Embedded media in earlier versions of PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2011, you can embed audio or movies in your PowerPoint presentation. You can save the presentation in an Open XML Format, such as .pptx, so that you can play the audio or movies in the latest versions of PowerPoint.

The following table describes what you can do with embedded audio or movies when certain file formats are opened in specific versions of PowerPoint:

If you save as

Then open in

You can

.pptx, .potx, or .ppsx

PowerPoint for Mac 2011 or Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Play or edit the embedded audio or movie.

.pptx, .potx, or .ppsx

PowerPoint 2008 for Mac or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Play the audio or movie.

Notes: 

  • You must have the latest updates installed before you can play audio or movies in PowerPoint 2008 for Mac or Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007.

  • If you edit the audio or movie in this version of PowerPoint and then save the presentation, the media object is permanently converted to a linked file, and is no longer embedded in the presentation.

.pptx, .potx, or .ppsx

PowerPoint 2004 for Mac or earlier versions, or PowerPoint 2003 for Windows or earlier versions

See a picture representation of the audio or movie on the slide.

Note:  The media object is permanently converted to a picture. You cannot play or edit the audio or movie object after the presentation is saved in this file format.

.ppt, .pot, or .pps

Any version of PowerPoint, Mac or Windows

See a picture representation of the audio or movie on the slide.

Notes: 

  • The media object is permanently converted to a picture. You cannot play or edit the audio or movie object after the presentation is saved in this file format.

  • To insert audio or movies that can be saved in an earlier format, such as .ppt, .pot, or .pps, link the audio or movie instead.

See also

Add a movie to a slide

Audio and movie file types that you can add to a file

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