Video and audio file formats supported in PowerPoint

In PowerPoint 2010 and later, you can embed or link several types of audio and video files in a presentation. The following tables show the video and audio file types you can use with PowerPoint. PowerPoint may also support additional file types if you install additional video and audio decoders on your PC.


  • In PowerPoint 2013 and later, for the best video playback experience, we recommend that you use .mp4 files encoded with H.264 video (a.k.a. MPEG-4 AVC) and AAC audio. For audio, we recommend using .m4a files encoded with AAC audio.

  • Certain older video file formats may not compress or export properly in Office on a Windows RT PC. Instead, use modern media formats such as H.264 and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which PowerPoint 2013 RT supports. PowerPoint 2010 supports the AAC format if the correct codec (such as the Apple QuickTime player or ffDShow) is installed. Want to see what version of Office you're using?

  • Getting an error when trying to insert a video? See the links at the end of this article for possible solutions.

Supported video file formats

File format


Windows Media file


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


MP4 Video file*

.mp4, .m4v, .mov

Movie file

.mpg or .mpeg

Adobe Flash Media**


Windows Media Video file


*PowerPoint 2013 and later only. Videos in the .mp4, .mov, and .qt formats can be played in PowerPoint 2010 if the Apple QuickTime player is installed.

**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


AIFF Audio file


AU Audio file


MIDI file

.mid or .midi

MP3 Audio file


Advanced Audio Coding - MPEG-4 Audio file*

.m4a, .mp4

Windows Audio file


Windows Media Audio file


*PowerPoint 2013 and later only.

Note   We make no warranty regarding the performance or reliability of the non-Microsoft products mentioned in this article.

About codecs

Even though your audio or video file may have the same file extension as one listed above, it may not play correctly if the correct version of the codec is not installed, or if the file is not programmed in a format that is recognized by your version of Microsoft Windows. Mostly, successful media playback relies on PowerPoint having the correct file format splitter, video data decoder, and audio data decoder.

For more information about the most common codecs, including where to get them, see:

See also

Add audio to your presentation

Insert or link to a video on YouTube (PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2016)

Link to a video on YouTube from PowerPoint 2010

Insert a video stored on my PC

Error message when you try to insert an MPEG-4 or QuickTime Movie file: "PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file"

"PowerPoint cannot insert a video from the selected file" error when you try to insert an MPEG-2 video

Applies To: PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010

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