official office page. We just carried the information here.

Supported video file formats

File Format

Extension

Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.asf

Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.avi

MP4 Video file*

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Adobe Flash Media**

.swf

Windows Media Video file

.wmv

 

*Only PowerPoint 2013 and later. The 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010 can play an .mp4 or .mov file only if the computer has a QuickTime Player installed. (Read Download QuickTime for Windows, on the Apple site, for more information.)

**Adobe Flash isn’t available in Office on a Windows RT PC. Want to see what version of Office you're using?

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff

AU Audio file

.au

MIDI file

.mid or .midi

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file*

.m4a, .mp4

Windows Audio file

.wav

Windows Media Audio file

.wma

 

*Only PowerPoint 2013 and later. The 32-bit version of PowerPoint 2010 can only play an .mp4 or .mov file if the computer has a QuickTime Player installed. (Read Download QuickTime for Windows, on the Apple site, for more information.)

upported video file formats

File Format

Extension

Windows Video file (Some .avi files may require additional codecs)

.avi

MP4 Video file

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Windows Media Video file*

.wmv

* Windows media format (.wmv) requires a plugin named Flip4Mac for playback on Mac OS X.

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff

AU Audio file

.au

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Windows Audio file

.wav

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file

.m4a, .mp4

Windows Media Audio file*

.wma

*Windows media formats (.wav/.wma) require a plugin named Flip4Mac for playback on Mac OS X.

Supported video file formats

File Format

Extension

MP4 Video file

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

AIFF Audio file

.aiff

AU Audio file

.au

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file

.m4a, .mp4

 

Supported video file formats

File Format

Extension

MP4 Video file

.mp4, .3gp, .ts

VP8, VP9

.webm, .mkv

Supported audio file formats

File format

Extension

MP3 Audio file

.mp3

Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file

.m4a, .mp4, .3gp, .ts, .aac

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

.mid, .xmf, .mxmf, .rtttl, .rtx, .ota, .imy

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)

.flac

Open source

.mkv, .ogg

 

Normally, if your PowerPoint can't accept MP4 video, that will because that your PowerPoint is lower version or your MP4 has a wrong codec. It is possible to have a media file in the right format, but encoded by a codec that PowerPoint doesn't understand. If your file is already in the correct format, it is likely that the codec used to digitize the file is not supported on Windows and PowerPoint. After all, MP4 is a container that can contain viarous video and audio codec: H.263, H.264, H.264, XviD, MPEG-4, VC-1, WMV, AAC, AC3, DTS, MP3, etc. Not all the codec in MP4 is supported by PowerPoint.

When your MP4 isn't supported by PPT, you can convert it to a compatible on with a video file converter. A video converter can help you convert MP4 to H.264 AAC MP4 or WMV, MOV, 3GP, MPG, ASF for PowerPoint. A web search for "video converter" or "audio converter" will show you numerous converters that are available, many of which are free, such as Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate, Handbrake. Now, let's start to transcode MP4 video to PowerPoint with these free converters. You can use either one to finish the task. Click the tab to enter into the detailed guide.

Use Free Video Converter to Convert MP4 to PowerPoint

Method 1: Use Free Video Converter to Convert MP4 to PowerPoint

Method 2: Transcode MP4 to PowerPoint with Handbrake

Use Free Video Converter to Convert MP4 to PowerPoint

Pavtube Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate can convert H.265 MP4, MPEG-4 MP4, H.264 MP4, DivX MP4, H.263 MP4, to PPT supported WMV, AVI, ASF, and MPG/MPEG for PowerPoint 2011, 2010, 2007 and transcode virtually any video including MKV, AVI, TS, VOB to H.264 MP4 for PowerPoint 2016, 2013.

With built-in video editor, you can trim MP4 video footage, merge MP4 video to a whole one file, split MP4 files to separate files, crop black area in videos, etc. Besides, you can add external subtitles to MP4 files and compress 4K MP4 files to 1080p/720p/540p/480p MP4 for PowerPoint.

Free Download and Install

Step 1. Load MP4 videos

You have two ways to load MP4 video files to convert to PPT. The first way of adding MP4 is to click " File" icon. The second way of importing MP4 is to simply drag the videos you want from your computer to this app. After that, all imported MP4 files will appear as thumbnails in this app's left item tray. Batch conversion feature allows you add multiple MP4 files to convert.

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Step 2. Choose PowerPoint video format

Press the small triangle to the right of "Format", a drop down menu will pop up, select PowerPoint compatible MPEG-1 video format from "Format > Video" category. Both PC and Mac can play MPEG-1 Video in PowerPoint. For Windows user, you can also choose WMV or AVI as the output formats; for Mac user, please select MOV or MP4 Video as the output formats. Or PPT 2013 and higher users choose H.264 MP4 and PPT 2010 and lower users choose WMV. In addition, Free Video DVD Converter Ultimate can convert MP4 to WMV, AVI, 3GP, MPEG2, MPEG1, ASF for PowerPoint but it can't output MP4 video. To output H.264 AAC MP4 video, you need to upgrade it.

If you don't want to upgrade it, you can choose MOV format. MOV is supported by PowerPoint on Windows, Mac and iOS.

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Tips:

1. You can click “Settings” to change audio channel, change video resolution, adjust bitrate, etc. 

2. You can edit the videos according to your requirement. This step is optional and can be omitted if not needed. Click on the “Edit” button at the right side of the video to start editing it.

Step 3: Convert MP4 to PowerPoint

The final step is to start converting MP4 to PowerPoint WMV, MPEG-1 or MOV with highest quality and fastest speed by clicking on the “Convert” button at the bottom of the screen.

Transcode MP4 to PowerPoint with Handbrake

Handbrake has been around around for over ten years and remains one of the best applications out there for transcoding video files from one format to another. It outputs MP4, M4V video that PowerPoint can accept. So, only if you are using a PowerPoint 2013 and higher version, you can use Handbrake to convert unsupported MP4 to PPT supported MP4.

Download Handbrake and install it. After installing and launching HandBrake, click the Source button on the toolbar, select Open File, and open your MP4 file.

load mp4

Next, click the Browse button under Destination, choose the folder the new MP4 file will be saved to, and enter a name for it.

mp4

Under Output Settings, the MP4 container format should be selected by default.You’re free to set a new height and width for the video, crop it, add filters, change the video quality setting, choose a video codec (but you should probably use the default H.264 (x264) codec), choose codec profiles.

Then click the Start button to start to convert MP4 to H.264 MP4 for PowerPoint.

Learn Handbrake Windows Alternatives | Handbrake Mac Alternatives

How to Insert a video to PowerPoint?

In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can link or embed a video from your PC directly into your presentation.

  • Embedded videos are convenient, but increase the size of your presentation.

  • Linked videos keep your presentation's size smaller, but links can break. To prevent possible problems with broken links, it's a good idea to copy the videos into the same folder as your presentation, and link to them there.

In PowerPoint 2007, you can only link to a video on your computer.

Embed a video stored on your PC

1. In Normal view, click the slide that you want the video to be in.

2. On the Insert tab, click the arrow under Video, and then click Video on My PC.

3. In the Insert Video box, click the video that you want, and then click Insert.

Link to a video stored on your PC

1. In Normal view, click the slide where you want the link to the video to be in.

2. On the Insert tab, click the arrow under Video, and then click Video on my PC.

3. In the Insert Video box, click the file that you want to link to, click the down arrow next to the Insertbutton, and then click Link to File.


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